Review of "John Lewis Bath Chair"

published 23/11/2006 | monkeybelly
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Pro Easy to use, baby feels secure, leaves hands free
Cons Smaller than expected, baby can outgrow quickly
Ease of cleaning
Value for Money

"Saviour for parents of wriggly babies!"

We bought this exact bath seat not from John Lewis but from Mothercare, for a very reasonable £12.99, so I believe it to be a manufactured by one company and sold in various places with the store's own labels adorning it ( I've since seen another of these in our local Toys R Us, confirming my suspicions).

This enables parents to bath their babies in an adult bath, saving on the trouble and backache of carrying a filled baby bath around the house (and saving on the mopping up - it's amazing how much water you can spill during a thirty second walk). This is also useful for relieving any strain on your back while you're bathing your little person, when you're already adjusting to carrying a tiny person 24/7 - if you've used other methods of bathing your baby the difference in personal comfort is instantly noticable.

It really comes into its own when washing your baby's hair - babies can be wriggly and holding them one handed in the bath when they're wet and slippery can be a tad nerve-wracking, despite all the midwife/HV advice - especially if you have a squirmy baby like ours turned out to be...and even more so when you're a new parent and still getting used to it all. This bath seat means that you can have both hands free to wash your baby and eliminates the worries that he or she is going to slide away or twist out of your grip, as baby is securely supported between his or her legs and under the arms - comfortable and very safe.

Two suction cups attach it fairly securely to the bottom of the bath. However, you do have to make sure that your bath is scrupulously clean beforehand, as any soap residue/remains from your relaxing bubble bath the night before stop the suction cups from working, so the seat can slide unexpectedly.

The drainage hole in the bottom of the seat is a sensible feature, as you don't have to think about removing the seat to dry it off - just pull the plug, grab your baby and leave the seat where it is, it'll drain out in the bath and will be relatively dry ready for when you want to remove it, so only very minimal amounts of slippery dripping on the bathroom floor. The plastic is very easily wiped clean, always a bonus when dealing with babies.

The only negative with this is that if your baby is big at birth or grows quickly the seat could become redundant sooner than you would have liked, long before the suggested "age limit". The part of the seat where your baby's bottom would sit is a little narrow and does look like it could be uncomfortable if your baby is solidly built - my daughter's solid little frame didn't fit into this for very long at all.

Otherwise, though, I would recommend this seat to other parents of young babies - well worth the money for the ease of bathing, added comfort and peace of mind it can give you.

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  • ieb2802 published 05/01/2007
    This is just what I've been looking for.
  • yummy-mummy published 11/12/2006
    This would have been a good idea for when my son was a little smaller. Kim xx
  • liz1102 published 23/11/2006
    Are you sure you're reviewing the right product, after it specifically says JL but you said from MotherCare? Some might think this would be 'off topic'
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Product Information : John Lewis Bath Chair

Manufacturer's product description

Baby Bath Seat

Product Details

Long Name: Bath Chair

Type: Baby Bath Seat

Manufacturer: John Lewis


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