There are some parents who bathe their babies in regular tubs. However, having a special free-standing baby bathtub allows you to wash the baby with ease without having to worry about the baby slipping or banging his head on the hard surface. There are many types of baby tubs available in the market. Most of them have special features like contoured design and anti-skid bath surface that makes bath times safer and more fun.
Collapsible bathtubs that can be folded after use are great for traveling. However, it is important to check the sturdiness of these tubs before buying. There are bathtubs that are especially made for bathing the baby in the sink.
There are many tubs that feature mesh slings that keep the baby higher in the water and closer to you. You can also consider buying these bath slings or baby seats, and attaching them to the bathtub. Once your baby is able to sit independently, you can remove the sling. This provides more room for an older baby to sit up.
A plug at the base of the tub allows you to drain off the water. This feature is extremely handy when you need to change the water without having to lift and hold the baby. Rather than holding the tub and tipping off the water, pull the plug and let the water drain off. While buying, check if the plug can be attached and removed easily.
Some plastic tubs are foldable and lightweight. This makes storage quite easy. However, if you are concerned about leakage issues with such tubs, look for models with hooks or suction cups that can be used for hanging the tub after use.
A nonskid surface on the bottom of the tub ensures that the child does not slip while bathing. If your tub does not have a nonskid surface, then place a rubber mat or a bath towel on the bottom of the tub.
▣ Inflatable bathtubs are not considered safe for babies as they can collapse and cause the child to drown.
▣ Do not leave your children unattended in bath buckets especially on pedestals.
▣ Empty the bathtub after use.