Teaching your child to bathe can be a fun and enjoyable experience between you and your little one, however, you should be very watchful when it comes to introducing your baby to the water, as it can also be a very dangerous one. That’s why we at Bath-Buddy have put together some tips for you to have a safer bath time.
- Turn off the taps before placing your baby in the water as the depth will change and could cause problems for your baby. Also, the temperature will change and as babies prefer to have a warm not hot bath due to having more sensitive skin than adults, as this could hurt them. A great way to test the water temperature to make sure it’s the right warmth for them is to place your elbow in the water.
- Add a rubber bath mat to the floor of your bath tub as this will help prevent your baby from slipping and sliding on the bottom of the bath.
- Fill the bath tub with only 2 to 4 inches of water for bathing your baby. As this will make keep them safer. This is especially important in case your baby can already stand, as they can easily fall over. It is also best to teach your child not to stand in the bath tub
- If you are using a soap to wash your baby make sure it is a mild soap that has been specially made for babies as other soaps can cause rashes. If you decide not to use soap when washing your baby and just use plain water, you need to make sure that you concentrate on washing the diaper zone, the arms and hands and the face.
- Don’t allow your child to touch the tap handles. As the heat can burn your baby’s skin and cause serious injuries. You can cover the taps with a flannel or small towel.
There is one absolute golden rule at bath time which is to NEVER leave your baby unsupervised (sorry for the capitals but it really is essential). Babies and children can drown in less than an inch of water, and if for any reason you must leave the room make sure you take your baby out of the water before you go. So it’s essential that you make sure you have everything you need for bath time all together before you place your baby in the water. The best way to do this is to keep all the toys, soaps and other items in one place such as a Bath Toy Organizer like this.