The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub comes ready to use out of the box. It’s a four-stage convertible bath that can adapt to best fit your growing bub. There’s 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.
Bonus! 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 tub is easy to maneuver, weighing a little more than 5 pounds. 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 tries to get the perfect placement. The sink setup works best if you have a tall faucet to making filling it easy.
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The tub is bulky, so consider the size when thinking of how you will store the tub. But it does feature a hook on the back that allows you to hang the tub from a shower rod to dry.
The Stage 1 newborn sling is designed for the smallest bathers, up to 15 pounds. The sling lets your baby sit few inches deep in the water and cradles him in a comfy position that he’s probably very used to from the womb or your arms.
The Stage 2 infant insert snaps into the base of the tub with ease. When using the insert, baby’s head rests on foam padding and his bottom sits on the insert to keep him from sliding down too far. His feet will 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 really able to splash and kick his legs. Worth noting: 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 yourself.
While my son is still too young for the Stage 3 Sit-Me-Up support, it seems to be well 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, he would be able to sit with water coving his bottom and waist. The Stage 3 Sit-Me-Up support and the Stage 4 Toddler Tub can be used for tots up to 25 pounds.
Overall, the 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 (the sling is machine washable!). I don’t think I’d travel with it because of it’s size, but it is a great baby tub for our home.
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