BTDT Baby Bathtubs??

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BTDT Baby Bathtubs??
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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 3:45pm

I know this sounds so trivial! I almost hesitate to post this question...but I have 3 baby bathtubs/bathers here that I got at different showers. I'm trying to decide which one to keep.

Two of them are "bathers"...so they don't actually hold any water. They are soft mesh-like cradles for the baby to sit in while either in a bigger tub or just getting a sponge bath type thing, I guess. Or maybe down in the kitchen sink.

The other one is an actual little plastic tub that holds water. This one also folds up for storage.

Which one would you prefer?

And another baby bathing question...My kitchen sink has a divider in the middle, so there are 2 basins. Right now, none of the baby tubs/bathers will fit in it. DH and I are thinking about doing a little home improvement project next weekend and replacing it with a single basin sink. Any thoughts on whether or not you would consider it "worth it" to have a single basin.

I could just bathe her in the tub in our bathroom...but will that get old on my back after awhile?

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Wed, 03-24-2010 - 10:49am
The baby tub I have is a baby tub that converts to a toddler tub once he gets older. It had a sling for when he was very little. He just outgrew the sling a few weeks ago. We just use it in the bathtub as it is too big for a sink. We gave him his first bath on the kitchen counter in the tub but otherwise we give him a bath in the tub. I don't think I would redo the sink for it though. But that is just my opinion.
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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 11:27am

Thanks everyone!

I think I'm going to return the two mesh things and keep the tub that I can actually fill up. That way, I can do it on the counter, kitchen table, etc.

Haha...I still think that my hubby might replace our sink though :)

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Tue, 03-16-2010 - 2:55pm
Before the cord fell out, I would just put a towel down on the bathroom counter and do a spongebath from the sink.

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Tue, 03-16-2010 - 10:47am
I've never used the mesh type so not a lot of advice there, other than it does seem like it would be killer on your back unless you were in the tub with the baby. I just wanted to chime in that they do make the baby tubs that fit in a two basin sink, that's what I have and what I've always used for the first few months and I love it. Good luck!

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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 11:42pm

We didn't get an infant tub and have used the kitchen sink since his first bath at home. It works really well and he has gotten to the point where he loves getting a bath. We were given this blow up duck bath and once he can sit up we will probably use that.


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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 10:07pm
We have a baby bathtub that starting out you put them in a sling, then you move them to a reclining side, and then finally turn it around and they can sit up. Starting out we just placed it on the kitchen table to give him baths. It worked out perfectly to not have to bend over while recovering from a c-section. Then at 5 weeks everything for us changed. Gideon was placed in bilateral leg casts and we had to remove them in a bath once a week. Having the baby tub was a lifesaver. We could remove them in the tub and not worry about plaster clogging the drain. Once I went back to work we would bring the tub to my office and remove the casts there in between me seeing patients. Now I know that this case isn't the norm. Our plan this time is to continue with the baths in the baby tub for a few monthsish and then putting the tub into the big tub so he can take a bath with his brother, until he's big enough to use the bath seat. I don't think I'd remodel the sink just for baby baths, you may find that either you don't like the give baths in the sink, or you can't give them there very long.

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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 5:03pm

Honestly between two children we have never used a baby bath. Either DH or I just get in the tub with them when they are itty bitty and bathe them there. It is easy, they get to play in the water, and I don't need to worry about bending over either the sink or the plastic baby tub which I then need to empty.

They have both had tub baths since their cords fell off so 2 weeks old or so.

That being said, they have occasionally had a sink bath, mainly if I was feeling lazy and just needed to rinse them off from their lunch. So mainly as they have gotten older. I really think they would be fine in a split sink even without the bath thing fitting. I really have never seen a need for any of the bath items for baby, just a little baby shampoo and a nice regular tub with Mommy or Daddy.











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