Baby bath tubs come in different shapes and sizes. Some bathtubs are used in the sink while others are stand-alone or can be used in the adult-sized tub. The biggest challenge you are likely to face when bathing a baby in a baby bathtub is the fear of slipping. Luckily, you can fix a sling on the bathtub for support and prevent them from slipping. Do you know how to use a sling in a baby bathtub? In this article, we shall guide you on how to use a baby bath tub with sling.
Baby Bath Tub Sling, what is it?
A baby bath tub sling is simply a cloth or mesh sling that is attached to the bathtub to hold and support a baby during bath.
It can be fixed in such a way that the baby is in contact with water or barely in contact.
Some bathtubs come with a sling such as the First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn Tub while for others you have to purchase the sling separately.
How to use a baby bath tub with sling
Gone are the day when bathing a baby was a stressful experience.
Before the slings came, parents used to fear that the baby would slide in the bathtub or slip through their hands and get hurt when bathing.
A sling holds the baby better and provides support and comfort; thus, giving parents the confidence to bath the baby.
Steps to using a sling on a baby bath tub
Using a sling on a baby bathtub is not difficult if you follow these steps.
1. Fix the sling to your desired height on the baby bathtub.
Since the sling is adjustable, you can choose to have it floating above the water so that the baby does not come into contact with the water. This works great for babies who scream their lungs out when dipped in water.
Another option is to adjust the sling so that it is at a height where it will come into contact with the water. A good option for babies who enjoy being soaked in water during bath.
2. Raise the head
Slings are designed in a way that there is the head side and the legs side. When fixing it, make sure the head side is positioned slightly higher than the leg side so that water does not get into the baby’s ears, eyes or nose.
This can be done by adjusting the straps on the head side by making them shorter so that it is raised higher.
Add bathwater into the tub and ensure it is warm enough but not hot or cold.
4. Bath the baby
Place the baby on the tub and give them a nice warm bath.
The do’s and don’ts when using a baby bath tub with sling
- Do have all the bath essentials near you such as towel, clothes, diapers, oil, lotion, and soap shampoo among others.
- Do make sure the sling is attached securely
- Do rinse the sling and dry it after every bath to prevent mold
- Do make sure the baby is well positioned on the sling and raised above the water.
- Don’t leave your baby unattended in the bath tub on a sling
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How long to use sling in baby bath
Whether your baby loves the sling or not, it will come a time when you will no longer need to use the sling during bath.
Most slings are recommended for use up to 3 months. However, the right time to stop using the sling depends on a few factors.
Some parents stop using it as early as 8 weeks while others wait until their babies start to roll or sit up. One parent explains that she stopped using a sling at 8 weeks because her baby started to do a half role. Hence, she felt safer bathing her in a bath tub without the sling.
So the best time to stop will depend entirely on your baby or your preference.
To conclude, how to use a baby bath tub with sling is not difficult. You simply attach the sling to the tub, adjust the head position, add bath water and bath the baby. The only challenge may come when adjusting the straps to suit your baby’s desire especially when he doesn’t like being soaked in water.