Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
Review: Munchkin White Hot Safety Duck Tub
One day Little Miss’ infant brain realized that being bathed while lying on one’s back over the kitchen sink in a confining plastic reclining seat is one damned uncomfortable way to get clean. Don’t get me wrong, those over-the-sink tubs are a godsend, but babies grow quick.
So we moved her to our bath tub and placed her in the Munchkin White Hot Safety Duck Tub. In other words, an inflatable yellow duck.
What’s there to say? It fits into a regular bath tub. It inflates fast. She could splash and play without falling around the tub. It also transports and works well in hotels. Suction cups on the bottom help keep it in place, whether in the tub or hanging on the tub wall to dry. Oh, and squeeze the duck’s beak to hear a few quacks.
My only complaint is the battery compartment is inaccessible, sealed inside the beak, and thus the duck has a limited hand-me-down lifespan (with regard to the potential for aging batteries to leak). Properly disposing of the battery pretty much means cutting open the duck. We weren’t aware of the quack before we bought the duck and the tub could pretty much do without it.
We used that duck a good long while, at home, hotels and Gramma’s house, but finally retired him when Little Miss got too rambunctious, wanting to climb out and flail around. It’s rated for use from 6 to 24 months, and I’m not sure on the date, but Miss outgrew it by the time she hit 14 months.
From there we plastered the bottom of our tub with ducky non-slip stickers (or as they say in France, appliquÃ©s). Then we switched from baths to showers using a shower head holder found at a local hardware store.