Bath Time Safety for Baby

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 | Comments Off on Bath Time Safety for Baby

Babies love baths, and it can be a wonderful bonding time for you and your child. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking, though – especially for new parents. Washing up a soapy, wriggling (and let’s face it, sometimes screaming) little human being safely and efficiently takes some knowledge and practice.

Fortunately, Baby’s Own Room is here to provide you with a few baby-bathing tips to keep your little one happy and safe while she splashes and bubbles and gets squeaky clean.

  • Never leave your child alone in the bath – Even toddlers can drown in an inch or less of water! You should make sure your bathing supplies are all gathered together and within reach, so that you can have one hand on your baby the whole time he or she is in the water. If you have to leave the room for any reason, even for a few seconds, wrap baby up in a towel to take her with you.
  • Keep the bathroom temperature around 75 °F – Babies can become chilled quickly, so the air temperature should be between 75 and 80 degrees, and the water should feel comfortably warm on your wrist.
  • Do not run water with your baby in the tub – The temperature of the water could change. If hotter water suddenly comes streaming from the tap, your baby could be scalded or overheat quickly. Fill the tub to the correct level (2 to 4 inches is great), check the temperature, turn off the water, and then lower your child into it.
  • Make the tub safer – A rubber or textured mat inside the tub makes for less slippery seating for baby. The spout can be covered with a rubberized spout cover – or simply wrap a hand towel around it while your baby’s in the tub. It is a good idea to cushion the edge of the tub with a folded towel, too – babies lose their balance easily, and this will avoid a bumped head! Check out this great idea called Blooming Bath, it’s a flower-shaped bath pillow that conforms to the shape of any sink — and keeps your wiggle worm right where they belong.
  • Avoid harsh soaps and bubble baths – Soaps and bubble baths can irritate your babies skin and even bother their eyes. Wash with plain water, or choose one of the many shampoos or soaps made specifically for babies.

By following these 5 important tips by Baby’s Own Room, you can make bath time a fun, relaxing, and joyful time for both you and your little one. Any tips of your own to share? We’d love to hear from you. Thanks and happy blogging.

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