The baby dam is making a splash with new mums and dads - but is it really safe?

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A brand new bathtime product for babies is making waves with new parents.

Mums and dads are divided over the baby dam, a device designed and invented by a British mum to save water.

Deb Piner came up with the idea for the baby dam because she was frustrated with the amount of water that was wasted each time she bathed her little one.

Essentially, the product is a plastic dam that sections off one part of the tub, allowing parents to sit in the dry area while baby splashes and plays with toys.

It means parents don't have to use loads of water to wash a tiny infant, reports the Mirror. It also reduces the amount of bending over when parents bathe babies.

The baby dam was the brainchild of a British mum fed up with wasting water

The baby dam was the brainchild of a British mum fed up with wasting water

Water savings

Assuming each bath with the baby dam saves 15 gallons of water and the baby has a bath every other day, the water savings are impressive. 15 gallons X 180 baths per year = 2,700 gallons of water saved each year.

Heat savings

For water heated by electricity, you'll save approximately 448 KWh of electricity per year. For water heated by gas, you'll save approximately 2.3 million BTUs of energy per year.

But what do parents think?

Parents took to Facebook to discuss the product.

"Saved us a fortune and kids loved it," wrote one.

"This might be better rather than buying a step to reach over the bath," said another.

"I'm already sick of having to fill the whole bath for a 5/10 minute bath," another mum pointed out.

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However, not everyone is convinced about how safe it is.

"As if anyone would put a baby or toddler that close to the taps where they could scald themselves on the tap or plug or bang their heads," countered one mum - and she wasn't alone.

"If you don't have a mixer tap you could scald your baby. It's not a good idea to allow them to play with running tap water as it may not always be the right temperature and kneeling in a bath would kill my knees!" added another.

Most of the criticism in fact was about the demo video and photos showing a mum use it at the tap end of the bath.

But as one mum pointed out, "Slightly amazed at the number of people that haven't turned it around and used the other end of bath as most people have shower heads that will reach."