The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub comes ready to use out of the box. The tub is a four-stage convertible bath. It has a soft mesh sling for newborns and a snap-in support to be used two ways: to keep small babies from sliding down in the tub or as a seat support for unstable sitters. When you remove the snap-in support, it is a regular toddler tub. The package also includes a whale scoop and a squeeze bottle for rinsing. The tub has a hook on the back to allow the tub to hang dry and a drain plug on one end. The product installation manual has easy-to-read instructions and pictures detailing each stage.
The tub is easy to maneuver, weighing a little more than 5 lbs. You can place the tub on a flat surface, using the two feet to position it over the sink or all fours to sit directly in a bathtub. We have been using the tub on our kitchen sink, but it really depends on your individual sink as to how well the tub will fit. It took us a couple of days to find the perfect placement. If you do not have a tall faucet, the tub could be hard to fill, and I would suggest using it in the bathtub. The tub is bulky, so consider the size when thinking of how you will store the tub. The hook allows you to hang the tub from a shower rod to dry.
The Stage 1 newborn sling is suitable up to 15 lbs. The sling lets your baby to sit only few inches deep in the water.While the sling is nice, it could be better if it extended over the end of the tub. If you do not keep your baby’s feet inside the sling, your little guy will slide down deeper in the water than you would likely desire. I would not recommend using the sling with a wiggly baby.
The Stage 2 infant insert snaps into the base of the tub with ease. When placing the baby in the tub using the insert, their head rests on foam padding and their bottom rests on the insert to keep them from sliding down too far. Their feet extend past the insert into a little pool of water. My son is 2 months old and seems to really enjoy this stage of the tub. He is sitting in more water and able to kick his legs. While my son enjoys playing in the water, in my opinion, there are two design flaws to using the Stage 2 insert. The drain plug is located under the insert, so you have to either remove the insert to drain the dirty water or tip the tub and pour the water out. Also, the way the baby’s bottom rests on the insert makes it harder to wash that area of their body.
While my son is still too young for the Stage 3 Sit-Me-Up support, I believe it will work as designed. The snap-in support seat is deep with high sides and contains a lower support for the baby’s legs. When filled with water, the baby would be able to sit with water coving their bottom and waist. The Stage 3 Sit-Me-Up support and the Stage 4 Toddler Tub are suitable up to 25 lbs.
Overall, the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub has many useful features. I love the way it transforms into four stages to grow with the baby. It is easy to clean and the sling is machine washable. I would not plan to use the tub for travel as it is too bulky to be convenient, but the price seems reasonable for this type of baby bathtub. I would recommend it to friends and family looking for a tub for their everyday home use.
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