9 Bath Time Safety Tips
New parents always have mixed feelings about giving their little ones a bath. On one hand, bath time is fun for both parents and babies. On the other hand, parents are concerned about their child’s safety in water. By keeping a few simple safety rules in mind, you’re sure to have a fun experience and keep everyone safe.
1. Use a proper baby tub – You would never want to wash an infant in a full-sized tub. Use a tub that’s designed for your baby’s size. Feel free to place the tub in a convenient spot where you have good footing, like your kitchen counter or dining room table.
2. Never leave your baby unattended – A child can drown in just a few inches of water. Even if your baby has some arm and chest strength, they may not be able to get leverage in a slippery environment. Always keep one hand on your baby throughout the bath. Do not ever leave water in a bath tub; drain it immediately or playful children could drown.
3. Get everything you need before the bath – This will prevent you from breaking the previous rule. If you have everything you need in front of you, you won’t be tempted to run out and grab something quick. Keep all the bath essentials near the tub.
4. Check the water temperature – You’ll have to rely on your own judgement, but make sure the water temperature is not too hot for baby. Keep in mind that babies have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate hot water like we can. Err on the side of caution and keep the water warm, but not hot.
5. Pour water over baby – Instead of filling the tub to the top, fill it just 3-4 inches and regularly pour water over your baby to keep him or her warm. A too-full tub can make it hard for baby (and you) to stay upright and balanced.
6. Use cushions where necessary –Sometimes tub-play can get a little rough, and that’s ok! Cover the tub spout with a padded cushion so there are no accidental bumps.
7. Add anti-skid strips to the bottom – You’ll definitely want a no-slip bottom to your tub so everyone stays put. This also helps kids play as they aren’t sliding all over the place.
8. Make sure the room is warm – Babies lose heat a lot faster than adults. When you remove your child from the bath, he/she will quickly cool down and shiver. To stay safe, make the room a little warmer than usual.
9. Use baby-safe soap – You’ll want to use a soap specifically designed for babies. Wash gently without scrubbing, making sure to get the diaper area. For infants, you do not need to use a soap at all, just warm water and a gentle cloth.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and not to give professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor about any questions you may have regarding your child’s health and before following any of the suggestions in this post.