I know we sang the praises of Hoppop in a previous post here at ITKM before they were available to purchase in the US. Oh boy, things have changed and we were able to check out their Bato and Donut first hand. Hoppop products are not only gorgeous, they make sense and are nothing like any other items on the market. The high supportive sides to their Bato infant tub are actually insulated to maintain the water temperature. How innovative is that!
Hoppop’s Donut potty is very near and dear to my heart. We have a potty trained three year old, but when we go out on our boat, where is she supposed to go? I know what you’re thinking, you gross people, but the water is a chilly 72 degrees. The kiddo has fun on the boat, but doesn’t get hot enough that she wants to jump in the water to cool off just yet. The Donut was so handy on our trip last weekend up to Apache Lake in Arizona. We were able to ride around on the boat and when she had to go potty, she’d use the Donut with a flushable wipe that she’d put into the garbage bag. The Donut is so small that we were able to tuck it under a seat of the boat and it was never in our way. This was seriously a true life saver for us this weekend.
Sarah: The Bato tub is incredibly well designed, perfect for any baby. The actual tub (without water) is extremely lightweight and has easy-to-carry handles. Another amazing feature of the Bato is it has a drain in the bottom like a cooler, making drainage a snap. The sides are also insulated to maintain a consistent water temperature. This tub clearly has the upper edge over inflatables, and old school tubs. Remember: never leave your baby alone in the tub! If you’re concerned with slippage, just attach a few adhesives on the floor.
Having only a three year old to try the Bato baby tub out on, I had to get creative. I can’t wait to use this tub for my next baby but for now I had to think. How could I possibly use this with my 3 year old? She was DYING to take a bath in it, but that didn’t seem possible, although I have to say she did actually fit in it. After vetoing a cramped bath, I started brainstorming. And it came to me… this tub is perfect for camping trips where I don’t want to bring my daughter into the community showers (ick). She can stand or comfortably sit for an on-the-go bath. At home, we utilized the tub by using it to rinse her off after being at the pool. It’s important to get the drying pool water chemicals and salts off their skin (and also your bathing suit). The particular resort we haunt also features sand around the pool, making for a nice wet/sandy baby… yeah. You don’t want that thing tromping through the house. Instead of just taking the cold water hose to her, like I remember as a kid, I can quickly fill the tub with water for a quick rinse. Simply a few Rinse Cups of water over the head and she’s good to go, conserving water that would have been wasted in a shower or large bath. Now I know these aren’t the typical uses of the Bato, but I wanted to show you that this tub is large enough to really grow with your child as they turn from an infant to a small toddler. And even after that, you can use the tub creatively to fit your needs. Check out how high the sides are!!
Here is the test baby about to get rinsed after the pool… and here she is again, don’t mind the flying duck.
Want to purchase some of these items for yourself? Check out all of Hoppop’s modern and sleek items here. We’re so excited that they’re now available to us in the US and with extremely reasonble price tags. Next item on my list are the Triplo cups. What a fun item for travel to the beach, pool or even to use in the sandbox this summer.
Special thank you to Hoppop for providing samples for review purposes.