There were not a whole lot of new innovations in the world of baby bathing products at the ABC Kids Expo this year, but here’s the best of what WAS new and different this year…
Boon probably has the most modern collection of bathing products and a great variety of bath toys. They have a number of new products for 2015. First is the Soak tub. If the Naked doesn’t work for you, then you might be interested in Soak. Its innovation is the mesh base that works for a newborn in one position and when flipped around, works better for older babies.
A number of new toys will make bath time more fun. Sadly, my boys have moved on to showers. They’re missing out on these great new choices from boon! Cast is a cute fishing game.
Marco is a little diver.
And Pipes stick to the wall and have water flow from one to another. I’D play with those!
Finally, the Frog Pod is being updated with a wider, less detailed design.
Stokke has the Flexibath under its umbrella of products and now you can get it in more colors.
Prince Lionheart is coming out with some bath grips and this tic tac toe game should be fun.
Did I miss anything?
Congratulations to Katie from Puj on the arrival of sweet little Liberty!
This makes it a great day to let you know about Puj’s new Infant Gift Set, which includes a Puj Tub, Nubs and my favorite, the Hug towel for $85. This is really gift perfection.
In honor of Liberty’s birth, you can get 10% off and free shipping until Friday, 11/14 with code: LIBERTYFAITH10.
And if you’re past the newborn stage, take a look at the Big Hug. It’s my favorite product that I haven’t told you about yet and my 4 year old is obsessed with his. In fact, my son was very upset last night because his Big Hug was in the laundry and he had to make do with an ordinary towel.
I love that he can use it on his own, dry himself off and then hang it on a hook by its rubber tab. This has been life-changing! The name “Big Hug” really describes this towel perfectly. All the kids have to do is hang the hood on their heads, tuck their hands in and give themselves a hug. Presto! They’re wrapped up and cozy.
We’ve been using the Big Hug for 8 months straight now and it still looks as good as new.
By way of disclosure, I was lucky to be a Big Hug product tester so I received one from Puj to review. But really I just wanted to be one of the first to have one! I would have bought it anyway.
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In addition to the bath items from Skip Hop, I noticed a few other cool bath items on the floor at the ABC Kids Expo 2013.
Brica debuted a whole new bath line with a complete range of products.
… and Super Spout Cover with Rinse Cup, you can enjoy a matching set of all the baby bath necessities from Brica.
For all you fans of the Blooming Bath, they’re introducing a new green color flower…
… some washcloth accessories, and this monster version.
OXO showed a new bath toy bin…
… as well as this simple but useful toilet seat cover. I would have preferred this over the Diego printed seat we used!
Boon‘s bath toys are always among my favorites and these new ones are great additions. There’s the Ray drain cover, some 3D foam shapes, Fleet stack-and-pour boats and a foam puzzle.
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As usual, Skip Hop has a plethora of items to add to their impressive lineup in the coming year. Here are just a few of my favorites.
The Giraffe Safari Wood Toy Collection is full of fun and affordable baby gifts. It includes the Crocodile Xylophone ($25), Nest & Play Blocks ($20), Stacking Animal Blocks ($15), Fold & Play Book ($10), Peek & Play Giraffe ($10), Spin & Play Rhino ($10), and the Flip & Play Turtle ($10).
These are already available on the Skip Hop website.
If you thought Skip Hop’s bath collection was already complete, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. They’ll be adding two new essentials. The Waterfall Rinser keeps sudsy water out of sensitive eyes and the Floating Bath Thermometer features a digital readout to ensure the perfect temperature in your tub.
Skip Hop’s Playspot has a new color scheme. The yellow and gray is a great new addition that will suit so many more modern nurseries and play spaces. In the photo, you can see one other addition to the Playspot line and that is the Funspot! Three inserts turn the Playspot into a spot for tummy time fun.
And your other tummy time option is Treetop Tummy Time Mat. As far as tummy time mats go, this one is pretty cute.
One of the most fun parts of the day with your newborn is bath time. I remember each of my babies’ first baths as such exciting early milestones. However you decide to handle your baby’s bath, it’s going to be special.
I’ve rounded up my top 10 picks (in no particular order) for this installment of our baby registry series sponsored by Babyli.st. Baby baths are always a popular baby shower gift, so take a look at the options and be sure to add your favorite to your registry. Be prepared for that first special bath!
1- The First Year’s Infant to Toddler Tub with Sling- $31
Design-wise, this pink or blue tub wouldn’t usually be seen here, but this is such a popular and highly rated baby bath that I couldn’t ignore it. It’s the little sling that really gets people’s attention with this bath over some of the other molded plastic tubs.
2- Cleanwater Infant Tub from 4moms- $50
For the gadget/technology lovers out there, the Cleanwater tub is the only option. The tub is designed for use with running water and continuously fills the bath with fresh clean water. With a digital thermometer you’ll know that the water is at your baby’s ideal temperature. The complete collection also includes a spout cover ($30).
3- WashPOD- $28
Upright baths are supposed to be more calming a soothing for babies. Newborns will go into a comforting fetal position and are surrounded by the water the whole time. This is a short term bath solution as it will only go up to 6 months, but in combination with something like the Ikea Lättsam bath, the two are an economical solution. The video reviews on amazon will sell you on this– beware the baby cuteness!
4- Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub- $60
With the sleekest style, the Naked can recline or expand to suit newborns and toddlers. The one-piece design collapses for drying and storage.
5- The Original Tummy Tub Baby Bath- $38
Another upright bath option, the Tummy Tub encourages the warm, comforting upright bathing position that newborns enjoy. Already popular in Europe, the upright tubs are getting some following in the US. This isn’t just a bucket, the bottom of the tub is smooth and curved, all edges are smooth and the tub is BPA free. Please don’t bath a baby in a bucket!
6- PRIMO EuroBath- $35
This tub is similar to the molded plastic tub we used but definitely a step above. Unlike you, I didn’t not do a bunch of research before I ran to Target last minute to grab a bath tub– Live and learn! The bath is designed to hold both newborns and toddler. Save water by not filling a big tub and keep baby supported in a comfortable position.
7- Flexibath Foldable Bathtub- $40
I’m pleased to know that my baby niece uses and enjoys the Flexibath I gave to her. This ingenious foldable bathtub saves water over filling the whole tub and folds up for easy storage. The tub is roomy enough to work for at least 24 months and with the infant support accessory, the tub is also suitable for newborns.
9- Karibu Baby Folding Bath- $50
Another space saving collapsible bath design.
10- Puj Tub – The Soft, Foldable Baby Bath Tub, White- $45
If you plan to bathe your newborn in the sink, this is the way to go. The soft, foldable Puj or the smaller Flyte (depending on the size of your sink) are the comfortable smart way to wash and care for your newborn.
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The bath products from Puj are so deceptively simple that on first glance it might be easy to overlook them, but their simplicity is exactly why they deserve a closer look. The original Puj Tub is a soft infant bath that folds up to fit in the sink. This year, the Flyte is even more compact and perfect for travel.
Folded up, it can be easily dropped into the bottom of a suitcase. The Flyte is available right now for $35.
I was also impressed with the Hug and Big Hug Hands-Free Hooded Infant and Toddler Towels. These are super soft and hang conveniently on a Puj Nub. The Big Hug was designed to fit a 6 year-old, so as I have one of those in my house and these are so soft and lovely, I totally want a few of these.
Finally, have you ever seen a more stylish set of anti-slip bath stickers? These stick on the floor of your tub to keep you from slipping the the bath. Puj will have several different sets of these, but I like the ones shown below the most.
Puj has truly created a full collection of modern, fun and functional bath items and I congratulate them.
Skip Hop is constantly coming up with new and exciting additions to their product lines. This year was no exception and they had lots to see at the 2012 ABC Kids Expo.
They are going to be rounding out their bath line with the non slip bath lining mat and a bathtub elbow saver you can lean on at the edge of the tub. So now between the kneeling mat and the elbow saver to lean on, there’s no reason that bathtime should be a pain.
The Treetop Friends collection is expanding to include a bunch of new wooden toys. Any and all of these will make great gifts!
There are tons of cute zoo friends feeding products including these bibs, utensils and straw bottles.
Of course that’s not all. There are a few great new diaper bags coming up as well. I love the look of these Grand Central diaper bags. I could see myself with one of these for sure. There’s also a new Jonathan Adler Bag that will come in three patterns as well as a fancier version of the Bento bag.
It’s turning into one-stop shopping for all your baby needs over there at Skip Hop. Gotta love it.
Like all their other toys, these vehicles are made from 100% recycled plastic, are BPA, phthalate and PVC free and are made in the USA.
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I’ve loved the Flexi Bath since I first spotted it. With its space-saving folding design and fun colors, it has been a favorite baby gear item of mine for years. I love its size and how you can bathe a good sized toddler in it without having to fill up your full sized tub (or even HAVE a tub in the house). There was just one problem with it. It was really for babies that could already sit up, so you’d have to have an infant tub in addition to a Flexi Bath. Well, not anymore! Prince Lionheart is now offering an infant support piece that snaps right into your Flexi Bath.
This ingenious swoosh of molded plastic fits over the edge of the tub and snaps into place. With this simple $17 addition to your Flexi Bath, the tub can last your child from birth until (depending on their size) they are about four!
If you love the Flexi Bath, like I know so many of you do, I highly recommend adding the Infant Support. This week you can get one from Fab.com and they’ll be released more widely very soon. You can also win a Flexi Bath with the Infant Support as part of our Begin With the Best: Ultimate Baby Registry Sweepstakes. Don’t forget to enter to win loads of great prizes worth over $430!