I guess technically it was my fault the first time, but he did a second time last night and I am blameless. It took almost 15 months for it to finally happen and I can’t say I’m not glad it took so long. LTD pooped in the tub. The first time was totally my bad. The incident happened towards the end of the little guy’s bath. He is still in the Primo EuroBath and I he was splashing around a lot, so I thought he would be up for some fun. He was not. I lifted up the end of the tub slightly so the water would slide down to his size. Well, in a scene from the Titanic, he grabbed on to the side with freight and The Mommy held his back. I put the tub down and he quickly calmed. However, we then noticed stuff floating in the water. It seems I scared the crap out of him.
Cleaning up wasn’t that bad since it was in the EuroBath and not as gross as it could have been since I don’t even know what a day without poo is anymore. The second time was last night and again thankfully towards the end of his bath. LTD was playing with his tub toys and then stopped to make a full on grunt face. I guess despite my earlier statements, it was pretty gross to watch it happen, but I guess one can get used to anything. I do hope this isn’t a trend and the little guy wants to permanently change the meaning of the word “clean”.
I usually a not a fan of too cool for school trendy products. However, I will say that we use the Boon Frog in our bathtub and while it may be considered “hip” I haven’t seen a product like it. The frog suction cups to the tub/bathroom wall and allows you to put all the tub time toys inside the scoop. You don’t have to use suction cups and instead mount with adhesive or screws, but suction cups just feel right for the bathroom area. The whole reason the frog is designed the way it is, is due to the holes in the scoop to allow easy drainage. Tub toys equal mildew if you don’t act responsibly and swiftly. In fact, Boon is so mildew adverse the foam floating shapes, that come separately, don’t have holes so no water seeps inside. I think they want us to use the scoop to well, scoop up the toys from the water. We have never used the scoop as we still use the PRIMO EuroBath and the scoop is not necessary.
I would offer one word of warning. Like anything involving water and suction cups, if you load too much weight on the frog it will come off the wall and make a loud scary noise as it bounces around the tub. It has only happened once, but the crash was loud enough to scare me straight. I think once LTD starts using the big boy tub the scoop should be fun to use. Until then the frog stands silent vigil against the chaos and excitement of bath toy fun.
LTD has always been indifferent to bath time. He never minded it, but was always passive and literally just let the water wash over him. Last week, however, things took a turn for the wetter. LTD usually reclines in the tub, since we bathe him in the EuroBath, but recently he has taken to sitting up. This new position affords him the luxury of using his arms and hands creatively during the bathing process. So far, The Mommy has taken the brunt of the tidal assault as she usually faces the little guy while I stay to his back to keep him from slipping. The Mommy and I often forget how strong he is getting because the days when he couldn’t hold his own head up don’t seem that long ago, but when he brings the full force of his arms down on the water we have to call The National Weather Service to warn them that a Tsunami is headed for the East Coast.
An act as old as time itself, giving the baby a bath is a nighttime ritual shared by millions of parents and each bath presents a different adventure for each of those parents. However, the one thing that is true for everyone is that the baby gets as the Bon Jovi album so elegantly put it, slippery when wet. With that fact in mind The Mommy turned to the Primo EuroBath. Now I know a lot people use the sink when the baby is little, but ours is always filled with dishes, so we were happy to use the EuroBath.
The tub is reversible so during the first six months he lies on one end and after that he can switch to the other side. In the very beginning he didn’t take to the bath and I suspect it is cause I was worried about the hot water and it may have been too cold, but The Mommy found the Goldilocks temperature (just right) and now he seems to not so much enjoy the bath as he finds it relaxing. The tub really does hold him in place pretty well freeing me up to play with the rubber ducky and in the future the scuba diver and submarine I plan on getting.