Babies are cute, but they’re not very big. And this makes new parents nervous when they need a bath.
You may be all set up at home with the necessary equipment to keep your bubs safe, but what do you do when you are travelling away from home? How do you bathe your baby at the hotel or when you are on the road?
We are glad to say there is an easy solution: a travel bathtub is one of the easiest ways to bathe your baby on the go. These bathtubs are made for use in your kitchen sink and include various safety features, such as built-in safety straps to secure the baby as well as other attractions such as hang on toys to keep baby entertained.
To help you make a decision, we have put together a checklist of features to look for when you go out to buy the perfect travel baby bathtub for you and your little one. Let's get into it.
If you are new to the world of parenting, the realization of how much your baby's safety and comfort governs your day-to-day.
It no longer just encompasses feeding and sleeping - it also includes bathing on the go and making the process as safe as possible. Choosing the right travel bathtub for you and your bubs can alleviate a lot of the anxiety that comes with bath time on the go. However, with so many options available on the go, it can be hard to navigate what is best.
Here is our buyers guide to choosing the right bathtub for you.
One of the first things you will need to consider is the type of bath you'll be giving your baby and what is your preference when you bathe them.
Before we get into the difference, let us say that this will largely be dictated with the way you bathe your bubs at home. What we do like to encourage, at the Best Baby Care Tips, is to be open to exposing your baby to new experiences. If you generally use a bathtub at home, maybe try using a bath seat, and vice versa. Who knows, you may discover bubs prefers one over the other?
Before reading this article, you probably didn't even know there was a difference. However, there are some distinct differences between the two.
The main difference between a baby bath seat and a baby bathtub, is the design and construction. Travel Bath Seats generally position the baby in an upright position while bathing. While the bathtub is a container that allows you to submerse your baby's body fully.
We have an in-depth article that goes into everything you need to know about Travel Baby Bath Seats. For that reason, this article will only discuss the pros and cons of a baby travel bathtub. If you think a travel bath seat is your best option, jump on over to see our recommendations in our other article.
When you picture a travel bathtub, you are probably seeing the traditional hardened plastic tub that most shops stock. However, we are happy to report we have seen some innovation and creative ideas spring up in this space. This is great for parents, because it adds options to what was a once very restricted space.
Like we mentioned earlier, this is the more commonly known travel bathtub. It is a good old reliable option for travelling parents because it has no moveable parts that can break or pop. It also eliminates any surprises since it provides the complete bathing package. The main drawback is that it is large and cumbersome to transport.
The next travel bathtub we are going to look at is the foldable options. These are great because they offer the convenience of washing your little one in a safe environment, whilst also being small enough to travel with. Foldable bathtubs generally have a mixture of plastic and fabric components to allow for a sturdy structure, plus lightweight and compact features.
One draw back is that they may be susceptible to breaking while in transit, therefore leaving you with no options at your destination.
We do like this option as foldable travel baths offer a compromise between reliability and convenience.
Inflatable travel baby bathtubs are clearly one of the most convenient options for travel. They are light weight and compact, which means no additional check ins for oversized pieces of luggage.
You can literally carry these bathtubs anywhere you want. And the best thing is they will fit snuggly inside almost any piece of luggage - even your baby bag (but lets be honest, that's already jam packed with everything else you are bringing for the bubs).
For your convenience, we thought it would be useful to include the checklist of travel items we collated in our travel baby bath seat post (below):
When you set off on a trip there is always so much to think about and pack. To help you round up the things you will need to bathe your bubs, we've put together a short and quick list of items to include in your travel accessories.
Travelling with a baby may feel intimidating, however if you give some thought to planning and preparing yourself for the road ahead, it isn't that different from bathing your bubs at home.
With our How-to guide for choosing the best travel bathtub and checklist to help with your packing, bath time on your time away from home may actually become a fun occasion.
Let us know your tips for travelling with your baby in the comments below.