Baby Bath Tubs
Once your baby is born and has moved past the sponge bath phase, you may want to have a baby bath tub nearby. Changing the bath time routine to full immersion in water from a warm wet cloth may come as a bit of a shock to your newborn, so you want to make sure your baby feels safe and supported in the baby bath tub before their first true bath.
Baby bath tubs are sturdy plastic tub-shaped containers that serve as standalone bath tubs. They can be placed in the adult-sized bathtub, a sink, or on the floor. Most baby bath tubs attach to the bottom of your adult-sized bathtub with suction cups. They hold a minimal amount of water so you can fill the bath and check the temperature before placing your baby in the tub. Most baby bath tubs are equipped with a drainage plug to easily drain the water without lifting the entire tub to dump the water. Many tubs have built-in storage areas which keep your baby soaps, shampoos, and lotions close at hand.
Most tubs are contoured with a slight incline to gently cradle your baby and prevent them from slipping under the water. Many bath tubs offer support between the legs and under the arms so your baby feels safe and secure and you can use both of your hands for bathing. Some bath tubs have a grippy rubber layer on the floor of the tub to prevent your baby from sliding all over the bath seat. Newer bath tubs include a fabric sling to cradle and support your newborn instead of just placing them in the tub unsupported.
Baby bath tubs keep your baby safe and supported during those early months. They make it easy for you to bathe your baby comfortably without bending over or straining your back. The inclined position of most tubs also allows your baby a bit of freedom to play and move their arms around while in the bath. If you do use a bath tub, remember to never leave your baby unattended in the tub and watch closely. Babies squirm and they are very curious, you don't want an unexpected tumble or a mouthful of bubbling tears-free baby shampoo.