At first glance, the Blooming Bath Lotus appears to be a simple product—it’s a plush bath flower that you place in the bathroom sink, kitchen sink or tub, as a cushion or support while bathing your newborn to 6-month-old baby. However, I found that it took a few tries before I figured out the best way to use this product for the first time. At first I couldn’t get it to fit comfortably into my bathroom sink. Next, I tried using it in the bathtub and my wiggly newborn was sliding all over the place. After checking out Blooming Bath’s website, I noticed that most parents were wedging the flower into their sinks like a cup, plugging the sink drain and filling the bottom few inches (or desired level) with excess water. Once I figured out that trick, I did love it.
The Lotus is a newer version of the original Blooming Bath. The main difference is that the Lotus only has four “petals,” while the original version has seven. The four wider petals give the bath cushion more structure, but they also make it more difficult to fit into a smaller sink.
You can use the Lotus right out of the box—no assembly required. The plush material is soft and it comes in a variety of attractive colors (yellow, turquoise, pink, or grey). My baby seemed to enjoy his sink bath in the Lotus. I especially liked how the minky cushion absorbed the water and created a soft and warm place for my little one to sit during his bath. It had a similar effect to wrapping the baby in a warm towel during the bath. When I tried other non-slip infant tubs my baby would be sitting on a hard plastic surface that wasn’t the softest and didn’t seem to be as comfortable for him as the Lotus.
After the bath, cleanup was simple. I rinsed the Lotus with clean water (although it is machine-washable), wrung it out, and let it drain in my bathtub. It dried completely within a few hours and mildew-free thanks to the polyurethane foam center. I was able to fold it up and place it in the cabinet under my sink for storage. If you need to dry the tub more quickly, it’s dryer-safe—you can throw it in on the delicate cycle or gentle cycle. The Lotus also includes a hangtag if you want to hang it up to dry. This is a great hassle-free solution for people with small bathrooms or people like me who don’t have a dedicated kids’ bathroom and want to store the baby bath products out of sight.
As a new parent, the bath time experience can be challenging at best. When selecting a bath tub for my baby I’m concerned for his safety, but also his comfort. I didn’t feel like the Blooming Bath Lotus was as safe as some other baby bath tubs because it didn’t provide the same amount of support that the more rigid rubber and plastic tubs provided. It was much easier for my baby to slide around in the Lotus and it was difficult to keep him in a semi-reclined or seated position. This won’t be as much of a problem as he gets older, but for a newborn it made bath time somewhat difficult. Once I got my baby positioned correctly in the Lotus, he seemed to be very comfortable and he enjoyed the soft surface. I could see myself continuing to use the Lotus as my baby gets older. While some newborn tubs have size limits, I could see my baby continuing to sit or lie on the Lotus during baths for several months, even after we transition from the sink to the tub.