Should we all be bathing our babies in buckets, like Chrissy Teigen?

Chrissy Teigen revealed she uses a baby bucket for four-month-old Miles.
Chrissy Teigen revealed she uses a baby bucket for four-month-old Miles.

Chrissy Teigen is more than happy to share her parenting endeavours with her fans. Her latest post, showing her four-month-old son Miles bathing in a bucket, has gone down a storm with fans with dozens gushing about how “adorable” the model’s tot looks.

Believe it or not, Chrissy’s bucket bathing idea isn’t anything new.

Baby buckets have been distributed in the UK since 1996 – but, despite setting you back around £20 in 2005, they don’t come cheap today.

Sites such as stock the a brand called Tummy Tubs for £111 (that’s a tough pill to swallow, isn’t it?). According to the company, they’re approved by physicians, midwives and nursery professionals.

So should you be shelling out triple digits for a bucket for your baby? We asked birth and parenting coach Alexandra Kremer what it does – and whether we actually need one.

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She told Yahoo UK: “A baby bucket mimics the womb where a baby is warm, they float and they have very little room for movement, remaining secure in the foetal position.

“As there are such huge differences between being in the womb and earth side, the buckets can be used as a tool to soothe the baby by recreating this feeling of comfort while they are being bathed. They are also able to see and hear you much closer than if you were bathing them in a bath.

“With regards to infant safety, the baby bucket is safer compared to bathing a baby in a normal tub where they can easily slip or be let go off.”

So, what are the cons?

Alexandra explained the cost of the baby bucket might put some parents off, while others may simply find their children don’t enjoy bathing in it.

If you don’t fancy the baby bucket, Alex suggests alternatives such as bathing your baby. She says: “Bathing with your baby is another beautiful way of recreating the womb as you’ve got the touch & smell of mum, the warmth of the water and they can be curled up on your chest.”

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