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Shopping for a new baby bath seat? Similar to high chairs, these nifty infant chairs are specially designed to keep your little one supported and entertained while you go about making them spick and span in the tub, without needing to continuously prop them up. But, finding the ideal bath support for your baby can be challenging. What's best for newborns, is size important and how can you ensure your precious bubba stays safe in the tub?
If you want to get clued up on how to keep your water baby safe and happy, you’ve come to the right place. From recliners for newborns to interactive play seats for distracted toddlers, we've rounded up the best tub accessories on the market to make bath time plain sailing.
What type of baby bath seat is best?
So, how do you choose the best baby bath seat? 'Make sure it's suitable for your baby’s age and weight,' advises Jumaimah Hussain, parenting expert at Kiddies Kingdom. 'And ensure it has sturdy surface attachments, good quality suction cups and a strap or safety bar in the middle to prevent slipping and sliding in the bath.' Here are a few points to consider before purchasing your first baby bath seat:
While bath supports and recliners are aimed at newborns, seats are designed for slightly older tots, ‘Most baby bath seats are recommended to be used once your baby can sit up unassisted at around six months, and usually until they reach two years old.’ says Hussain.
Prices can vary so it's worth shopping around. If you want a bath support that comes with all the bells and whistles including safe suction cups and interactive elements, you should expect to spend a little more. But if you just need the basics, depending on your budget, there are plenty of quality offerings to choose from that will suit both you and your little one's needs.
Do you want a baby bath seat that will last for years and help keep several members of your growing family clean, or a trusted newborn recliner that you can use for a shorter time period before upgrading to a bigger size when your baby learns to sit up?
From neutral tones that suit minimalist decor, to brighter shades for statement bathroom suites, there’s plenty to pick from to match your interior, so shop around until you find the style that fits.
Baby bath seat safety tips
Provided you're always within arms reach, baby bath seats are generally safe to use. But it is worth keeping the following tips in mind:
- Is my baby safe? The NHS advises to never leave your baby alone during bath time, even when using a seat for support. ‘It is important to never leave your baby unattended in the bath, even for a few seconds,' agrees Hussain. 'The biggest danger of bath seats is that they can give parents a false sense of security, which could tempt them to leave the baby unattended.'
- Check the temperature: It's also essential that you check the water and room temperature before bathing your baby. Aim for bath water around 38C and use a bath thermometer to double check (we love this White Hot Safety Bath Duck) and make sure the bathroom is warm enough, too.
- Wrap baby up: Babies can get cold pretty quickly after a bath, as they haven't yet learned how to regulate their body temperature. Pop them in a towel as soon as they're out of the tub. We've big fans of this hooded towel from Cuddledry that fastens around your neck for extra support.
- Is my baby secure? It's worth being mindful of the quality of the bath surface attachments, so make sure they are sturdy and that the bath seat surface is non-slip — particularly for newborns and young babies. ‘Suction cups on the bottom of a bath chair can also become detached from the tub, so make sure the bath seat has good quality attachments,' says Hussain.
The best baby bath seats to shop now
From Angelcare's newborn bath support to Thermobaby's toddler chair, keep scrolling for our pick of the best baby bath seats available to buy now.
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