The full name of this bath pillow is the LeachCo Hug Tub Bath Support. It comes with two designs (that we know of), “Frog Pond” and “Stingray.” Although, LeachCo’s own website doesn’t even list/show the Stingray as one of their designs.
Anyway, we digress: We love this bath pillow. When Baby G was first born, well…after her umbilical cord fell off, we used an inflatable baby bath tub called the Summer Infant EasyStore Comfort Tub. As you can see from the picture below, we have the pink one, but it also comes in “neutral.” It was kind of nice because the legs fold underneath and the whole thing folds in half, plus it has eyelets so that you can hang it from Command Hooks that you attach to the side of the bathtub enclosure.
The big design flaw is that there is absolutely no support, so with the benefit of hindsight, we now know it’s something that you’d rule out for any child that’s under 6 months of age or so. This flaw was exacerbated by the fact that in order to set it up so that the baby can recline, you lock down plastic straps that attach to the middle of the part that the baby sits on, making a peak on either side of the middle of the tub that is way too steep. This pushes the water to either side (as can be seen in the picture) at which point the baby slides off to one side and into the water. If you use only the top strap and attempt to let the baby recline with her bottom and legs in the water, she then slides down the incline. Now she’s not only chin deep in water, but she’s all scrunched up in a really uncomfortable looking position (I ,understandably, did not get a picture of this). She hated it, and so did we.
One other element that isn’t a flaw, but is kind of unnecessary, is the drain plug. You could unplug it when your son/daughter is done with their bath, or…you can just flip the tub over and get rid of the water much more rapidly. Part of the reason that we originally went with the EasyStore Comfort Tub is what’s in the name: It’s easy to store. Thus, we weren’t looking to replace it with a rigid bathtub like the Fisher Price Rainforest Friends Bath Tub.
That’s when we found the LeachCo Hug Tub Bath Support. It has a hook so that you can hang it from the Command Hooks or from the shower nozzle. This bath pillow drains the water it retained during bathtime much like an oversaturated car sponge loses water, and the rest dries very quickly; within an hour or two. Additionally, the seat collapses into the boppy-like support part of the product. We think that the “boppy” part of the bath pillow is supposed to float, but it does not. To us, if that’s a design flaw, it’s not much of one as we don’t fill up the whole tub with water. We don’t know how other people do it, but we don’t see much point in filling up the whole tub when the baby only takes up one fifth of it.
In any case, Baby G has been able to sit up on her own pretty well since she was six months old, so this bath pillow has given her all the support she’s needed so stay upright in the slippery bathtub while playing with her toys. Before that, it gave enough support that it enabled us to reach for the soap or shampoo while giving her complete support with only one hand. We’ve seen some reviews that grumble at the fact that the “boppy” doesn’t go all the way around, so it’s not 100% foolproof that the baby won’t fall down, especially when reaching for his/her toys. To this we ask, “Are you just leaving your child in the tub by himself?” As far as we know, most people are usually at arm’s length when their child is in the tub. LeachCo’s product page even warns that this should be the case.
One of the other things that we like about the LeachCo is the fact that it’s Made in the U.S.A. When so many products are being made overseas in the name of maximizing profits, it’s nice to see that this is made in America. And to us, American-made products are of a higher quality than those made overseas (other than the European countries), so increased durability and longevity of the product is something that we expect to bear out as well.
Lastly, price was a concern for us (as it is for most people). We were looking for something in the $30 range, so while the the Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool (which comes in pink, blue, violet, and green) comes with more features such as the whirlpool function and shower head, it’s 80% to 90% more expensive, so it didn’t really fit the bill. Other products similar to Lil’ Luxuries even have a built in thermometer, but we think you’ll find these supplemental features largely unnecessary and, thus, useless.
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