Waterless Bath

April 29, 2013


One of the ongoing challenges of being a mom is finding time to shower. For us, showers most often happens during nap time, but some of the time Mazen is up and I need to shower asap.

I present the waterless bathtub!


I used to drag his seats up from the basement, but that’s was always a hassle with a baby in my arms, so since the bathtub now lives in the bathroom closet, it was easy to pull out and fill with toys. It was actually the perfect perch for his baby laptop to rest so he could type ergonomically!

I showered with the outer curtain clipped up, but he didn’t need me at all – there was plenty to “splash” around with to keep him entertained.


{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tine April 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

Mazen is so cute! I love those pictures!
He’s growing so fast. Such a contrast with the picture on the left from ‘mazen’s birth story’.
Amazing! 😉


2 Jeri April 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

Kath, you should really patent that idea. You could really sell this. A tub sold with toys or attachments


3 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength April 29, 2013 at 10:55 am

What a great idea! 🙂 As I was finishing up my workout today while my son chilled in his crib after he woke up, I started thinking about all the different phases I’ve already gone through. It’s funny bc as soon as you get in a new routine, they outgrow it. That sounds like a great idea for containment for his age. haha


4 Jennifer April 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

What a clever idea! His is just so adorable!! Very happy boy. 🙂


5 alison April 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

great idea! if anyone has a solution for showering while containing a crawler please let me know asap. sincerely,
stinky mama


6 Allison k April 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I bought a cheap exersaucer at a consignment store for just this reason. My baby stopped being safe in his bouncer a four monts (he tried to roll out of it) and started crawling at six, so the waterless tub would never have worked for us. I put the exersaucer thing in the hall way, and I can see the baby if needed. Also, now that he is older (a year next week!) i often just bring him in the shower with me. We have no slip mats on the bottom of the tub and he plays with his toys.


7 Grace April 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

When my daughter started trying to crawl out of her bouncy seat at seven months (we were lucky that she stayed in it that long, she was a little slower to crawl than other babies!), I just started putting her in her crib in her room with a lot of toys, and now that she’s bigger I just leave her in her (baby-proofed and gated) room while I get ready. I have to shower every morning before work (and my husband leaves at 5 am, so it’s just the two of us in the morning), so it’s just part of our routine. She was quick to learn that she can play on her own for a short while and that Mommy will be back to see her in 10-15 minutes. It’s good for the kiddos to learn that it’s okay to play on your own for in a little while! At first she’d cry for 30 seconds to a minute when I’d first leave her in there, but I would keep reassuring her that I was still there and I’d be back soon. Now she just plays with her books and babbles to herself. 🙂


8 Hope April 30, 2013 at 9:17 am

I would put my son in a playpen with a few toys and take a quick shower. The playpen was just at the bottom of our stairs and the bathroom is at the top. I’d shower with the door open and could hear if he needed me.


9 Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos April 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

Nice! We’ve tried setting up my daughter in the bathroom with toys, but she’ll have none of it – we leave the shower curtain half-unclipped, but the clear liner confuses her. She fusses until we stick our heads out, then she just looks puzzled and not too happy! Thank goodness she’s a good napper with an early bedtime, or I’d never be clean! That little boy of yours is something else – he just radiates joy!


10 Nina April 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

You are so right on the money. I’ve been showering late at night but then I get lazy and go to bed with my head wet. Waking up in the morning and looking in the mirror is always a special treat 😉


11 Grace April 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

That’s a cute idea for little ones! We kept a hand-me-down bouncy seat in the bathroom when my girl was really small, and I would sing to her while I showered which helped keep her happy.

I’m surprised, though, that he doesn’t try to climb out of it! How old is Mazen?


12 Tamara April 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

We have that tub too. What a great idea!


13 Kristen@Change of Pace April 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

This is such a great idea! Until he starts climbing out haha! 🙂


14 Tara April 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I love his little side smiles, I just imagine him saying, “Hey…..I see what you did there!” 😉


15 Stephanie April 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I am a veteran mom (raised 5 kiddoes), and I really mean no disrespect or anything..but you moms just gotta put the baby in the crib and take a shower! They have to learn to entertain themselves sometime. And 10-20 minutes in the crib while you bathe is not gonna kill them. Bring the monitor with you if you really must, otherwise enjoy the rare alone time.

Being a mom does not mean you have to sacrifice personal hygiene 🙂


16 KERF April 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I do that too! This was just more fun


17 Stephanie April 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I’m sure it was! He looks like he’s having a blast! I was hoping you didn’t mean this was the only way you could shower!! LOL


18 KERF April 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm



19 Lorie April 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm

That is a fabulous idea! I have no kids of my own (yet) and have always kinda wondered how stay at home moms (or dads) shower. I will definitely remember this for the future when I do have a baby!


20 Danielle April 30, 2013 at 2:03 am

Simple yet brilliant!


21 seana April 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

I have a question. What is that white tube like thing around the hose going to the wall on your toilet? It looks so much better than my metal hose.


22 KERF April 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

lol – I have no idea!? Maybe just a newer hose made of plastic?


23 Lauren May 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Such cute pictures!!! My daughter is 14 months and sometimes I will take a shower while she is awake (sometimes you just want to/need to use naptime for other things!) and it’s awesome now how she can just stand in the bathroom and hang out, and I put her whale tub on the bathroom floor and she steps in it and wants to play. The other day she picked up my clothes off the floor while I was showering and when I asked her to bring them to the laundry room, she did it, and even put them in the open washer (a front loader) hahah! raising babies is such a blast!


24 Mirna May 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Dear Kath,

Baby Mazan is so adorable! Do you know the color name of the blue wall that appears in the waterless bath bathroom picture posted on April 29th? We want to paint our bathroom the same color. I love it!



25 KERF May 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

It’s Benjamin Moore Tranquil Blue


26 Molly February 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Kath – I’m due in June and trying to decide on a tub and brand of baby shampoo. Did you use this tub when Mazen was a newborn? Do you by chance have a link to what you used? Thanks!!


27 KERF February 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm
28 Molly February 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

Thanks so much! That’s the one I was eyeing 🙂


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: