Bathtime isn’t simply a necessary routine for babies…it can also be a lovely and enjoyable experience! However, placing your darling lovebug in a tub of water has certain hazards, so you must take precautions.
The most important thing to remember is to never, ever leave your kid alone in the tub… not even for a third of a second! That’s all it takes for your baby to slip or fall into a dangerous posture and inhale water in that amount of time. The majority of kid drownings occur in the bathtub at home (babies have died in just 1 inch of water)…. The majority of bathtub deaths happen in the first year. If you need to leave the bathroom during bath time, wrap your child in a towel and carry them with you!
Most parents bathe their kids in a sink during the first several months. Of course, you must never expose your infant to extremely hot water and keep them safe from hitting their heads on the faucet or being jabbed in the leg by a stopper. You can line the bottom of the sink with a clean towel to make it less slippery, or you can use one of numerous slip-resistant liners.
When choosing a bathtub for Baby, look for features like a sling or a sloped, textured surface that will prevent Baby from falling into the water. Also, don’t bother with the inflatable tub. Inflatable tubs can be too weak and slippery to support your infant, causing them to fall into the water. Note: A hand-me-down tub might not be the best choice. It’s critical that your tub complies with the most recent regulations. Look for tubs manufactured after October 2017, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission last updated its rules.
More Bath Safety Tips
Always keep one hand on Baby. Wet newborns are slick and may move a little and fall into the water. Gather everything you’ll need before the bath so you don’t have to dash away—even if it’s just to the other end of the bathroom—while your child is soaking.
Skip the bath seat. These chairs may appear to be a good way to keep babies upright until they acquire the muscles to sit on their own, but they can easily tip over.
Don’t leave water in the bathtub after bath-time ends. For mobile newborns or toddlers who make their way into the bathroom to explore, this could be a drowning risk.
Make sure your water isn’t too hot. Babies’ skin is extremely fragile and quickly burns. You should be able to comfortably hold your hand under running water, but if you’re not sure, use a thermometer to ensure the temperature isn’t higher than 120° F.
Turn off the water before putting your baby in the tub. If you leave it on, the water may become excessively hot or too deep.