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6 Bathtub Safety Tips for Babies & Kids

6 Bathtub Safety Tips for Babies & Kids

Bath time is a fun and entertaining part of your child’s day. However, if precautions aren’t taken, it can lead to a tragic outcome. Bathtub drowning is a serious concern, and there are other ways that your child can get hurt while in the tub.

Read on for bathtub safety tips for both babies and kids to keep them happy and protected!

Bathtub Safety Tips

Gather all of your child’s bath supplies before you run the bath. You don’t want to leave the room for anything, since kids should never be left unattended in the tub.

If possible, store the shampoo and baby wash near the tub so it’s easy to grab. A basket on the back of the toilet is one option. Keep baby towels and washcloths in the linen closet, grabbing what you need on the way into the bathroom.

Make sure the water isn’t too hot. It’s easy to burn a baby’s sensitive skin by dipping them into a scalding hot tub. Invest in a bath thermometer to prevent this from happening. Most thermometers double as a fun toy, so it’s worth the investment.

6 Bathtub Safety Tips for Babies & Kids

Keep the faucet away from the baby. Seat your kids toward the end of the tub opposite of the faucet. The shiny metal is easy to see, but a kid playing in the tub may still bump their head if too close. If you bathe multiple kids at once, splurge on a faucet cover to keep their little noggins safe.

6 Bathtub Safety Tips for Babies & Kids

Only use water safe toys in the bathtub. It may be tempting to bring toys from their rooms to the bath, but it can be dangerous to mix certain toys with water. Plus, battery operated toys will probably not work once submerged.

6 Bathtub Safety Tips for Babies & Kids

For teething babies, provide soft rings and toys that can be chewed on while in the water. Older kids may find crayons, boats, and water squirters fun. Make sure to allow these toys to dry after each use. A tub toy net or toy basket is perfect for this!

6 Bathtub Safety Tips for Babies & Kids

Toss bathtub toys after a few months. Because bath toys can trap water, some may get mold growing inside them after continued use. This is especially true for water squirters and floating toys with a small hole at the bottom – think rubber duckies!

Place a slip-proof mat outside the tub. When bath time is over, independent kids will want to get out and dry themselves. A sturdy mat that stays in place will help prevent slips and falls thanks to wet little feet.

With these 6 bathtub safety tips you will ensure the safety of your precious little ones! And keep bath time a time of fun!

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Wednesday 20th of February 2019


These are great tips. I am so glad my girls are in their 20’s. Things seem simpler back then lol and no i am not 100 haha.

Sarah @ Must Have Mom

Wednesday 15th of April 2015

Thanks for the awesome tips. These are all very useful.

Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

Monday 13th of April 2015

These are all great tips! I know my kids love the bathtub toys, got make sure to get rid of them frequently now.

Chelley @ AisForAdelaide

Sunday 12th of April 2015

THE BATH TOYS! I need to toss those- thank you for the reminder. I cringe to think of what my daughter has put in her mouth!

Ann BAcciaglia

Sunday 12th of April 2015

It is so important to take safety precautions when the kids are in the bath. I love the bath thermometer idea. I wish cute things like this when around when my kids were younger. I used to test the water temp using my elbow.

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