Baby Guide

 

Bathtub Safety For Toddlers

by Greg Hanson

Bath time ranks among their favorite experiences of the day for most young children. Children, especially toddlers, absolutely love to splash around and play in the water. Parents love bath time too, since the children are confined to a small space that makes them easier to supervise.

Plus, the children get clean in the process. It’s a win-win for everyone. There are, however, certain dangers that exist during bath time. Children could slip and fall, hit their heads, or even drown. Some simple precautions can minimize the risks and keep your child safe. Here are five suggestions:

1. Never leave your child unattended

Accidents happen quickly. Even leaving the room for a few seconds can open the door for tragedy. Remain in the bathroom with your child and stay alert at all times.

2. Use a secured bathmat in the tub

A rubberized mat attached to the bottom of the tub with suction cups can prevent your child from slipping. There are a variety of mats available from baby supply stores and home healthcare stores. Purchase one and use it every time your child takes a bath. Another solution, though not effective, is to use adhesive decals that stick to the bottom of the tub.

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