- Never leave your child alone in the tub—not to answer the phone, door or to tend to another child! Pick your little one up and bring him with you.
- Always close the door whilst filling the tub. If you begin to fill the tub and then tend to a task in another room, close the bathroom door, so an on-the-move child doesn’t make his way into the tub while you’re away.
- Put toys in after the child is in the tub, not before.
- Never leave buckets or large toys in the bathroom area that a child can use as a step.
It can be a learning experience for both mom and baby, too. By learning, I mean that bathtime is the best time for preparing children for survival lessons and water acclimation. Here are a few tips to help that:
- Splash, make a lot of noise and smile!
- Do not wipe babies’ eyes. Instead, blink yours, and they will copy.
- Always submerge the ears. This will help them not to be afraid of the sounds and feel of water in the ear. This is a great exercise and helps tremendously when swim lessons begin.
These simple tips for you and your baby will help you to enjoy a safe and happy bathtime!
—RITA GOLDBERG, CEO of British Swim School