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This opinion has been totally rewritten. When my youngest child had outgrown the sink, I needed to find some way of bathing her safely in the bath. This is where the car boot sale came in handy again as I went in search of a bath seat at a reasonable price. Luckily the first one I came across, the Fisher Price Stay N Play bath seat, looked exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. I paid £3.50 for it and it has definately paid for itself. It is a white plastic circular seat with a plastic ring about waist height and also a plasic bit that goes betwwen the legs so that they can`t shuffle about and try to stand up. There are also lots of little suction pads on the bottom to secure it to the bath. The base of the seat is blue and is made of tough rubber so it is fairly soft on the child`s bottom, and also it stops them from sliding around. Once the child is inside, it is small enough so they can`t topple over but there is enough room so you can wash your child without struggling. The back of the seat has a sponge part attached to it to make it that little bit more comfortable. The suction pads are a lot stronger than the ones that you find on bath mats, so once it is fixed to the bath there is not really any danger of it moving. Saying that though, you still shouldn`t leave your child unattended. With this seat you will find that your child will enjoy the bath more as they have the added sense of security of being supported without being limited. They are suitable from whenever your child can sit up until around the age of 18 months. My daughter loved her seat because it meant that she could play in the bath along with her elder brother and sister without being frightened of slipping. Although the instructions say this seat is suitable for children upto the age of 18mths, it really depends on the size of your child. My daughter is now 16mths and she won`t fit in it anymore as she is tall and eats like a pi g, but that`s not a problem anymore as she is now stable enough to just sit on a bath mat.
One of my main worries when I had my baby was of bathing her. I was petrified of letting her slip under water. If you've tried bathing a baby then you'll know how difficult they sometimes are to hold upright and not let them slide down the bath, especially if they are smothered in baby soap! I also knew from experience many years ago as a child the scary feeling of slipping underwater and not being able to breath and didn't want her to have the same feelings. I can't swim because of this and didn't want my little one to sense my feelings of nervouseness when giving her a bath, so, to cut a long story short.......... I bought a bath seat which I feel has been money well spent and I'd advise anyone thinking of buying one to go ahead and do it, I think they are well worth the money.
My daughter loves having a bath, and since she's become more mobile she also loves standing up in the bath! Nightmare! Since she has been 6 months old or so, I bought a Fisher Price bath seat called Stay and Play from a second hand shop for £10. I think it's the best £10 I have ever spent! The bottom of the seat has lots ofl ittle suction cups to stick into the bath with, and lets the child sit still and play with their bath toys instead of slipping and sliding everywhere. It's great, because it give you the use of both hands for washing their hair etc, whilst knowing that they won;t slip over and drown while your back is turned for a second. The only problem is that my daughter is now 16 months old, and very determined, so bath times have to be short as she can;t keep still for long. The other problem is that we have just moved house, and now have a cast iron bath, which the seat doesn;t fit properly. It still sticks to the bottom, but not as snuggly as before. I don;t know how much these cost when new, but I would definetely recommend it. I know I'll be keeping hold of it for when baby no 2 is splashing around with the rubber ducks!