When Ameli was eight months old we spent a few weeks travelling around Europe, camping. It was incredible and we had a really awesome time, and I can’t wait to get Aviya out in a tent (if this insipid rain would end!) The one problem we faced on that trip was campsite showers.
Balancing yourself, your dry clothes, your towel, your toiletries, your eight month old and all her clothes, towel and so on, on a wet floor with a single – often broken – towel hook is a pain in the proverbial, quite frankly. And then when you’re in the shower and she takes off under the cubicle door in a unisex bathroom? Yeah – that’s really fun.
On our return to England I started looking for a solution to this problem for future trips, and since then have wanted to buy a Flexibath. I was offered one for review a few weeks ago and practically jumped up and down in my haste to say yes.
The Flexibath is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a bath shaped bit of flexible plastic that folds down for easy storage and manoeuvrability. It would have been perfect on our last trip and will be on the next one.
The Flexibath is 66.5cm in length and 38.9 in width. It weighs a little over a kilogram and is suitable, they say, for babies up to 4 years of age – although I remember my granny making us bath in a bucket on the lawn at around 8 years old because we were covered in red mulberry juice and I assure you the Flexibath is bigger than that bucket was!
Just a pity it’s plastic, right? Well, actually, for a plastic tub, it’s about as eco-friendly as you’re going to get. It’s made from Polypropylene (PP) and Thermoplastic Elastometric (TPE), both of which are free from PVC, phthalates, heavy metals or other hazardous materials.
The base is non-slip so you could use it in the bath, which is, I suppose, what it’s meant for, and there’s a plug in the bottom so that you can empty it out without having to lift and tip a heavy tub full of water.
Of course, once you’re finished you can fold it up and pop it behind the door or next to the bath – it doesn’t take up the valuable space a traditional bath tub does. And when it’s not in use as a bath tub (we don’t use it for a baby bath at home) it makes a fine ice bucket in summer, I’m told, and for the rest of the time, it’s a pretty perfect laundry basket!
The Flexibath does tend to pick up a few knocks and scratches on the way, especially when your two year old decides it’s a car that’s great fun to ‘ride around’ the living room and topple out of, but nothing that affects it working as a bath.
Oh, and if you’re travelling to relatives who only have showers and no baths, like my in-laws, the Flexibath is a useful make-shift bath, but you don’t have to pack the car around an inflexible traditional baby bath. I certainly think it’s a great idea, and it earns its stripes around here!
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