The best place to rest a baby bath is a dilemma for parents when they have to actually begin using one. Where do you rest one & actually use it comfortably? There aren’t many places apart from the dining table. Firstly you need a flat area large enough to sit a baby bath on, preferably in a wet area. A flat area like a kitchen bench sounds okay however they are too high. Placing a baby bath on the kitchen bench, the bath ends up too high making it impossible & uncomfortable to use. The average height of a kitchen bench is between 90 - 95cm & the average baby bath is 25cm which totals 115 - 120cm. Parents end up sitting a baby bath on the dining table so the bath can be at a reasonable height. Unfortunately bathing this way does not last long resorting to using the house bath or seek alternatives due to all of the work that goes with setting and cleaning up afterwards. Filling and draining the bath is the biggest problem & then the baby outgrows the bath quickly.
Baby baths on stands are a better option than setting up on a dining table due to the flexibility of setting up. A wet area is the the ideal area like a bathroom and if the stand height suits your height, it will be more comfortable to use. The issue with these stands is sturdiness when using them, these stands simply wobble around too much spilling water over the sides, then you have the issue of the baby outgrowing the bath quickly as the baths are very small. Constant setting up & packing away if you don’t have enough room in your wet area to leave it there,
combined with filling and draining issues results to using the house bath sooner than anticipated. These are a very short term solution.
Filling and empyting a baby bath is back breaking, time consuming & hard work, not to mention the accidents that occur.
These combined bath change stations due to their construction & design are flimsy causing them to wobble & the wheels add to the unsturdiness as they slip around on tiles when using them in a wet area.
This problem worsens as a baby begins playing & splashing.
HINGED LID: The majority of these stations have the bath under the change mat so when using the bath the changemat lid is hinged to the side. Once bathing has finished you need to transfer your wet wriggling baby from the bath while trying to hold them safely and pull over the change mat lid over onto the bath. The only way to do this safely is to put baby down somewhere, usually on the floor while getting the change mat ready over the bath area and then pick baby up and place onto the mat. If your partner is home, you can have them pull the mat lid over the bath and place a towel on it while you hold baby.
SLIDE OUT BATH: Combined bath changing stations are normally in the nursery for changing and are pushed to a wet area for bathing. Due to their physical size they are too large to leave in the average bathroom. Actually using them in the average bathroom is difficult because you need to allow space for yourself to work around them. Doing things like filling, draining, moving from a bathing to drying position is impossible in the average sized bathroom.
Due to the designs of these systems, a parents bathing position compared to where a parent needs to stand to use the mat for drying purposes is different. In most cases there isn’t room to get around these products when a house bath, vanity, shower and walls stop you from moving around them.
Since these combo units are usually in the nursery and bathing a child cannot take place in the nursery they have to be wheeled to a wet area like the bathroom. This is time-consuming since most change tables don’t travel smoothly over bumps and carpeted areas. You have to consider whether you want the hassle of moving things back and forth every bath time?
After bath time it is also time consuming drying all the shelves and compartments below the bathing area before pushing the trolley back to the nursery.
Imagine having to bath your baby using any of these methods for the first few months!
From then onwards, for the next 3 - 4 years, you’ll be forced to use your house bath down on your knees.
Once you begin using the house bath you’ll notice a considerable increase to your water and energy bills. The house bath is just bad option these days. Imagine your knees and back when forced into this very uncomfortable kneeling down position. Not a great option but until now there has not been another way.
You have just finished bathing your baby in that awkward position next to your house bath, now comes drying time!
Picking your baby up out of the house bath in this position is hard on your legs and back.
The options for drying are:
1) Place your baby on a towel on the floor and dry.
2) Place your baby on a towel on the floor so that you can wrap and pick your baby up to either dry on your
chest or carry to the nursery for drying. Standing up is the hard part on your back, legs and knees.
3) You could pick your wet baby up out of the bath and carry straight to the Nursery without wrapping up.
This is a risky option and not advisable.
4) Pick your baby out of the bath while fumbling with a towel to dry with. This is tricky not getting wet yourself
and again it’s another dangerous option.
5) While kneeling down, you could pick baby up twist around and pass baby over to your partner holding a towel.
The bathing parent on the floor who is forced to kneel and twist around is risking injuries.
Cleaning up the stains that occur from nappy change accidents when using a change table in the nursery can be extremely time-consuming.
Having the time to clean is also an issue, when your time is taken up with feeding, changing and settling baby for sleep.
Your spare time is when your baby is asleep, so cleaning up while trying to keep quiet and not disturb the baby is pretty tricky if you are in the Nursery.
Your TUBmat® will be in your bathroom so you are able to clean at your convenience without disturbing your baby.
Forgetting to have clean water for cleaning baby and cleaning your hands before dressing them is another issue. You may have just undressed baby and realized you have no wipes or water.
The alternatives shown below are hard work when you are changing nappies about six times a day.
Cleaning up after a baby boy has peed is an experience not to forget.
The TUBmat® will help make your life so much easier.
Changing your baby’s nappy with the TUBmat® will be quicker and more organized than the old fashioned ways.
The TUBmat® is great news!