What you need to know about baby seats.
Photo: Getty ImagesYou’re probably wondering what bath seats are made of, and whether they’ll fit in a crib or a car seat.
The answer is, they are, and they do.
Here are five key elements that make up bath seats and how they can help or hurt your baby.1.
MaterialsYou need to have the right materials for your bathtub.
A bathtub is not a standard crib or car seat, so it’s important to make sure your crib or seat can handle the rigors of an infant.
A tub should have enough padding, which can include a cushioned seat or a plush, plush cushion.
The softer the material, the more comfortable it will be to ride in the bathtub, according to the National Bathroom Association.
Bathrooms and car seats are usually made of a mixture of soft materials like vinyl, foam and foamboard, with the softer materials being softer and more absorbent than the hard materials, according the Bathroom Manufacturers Association.
You’ll want to use the softer material, which will help absorb the splash of water as you shower.2.
Design and materialsThere’s no set rule for what materials to use, but here are some common choices: Vinyl foam or a soft, plush fabric.
Soft materials are ideal for babies who need to sit in the tub for extended periods of time, but hard materials like hardboard or carpet will be uncomfortable and could injure your baby’s knees and ankles.
The materials should be easy to clean and maintain.
A soft, smooth surface will allow the baby to sink into the bath without bumping into things.3.
SafetyThe safety of a bathtub seat depends on the materials used.
A softer foam is ideal for infants, who can easily soak up a splash of fresh water without hurting themselves, according an American Academy of Pediatrics report.
A hard plastic is also considered safer for toddlers and babies who might have a fall in the water, according a recent study.4.
ComfortThe softer the materials, the softer the seat will be, according NAB.
But, the same soft materials that help babies sleep can also make them uncomfortable.
A plush, cushioned fabric that is soft enough for the baby’s hips and knees to slide comfortably into will be much more comfortable to ride, according this NAB report.5.
DurabilityThe softer materials can be hard to keep in the same position and make it hard to hold the seat in place.
A baby who is able to sink in a bath can be very stable in the chair, but the seat may get damaged if it gets bumped in a fall.
If the seat is made of hard material, a baby who falls can be thrown out of the bath easily.