What precautions do I need to take when it comes to bathing my baby? I’ve heard they can drown in a matter of minutes, and I’m totally freaked out.
A: Drowning may certainly be one of the leading causes of death in infants and toddlers—but bathtub drowning is totally preventable if these few rules are kept:
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.
If these rules are adhered to, then bathing your baby should be a great time for fun and bonding.
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!
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