Bath time is a fun, yet hectic time of day for parents. And even though giving a bath to a small child seems like a simple task it is important to understand that it only takes a moment for an accident to happen. So I wanted to share with you some of the bathtub safety tips for keeping bath time safe.
Keep in mind it takes very little water for a person of any age to drown and it only takes a second for someone to slip and fall. So please don’t ever leave your baby or toddler alone in a bathtub for any reason. There have been so many serious accidents and deaths that have resulted when parents leave the child for just a second.
So make sure you have everything you need before starting the bath. Think about everything you will need (towel, soap, shampoo, toys) and have them redily available within reaching distance.
Make sure there are no chemicals (bottles of shampoo) that your child may try to drink. Children love to put thing in their mouth. So make sure you remove any chemicals from the bathtub. It is also a good idea to make sure all lids are screwed on tightly.
Make sure the water is warm but not to hot. You can test water by sticking your elbow in the tub. If it isn’t too hot for your elbow it should be fine. Children have sensitive skin and can easily get a minor burn.
Bathtubs are very slippery. And you and I both know that toddlers like to try and pull up on the side of the bath. So make sure you have a bath safety mat that will help prevent slipping.
Purchase a spout cover for your water spicket. This way if you child tries to stand up, you don’t need to worry so much about her hitting herself in the head.
For a child that has a hard time sitting up on their own, you can get a bath seat. This seat will give your child extra support. But again, it isn’t the same you you being there holder him or her. So don’t leaver their side. A bath seat can also work for children to like to stand up in the tub. A seat with some toys to play with will discourage your toddler from trying to stand up and will keep her safe from falling.
I think the best way to keep your child sitting in the bath, is to give her a few bath toys to play with. This will make bath time fun and help keep her distracted.
For obvious reasons, make sure there isn’t any electrical appliances like curling irons near the bath tub.
Did I miss any important safety tips? Please share them in the comments area.
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