Our Top Pick for 2018: 4Moms Infant Tub
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Bath time with a baby can be stressful. Babies can be easily be startled by temperature changes and the sensation of water on their skin. Despite their small size, babies can also be difficult to hold on to while they are bathing. Getting your squirming, screaming baby through the bath safely becomes your number one concern. Infant tubs come in a wide variety of designs that range from the simple to high tech. You’ll need to decide whether you want to use the tub in the kitchen sink, on the counter, or in a full-size tub. Which you prefer will help you narrow down your choices until you’ve found the right baby tub for you.
#1. 4Moms Infant Tub
The 4Moms Infant Tub (4Moms) uses technology and innovative design to provide a quality infant tub that is safe and effective. The 4Moms can fit it in a kitchen or utility sink. The dimensions are 32 inches x 16.75 inches x 9 iches. Be sure to check the size of your sink before purchasing. There is nothing more frustrating that buying the perfect piece of baby equipment only to not have it fit when you open the package.
Infant tubs that use a sink are convenient because a kitchen or utility sink is usually at counter height. This does not require the person washing the baby to uncomfortably stoop over. Sink tubs also allow easy access to shampoo and a towel as they can be placed on the counter next to the tub.
The 4Moms is placed under the faucet with the spout over the left side reservoir. The water goes in this reservoir and then moves to the basin that holds the baby on the right. While in the preparation reservoir, the water can be tested for the correct temperature.
A built-in thermometer, that uses three AAA batteries, indicates when the water is the right temperature. It is color coded and has a digital readout to easily let parents know if the water is safe for their child. Blue indicates the water is too cold, green means it is ready for the baby, and red means it is too hot.
The built-in thermometer is a very convenient safety feature. Even experienced parents may have a hard time knowing when the water is the right temperature for their baby. The thermometer offers peace of mind that your baby is safe and comfortable. Also, sometimes as you are running bath water, water temperature can fluctuate. With the thermometer, you can track the water temperature for the entire duration of the bath. It is always a good idea to check the temperature of the water on your wrist or forearm just to be safe.
The water then flows from the left side reservoir into the basin on the right. There is a drain on the left side of the basin. As you are giving the baby a bath you can drain the dirty water while adding clean water from the left side reservoir. This allows you to have clean water flowing through the tub and have your baby in warm water throughout the bath.
Leaking diapers, messy eating, and playing outside can leave babies covered in dirt and more from head to toe. The 4Moms gives you the ability to have moving, clean water moving over your baby for their entire bath. You won’t have to drain the water completely and refill the tub while your baby waits, wet and cold.
Having a warm, comfortable bath experience is important to building your babies love of water. While there are never guarantees that your baby will like the water, when you make their first experiences with water pleasant you’ve set the stage for easier bath times later on.
Soft foam lines the basin so that delicate baby skin is gently cradled during bath time. The tub is intended for babies up to six months old. Some users have reported that the baby seat is too big for a newborn. With their small size and lack of muscle control, newborns present special circumstances. The 4Moms baby seat is set at an angle that keeps the baby’s head upright. If you find that a newborn doesn’t feel secure, there are baby bath mats or sponges that can be used in conjunction with the seat. Many parents found this an acceptable solution while their babies while they were in the newborn stage.
The 4Moms comes with a cup and two cup holders. This convenient feature allows you to have all the supplies you need at your fingertips. The cup can be used to rinse your baby with clean water while the second cup holder can contain baby shampoo, soap, or a bath toy.
4Moms provides excellent customer service for anyone with questions or concerns.
#2. PRIMO EuroBath
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The Primo EuroBath (Primo) is ergonomically designed to offer your baby comfort and safety. With the dimensions of 36 inches x 21 inches x 9 inches, it is one of the largest infant tubs available.
The Primo is large because it is designed for babies from birth up to two years old. The contoured shape offers two bathing positions. A recline position for babies 0 – 6 months that are not yet mature enough to sit or hold their heads up and a sitting position for babies 6 – 24 months. Strategically placed design features such as a crotch post and foot stops prevent the baby from slipping under the water and help support the head, arms and, legs when they begin to sit up.
Having an infant tub that can fit your baby for the first two years of their life makes this tub a good investment. Many babies can feel overwhelmed in a large adult-sized tub, but with the Primo they can feel safe and secure. As your child gets older, the Primo provides a play space that leaves them feeling safe, which will build their love of bath time.
It is large enough to have a good water level that will keep your baby warm. Many babies begin to dislike bath time because they do not like to feel cold or uncomfortable. The Primo is large enough to have enough water that your baby can play and stay warm for the duration of their bath.
The Primo set inside an adult tub or used on the floor. Parents should never be more than an arm’s reach away from their baby while using this or any other infant tub. Once your child gets old enough and can stand up in the tub, it is best to have the infant tub as close to the floor as possible.
Draining and cleaning infant tubs can be difficult if you have to dump the water out by tipping the tub over. Water can spill out onto the countertop, floor, on parents, and a newly cleaned baby. To prevent these accidents the Primo has a drain plug on the bottom that can easily be pulled to let water out. The recycled polypropylene tub is easy to wipe clean with soap and water. The Primo is BPA, PVC, phthalate, and lead-free making it free of toxins.
There is an optional PRIMO bath stand that can be used with the tub but it is not a necessary accessory. The Primo also comes in blue or white.
#3. Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub
The Munchkin Clean Cradle Tub (Munchkin) has a simple design with features that make it easy to use and comfortable for your baby. The dimensions of the Munchkin are 14.2 inches x 9.8 inches x 5.3 inches, making this a fairly compact tub for those with limited space. It can be used on the counter or in the bathtub.
Good design makes this tub work well with a squirming baby. The basin is inclined to keep your baby at the correct angle while bathing. It provides the right amount of support for the infant head and neck. The seat is made of soft silicone so that it will be gentle on delicate baby skin. The texture of the silicone also provides a bit of grip on the baby.
To help keep the tub and baby in place, the Munchkin has high sides to prevent the baby from rolling or wiggling out during active bath times. The tub is held in place with textured feet. This allows it to be used safely on a counter. Textured feet become especially important as your child gets older and stronger. Their wiggles can get strong enough to move the infant tub.
There is a drain on the front of the tub that can be opened to let dirty water out while you add clean water to the basin. There are holes in the seat that allow water to drain forward and out of the tub when the plug is pulled. When using this tub on the counter, the drain can be placed on the edge of the sink and drained directly into the sink while you bathe the baby. Some users felt that it didn’t hold enough water to feel like a bath but more like a shower.
The Munchkin can be taken apart into two pieces for cleaning. This feature gives you access to all parts of the tub for a good scrubbing. Infant tubs are at risk of growing mildew or mold unless you have access to all areas of the tub.
It comes in three colors blue, green, and pink. This infant tub is recommended for ages 0 – 6 months.
#4. Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather
The Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather (Summer) provides the stability you need at a low price. The dimensions are 24 inches x 12.6 inches x 13.6 inches and it weighs only 2.4 pounds. It uses mesh, plastic, and metal to create a simple design that holds your baby in place while bathing. It can be used in an adult bathtub or in the sink. Be sure to measure carefully if you plan to use the tub in the sink.
The Summer Infant tub has a unique design that allows you to adjust it to your baby’s needs. The seat can be reclined to three different positions. This not only allows you to adjust for your baby’s comfort but also for their age. Newborns will need to be more reclined that a four or five-month-old. Baby’s that struggle with bath time may benefit from having a tub that can recline to an angle that makes them comfortable.
There is a soft head support that cradles the baby’s head. This can help especially well with newborns who do not have the neck strength to hold their head steady.
This model folds down for easy storage and transport. If you travel frequently or want a tub that you can use in multiple locations, the Summer may be the right infant tub for you. For small apartments or those with limited storage space, this tub can be folded down and stored out of the way.
The mesh and fabric pieces can be machine washed for easy cleaning.
Purpose and Lifestyle
The first step in deciding on an infant tub is to examine your needs. Decide where you plan to store the tub when not in use. If you travel frequently, have limited storage space, or want something to use once in a while, a small foldable tub may be the best choice. Plan out where you would like to use the tub whether that be on the floor, counter, sink, or in an adult tub. All of these considerations will help you narrow down your search.
Contouring and Seat
The contour and seat of the infant tub can make all the difference in the comfort and safety of your baby. Contoured tubs will fit your baby the best because they are designed to fit the unique needs of an infant. Crotch posts and side supports are often built-in as part of the contouring. Posts can keep the baby from slipping down into the water, while side supports can help keep your baby sliding around the tub while you are cleaning them.
Some tubs come with a foam or silicone lining on the seat. These lined seats can be softer and more comfortable. They can also provide some grip on the baby to keep them from slipping.
Dumping dirty tub water can be a messy process. The water can end up on the counter, floor, and on the parent. Drains with attached plugs will provide the easiest way to drain the tub. The water can go directly into the sink or tub making cleaning much easier.
Special attention should be given to the area around the drain when cleaning. Water can collect directly under the drain and not drain fully. This leaves a vulnerable area that can grow mold or mildew.
There are many different methods for temperature indication. They can include everything from built-in indicators that change color with the water temperature to digital readout thermometers. You can also purchase a separate indicator to put into the tub water. Whichever method you find most useful, it’s still always a good idea to test the water on your wrist or forearm to be sure your baby will not get scalded.
Babies wiggle and squirm when they are getting a bath. As they get older, their movements may even cause the tub to move around. This makes having non-skid features on the feet or bottom of the tub. Non-skid features will keep the infant tub from sliding while in the sink or in the adult bathtub.
Conclusion (Wrapping it up)
Bath time can become a time to look forward to each day. Parents and baby can come together for a fun, relaxing activity. Water can make your baby feel insecure and the sensation it creates on the skin can feel foreign. Finding the right infant tub is key to creating a pleasurable bathing experience for your baby.
When you find the right infant tub that makes your baby feel safe and secure, you give your baby the best chance of learning to love the bath. An infant tub also has to work well for parents. You need something that is manageable with one person. A tub that can help you keep your baby in place will give you the peace of mind you need to relax and enjoy your baby’s bath time.