Book Excerpt and GIVEAWAY: Rub-a-Dub Dub: How to Save on a Tub

We’re a mere fourteen away from the launch of my first book, The Baby Cheapskate Guide to Bargains and it’s time to share another short excerpt from the book with you.

That’s not all, though. Today I’m also giving away a signed copy of the book to one lucky Baby Cheapskate reader (surprise!)!

Giveaway is closed to new entries. Congrats to Christina P.! I’ve emailed Christina with the good news. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below this post telling me what you think your greatest weakness is when it comes to spending money on your kiddo(s). Is it adorable little shoes? Toys? Nursery decor? What items do you spend on when you probably shouldn’t?

If you can’t leave a comment, you can also email me (babycheapskate at gmail), but you MUST use the subject line “Giveaway Entry” in your email. Enter by Friday at 10 am EDT. I’ll choose a winner randomly and and notify her/him via email. I’ll also post the winner’s first name here. Open to U.S. residents 18 and older.

Good luck!

Rub-a-Dub Dub: How to Save on a Tub

You don’t need a baby bathtub. What you do need is a way to bathe your baby safely. You can bathe your baby in the sink without a tub. Cradle her with one arm and do your washing with the other. If, like me, you’re too klutzy to be comfortable with that, or if your baby’s too heavy, do as several Baby Cheapskate readers do and bathe your infant by getting into the tub with her.

Reader Kassandra says, “We found that it was easiest to run a full bath and to get in with our little girl. She was more comfortable and it made it easier for her to enjoy the whole process of taking a bath, getting her hair washed, and learning to play in the water without being afraid.”

Amber echoes the thought: “First ‘real’ bath, we tried the tub we bought at a consignment store . . . she hated it! She did not want to lie back (she probably had reflux at the time) and she fussed the entire time. It took both my husband and I to bathe her and we still couldn’t . . . do it. She was slipping everywhere. One night, I decided to get in the big tub with her with about two inches of water. We’ve been doing that ever since. I love that time I get to spend with her, and it relaxes us both before bed. I can easily hold on to her and she loves the closeness. She is much more relaxed and can sit up in my lap. I threw away that baby tub . . . it was nonsense in this household!”

Choosing a Tub

Prefer to use a tub? Most infant bathtubs are variations of the same model—a sloping back with nonskid foam to keep baby from slipping down. Some have removable slings for really young babies. Extras include temperature sensors, drains, and hanging hooks. You should be able to pick up a good one for $20 or less on sale, new. They’re also pretty easy to find on the secondhand market, so check your local Freecycle group, consignment stores and sales, garage sales, and so on, or borrow a tub from a friend.

You can use baby bathtubs in the sink or tub, though unless you’re a contortionist by trade, you’ll probably find that bathing your baby standing up at the sink is easier at first. It’s much easier on the kneecaps and back.

When babies can sit up on their own, you can put them in the sink or tub with a couple of inches of water. Put a towel on the bottom of the sink or tub to reduce the chance of slipping. As always, supervise your baby closely to prevent accidents. Keep your little bathing beauty cozy by making sure the bathroom or kitchen is nice and warm in cooler months.

4 Popular Baby Bathtubs

The First Years Infant to Toddler Tub with Sling is hugely popular, with nearly a thousand reviews averaging 4.5 stars on Amazon. It lists for $23, but you should be able to find it on sale for $18 or less, new. The sling is machine washable.

The Primo EuroBath Tub is another top seller. It’s big, period, at three feet long, so only consider it if you have a lot of room. Parents love the simplicity of this tub. It’s about $25 on sale.

The Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub is great for babies up to six months old. It features a removable “ledge” to keep babies from sliding down into the water. It’s also pretty cute. List price for this tub is around $26, though you should have no trouble finding it for less.

The Dutch-designed Tummy Tub is a new arrival on the market. The Tummy Tub looks like a bucket and allows babies up to six months old to bathe sitting up in warm water, which, say marketers, replicates the womb and leads to blissed-out babes. It runs a pricey $50 or so, though competitor Prince Lionheart washPOD is about half the price.

Some moms I’ve talked to say their babies loved their bucket-style tubs and were very calm during bath time. Another noted positive is that bathwater stays warmer longer in these bucket-type tubs.

On the other hand, other parents say they never used their Tummy Tub or washPOD much and found that bathing a floppy-headed newborn in it made them too nervous. Another downside parents cited is that when baby’s sitting in this position it can be difficult to get to cracks and crevices.

Look for another book excerpt next week! Want to be one of the first to get it? The book (paper and Kindle version) is available for preorder now.

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  1. Sara D. says:

    I have two girls, and I can’t stop buying clothes. Mostly cute dresses and shoes!

  2. Wendy says:

    My biggest weakness is designer baby shoes! And he can’t even walk yet and he outgrows them so quickly.

  3. charissa says:

    CLOTHES! I have two girls and can’t stop buying cute clothes.

  4. Tiffany Keith says:

    I’m actually pretty good at being disciplined about spending, but if I had more money, it would probably be spent on clothes, especially dresses.

  5. Sree says:

    I love buying clothes on sale for my son and it is hard to pass up some good deals when u know ur kid will outgrow the current ones. I don’t pay full price for clothes at all. That is my current weakness.

  6. Kristen says:

    Toys, We have a house full and he is only 8 months old.

  7. Jill says:

    My biggest weakness is books. Picture books and parenting theory books. I love to read about and to the kids! 🙂

  8. Stephanie says:

    My weakness is probably anything eco-friendly. Although I don’t always fall victim to “greenwashing”, if something is eco-friendly, I often can justify any additional cost by saying I want the “best” for my kid. On the other hand, other eco-friendly habits, like trolling craigslist for the things we need isn’t so bad.

  9. Sonya says:

    I love Robeez they are so cute. We have 3 pairs of 6-12 month for my 8 month old. And clothes of course- Carter’s are our favorite.

  10. Jane says:

    Clothes are my weakness! Its brutal cuz sometimes she doesn’t get to wear them all before outgrowing! What can I say, so any cute stuff out there for girls!

  11. Benedicte says:

    With my first daughter it was clothes. But the next little girl (due in June) it’s cloth diapers!

  12. Jacqueline says:

    Toys are very tempting, although I’ve actually been pretty good about not buying to many. It helps that he seems to want to play with everything put his toys…

  13. paula says:

    Never used the baby tub either always love bathing with my kids!!!!

  14. paula says:

    Anything on sale….im a sucker for anything thats on discount toys clothes all of it

  15. Melissa G says:

    hair accessories for my girl and hats for my boy.

  16. Cindy H says:

    I love clothes – I’m addicted to shopping for adorable outfits.

  17. Brenda H says:

    BIG weakness is buying really cute clothes – too many of them!

  18. Dana G says:

    toys that my little one doesn’t need!

  19. Kelly says:

    I know I go overboard on toys and arts & crafts supplies. My sons (4 & almost 6) have way too many toys, but somehow, we keep buying more. Lately, my younger son has been pretty good at letting go of the “little kid” stuff. Selling clothing, baby gear, and toys at the local consignment sales this spring has helped clean up the mess AND earn us just over $1,000 for vacation!

  20. Kristen H. says:

    Definitely a sucker for little girl dresses and swimsuits!!

  21. Kateri says:

    I can’t pass up a “deal” for my baby girl. Sales at target, consignment shops, yard sales…. you name it. I even pick up “great deals” for my future babies that don’t exist yet. My favorite steal so far was a $5 ball bath complete with big bag of balls from a consignment sale that my 13 month old adores!

  22. Anne says:

    Books!!! Cloth books, board books, beautifully illustrated books, Bible stories, books, books, books! BUT thankfully I get them at garage sales…and love my local library!

  23. Jessica says:

    Cloth diapers! Why do they have to be so cute?

  24. Lexi F says:

    I’m a sucker for any baby gadgets-bottle warmers, strollers, carriers, you get te picture! It is a really bad and expensive habit that I am learning to break 🙂

  25. Quinn says:

    I haven’t indulged too much. I’ve found people are super generous with babies. But I do love buying cloth diapers and the like.

  26. Erin says:

    Clothes on SALE!! I always buy clothes on sale. Whether I need the clothes or not, I will buy them just because they are cheap…and adorable! 😉

  27. Rachael says:

    I can’t stop buying anything that is a good deal! When I find sales on clothes, shoes, accessories, and toys for my little girl, there is always something that is “TOO CUTE!” to pass up!

  28. Jill says:

    Accessories (hair bows, headbands, hats, etc.) for my daughter. They are all so darn cute!

  29. Linda says:

    My baby will be born in July, and it is very hard for me to walk away from super cute and soft onesies! I’m sure we already have more than he needs…

  30. Kristi says:

    I am a MAM-aholic. I swear, if it says MAM on it, I buy it. My son loves their pacifiers, teethers and bottles. My other weakness would be BabyGap. I have the Gap Card and I keep getting those vouchers and I just can’t stop buying little baby boy clothes! 🙂

  31. Maryanne W. says:

    I love buying those cute little girl shoes!

  32. Melissa says:

    I can’t say no to a book if they ask, and I rarely bring my toddler daughter to the shoe store with me because she always walks out with a new pair of shoes.

  33. Lori says:

    A bargain toy or other item that is a great deal.

  34. Annalisa says:

    Shoes. My daughter is well on her way to become the next Imelda Marcos.

  35. Jocelyn Marrero says:

    My biggest splurge on baby was buying bibs. We must have had over 100 bibs since he was born in June. Since then I’ve got rid of some bibs because of stains or wear and tear. My obsession with bibs started when my son started teething heavily at 4months old. I found myself changing his bib every hour on the hour because it would become soaked from teething drool. Every time I would leave my house it would be with a baby bag filled with at least ten bibs in it. Know that he’s 10 months old, he drools a lot less and I just have a shelf full of new and used bibs. I do not intend to buy any more bibs!

  36. Karen H. says:

    Definitely kids clothes! It happens every time I walk into Baby Gap.

  37. Ileana Petrone says:

    TOYS!! If something is on sale for 40% off or more, I just cannot say no. My house is the next best thing to Disney World.

  38. Jamie says:

    Definitely clothes, especially now that I have a little girl!

  39. kisha says:

    Smocking. My biggest weakness for my son is definitely smocked jonjons and bubbles!

  40. Amanda says:

    Toys!! I love toys!!

  41. Jenelle Kemper says:

    My biggest weakness is sales!!! Right now for clothes and bibs and toys. If there is a deal to be had, I will find it and use it!

  42. Steph says:

    My husband claims that I am a stroller hoarder! But I would say my weakness is little old man clothes for my son. If it will make him look like Mr. Rogers, I just can’t pass it up!

  43. Maria says:

    Oh my god, having just had a girl baby, I’m dying over bows and hair accessories as well as shoes. She has so many that I put a bow in her hair even when wearing her pajamas.

  44. Joanna James says:

    My weakness has to shoes for both my lil ones I always have to have shoes that match everything I think they might have more shoes then me!

  45. Markene says:

    Im the worst about buying books, I think they are so important and always splurge when it comes to books!

  46. Ally Colon says:

    Ive gotta say i tend to spend the money on clothes. Im addicted to bargain shopping and if its on sale i just gotta have it!!

  47. Katelyn G says:

    Clothes and toys for my little boy!

  48. Rebecca b says:

    I definitely spend way too much on toys! They probably would be happy with 5, but I feel the need to buy tons!!!

  49. Beth Romines says:

    My weakness is little bitty clothes. Because everything fits perfectly and he looks SO cute in anything!