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.
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.
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.
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!
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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