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Tummy tubs

(23 Posts)
datingthedevil Sat 03-Nov-12 21:37:46

Hi all,

Do any of you have experience of using a tummy tub? What did you think of it?

Many thanks, xxx

Louboo2245 Sat 03-Nov-12 21:41:55

We used one until DD was about 6 months at which point she refused to sit down in the bath, but we loved it. Like REALLY loved it (so much so I still haven't got rid of it 3 months down the line)
The initial few baths were tricky but once you get used to it, and as they become more sturdy and can control their head, it's brilliant, I could bath DD without having to support her very mush.
From the reviews I read baby either loves it or hates it.

BuntyCollocks Sun 04-Nov-12 00:04:05

Loved it.

TodaysAGoodDay Sun 04-Nov-12 00:09:19

My DB and SIL have one for their DS. He loved it, but they had to stop using it when he was 5 months as he kept trying to either stand up, or push his feet out of the water so he submerged his head. Tummy tubs are good, but only for a short time.

crunchingautumnleaves Sun 04-Nov-12 04:19:44

Worth a try cos often great, but I only used once with 2 different babies & found traumatic. They (and I) much preferred a moulded sponge support, like this in the main bath.

welliesandpyjamas Sun 04-Nov-12 05:49:43

Haven't tried one but we did used to use a bucket (so the same thing, really) for ds1 when our old house was a building site grin and that worked well.

We're currently using the Tippitoes Mini Bath for DD and it's great. It's a very small version of a baby bath (with built in moulded support) so you use less water and it stays warm for longer ime.

welliesandpyjamas Sun 04-Nov-12 05:51:09

We also used to wash DS1 in the kitchen sink while he fitted (it was granite, not stainless steel, so less cold!)

FrightRunScream Sun 04-Nov-12 06:07:31

I just used the sink!

Teapot13 Sun 04-Nov-12 09:19:22

We used ours for ages. It was great following a c-section because it uses way less water than a regular bath, so I could easily lift it onto the dining table and bathe DD there.

datingthedevil Sun 04-Nov-12 14:10:10

Thank you all. I'll keep an eye out on eBay for one.

My NCT lady said the bath could be used up to the age of three which baffled me.

Louboo2245 Sun 04-Nov-12 16:13:14

Check out you tube there are videos on there on how to use it as well as toddlers in them. I kid you not!
Where abouts in the country are you, as you could have mine.

MousyMouse Sun 04-Nov-12 16:26:21

found it pretty useless tbh. you can't wash baby as you need both hands to hold his/her head over water. went out to buy a cheap standard baby bath right after the first try.

when dc1 had eczema it was great, though, as he could really soak in the oil bath (but got really slippery).

we used it for years and years until it broke as a laundry basket and the base is still in use as step-stool near the sink.

pleasebethismonth Sun 04-Nov-12 16:33:57

I loved mine and will be using it again for number two shortly. We have used it to store bath toys in too!

loveroflife Sun 04-Nov-12 16:58:51

washing up bowl did the job just fine!

datingthedevil Sun 04-Nov-12 23:58:22

Hi Lou, I'm in Hampshire. Where are you?

Limelight Mon 05-Nov-12 00:04:39

Nope. Sorry but it's completely lost on me. What's wrong with the bath?

Definitely consigned to my own personal list of 'stuff you really really don't need but great marketing convinces you otherwise'.

Each to their own though. Looking on the bright side, I bet you can get one for pennies on eBay. smile

Louboo2245 Mon 05-Nov-12 03:33:04

Up in wakefield

DigestivesWithCheese Mon 05-Nov-12 14:59:43

Had one and hated it. DD always looked as if she was about to slip under & I needed DH to help me hold her up! She was very little though, it might be nicer for an older baby that has stronger muscles. We bought a newborn insert for the main bath instead. DD lay happily in it & I had my hands free to wash her.

SufferingLampreys Mon 05-Nov-12 15:06:45

I used sink for first three
But love the tummy tub for our 4th
He loved it so much he used it well into toddlerhood

I didn't have many gadgets or gizmos but loved the tummy tub
It now holds all the bath toys

SufferingLampreys Mon 05-Nov-12 15:08:28

. You just don't fill it so full if you worried about them going under

jennycrofter Mon 05-Nov-12 15:11:54

Used and loved it for 3 DCs. They all love water now, and I am convinced that is one of the reasons. It is time for us to admit they are too big for it now though. DD1 turns 13 this month. blush She really doesn't fit it anymore.

backwardpossom Mon 05-Nov-12 17:30:00

DS had terrible trouble with wind and the HV gave me a shot of one to see if it made any difference. It was brilliant. As you lowered him into it, the wind would come up and he'd let out a massive belch. Brilliant thing, if not just a glorified, expensive bucket.

OddBoots Mon 05-Nov-12 17:33:45

I loved it with both of mine although it was a long time ago now, my oldest is 13. smile

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