I have very few baby products that I purchased myself because I researched them to death and ended up loving them. Our car seat was a used one, gifted to us by a friend. The swing we purchased was chosen because it was the only one that had an AC adaptor. The bouncer he sits in while I’m at the computer is borrowed and does the job just fine.
There are products that we’ve purchased and loved though, and I’m going to try to write about them here (if I can ever get around to it!) because navigating the world of baby products can be a headache. Where should you spend more? Where you can buy used? What products are just the latest gimmick?
One product that I fell in love with as soon as I read a blog post about it, is the PUJ tub. My friend has one, and wouldn’t sell it to me when I asked her if I could buy it and I wanted one as well… but I wasn’t sure if I was committed to the idea of spending $40 on a bathtub. Then one of the baby deals sites that I frequent, bTrendie, featured them at a discounted rate, and I hit purchase as fast as I could.
I. Love. This. Tub.
(These photos are from his first bath, at 10 days old. Kelli Nicole happened to be here that day and took them for us. Thanks Kelli!)
You’re going to take it out of the box and want to kick yourself for paying $40 for a piece of foam that weighs about a pound, but then you will use it a few times and pat yourself on the back for being a genius.
Here is how we use the tub:
Step 1-Remove tub from hook on wall behind bathroom door. (No need to find a place to store a big bulky baby bathtub!)
Step 2-Snap the tub together. It folds into a shape that fits in your sink with some clever scoring and placement of magnets.
Step 3-Turn on the water to desired temperature.
Step 4-Put baby in water.
Step 5-Wash baby
Step 6-Drape towel over your shoulder and lift wet baby out and wrap him up.
Step 7-Hold baby with left hand, grab tub with right and dump water into the sink.
Step 9-Hang tub on wall.
Keep in mind that all of this can be done with your baby tucked under one arm. Pure genius. Genius lady who invented it, genius me for buying it.
The biggest question a lot of people have, is how long can it be used. Here he is at 2 weeks old and somewhere around 8.5 lbs.
Here is an iPhone photo I took last week, he’s something like 13.5 lbs here. He still has a good ways to go until his head falls over the top side. He’s actually going to outgrow the sink head before he outgrows the PUJ tub, the sink head is so low and he’s so squirmy that sometimes he traps the water and hits himself in the face! It’s very funny.
The instructions say it can be used until 6 months, and I’m going to be putting him in it as long as I can.