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How to Use a Baby Bath Seat 

A baby bath seat is a wonderful product that will support your baby’s frame while you bathe him or her, making the whole experience more relaxing and enjoyable for both parent and child.

A bath seat - also referred to a bath chair or bath ring - will not only support a baby’s frame but it will also be perfect for a baby who does not yet like the idea of being fully submerged in the water. These seats are suitable for babies who are able to sit up unaided - usually around four to six months of age.

These safe and popular sit-up seats are a wonderful way of introducing an apprehensive little baby to a 'big' bath and a bathroom environment. Their design also means babies won't wiggle as wildly they do in a baby bath, allowing mum or day to get on with the task of getting baby clean with minimal stress.

Choosing which bath seat to buy often comes down to budget and personal preference. There are plenty of bath seats and rings available in many different styles and colours, so finding one that appeals is not a particularly challenging task. 

A reliable and sturdy seat will contribute to the safety of the baby or infant. It's a good idea to get some feedback from other mums you know locally who own a bath chair, or read a few reviews online about the models of bath seat other parents have bought already and been impressed with.

No two babies are the same, so make sure you choose a seat that fits your child just right and one that has a slick and trusty T-bar mechanism for getting your baby in and out. Also ensure there are no rough or point edges which could pose a risk to you child on the seat you are planning to buy.

You should remember that the suction cups or pads on most baby bath seats are only designed to grip onto a flat bath surface to ensure stability, so they may not be suitable for a rippled or textured surface. 

These suction cups are extremely effective and very strong, holding the seat firmly in position in the bath tub throughout bathing, yet they are fairly easy to take off once bath time has finished

Swivel bath seats are great because they allow a parent to easily access all areas of their child during the washing process. This type of seat also makes the task easier and enables your baby to turn around in the water to reach out to bath toys.

Here a few tips on how to use a baby bath seat in your home, to ensure your little one is safe at all times and you get the best out of your new bathing aid.

When you first buy a baby bath seat, make sure you read the instructions leaflet that came with it very carefully. It will offer advice on how to set it up and use it safely. Also check out the manufacturer's weight or age limits for the device.

First you should check that the suction cups are connected securely to the base of the seat. You should then carefully position the seat on the base of the bath and make sure the suction cups grip firmly to the surface. Also ensure the seat is positioned safety out of baby's reach of the hot water tap.

Now fill your bath to the required level, first adding cold water, followed by hot water - the depth should be no more than waist height when your child is in the sitting position. 

Check the water temperature with a bath thermometer. You can use your elbow if you do not own a thermometer. The recommended temperature is 37 to 38 degrees Celsius.

A bath seat makes washing your baby or infant so much easier

With the bath seat attached to the main bath tub, carefully lower your child into it. If your seat has a T-bar at the front, make sure this is unlocked and dropped forward to you to easily place you baby in the seat. Then close the T-bar mechanism and ensure it is secure. You should also check that any other latches or adjustment knobs are working correctly.

Many babies will be slightly unnerved or anxious the first time they use a bath seat, so it's vital to get your little one feeling relaxed and comfortable as soon as possible - plenty of smiles from mum or dad, a rendition of your child's favourite lullaby or the introduction of a favourite toy to the bath, should help to have the desired effect.

A few plastic, rubber or foam bath toys to the bath water can work wonders for calming a tense child - these will keep your little one entertained, leaving you free to clean your baby.

Now you should get on with the job of cleaning your baby - this is so much easier with a bath seat because it leaves a parent with both hands free to wash their child.. It's also important to make time for some quality bonding and play time. Don't be tempted to leave your little one unattended for even a few seconds just because they are sitting securely in a bath ring chair - accidents can and have happened..

You should use a mild, liquid baby cleanser to when washing your little one. A few drops of bath emollient can be added to the water if your baby has dry or irritate skin.

You should have a large and soft towel, ideally with a hood, next to your bath to keep your baby nice and warm after removal from the bath seat. Babies get cold pretty easily, so it's essential to attend to drying and dressing before cleaning up after the bath. 

It's important to wash your bath seat thoroughly after use and remove any specks of dirt, grease and baby soap that may start to build up in corners and near to any chair joints. The seat should then be rinsed and towel dried.

It is advised that you should stop using a bath seat when your child is at an age where he or she has started to attempt to pull upwards up to a standing position.