Plastics and your baby part 2: In the bath

plastics and your baby part 2

The bathroom can be full of plastic, from the shower curtain to your toothbrush. Which ones are ok and which should we try to avoid? Let’s begin with bathing your newborn. Many tubs are made from PVC (which we always want to avoid – read why here.) Infant tubs may seem like a good idea, but they can cost up to $50 and your little one will grow out of them, fast. We suggest something that will last you a bit longer: the convertible tub. (Do you know us by now? “Convertible” is one of our favorite money-saving words – whether it’s a car seat, crib or tub.) The best non-toxic, affordable tub is the Euro-Bath for under $25.

Now let’s talk toys. Rubber ducky, you are not the one. While we make some exceptions for plastics in our life, soft plastics are not ok. The little ducks typically contain PVC and sometimes phthalates. Some PVC toys are labeled with a V or #3 on the bottom, and some are not even labeled. Just remember if it’s a soft and squishy plastic, you don’t want it in your house, and you definitely don’t want it in your baby’s mouth. So, what can a baby play with in the tub? Well, this is a good time to remind you that babies’ skin dries out quickly and bathtime should be limited. That said, it’s still nice to have a little something in the tub. We like the foam letters and numbers for under $10. Also, extra kitchenware you’re not using can be fun for tubby time, such as measuring cups or a whisk.

Our top picks for non-toxic, affordable solutions in the bath:

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