Needless to say I was really curious as to what her 1st reaction would be when bathed in this new contraption at 8 months old. The first time I put her in it, she just stood for about 3 minutes. Then as she was reaching for the ducky she dropped she gently “fell” in. I thought she might cry because of her “entrance” method, but she loved it. I filled it up just a little below the fill line because the directions say as they grow they need less water (theory of displacement). That was still too much water. I ended up dumping out about 5 cups of water to get down to her armpits (where I feel most comfortable with the water level). She was cross-legged and then stretched out her legs straight up the sides. She even kicked her legs and splashed around! This is my daughter in her TummyTub:
I’ve been using the TummyTub exclusively for 3 weeks now. The most comfortable position for me when bathing her is to sit on the edge of the bathroom tub. I like to wrap my feet around the base- it makes me feel more secure. I really want the cute base that turns into a stool. I’ve found that I can’t soap up like I was used to doing in a regular tub. My solution was to wash her face first, then her hair as she is sitting in the TummyTub. Then I get her to sit on her knees and I can soap everything up and rinse before time for her to get out. I feel that just sitting covered in all that water also helps get her clean (like soaking in a bubble bath). I love this tub for 2 reasons: 1st, my daughter stays nice and warm during her bath because she is immersed in the water up to her arm pits (great for the cooler seasons) and 2nd, it is sooo “green.” Remember, I’m a little granola. I waste more water waiting for it to warm up, then it takes to fill the tub. I’ve found that at her size, ½ way to the fill line is perfect. The plastic is BPA, phthalate and lead free AND recyclable. I’m not sure why anyone would actually put this in the trash or recycle bin. I would “recycle” it by passing it down to a friend with a baby.
Some other great features:
- Compact size. Some infant tubs are as large as your bathroom tub, the TummyTub has a small footprint so it won’t take over your bathroom and it would be easy to travel with it.
- Anti-skid base and low center of gravity helps prevent it from tipping. I’ve found that if she is still standing it is unstable. I always have both my hands on the TummyTub when she is standing.
- The design helps calm colicky babies.
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