Bath time is necessary for your little one, but why not make it fun and stress free? Whether it’s part of your bedtime routine, or an activity to break up your day, you can have a great bonding experience with your child.
First and foremost, the number one bath safety tip is for an adult to provide constant supervision while a toddler is in the bath. With 43,000 children injured in slips and falls in bathtubs each year in the United States, there are real risks in a slippery tub.
Children are also at risk of drowning in even a few inches of water or getting burns from hot water temperatures.
Make bath time less stressful by following these seven bath safety tips for toddlers to keep them safe in the tub:
1. Test The Water Temperature
Before putting your child into the tub, test the temperature of the bath water by dipping your elbow in.
If your elbow feels sensitive to the water, it most likely is too warm for your baby’s sensitive skin. Also, make sure the water heater setting is not set above 120 degrees.
2. Watch Your Child Around the Faucet
Many children love to play with running water, but are prone to fall and hit their head in a slippery tub. It’s important to add some padding and cover the sharp edges of the faucet.
3. Don’t Use Bubbles for Each Bath
Too many bubbles at bath time can cause skin irritation. If you give your child a bath every night, try using soap every other night to avoid your child’s skin from drying out.
4. Use Waterproof Electronics Around the Bathtub
Add some fun with background music. Use waterproof electronic devices and dance along with your little one seated in the tub.
5. Deter Your Child From Standing In The Tub
It’s unfortunate that children love standing in the bath tub. As parents, our heart rate rises as we watch them pull themselves up and stand. Use a safety bath handle so your child has something to grab onto when entering and exiting the tub.
Also, place a non-slip bath mat in the tub before filling it with water so your child has stable footing, but also continually ask them to sit down on their bottoms. If you place toys near the bottom of the tub, it will encourage your toddler to play while sitting.
6. Use the Right Amount of Bath Water
Filling the tub with too much water puts your baby at a great risk. We recommend that you fill the bath with water no higher than your baby’s belly button.
7. Use Gentle Shampoo and Soap On Your Baby's Skin
It’s important to use gentle shampoo and soap on your baby. Many soaps are not intended for young children’s sensitive skin. You’ll be amazed at how a little amount of soap can go a long way, so even if you’re spending a few extra dollars, you can get good use from it if you use it sparingly.