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ShabbyAbby Sun 07-Apr-19 16:24:37

Do I need one if I don't have a bath? Or will a sink or washing up bowl do (very well cleaned obviously)

AIBU to think it's an unnecessary piece of equipment and that, actually, a top and tail does for most washes anyway? And a sink or bowl will do the job otherwise?

greyby25 Sun 07-Apr-19 16:27:17

I never used it with my daughter. She bathed with me, OH, or with our hands under her head, occasionally in the sink. I'm having twins this time so I think I will get two just for convenience and not enough space and hands over our bath but I never struggled without with my DD x

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 07-Apr-19 16:29:17

The problem will be when they are too old for a sink and too young for a shower. DD was enormous so there was a big gap.

SoyDora Sun 07-Apr-19 16:29:35

We’ve never used one but did have a baby seat in the actual bath. If you haven’t got a bath then yes I guess the sink will suffice until the baby is too big.

ABC1234DEF Sun 07-Apr-19 16:30:26

We used one for the first 9-10 weeks. We used it on the draining board. It had a plug in the bottom (so it could be drained directly into the sink without having to tip it) and it had a built in back support and bumstop which made holding a slippery wiggly newborn a lot easier, especially when bathing him solo as it only took one hand to hold leaving one free to wash.

Alternatively one of the angelcare bath seats in a shower could work if your bathroom is relatively warm

Brown76 Sun 07-Apr-19 16:31:45

you could manage without, but I found it useful when they were 0-6 months as they could be completely propped up in the bath, they are very slippery little things!

Breathingfire Sun 07-Apr-19 16:34:39

I have a baby bath, used it with dd1 until she was too big. DD2 is now 10m and I've used it maybe 5 times. Sinks baths all the way here! Do much better for my back

Cornettoninja Sun 07-Apr-19 16:35:25

We had one of those tummy tub things for the first few months (eBay bargin) and then the kitchen sink because we only had a shower which dd hated/hates. Bonus is it’s much easier on your back.”

We moved around the time she was getting too big but you can get collapsible baths that sit in the shower tray.

HopeAndJoy16 Sun 07-Apr-19 16:36:19

We still use ours for Dd who is 2. She is scared of the shower and enjoys having a splash in the bath. I dream of having an actual fullsize bath as storing the baby bath it is a pain!

QueenArseClangers Sun 07-Apr-19 16:36:26

I had one of those overpriced bucket tubs with one of my DC.
He had silent reflux and it was a life saver. It was probably the only awake time that he didn’t spend crying until he was a few months old!
A washing up bowl or bucket would do.

windsorthewashingbasket Sun 07-Apr-19 16:38:27

We have a blow up bath. It’s been a godsend. It can fit a 2 and 4 year old in together (we put it in the shower tray)
We also take it on holiday when there is only a shower and you can fly with it and inflate it when you get there.

Littlerobin32 Sun 07-Apr-19 16:40:29

My DD went in the shower with DH from a few weeks old and always seemed to prefer it to the bath!

Amanduh Sun 07-Apr-19 16:43:02

Just put them on a chair in the bath? The ones that lay down

WinkysTeatowel Sun 07-Apr-19 16:44:37

We had a seat the first time round but have bought a bucket tub the second one as I was conscious of the amount of water we were using.

BiscuitDrama Sun 07-Apr-19 16:46:41

Maybe wait and see.
Ours hated the bath/sink on their own to begin with and had to go in the bath with me or DH anyway.

MummySharkBabyShark Sun 07-Apr-19 16:48:27

Definitely worth it if you don’t have a bath.

user1493413286 Sun 07-Apr-19 16:49:32

I bought a separate washing up bowl when DD was a baby to wash her in then when she was bigger I just used the bath

AintNobodyHereButUsReindeer Sun 07-Apr-19 16:52:33

I used a Shnuggle bath with DS, it was brilliant and he loved it too! You don't have to hold them in position so you can have your hands free to get soap, towel etc

ShabbyAbby Sun 07-Apr-19 16:55:12

I don't know how old they need to be to go in the shower?
Hoping I'll move soon and have a bath

BiscuitDrama Sun 07-Apr-19 17:02:12

Totally missed the not having a bath bit. Sorry!
You can stand in the shower with them from as soon as you feel confident.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 07-Apr-19 17:03:56

I don't know how old they need to be to go in the shower?

In DD's case, never. She hates it and always has.

RogueV Sun 07-Apr-19 17:03:59

I use mine for now 10 week old but yes you are right a sink bath and then any large bucket thing will do. When they are older a bath seat in the actual bath will do

HJWT Sun 07-Apr-19 17:04:47

If you don't have an actual bath you need a baby bath.

Marshmallow91 Sun 07-Apr-19 17:08:35

Get a baby bath, fill it n sit it in the shower if you can.

Mines is tiny and my baby has bad reflux, so baby bath definitely needed!
It's not much work filling and bringing through to the living room

Lazypuppy Sun 07-Apr-19 17:11:58

If you don't have a bath you need one.

Holding a naked baby in the shower is hard, they are so slippery! And then they can't play with any toys as they get a bit older.

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