Monday, April 19, 2010

Spa Baby Eco European Bath Tub Review & Giveaway!





Spa Baby Eco European Bath Tub Review & Giveaway!
When my first daughter was born, I opted to register for a cheap and small baby bathing thing to clean her with. I found out that it didn't really work well and wasted a lot of water since it had to sit directly in our big bath tub. Needless to say, that bathing thing isn't being kept for Baby Monkey (due in just over 10 weeks!) which left me to figure out exactly what sort of bathing unit I wanted to use for him. In my search to find an eco-friendly and child-safe baby bather, I found Spa Baby Tubs. They make European style baby bathtubs which are pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. Basically, these tubs are like buckets that allow a baby to sit cross legged in the tub, making them feel secure and calm as the environment mimics the womb. I've even read that this sort of tub is especially effective in calming fussy babies because of the womb like atmosphere it creates! There aren't very many US companies that make these sort of tubs, and Spa Baby is the only one I've found who offers a tub made from toxin free, recycled plastic (I've seen others that are toxin free, but none that are made from recycled plastic). This new tub, the Spa Baby Eco, is made from 100% recycled, non toxic plastic, and is the model that Spa Baby Tubs sent to me for review.


Key features that make me like this tub:

1) The size allows for newborns-babies 10-months-old (based on mobility) to use it.

2) It comes with a skid-resistant mat that you can suction to the bottom of the bucket in case you've got a little baby that may slide somewhere (not sure how that could happen since the bottom is narrow, but it makes me feel better none the less).

3) Made from BPA, phthalate, latex, and PVC free 100% recycled plastic...and is still recyclable, of course.

4) Can be used for much more than just a tub--my current daughter is too mobile to use the tub, so we've enjoyed it as a toy bucket, cleaning bucket, and storage/carry unit since receiving it. The fact that it's multi-purposeful makes me like it oh-so-much more since I'm all about simple living. :-)

I've been busy showing this tub to everyone who comes to my house for the last few weeks, and the biggest question I get is "how can you put a new baby in that?" Well, it's pretty simple and Spa Baby Tubs has videos and photos to make it more understandable. For any baby, you will fill the water up to his or her chest level (there's also a line around the tub's inside to guide you). The way that they sit will keep the water away from any their mouth and noses, but since a new baby's head is wobbly, you will still need to support the unstable head with your hand simply so they don't cut of their own breathing ability by having a chin touching their neck. :-) The photo below is of a 16-day-old baby using the regular Spa Baby Tub:


I'm impressed by the size, shape, and sturdiness of this tub. I can't WAIT to use it with Baby Monkey when he arrives and am thrilled to have found this! Thank you, Spa Baby Tubs! Finally, a tub that fits my lifestyle, belief in recycling, need for safety, and need for multi-purposeful items...not to mention the fact that I really think my baby will like sitting in water rather than laying all stretched out with me dribbling water over his belly like traditional baby tubs would have me do. Ha! Keep reading--after Baby Monkey is born and I use the tub, I'll write an update post here to let you know how it's working. :-)

Buy It! Make your baby comfortable and safe; you can buy an Eco tub from Spa Baby at their website: http://www.spababytubs.com/ or through Amazon. Prices for these tubs range from $44.95-46.95. This seems a little on the pricey side, but if you have the money then I'd definitely say to get one, considering how much more natural of an environment it provides for your baby during bath time, the fact that it's made from SAFE plastic, and that you can use it for other purposes, too.

Win It! Spa Baby Tubs is giving one of my readers her own Spa Baby Eco Tub! To enter, please visit their website at http://www.spababytubs.com/, look around, and tell me your thoughts. What do you like? What did you learn? Be sure to leave an email address and separate comment for each entry! Contest will end on or after May 7th, 2010 at noon, EST.

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Note: Spa Baby Tubs provided me with the sample to do this review. No other compensation was received and I was under no obligation to write a positive review.

62 comments:

  1. I have heard so many great reviews about these baths. I registered for one through Target but this Spa Baby one looks so much nicer! And I love that their made from recycled plastic! Thanks for the great giveaway.
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  3. Looked around the web site... I've seen other similar tubs but not this particular one. All the babies look like they are comfortable and loving bath time. And the all recycled plastic is a bonus. Thanks for the review ~ hopefully I win :)

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  5. I love that baby is almost always in the water, so he or she doesn't have to get cold, waiting to have the water drizzled over him or her while they lay there. I love that they feature a gallery of user submitted pictures. They show all of the babies looking happy and comfy in the tubs, and I think that's great!

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