Most kids love bath times – the water, the bubbles and the bath toys are a great time for you to spend quality time with your toddler. Whenever you combine children and water, however, it’s wise to take a few safety tips into account.
The golden rule here is never to leave your toddler alone with any amount of water. Children can drown in just a few inches of water, whether it’s a bucket or a bathtub! Also never let your child stand in the bath tub.
Check the temperature of the water before you let your child get into the bath – and don’t let them get in until you’ve finished running the water. Children can scald easily in water that’s too hot.
Keep your child away from plugs and taps, as the metal can heat up and burn them, and try to find cushioned covers for spouts, which can cause bumps and bruises.
If your bath is slippery (and most are) a rubber bath mat, or stick on decals can help to create a non slip surface. If you’re bathing your child in a strange bath, even a towel placed in the bottom of the bath can help prevent slipping, or you could get a portable bath ring.
Lastly, don’t over fill the bath. Waist deep water is more than adequate for toddlers, and even older children.