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Swaddle Bathing

TurtleTub™ to help provide safe and effective swaddle bathing with minimal heat loss

TurtleTub for swaddle bathingSwaddle bathing has been shown to provide significant benefits for new-born babies. TurtleTub has been developed by practicing clinicians to make swaddle bathing easier, safer and more effective.

Clinical Background

The TurtleTub provides a safe environment for the baby whilst swaddle bathing, which promotes family centred care, reduces temperature loss and minimises stress for the infant1,2,3,4.  Studies have also shown that swaddle bathing enhances ability to feed after a bath and reduces crying2,4.

It has been concluded that swaddle bathing is the least stressful form of bathing for both the baby and the caregiver4 and recommended for adoption as routine practice in the hospital setting1,2,4.

Product Features & Benefits

TurtleTub swaddle bathing babyThe TurtleTub is designed to help keep the baby secure during bathing.  It is specially contoured to provide support for the infant and also makes it easier for the caregiver to bathe the baby.

The fleece blanket, which swaddles the baby to minimise temperature loss, is a fundamental part of the system.  The material was selected for its thermal insulating properties and has been shown to out-perform other materials that might typically be used for swaddle bathing.

TurtleTub is fitted with an indicator strip which allows users to check that the water is at an appropriate temperature for the baby.

A range of other accessories are available, including neutral pH baby wash, scalp brush, rinse cups, disposable tub liners and storage bags.  The small footprint of the TurtleTub and the stackable design provides convenience, especially where storage space is at a premium.

The smooth contours of the TurtleTub ensure that cleaning can be carried out effectively to meet infection control protocols.

Product Overview

TurtleTub for swaddle bathing1 – Ribs and high sides support infant
2 – Fleece blanket with advanced thermal properties
3 – Temperature indicator strip
4 – Rinse cup, with storage recess
5 – Neutral pH mild baby wash sachets
6 – Convenient pour spout for emptying
7 – Smooth contours for easy cleaning
8 – Flow through design keeps water circulating around baby to hold temperature
9 – Stackable design for easy storage, small footprint saves table space

Ordering Information

TurtleTub and the various accessories can be ordered in a number of different combinations according to local preference, details are shown below.

TurtleTub swaddle bathing ordering information


  1. Edraki M, et al. Comparing the effects of swaddled and conventional bathing methods on body temperature and crying duration in premature infants: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Caring Sciences, 2014.
  2. Hall, K. Practicing Developmentally supportive care during infant bathing: reducing stress through swaddle bathing. Infant, 2008.
  3. Liaw J, et al. Effects of tub bathing procedures on preterm infants’ behavior. Journal of Nursing Research, 2006.
  4. Fern, D, et al.  Swaddled bathing in the newborn intensive care unit.  Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, 2002.

Brochure Download

Click to download the TurtleTub product brochure.

Click to view an educational video on swaddle bathing.

Click to view a video of swaddle bathing with TurtleTub in clinical practice

Click to view a video of the baby’s perspective on swaddle bathing.