10 Bath Safety Tips for Your Infant

by zywaveblogger

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Bath time can be an enjoyable activity that you share with your newborn, but if you do not take the appropriate precautions, it can be quite dangerous. For that reason, here are 10 tips to ensure that bath time is both safe and enjoyable:

  1. Learn infant CPR. While you hope that you never have to use it, knowing infant CPR could save your child’s life.
  2. Choose the right tub. Your baby’s first tub should have a contoured design or an internal sling that prevents your baby from sliding. You may also want to purchase a rubber bath mat to place underneath the tub to ensure that the tub cannot move.
  3. Plan a bath time routine. Even though infants cannot yet speak, they already have their own opinions—one of which is how they feel about bath time. Some babies enjoy baths, and they’ll splash and play in the water. Other babies may find baths relaxing. Depending on your baby’s feelings about baths, you may want to schedule his or her bath in the morning (if he or she is active in the tub) or in the evening (if he or she finds baths to be relaxing).

  4. Keep all electronic devices away from the tub. If you have any electronic devices—such as hairdryers, curling irons, electric razors or portable speakers—in your bathroom, you should store them securely in a cabinet.

  5. Never leave your child unsupervised. Before you even begin to draw the water for your baby’s bath, you should double check that you have everything that you need. If you cannot ignore the doorbell or phone, wrap your baby up in a towel and bring him or her with you.
  6. Don’t place your baby in the tub while the warm is still running. While the water is running, the temperature can fluctuate. Wait until the tub is filled with only 2 to 4 inches of water before placing your baby into the tub.

  7. Make sure the temperature is just right. To prevent scalding, the bathwater should be at most 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not have a bath thermometer, a good way to test the temperature of the water is to dip your elbow into it. The water should be warm but not too hot.

  8. Don’t use bubble bath. While bubbles can be fun, the bubble solution could be irritating to your baby’s skin. In severe cases, bubble bath could increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

  9. Use the appropriate type of soap and shampoo. Use a washcloth with water and a mild baby wash that does not have any added perfume or dyes to clean your baby. For your baby’s hair, you can use baby soap or a drop of mild, tear-free shampoo. If your baby has developed cradle cap, which are scaly patches that appear on the scalp, you can loosen them with a soft-bristled baby brush while you wash his or her hair.

  10. Choose tub toys carefully. It’s okay for your baby to have some toys in the bath, but they should be age appropriate. A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything that can be placed in the mouth and ingested.

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