Bath time!

It’s bath time! Today’s review is regarding an inflatable tub we’ve been using for our son for over a year now. After our son outgrew the plastic baby tub and needed something to sit straight up in. We tried a couple of baby bath tubs and finally tried out this inflatable rubber ducky tub that we picked up at Target, and what a great purchase this has turned out to be.

This is the
Munchkin Inflatable Safety Duck Tub.

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As you can see, it takes up most of the tub space, but it only uses a fraction of the water compared to filling up the tub itself. The nose has a device that when squeezed will make a quacking sound. It’s made with two air filled reservoirs, one for the sides and head and another for the base. I like the fact that the base is inflated because this also provides cushioning for our son when sitting. Plus with it being made of rubber, it isn’t a slippery surface when standing up. According to Munchkin, they call it the safety duck because it’s got a temperature patch (seen as the blue dot in the bottom of the duck) which turns white when hot water comes in contact. Personally, even warm water will turn it white, so I’ve grown to ignore the patch and just feel the water out.

An important comment is that you can’t just sit it below the faucet to fill. As you can see, the head and tail gets in the way, so you’ll need to fill it by hand. We use a small bucket which takes a couple minutes to fill the duck so for me, it’s no big deal.

This is actually our second duck. The first one sprung a very slow leak. I tried to use a repair kit but the leak was right on the seam where I couldn’t get a good patch on. But for $15, we just bought a new one, and it’s been going great.

Oh and when it’s not being used as a bath tub, we used it once as an ice chest holding drinks for a birthday party!


Snot Sucker (aka nose bulb or aspirator)

Babies with running noses just break your heart.  Whether the noses are runny or stopped up, we feel for our little ones because they can't do much about it.  Not sure at what age we can teach them to blow their nose... Until then, we, as parents are left with figuring out ways to assist.  Everywhere you look, at most pharmacies or baby stores, we all see the infamous bulb syringe. 


It's a simple device, but I was always worried about how effective it really was?  And how do I go about cleaning this thing?  We purchased another one that could come apart to clean, but everytime we squeezed it to use, it fell apart at the seam.

One day my wife did some research and found this device by NoseFrida called "
The Snotsucker Nasal Aspiratorir".  Essentially, instead of the bulb doing all the sucking, your mouth is.  Sounds a bit gross, but it's quite effective.  You have control over the strength of the suction and it's easily cleaned.  What it does not solve is having your baby sit still while you stick something up his nose.

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Here's the breakdown of the device.  It comes in it's own protective case for travel and safe keeping.  The aspirator is 4 parts, the mouth piece, the hose, the tube, and a filter.  The mouth piece is obvious, that's the part you suck on.  The hose (13" long) connects between the mouth piece and the tube (5" long).  Inside where the tube connects to the hose is a filter.  This filter is a sponge that you can clean.  (The product comes with 3 spare filters.)


I have to be honest, I don't have the stomach to use this.  I've tried a couple times and I start gagging.  It's mental, I know.  But when my wife uses it, it works like a champ!  Once done, I just take it apart and run it under the sink with warm water and it's clean.  It's also recommended (and by our pediatrician) that you use a bit of saline solution to loosen up the snot.  We tried applying using drops, but for our baby the best way was to spray up into the nostril.  Regardless of the methods, our baby doesn't care too much for the process.  I wouldn't want anyone squirting liquid up my nose, then having it sucked out.  If anyone out there has a better solution, I'd love to hear about it!