I used the baby bath for the first 3 months or so then a couple of weeks ago bought a summer infant seat (the reclining one) because he was far too wiggly and it was really difficult to bath him now he lies all sprawled out dangling one leg in the water though you do have to fill the bath up pretty high to keep him warm (water just below the seat means he would be cold very quickly)
Daisy went into the big bath about a month ago. She liked the baby bath but loves the big bath . She has one of those summer bath seats but absolutely hates it. We used it once and she cried and cried. I felt like she was getting cold in it too so we've not used it again. We got a big sponge type thing from Boots for her to lie on instead.
I've been having baths with our son from about 2 weeks old - doesn't take much longer I don't think (although if I had more than one I think it would be more tricky but we do it when I get in my PJs too and my OH helps me out by taking him and putting his nappy on whilst I get out and dry myself). I would put him in by himself now (he is 3.5 weeks old so I would obviously be holding him!) but I love getting in with him, also filling a big bath just for him is a bit of a waste of water! We've only used the baby bath twice and he hated it - I find a sink or bidet much better. If you are putting a baby in the big bath by themselves then you may end up with a sore back as well as sore arms!
Imi has been in the big bath for at least 6 months. We have a double sized bath though so I have to get in with her. We bought a little seat for her which is great. It means we get in together, I have a wash and wash my hair while she plays and then i get her out of her seat, wash her and then she has a "swim" x
We bathed LO in his little tub once, he hated it!! So I then started putting him in th big bath with me and he was fine but it was abit of a pain because I needed someone to help me take him out, I put him in his bath seat now and it's SO much easier an he loves it xx
Rowan's still using her baby bath at 13 months, and there's still plenty of room in it, though I think it's an unusually large one. We started out with the bath on top of the changing table, but had to stop that as soon as Daddy's paternity leave finished, because I'm only five foot three, and by myself I couldn't lift her out safely at that height, all wet and wriggly! Then I put it on the bedroom floor and knelt, but that didn't last long either, because she splashed so vigorously that she soaked the carpet. Now I put the baby bath inside the big bath: it is a bit hard on the back, but bathing her in the big bath wouldn't be any better. I've never bathed with her, because I like my bath water MUCH hotter than is safe for a baby.
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