Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Flexibath, the magical foldable tub

Our apartment has just a shower stall and that's not much fun for a toddler and his toy boats. So, last year I went on a hunt for a portable bath tub. An inflatable tub worked at first, but was soon too small, losing air, annoying to store and easily slimed up. Yuck! There had to be a better solution.

Enter the Flexibath ($35-$40 on Amazon). Created by Dutch Company A Real Cool World and distributed in the US by Prince Lionheart, the Flexibath is an ingenious plastic kids' bathtub that folds flat. Flat I say! So flat that when held closed with its attached clip you can store it in your luggage when you travel.

When opened, however, this transformer of a tub transforms into a bath big enough for children up to 4 years old. I've actually managed to squeeze both my tall kids (3 and 10 months) into one, though it may not be the most comfortable thing. Fun, though!

The Flexibath is bpa, phthalate, lead and PVC free, has a non-slip bottom and underside, and comes in green, blue, pink, red, white or clear. You can even buy an infant insert to use with smaller babies (though I haven't a tried it and used a molded tub instead.)


My only gripe: after almost a year of use and not much folding, the folding clip broke off the tub leaving a jagged edge that could have cut someone. I immediately contacted Prince Lionheart via their website and they sent me a replacement bath, but I really hope the company comes up with a better clip mechanism for the future.

Until then, I still wholeheartedly recommend the Flexibath to anyone who has just a shower stall or needs to travel, but recommend you check for clip breakage before each bath. Just be sure to hold on to your receipt too, so that you can request a new tub if needed.


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