When people find out you’re having a baby, they throw a ton of advice at you. “Oh my gosh, you NEED xyzpdq” as they rattle off a million things you HAVE to have for a newborn. You head to Pinterest and google, searching “List of baby necessities” and “what do I really need for a newborn” and your head starts to spin from all the different baby gear out there. It’s overwhelming!
As a third time mom, I’m here to tell you two things. First, take a breath. Second, you don’t need half of what those lists will recommend. Especially if your circumstances are like mine and you’re living in a small space – one thousand square feet for a family of five over here! Or if you’re trying to go more minimal.
There are only a few things I truly think you need:
A bathtub, a great carrier, some sleep sacks and a safe sleep area.
Let’s talk the best bathtub for newborn to toddlers when you have a small bathroom.
Yep, you heard right. ONE tub that will last you from birth until 18 months. And you don’t even need a place to store it. Because the OXO Tot Splash & Store Bathtub folds down super flat and can be hung up when not in use!
OXO Tot Splash & Store Bathtub
I have talked about the OXO Tot Splash & Store Bathtub a million times over the last several months on my Instagram. It’s one of those things that I wish I had known about 6 years ago when my first was born. Aesthetically, it’s perfect. Sleek white, with gray silicone that collapses and expands with ease. And so versatile!
OXO was really smart when they designed their Splash & Store Bathtub. There is no need for an infant insert! Which also means you don’t have to keep track of another accessory – yay. Two sides of the tub allow for use from birth – the first of which is a narrower end with a longer reclining area. Just lay baby down, their bum on the built in support post and bathe away!
Once baby is beginning to sit up independently, switch to the wider end! That built in support post I mentioned is awesome for your still-a-little-wobbly tots. R is just starting to be able to sit, but still needs some assistance. I love that he can have some room to splash around and keep a hand on the support post while he does so. It gives me a little more confidence for a safe bath time, even with all the bubbles and splashing.
The worst part about bath time? The cleanup!
Except, not in this case.
OXO Tot’s Splash & Store Bathtub is hands down the easiest baby bathtub I’ve ever used, especially when it comes to cleanup. No need to turn the tub over and dump it out! Instead, there is a genius dual sided drain that is so easy to release even my 3 year old can help. In fact, we don’t even take R out first when we drain the OXO Tot Splash & Store Bathtub. Instead, I pull up the drain, grab his towel and when the water has drained, wrap the towel around him right then and there in the tub.
Okay, baby’s clean. The tub has drained. Now what?
Now, push the two buttons on either side of the Splash & Store Bathtub leg’s and fold in. Grab the 360° swiveling hook, and hang from your shower curtain rod, the shower head, or wherever is convenient to you. The design allows for quick drying and no need to dry it off by hand every time. Timesaver much?
With three kids, convenience is everything. And living in a small home, space is a close second. Our OXO Tot Splash & Store Bathtub literally checks ALL of the boxes. It’s lightweight, but sturdy. Easy to set up and take down. And just all around everything my family could ask for in a bathtub for baby. A modern baby tub that will grow with your family!