Once baby outgrows her initial bathing station and it's time for a transitional - and transportable - mini-tub, why not a duck? It's ideal for bath time inserted into a regular tub, but there's no reason the White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub from Munchkin - designed for the 6- to 24-month-old set - can't go to the beach or other play area. Deflate and fold, and this all-weather fowl can go anywhere. The floor of the cushiony internal tub area has a non-skid, non-abrasive texture, the raised "tail" area of the vinyl duck makes a nice headrest for hair-washing, and the squeezable orange beak will grab your little one's attention. As you fill the tub with water (before adding the child, please), pay attention to an important safety feature. A big, blue, heat-sensitive disk on the tub floor turns white and reads "HOT" in red letters if the water is too hot (about 104 degrees Fahrenheit), then reverts to blue when cool enough. A recessed drain plug makes emptying a cinch, and the tub has a suction cup tab that will stick to tile or hang on a hook. When inflated, the external dimensions are about 38 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 8 inches high at tub level (20 inches high to the top of the duck head). The internal tub area where the child goes is about 19 inches long, 9 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. Obviously, never leave a child unattended, even in a duck.

White Hot Inflatable Safety Duck Tub is $12 at www.munchkin.com.