A mum of four’s Stokke Flexi Bath Review. Everything you need to know if you are considering this purchase. This post contains affiliate links.
No more dreading bath time…
After four kids, I rarely find baby products that I wish I’d known about sooner. On first view the Stokke Flexi bath is no reinvention of the wheel. Although it may look like a simple collapsable plastic box, its added safety features and intuitive attention to detail make it a game changer. Less time, less fuss, less waste…and easy storage. Read on to see if this product is for you. Please note this post does contain an affiliate link.
What’s so good about the Stokke Flexi bath?
1. It’s a space saver, ease of storage
The No1 selling point of this bath is that it is a collapsable, foldable baby bath and be easily stowed away in between uses making this perfect for anyone without much space or who generally likes to keep the bathroom immaculate.
I have to say the unique foldable design is somewhat wasted on us. We have a large family bathroom and the flexi bath has stayed open since purchase. It lives either in the bath or under the floating sink. With a weaning baby (10 months) and the mess that comes with that, the bath is basically in constant use.
2.The Stokke Flexi bath saves water
This where I am sold on this product. With no need to fill the entire bath and a handy fill to marker line, the bath takes less than a few minutes to fill. I do this with a detachable shower but it could easily be done under the tap. Not only does this mean you are able to use less water but it is also makes for a quick turnaround.
3. Safety features for ‘Peace of mind’
Generally speaking this bath feels very safe. My 10 month old has been sitting independently for a few months now and likes to balance herself by holding on to the side of the tub. The inside of the bath has anti slip grooves and there is an external non-slip base, meaning there is no spontaneous movement when the baby bath is in the bathtub.
My baby is yet to pull herself up on the front edge of the bath although I can anticipate this will be her next move. A reminder to always supervise!
The fill to markers on the side of the bath (0-10 months max) is a really useful reminder of how shallow it needs and the heat sensitive plug also take the double guessing out of getting the water to the right temperature.
I would warn that the colour change to indicate ‘too hot’ is quite subtle (from a dark brown to a lighter brown) and may not be picked up as a visual cue by those with less than perfect eyesight. Also unlike baby bath thermometers there is no indication of when a bath is too cold. I would suggest that a first time mum might still benefit from an additional more reliable thermometer for gaging water temperature.
4. Longevity – a bath for both babies and young children
Stokke claims this is a bath for newborn babies until 4 years and I can definitely vouch for that. My four year old is terrified of the family bath but is more than happy to get in the Stokke flexi bath with the water filled up to the brim. His knees may be bent but he feels much safer in this smaller manageable space where he is unlikely to slip about.
For use with a newborn or a baby yet to sit you will need an optional stokke® flexi bath® newborn support or other infant support (see extras below).
5. Easy to clean
The stokke bath is made from durable BPA free Plastic. This make it very easy to clean with most household cleaning products and a damp clean cloth. I would suggest emptying and rinsing with a shower after each use. I did neglect to do this once or twice and notice a rim appear around the edge of the baby bath tub but this was easily removed. I would add tat after 6 months of very regular use my Stokke flexibath remains in perfect condition.
6. It can be used as a playpen
Need to take a shower yourself? The Stokke flex bath tub makes an excellent playpen for babies that are not mobile. Line with a soft blanket and fill with toys and voila.
7. It can be used anywhere
Foldable and lightweight, the stokke Flexi bath can easily be moved between rooms and for outdoor use in the summer months. This tub would be ideal for filling with cool water to keep baby cool in a heatwave.
The heat-sensitive drain plug makes for easy draining although the product is so light even when filled, it is easily flipped to get the water out quickly. I mainly use this bath within our own family bath however if getting on the floor or leaning over he bath tub isn’t an option for you, consider buying the Stokke® flexi bath® stand for your own additional comfort.
Is the Stokke Flexi Bath suitable for travel?
Yes although bear in mind when folded the product dimensions are still still 64cm in length. It could easily be fitted into a large suitcase if needed. If luggage space is tight and your vacation short, you may prefer to just ‘make do’ with a sink wash.
Is it the Stokke Flexi bath easy to assemble?
100% Literally remove the packaging, unclasp the handy hook, open up and fill with water. I have to say I was expecting that the bath would click into place once opened, a bit like how you would assemble a travel cot. The sides of the bath felt a bit saggy on first opening but once filled with water the sides pushed out to make a sturdy bath tub.
Is the Stokke Flexi bath worth the Price Tag?
At £42 GBP The Stokke Flexi bath is slightly more expensive than others on the market. However it’s collapsibility and ease of storage are unique features unrivalled by other products. It’s generous size when open and ability to hold a toddler are also winning attributes. If these features are important to you, it is definitely worth the money.
What Extras might I need to buy?
Stokke has a few more innovative products on the market that may enhance your experience. I haven’t bought any of these so can’t vouch for them but here they are.