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Posted: 10/27/2011 10:48:12 AM
I can't remember what I did with my biggest girls for bathing.... they both hated the bath, so I think I usually took them in the tub with me or we did a quick sponge bath in the sink.

How long did you use the infant tub for with your baby? Is there some great seat for the bath that you can use once they can sit up more on their own but still need support in the bath?

Mostly just trying to decide if I'm going to need our infant tub when Ruby Sky is ~6 months old, or if I can give it to my sister who is expecting in March.

Thanks!






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Posted: 10/27/2011 10:52:05 AM
I would ditch the tub and use something like this, which you can find at a thrift store or on eBay for only a few bucks:

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Posted: 10/27/2011 10:54:51 AM
Yes, they are inexpensive, but if it is 25 dollars she or I don't have to spend, then we can spend it elsewhere, yk?






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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:14:03 AM
1 day. After that, I just took her into the bath with me and called her dad in to take her when it was time to get out. We both enjoyed it a lot more than the blasted mini tub.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:18:34 AM
I hated the infant tub. It felt really cumbersome. When my girls were newborn I took them in the bath with me (with Dad nearby). When they could sit up I bathed them in the kitchen sink using the sprayer to rinse them. Easy to clean them, and easy on my back!


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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:23:54 AM
I never used one. I bathed my infants in the sink and when they were out of that teeny tiny stage I put them in the shower with me-- either on the floor in the swivel seat thing or in my arms.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:26:44 AM
I never used one. I had a couple of perfectly good sinks. Plus I would have had to keep it somewhere and look at it.

Now, my ditzy ex-sil--she took one on a cross country plane trip.

I think it went in the overhead. She had to check the swing.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:27:47 AM
A long time. Floppy babies make me nervous.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:36:13 AM
I'm really loving having a baby bath. Never did with my first two and am greatly enjoying tubbies on the table, rather than dealing with holding a wet, slippery baby in the bath or shower with me, or in the sink.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:39:11 AM
By the time mine were a few months old we were either taking them into the shower with us or they were using a bath ring in the tub (more like 5 months and up). They both really liked showers and I would take a small, thin towel in with me and could hold them quite well in one arm and do things like shave my legs or wash my face with the other and then we got out and toweled off together.

To this day, my boys both prefer a shower to a bath unless they are sick.



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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:41:49 AM
I think it was right around 6 months for us. I think you'd be fine planning to pass it on at about that age.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 11:42:10 AM
I used an infant tub with mine until they could almost sit up by themselves so 5-6months.

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But of course, it wouldn't be 2Peas if the majority actually answered your question instead of posting their contrary opinion!
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Posted: 10/27/2011 1:01:25 PM
We used it until DD was probably 5 months old. I loved having it - not a fan of those bath seats as they are supposed to be a big safety hazard.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 1:14:01 PM
Well, I'm clearly very odd. We used DD's until she was about 9 months old.




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Posted: 10/27/2011 1:14:33 PM
We used it for my oldest a lot longer than my youngest. DS1 was early and very small so the baby tub was perfect. He had trouble regulating his body temp so we set the baby tub up in the kitchen, shut the doors, and turned the oven on so it would get up to about 90 degrees in there before we undressed him. I am pretty sure we used it at least six months, long past when we needed to heat up the kitchen.

My second son was normal-sized and we didn't use the baby tub for very long. We used a big non-slip mat in the regular tub which had a pretty low side and was fairly easy to access. Or we bathed him in our kitchen sink which was really big. He was only in the baby tub maybe two months.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 1:17:17 PM
We used one with my oldest for several months, but honestly with my youngest, we just took him in the shower with us.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 2:50:57 PM
Ok - my son is almost 8 mos. old and I still use it! He's not that great at sitting up though AND we have shower doors, so it's hard to lean in and wash a baby.

I don't understand the shower thing - how do they not slip around and/or get soap in their eyes or splashed in the face?

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Posted: 10/27/2011 3:03:19 PM
Until he could sit pretty okay and then we moved to a assisted sitting chair in the tub for a couple of months.



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Posted: 10/27/2011 3:07:43 PM
They have a small inflatable rubber ducky tub (sits right in your tu that is great for those months before they're ready for the big tub. DD was/is really long and she needed to transition around 5 months (her toes were hanging out the end of the baby tub!). First we tried this weird circle seat that had a bar in the middle but we hated it because it looked so uncomfortable. We kept her in the duck tub for a long while too. Loved it!

Sorry for the random face up there. Can't fix it! Give your sister the baby tub and grab the duck tub - you'll love it and baby will be comfortable in there.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 3:23:28 PM
We only used ours for about 2 months. It was too hard to fill up, empty out, clean.

After that our kids just took a bath with us until they could take one on their own.



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Posted: 10/27/2011 3:31:19 PM
A long time. I used this one. I loved how the tub grew with them until they no longer needed it. I was too paranoid to take them in the tub with me. I was afraid I'd drop them when they were all wet and wiggling.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 3:41:04 PM
I used a sponge that the baby laid in in the bathtub. I loved it. I just filled in a little water.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 4:13:18 PM
About 6 months, I think - so should be perfect timing for you to pass yours on to your sister.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 4:24:01 PM
We only used the tub with DD. Probably for a few months. I'd imagine you could pass it along in March without much issue.

For DS we used a bath sling seat kind of thing. Like this": bath sling It was cheap and worked quite well and was less cumbersome than the big baby bathtub. Maybe if you need to hang on to your tub for longer, this is something you could get or suggest to your sister. Or, you could use it and pass along the tub.

It was nice because it wasn't slippery at all and the baby could just recline in a little water. We loved it.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 4:25:49 PM
Bath seat

This is what we use. Tyler just turned 1 but it's great to put him in this while I wash him down, then I move him off and just let him sit and play in the tub.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 4:34:42 PM
With my first, it wasn't long before he outgrew the tub, and trying to bath him in the regular bathtub wasn't easy. With my second, we actually found a changing table that looked like a dresser--but the top drawer wasn't real. When you lifted the top of the table, there was a tub inside. It was nice and roomy and stood basically between table and counter height, making it really convenient to bath him. The water drained by a plastic hose into a bucket. It was incredibly convenient and we used it for about four or five months. I still have it---just waiting on grandchildren!


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Posted: 10/27/2011 4:36:46 PM
I use it until they can sit up on their own. Then I bathe them in the kitchen sink.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 4:48:07 PM

I'm really loving having a baby bath. Never did with my first two and am greatly enjoying tubbies on the table, rather than dealing with holding a wet, slippery baby in the bath or shower with me, or in the sink.

But of course, it wouldn't be 2Peas if the majority actually answered your question instead of posting their contrary opinion!


Since you have three children and still can't figure out the tubby, maybe they just felt they were being helpful.

Technically, "I don't use one at all" is as much an answer to "how long did you" as "I used my tub for 6 months." Does it even matter what other people do/did? If you are that hard up for cash, give it up. You'll be towards the end of baby tub use at that point anyway.


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Posted: 10/27/2011 5:06:39 PM
I just bought a rubbermaid tub and when i was done as baby tub washed it out and used for storage

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Posted: 10/27/2011 5:33:41 PM
I used the one kimpea posted. Loved it. I don't recall the age we switched o a blowup tub, but I waited until he could sit well. We used the blow uo for a long time. I'd have to look at pictures to know the age.

I never got around to a bath in the sink.

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Posted: 10/27/2011 7:36:18 PM
I used mine for about 6 months. All the kids were too big for the baby tub after that, so when they outgrew the baby tub they were also big enough to sit up (with a bit of assistance) so I put them in the big bathtub with a non-skid mat, and me holding them with an arm around the back. It worked well.


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