I know only too well the perils of renting with small kids.
We have moved house no less than three times in the last five years. Kill me.
When we were given notice in April last year, I sobbed. Then prayed, once again, for the nightmare to be over as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Fairly late in the hunt, stressed out of my mind, I stumbled upon a gorgeous home in a great location with a large, flat backyard - heaven for two little boys.
But there was one small, but very critical, problem - no bathtub.
Needless to say, my boys love a bath. When witching hour sets in, there is nothing better than marching them to the tub for a splash. Bath time is one of childhood's great pleasures, am I right?
And truth be told, I also love relaxing in a bath at the end of a long day.
So were we mad to move into a house with NO tub plus a one-year-old and three-year-old - even if it did tick all our other boxes?
With our deadline looming, my anxiety increasing and a serious lack of other options, we decided to go for it. And I set upon researching every possible type of product or DIY hack that could possibly be a work-around - and fill the void of no tub in the bathroom.
I scoured the internet and mother's Facebook groups for ideas and inspiration.
Photo: Heidi Krause tried several options to give her two young boys a bath with only a shower in her rental house.Supplied
When kids are babies, the laundry or kitchen sink works a treat - and will save you the back ache from bending over while you're trying to wash them. We also loved the Stokke Flexi bath which we used every day when my eldest was a newborn.
However, I needed something that could fit a toddler, or ideally two simultaneously. I tried everything: Bunnings Flexi tubs in various sizes, large plastic containers, inflatable kiddy pools and yes, the glaringly obvious fix of forcing them to have a shower instead.
Let me tell you, I cried actual tears of joy when I came across the perfect solution - a Portable Dog Bath.
The medium size (80 centimetre diameter) fits perfectly in our shower recess, doesn't need to be inflated and even has a drain hole plug which makes it super easy to empty and refill! (And trust me, emptying the water is a huge issue with all the other options I listed above)
This product changed my life - and we have used it pretty much every single night since we moved in.
So where do you get your hands on one and how much do they cost?
You can buy them from Kmart for $19. However, the height is 20 centimetres, and I have found an even better option on eBay or Amazon for $39.95 that is 30 centimetres high and worth the extra $20 in my opinion, especially if you want to fit two kiddos in at once.
Whenever I share my discovery with other parents in a similar position, they are in awe, thanking me profusely for the tip.
Do I still I still wish we had a REAL bath? Yes. Yes, I do. But, we are living proof that you can survive in a house with no tub and young kids.
Unfortunately, I don't fit into the doggy bath myself (believe me I have tried), but at least my children are happy - and clean.
Photo: A Portable Dog bath also perfect for kids!