Baby baths are handy when your child is young but they grow out of them quickly. Some designs can also be particularly ugly and take up valuable space in the home. The Flexi-bath ticks all the right boxes for looks, style and functionality - children can use the bath up to the age of four and it also folds up when bath time is over. Yes – you read correctly – it folds up flat when bath time is over.

The Flexi-bath is a hard plastic children's bathtub made from polypropylene and thermoplastic elastomeric (TPE). The corners and non-slip bottom of the bath have lines of TPE which enables you to fold the bathtub flat with a touch of your hand. The sides and the bottom are made from polypropylene which helps give the bath stability and make it strong enough to withstand everyday use. Once it is folded, it can be stored in a cupboard, on a shelf or behind a door.

The Flexi-bath was designed by Danish company, A Real Cool World. It comes in a variety of colors, including green/lime, pink/red, red/blue and transparent/turquoise.

The bath can be filled to 39 liters (about 82 pints) and weighs approximately 1300 grams (about 2.87 pounds). Its dimensions are: 66.5cm (26.18 inches) long x 38.9cm (15.31 inches) wide x 23.8cm (9.37 inches) high.

Flexibath is available for US$69.99 (at time of publication) and it appears (from the A Real Cool World website) to be available in stores in the US from December 2009. If you can’t wait until then, you can purchase one from DanskDesign.

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