A collapsible baby bath designed for use within an adult bath.
The advantages this old design has over currently available baby baths:
- Baby can splash away merrily without getting the floor wet.
- Sitting on a small chair or footstool to wash the baby is way more comfortable on your back.
- The flexible material is softer and more comfortable than the hard plastics usually used.
- Just tip up one end to empty the bath - much quicker and easier than lifting up a whole tub of water.
- No extra space on the floor or countertop is needed while it's in use - very convenient for small bathrooms.
- It folds up, and can be hung on the wall when not in use.
- It can be filled up enough for a baby to float with minimal assistance, which is superb if you want to get their
swimming lessons started early! (Many modern designs simply cannot provide this.)
And the advantages over using the main bath:
- Either you have to be in the bath too, or breaking your back leaning into it.
- Much less water is required, so much quicker and cheaper to fill.
- A full-size metal bath after baby oil or suchlike has been used in, unless thoroughly cleaned, is one mega slip-hazard for everyone else!
This 1950's design does have it's drawbacks, which I should think would be overcome in an updated model:
- The supports are steel - aluminium would be nicer, lighter, wouldn't rust etc.
- The fabric is PVC, which might be frowned upon by some.
- The width adjustment (by sliding the handles in and out) is rather awkward, at least in our 60 year-old never lubricated specimen.
though generally it only needs to be done once.
So who makes them now? Nobody as far as I can tell. Perhaps it is from the fear that hey, baby might jump out of it and brain
themselves in the steel tub. But since every baby bath on sale these days is going to insist "Never leave the baby unattended" (which
is pretty good advice anyway, really), what's the issue?
Baby baths on Amazon.
Baby baths at Mothercare
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