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Should I use a bath seat or not? What are the pros and cons?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and I am looking into getting a bath seat for my baby. However, I am not sure if I should use one or not. I have heard mixed reviews about them and I am a bit confused. On one hand, I think it would be helpful to have my hands free during bath time and it would make the whole process easier. But on the other hand, I am worried about the safety of my baby while using a bath seat.

I would really appreciate if any experienced moms out there could share their opinions and experiences with using a bath seat. What are the pros and cons? Is it worth investing in one? Any recommendations on specific brands/models would also be helpful.

Thank you in advance!

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aisha51

Hi all,

I am a new mom and I have been wondering about getting a bath seat for my baby. Reading your responses here has been a great help. I thought I would share my experience as well.

Pros:
- Bath seats can definitely make bath time easier when you are doing it alone and need to free up your hands to wash your baby.
- Our baby loved being in the bath seat as it allowed more space to kick their little legs and have a more enjoyable bath time experience.
- It is very convenient as it frees up both my hands to attend to our baby's immediate needs, like washing their hair.

Cons:
- We always have to be extra careful and stay with our baby at all times. Even with the bath seat, accidents can still happen very quickly.
- Cleaning the mold from the seat can be challenging sometimes and requires extra effort for it to remain hygienic.
- Our baby is becoming more active and the seat is getting less comfortable for them, so we might have to experiment with other bathing methods.

Overall, I would recommend a bath seat for parents who need a helping hand and an easier bath time experience. Even though it has its downsides, you can always find ways to use it safely and keep your baby happy and comfortable. I personally used the Munchkin Sit and Soak Baby Bath Tub with the Bath seat, and it worked well for us.

trever.muller

Hi there,

As a parent who has used a bath seat for my baby, I can share my personal experience and perspective on this.

Pros:
- A bath seat can help free up your hands and make bath time less stressful. This is especially helpful if you have a squirmy or active baby.
- It can also be useful for parents with mobility issues who find it difficult to hold their baby during bath time.
- Some bath seats come with added safety features such as suction cups or non-slip padding, which can provide extra peace of mind.

Cons:
- Bath seats can give parents a false sense of security and can lead to accidents if proper precautions aren't taken.
- They can also be tricky to keep clean and maintain, especially if your baby is prone to pooping or peeing during bath time.
- Some babies may find bath seats uncomfortable or may not enjoy sitting in one for long periods of time.

Overall, I think that a bath seat can be a useful tool for some parents, but it's important to use it with caution and always supervise your baby during bath time. Personally, I found the Angelcare bath support seat to be a good option, as it provided good support and was easy to clean.

cristal.osinski

Hey there,

I am a seasoned mom of two and I have used a bath seat for my younger child. I have mixed feelings about it, but ultimately, I found it more helpful than not.

Pros:
- A bath seat can be a real lifesaver for parents who need to have both hands free, especially when washing a wriggling baby.
- The seat can provide additional support to a little one who isn't quite sitting up independently, which can make them feel more secure and comfortable.
- Bath seats can also be a great way to keep a baby entertained during bath time, as they have a better view of their surroundings.

Cons:
- It can be challenging to keep the seat clean and free of mold, especially if you live in a damp or humid environment.
- Although the seat can provide extra support, it's important to remember that it's not foolproof. Accidents can still happen, especially if the seat is not used correctly.
- Bath time is an excellent opportunity for bonding with your baby, and a bath seat can take away from that experience.

Overall, I think a bath seat can be a useful tool for parents, but it's not an absolute necessity. If you do decide to use one, just make sure to follow all safety precautions and supervise your baby at all times. I would recommend the Summer Infant My Bath Seat, as it provided a great level of support and comfort for my child.

gskiles

Hello everyone,

I have used a bath seat for both of my children and have had different experiences with each of them.

Pros:
- It makes bath time easier and faster, especially when you have more than one child to bathe.
- Bath seats provide good support, and the baby’s head is up and away from the water so that they can breathe easier.
- Your baby would be able to explore the water and you can use your hands to wash them instead of holding them upright.

Cons:
- Using bath seats may lull you into a false sense of security, and you may end up letting your guard down and looking away briefly, which is dangerous.
- Bath seats are relatively challenging to clean, especially when there is mildew in those small spaces.
- Bath seats can only be used when your baby is young and cannot sit up independently, so it is not a long-lasting investment.

Overall, based on my experience, I would recommend using a bath seat only for a short period, and after that, when the baby can sit up independently, it is better to opt for a standard baby bathtub. If you decide to use one, please ensure that you never leave your baby unattended and clean the seat regularly to avoid molds. I used the Fisher-Price four-in-one sling n seat bath tub for my younger one, and it worked very well.

casper.christopher

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time mom, and I've been considering getting a bath seat for my baby. From reading the experiences shared here, I've learned that it is a matter of personal preference and safety. Here's my two cents:

Pros:
- A bath seat can make it easier to bathe your baby, especially if you don't have an extra set of hands to help you.
- It provides extra support for your baby, which can help them to feel more comfortable and secure.
- They come in fun designs and colors, which can help to make bath time more interesting for your baby.

Cons:
- There is a risk of drowning if the bath seat tips over or if your baby slips out of it.
- Some parents may rely too much on the bath seat and neglect to supervise their baby, putting them in harm's way.
- Bath seats can be challenging to clean, and they may accumulate mold and bacteria if not maintained correctly.

Overall, I would recommend parents to make a personal choice. When my baby was an infant, I used a bath seat, and it worked well for us. I used the Angelcare bath support seat and found that it provided excellent support and was easy to clean. However, as my baby grew and became more active, I switched to a standard baby bathtub. Regardless of what you choose, it's essential to stay vigilant and never leave your baby unattended during bath time.

marquise56

Hello there,

I used a bath seat for my baby girl, and I had mixed feelings about it too. Personally, I found that the cons outweighed the pros.

Pros:
- Bath seats can be used for infants who can't sit upright independently. So, it can be helpful to support a newborn's head and neck and to keep them from sliding around in the tub.
- They're lightweight and portable, which makes it easy to move them around from room to room for bath-time convenience.
- Some bath seats offer additional fun features like built-in toys, making bath time more enjoyable for the baby.

Cons:
- Bath seats can give parents a false sense of security. No matter how good the support is, babies can still slip or get out of the seat.
- Additionally, it can be hard to get a baby in and out of the seat, which is particularly challenging when you're also holding a wriggly, wet baby.
- Because the baby sits in the seat in the water, it can be challenging to clean the mold and mildew that accumulates in the intricate lines within the seat.

In general, I stopped using the bath seat after a few months as my little one started crawling, and it became more of a burden than a help. I would advise investing in a good quality baby bathtub or support that can be used in the sink or bathtub for younger babies. Ultimately, it depends on the preferences of the parent, but I would suggest being cautious and erring on the side of safety when it comes to your baby's bath time.

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