I have a whole new perspective on bath time after I saw the BABIES movie last night, and watched a mother in Namibia bathe her baby by licking his face. Here in the USA, we bathe our babies from a copious supply of clean water. And we buy really big plastic tubs to bathe them in.
Most baby bathtubs take up way too much space, but 2010 has brought about some good innovations. First came the Puj tub, and now the Flexibath Tub. The Flexibath Tub folds up accordion-style when the bath is over, and it takes up no space at all. It’s made of a strong, flexible plastic that’s non-toxic and free of PVC, BPA, phthalates and heavy metals. It can be used as a standalone tub for kids up to age 4, offering a lifespan far longer than other tubs. It is designed and produced in Denmark.
Parenthetically, when Zev was born, I really wanted to hop on board the bucket-bath bandwagon, but when I tried one I found that, while he definitely liked sitting in the water, it wasn’t a very practical way to get him clean. In hindsight, my standards for clean were probably unnecessarily high.