Tips When Choosing your Baby's Bath Tub

Bathing your little one is a crucial part of baby care and having the right bathtub can simplify this routine. With so many options to choose from, the process can be overwhelming. Here’s a few things to look out for when purchasing your baby’s tub.

First, start with the essentials—a sturdy design with smooth edges is key. Then, consider additional features based on your preferences. Whichever tub you opt for, ensure it provides adequate support to keep your baby safe and secure during bath time.

Here are some features you may want to consider to simplify your bathing experience with your baby:

  1. Contoured: Look for tubs with crotch posts or side supports to prevent excessive movement by your baby. 
  2. Convertible: Tubs designed to grow with your baby offer long-term usability which equals less money spent on upgrades.
  3. Foldable: Some tubs fold for easy storage. If you have a small space, or don't like seeing a bulky bath tub - this might be a feature for you. 
  4. Padded Lining: Opt for mildew-resistant padding for added comfort.
  5. Drain with Plug: A plug simplifies draining without the need to tip the entire tub. It also makes for easier cleaning and lowers the likelihood of bacteria build up if the water is able to drain out.
  6. Nonskid Surface: These surfaces prevent tub slippage with a nonskid bottom
  7. Temperature Indicator: Some models feature color-changing plugs or digital readouts for water temperature monitoring. Alternatively, you can always buy a stand alone baby bath thermometer.
  8. Easy Storage: Look for tubs with handles or hooks for convenient draining and storage.

Here are some things you may want to be cautious about when it comes to bath supports/ bath accessories:

  1. Infant Bath Seats: Designed to hold a baby upright in a regular tub, these can give a false sense of security. In fact, Health Canada warns parents on the use of bath seats due to the risk of the risk of submersion and drowning.
  2. Shower Nozzles: Attachments that connect directly to a faucet can pose risks due to sudden changes in water temperature, potentially causing scalding. The continuous flow of water from the tap can also be a hazard for the same reason.
  3. Inflatable Tubs: These tubs can tip over easily, especially if placed in a regular bathtub filled with water. They are also prone to collapsing.
  4. Tub Stands: Although designed to save parents from bending over, these stands make the tub less stable and more prone to tipping over. When using them, make sure to always read the instructions properly, use the stand as intended, and always have your hands on your baby.

Choosing the right baby bathtub is essential for a comfortable and safe bathing experience. Prioritize stability, comfort, and functionality to simplify your baby care routine. And if you are looking to truly simplify your bathing experience, grab one of our award winning baby towels for a seamless end to bath time!

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