Did you know that January is Bath Safety Awareness Month?
Bath time is one of your baby's first experiences with the water! It can also be a special bonding time for you and your little one. Before jumping in, it's important to learn about bath safety and ways to keep bath time a safe and enjoyable experience.
Bath safety awareness is vital information all parents must know because the repercussions of not educating yourself could be a fatal incident. Drowning is still the number one cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. Two-thirds of all drowning deaths in infants and toddlers occur in bathtubs. Don't forget that drowning is often silent and can happen in just an inch or two of water! While all these facts are super scary to think about, the good news is that drowning is also 100% preventable!
Let keep bath time a safe and enjoyable experience for all by keeping these top three safety tips in mind while setting up a bath:
TIP 1: Bring everything to the bathroom before you fill the tub!
It's important to have everything you need in the bathroom before turning on the water. Once you start filling the tub with water you never want to leave your little one unattended! Our bathtubs are slippery and accidents happen.
Always stay attentive and keep your eyes on your little one. Staying with your little one will reinforce a positive water experience and it gives you the opportunity to respond promptly should an emergency arise.
Consider bringing the following items into the bathroom before you get started:
TIP 2: Monitor the bath temperature and water levels!
Have you ever been in the shower and someone flushes the toilet and all of a sudden the water either gets really cold or really hot? Not fun, right?
As your baby starts to learn about the water, we want to create the most comfortable environment possible. Monitoring the water temperature of your little one's bath can help prevent those freezing cold or scalding hot moments. It's recommended by the Mayo Clinic that bath temperature should be around 100 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Unsure of how to test the water temperature? Pick up one of those fun floating pool thermometers in the shape of a froggy or duckie that can float in the tub during bath time. Not into the froggy & ducks, you can also purchase a water thermometer online or in most sporting goods stores.
Another important thing to monitor when setting up a bath for your little one is the water level. The water level in the bath should be no more than waist-deep if your little one is old enough to sit in the tub. If you are still using an infant tub, you should only leave about 2 inches of water in the tub.
If you're worried about your little one catching a chill from the difference between the water and air temperatures, consider keeping the door to the bathroom closed during bath time and using the steam from the bath to warm the room. Remember that you've brought your towels in the bathroom, so they should be nearby if your little one is getting too cold.
TIP 3: Keep the toilet lid closed at all times!
While preparing a bath, your little one is most likely in the bathroom with you unless you have another responsible adult attending to your little one while you set things up. As the well-prepared Mama or Papa that you are, you've probably already baby-proofed your bathroom cabinets, especially if you have crawlers and toddlers roaming around, but there's one more bathroom feature to keep a close eye on... the toilet.
Another most commonplace for drownings or water emergencies to occur is the toilet. I know what you're thinking, eww that's gross. BUT, it's true! Consider your little one's perspective... "Ooo look water, I can splash and play."
If you don't have another adult to help with bath time, the best thing you can do to keep your little one out of the "potty water" would be to close the lid! This way the "potty water" is out of sight and your little one is most likely not going to be interested.
Getting your little one ready for bath time is WORK! There are so many things to remember. Consider coming up with a bath time routine that works best for you and your family. Turn these tips into new family habits to keep your little ones safe and bath time a super fun water experience! Remember making these small changes at home teaches your little one safe water habits from a young age.
Check back in throughout the month for some fun things you can do with your little one during bath time!
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