One of my good friends got this foam bath support for me in a hamper at my baby shower and at first I was really hesitant to use it. If I’m being honest, it’s mainly because I wasn’t sure how to and I really didn’t want to take the chance of thinking I knew what to do with it. I know that sounds utterly ridiculous but answers to the questions I had weren’t on any instruction booklet, because it didn’t come with one.
Was it suitable from birth? Was it to use in the “adult” bath, or just as a support in the baby bath? Do I put it in the sink? Was it for me to eat if I had a craving towards the end of my pregnancy? So I Googled it, just to make sure.
After a few uses, I can honestly say that this foam bath support has literally been one of the best baby products I could’ve ever received. It’s practical, easy to use and, best of all, cheap! Just pop it in your big bath and fill up with water to a level you’re comfortable with; I usually let the foam sit just under the water. Don’t forget your baby will sink into it slightly, depending on how big and heavy they are.
This support eliminated any chance of what I like to call “baby bath arm” – you know, the awkward attempt at holding your baby while simultaneously trying to wash them or play with them? That. Your baby can finally be “hands free” and you can wash them and enjoy playing with them. It also gives them a chance to have a good splash once they’re a little bit bigger while they still have that bit of security.
One thing I will add, and this is just my personal opinion, is that the base is probably better for babies from birth up until about 3 or 4 months, rather than the stated 6 months. Toby tended to lay with his arms up either side of his head and only splash with his legs. We had been using this for quite a while but didn’t realise he might’ve felt somewhat restricted by it. We actually had a family weekend break where we had forgotten to take the foam bath support with us, and he absolutely loved the bath without it. Lots of splashing and wriggling around, so we decided to stop using it but it’s down to you and your baby.
Even though this foam bath support is described as having a ”non-slip base”, it’s only true as long as it’s weighed down by your baby, otherwise it does tend to float around in the water. Lastly, once you’re finished with it just wring it out, literally like a big sponge and pop it at the end of the bath to dry. Or you can do what my other half does and just leave it!
Please remember that even though this product offers support for your baby, you should never leave your baby unattended in the bath.
Did you have a baby product that surprised you or did you use something you never thought you would and it’s now your favourite thing?
A Mothercare Foam Bath Support Update
I think I should totally just add that since a few of my friends have had their own baby this has been my go to present (along with a few other essentials) for their baby shower! It really was/is one of those products that makes a huge difference and I couldn’t recommend it enough!