Keeping Your Infant Safe In The Bathtub

Now that we have covered keeping your baby safe at home and in the car we are going to talk about keeping your infant safe in the bathtub. If you are just joining us make sure you start at the beginning of our baby safety tips series.

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Keeping Your Infant Safe In The Bathtub

Bath time is an exciting time to spend with your child. If you are a new parent you may be unsure of what to do or how you can help to keep your baby safe. You may think that keeping your infant safe in the bathtub is simple – never leave them unattended. Yes, that is VERY important, but there are many other things you need to keep in mind when giving your child a bath. Here are some key points to think about:

 

Keeping Your Infant Safe In The Bathtub

 

  • Never, ever, ever leave your baby unsupervised in the bath tub. Not for even one minute. Humans can drown in less than an inch of water.
  • Gather all bath supplies ahead of time and have them within reach.
  • Keep at least one hand on your baby while he or she is in the water.
  • Don’t place your baby into the tub when the water is still running in case the temperature changes.
  • Place a rubber bath mat in the tub for secure seating.
  • Cover the spout with a cushioned cover so that baby’s head is protected.
  • Watch baby with bath toys. If he or she puts the toy in his or her mouth it could be a choking hazard. Try to keep toys away from the child’s mouth.
  • Use only approved baby soaps so as not to irritate skin and eyes.
  • Test the bathwater before placing your baby into the bath. Even though it may feel good to you it could burn their skin. I always like to feel it by using my elbow because it is more sensitive than my hand, but they do make baby safety thermometers that you can purchase to check the temperature of the water.
  • Don’t allow baby to touch the faucet handles because a hot metal surface can burn him or her.
  • Don’t fill the tub beyond four inches.
  • Do not let baby stand in the tub.
  • Avoid bubble baths. They can and do irritate skin and the urethra, which increases the risk of urinary tract infections.
  • Keep electric appliances away from the tub.

 

 

Tomorrow we are going to finish up our baby safety tips series with ways that you can keep your infant safe in the car.

Also check out:

Top 10 Must Have Baby Items

What To Pack In A Diaper Bag

Preserving Baby Memories

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