Bath time isn’t just a necessary ritual during the baby days, it can be a really sweet and fun one! But of course, putting your precious lovebug in a tub of water does come with risks, so it’s crucial that you take some steps to keep them safe.
During the early months, most parents bathe their babies in a sink. Of course, you have to make sure you never expose your baby to very hot water and protect your wee one from bonking their head on the faucet or getting poked in their little leg by a stopper. There are several slip-resistant liners you can put into the sink, or you could line the bottom with a clean towel to make it less slippery.
When picking out a bathtub for Baby, look for features that keep a baby from sliding down into the water, such as a sling or a sloped, textured surface. And, skip the inflatable tub. Inflatable tubs can be too flimsy to support your baby and slippery, causing your little one to slide into the water.
Always keep one hand on Baby
Wet babies are slippery and sometimes wiggle a bit and slide down in the water. Before bath, gather everything you need within arm’s reach, so you don’t have to dart away—even just to the other end of the bathroom—while your little one is soaking.
Skip the bath seat
Though these seats may seem like a smart way to keep babies upright before they have the muscles to sit on their own, they can tip over easily.
Don’t leave water in the bathtub after bath-time ends
This could be a drowning risk for mobile infants or toddlers who find their way into the bathroom to explore.
Make sure your water isn’t too hot
Babies have incredibly sensitive skin that can burn easily. You should be able to comfortably keep your hand under the running water, but if you have any doubt, you can use a thermometer to make sure that the temperature doesn’t exceed 120° F.
Turn off the water before putting your baby in the tub
Leaving it on could lead to the water getting too hot or too deep.
Another overlooked aspect of baby bath time is support for parents. You’ll be spending a lot of time tub-side. Get a good cushion for your knees or a little stool to sit on when you are next to the tub.