Toddler Bath Time: Keep your Child Safe
Toddlers usually love bath time. It’s so much fun to splash around in the water, and with the help of a few toys things are even more exciting. Bath time is also relaxing, and generally puts baby right to sleep after the jammies are put on. Bath time, however, can also be a scary time if you’re not using all of the necessary safety measure.
There’s really no reason to worry over toddler bath time, however, since it takes only a little bit of common sense to keep your little one safe. The number one rule to remember when it’s time for bath is to never, under any circumstances, leave your toddler unsupervised in the bathtub. It doesn’t matter if they’re in safety seats or how quick you need to leave them. It takes less than one inch of water and a few seconds for a child to drown.
Speaking of safety equipment, it is a good idea that you purchase a few items for extra precaution during bathtub. A slip-resistant mat is an affordable addition that will prevent slips and falls. The mat is cushiony, so bumps and bruises aren’t so keen to your toddler. Consider the purchase of a spout cover and equip sliding glass doors with the proper latches to prevent accidents.
Consider a thermometer for the bathtub to monitor the water temperature. Accidental burns are more common than you’d like to think, but this preventative measure can eliminate the worry from your life. The same temperature for your little one is 90 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit (32 to 38 Celsius). Also, make sure that you don’t put baby in the bathtub while the water is still running since the temperature can change. Monitor the level of the water that is put into the tub. Your baby needs nothing more than waist-high water.
It is important to teach your toddler that only sitting is allowed in the bathtub. Encourage them to splish and splash, but do it with their bottoms down. A slippery tub, even with a mat inside, is a very big danger for little ones, but it is easy to avoid.
Finally, be sure that electrical appliances are out of reach and far from the tub at all times. Hair dryers, curling irons and other beauty accessories can easily fall into or be pulled into the tub and shock your child, or worse. Avoid this danger all together!
Also see: How to Bathe a Baby