When it comes to safety, most parents are well prepared. We hide the electrical outlets, put away sharp items, and put locks on all of the cleaning supplies and doors. But what about bath safety? You might not have considered how easy it can be to have an accident in the bath, especially since you are always right there. However, bathing accidents happen all the time. By following a few simple safety tips, you can be sure that your baby will enjoy bath time safely each day!
Never take your eyes off of baby.
The number one rule of bathing a baby? Never take your eyes off of them! A baby can slip under the water in less time than it takes to turn your head to glance at your phone, so resist the temptation to be distracted by anything. If the phone rings or someone comes knocking, either ignore it (people can wait, your baby can’t!) or remove baby from water before answering the call.
Test the temperature.
What feels like a perfect temperature for you may be too cold or too hot for a baby. Always test the temperature before placing your baby in the bath water. You can even invest in a baby tub thermometer, which will let you know that you are in the safe zone. Thermometers can be found at any baby store for only a few dollars.
Fill up first.
Before you put that precious baby in the water, make sure the tub is full to your liking. You never want to run the water while the baby is in the bath. Sometimes water can come out scalding, even if you had it on a warm or cool temperature previously. Instead, if you need to add extra water, remove baby for a moment before turning the tap back on.
Use hypoallergenic products.
The average baby has extremely sensitive skin, so you need to make sure to take care of it properly. Use baby products that are labelled hypoallergenic, dye free, and scent free. You can even find organic bamboo baby towels and washcloths, which are perfect for cleansing and drying that sensitive and soft baby skin.
Keep it warm.
When bathing a young baby, make sure that the room is sufficiently warm. Newborns and infants can’t control their body temperature very well, and it can be shocking to go from a warm bath to a cold room when your skin is wet. Once you have the temperature in the right place, make sure you have a towel ready for the baby too. A hooded towel works best since you can easily cover baby’s damp hair, and keeping their head warm and cozy is crucial!
Use a non-skid mat.
You can purchase a special non-skid mat to go into the bath once your baby is sitting on their own. This will help prevent spills and scares! When your baby is still tiny, it is best to use a smaller bath inside the big tub. Not only do babies only need a tiny bit of water, but it can be overwhelming to try to keep a baby in the correct position in your regular tub.
If you keep anything plugged in near your bath, make sure to unplug it before washing baby. Electric razors, heaters, and hair irons all need to be removed and stored securely. Not only are the cords suffocation hazards, but these items should never be plugged in when your baby is near water.
Set the room up.
Before you even run the water, get your bathroom set up. Make sure you have everything you need within reach, like gentle baby shampoo, a soft washcloth, a toy (if your baby is older), and an absorbent hooded towel. Having all the supplies ready before you even start the bath makes it less likely that you will be tempted to grab something once baby is already in the water.
Empty the tub.
As soon as you lift baby out of the water, empty the tub. Do not leave the room until the bath is completely empty. A child can drown in less than 3 centimeters of water, so always make sure that all of the water is gone after bath time is over!
Overall, bathing a baby isn’t hard. Most babies enjoy splashing in the water and kicking their little legs high. As long as you are prepared, bath time can be a relaxing and fun routine for the whole family.