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.

Marketing photo of a baby sitting inside the Munchkin inflatable bath duckSo 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, appliqués). Then we switched from baths to showers using a shower head holder found at a local hardware store.


4 Responses to “Review: Munchkin White Hot Safety Duck Tub”

  1. Asha says:

    The tub looks cute, but I can’t say I’d want to dunk my kid in something called “White Hot.” I assume the color changes if the water’s too warm, but still…what were they thinking?

    March 31st, 2006 at 11:11 pm

  2. Heather says:

    Garbage. We got one as a gift at our baby shower. It never quaked and it looses air after one bath. You must add air before every bath. Total pain. It was purchased from Target and even with the gift receipt they wouldn’t let us exchange the product. HATE Target!!

    October 2nd, 2007 at 7:22 am

  3. Alicia says:

    My mother actually bought this duck a month ago. She thought it was the cutest thing for my daughter Abby. My poor little girl was absolutely terrified of her bath in it. I mean, imagine being a 9 month old baby trapped in a giant duck filled with water? That makes no sense! I had a bit of a laugh at my daughter’s expense, then realized she might have a life-long fear of ducks. Thanks mom, for scarring me and my daughter.

    December 14th, 2007 at 9:22 pm

  4. Kathleen says:

    I bought this about 6 months ago for my neice when she stays with me. She loved it! However 4 months after I bought it (when she was 10 months), she had outgrown it. It wasn’t that she was to big, but she wanted to stand up and climb out of it. She still likes to play with it out of the tub, and we keep her toys in it. She loves to make it quack.

    October 2nd, 2008 at 8:42 am