Being in charge of baby bathroom safety is a lot responsibility, and even as small as the little one is, it’s a job over which you must spend a great deal of care and attention! But at least whilst they’re unable to walk about, you can easily manage their safety. In the long run, the Bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in the house for a child to be in. And as your child grows up, it’s essential that they have a safe environment in which to learn all those toilet basics!
Safety for Babies
Whenever you have a new arrival, it’s time to start thinking about getting rid of some of your household clutter. This isn’t just a bathroom problem: you’ve doubtlessly gone through your living room, bedroom and kitchen looking for places where little hands may be in danger. It’s time to change habits in the bathroom: remember that razors and medicines need to be locked away in bathroom cabinets, out of reach of a child every time you use them! You should have an unreachable lock on the outside of your bathroom door so that you can keep your child out of the bathroom unless you want them to go in!
- Preparing for baby’s bath, you need to remember that their skin is far more sensitive than your own. Run the bath before putting them inside.
- Run only about 13cm (5 inches) of water.
- Use a non-slip mat in the bath. Adhesive non-slip decals are also useful.
- 37 degrees is the ideal temperature for infant bathing, and you can buy a thermometer to check this precisely. You should always check how the water feels to your touch before placing your baby in it.
- Never leave your child whilst bathing them, not even for second. Bring a phone (preferably one that can be put on speaker phone) if you’re expecting a call. Never leave a child in charge either.
- Wrap baby in a towel and dry immediately after the bath. You don’t want them getting cold!
- During their early days, babies only need a full bath once or twice a week. On other days, cleaning their face, neck, ears, bottom and genitals will do. After two months or so, you need to start establishing bath-time into a bed-time routine.
Safety for Toddlers
Toddlers will essentially require many of the same precautions as above: in fact, anti-slip surfaces, and basic routine are probably even more important! With your child now moving around and becoming ever more curious (and fidgety!) bathtime can be a little more challenging, but it needn’t be a chore!
- A lock for the toilet seat cover keeps from taking a trip round the U-Bend.
- Water level can go up a little more now: teach your child to sit up in the bath, and run the water to waist height.
- Rubber ducks, boats and other fun toys can keep kids cooperative and occupied, just make sure that play doesn’t get in the way of cleaning!
- Empty the bathtub of water immediately after you have finished.
- With toddlers splashing around, water tends to go everywhere. Make sure that the floor is dry before letting them out, to avoid slipping.