While they do not require bathing every day, your baby’s bath time is a special moment because it will be the time where you make them clean, as well as a perfect bonding moment for the two of you.
That being said, as a parent, you need to be aware that whenever a baby’s both gets wet with water and they are soaked in baby soap or shampoo, they tend to get really slippery which can potentially make them bump towards the sides of the baby bath tub.
Today, I want to address that by giving you some very important bathing tips to ensure that your baby is safe during bath time.
Be There to Supervise
According to Stephanie Cowle, a Health Promotion Coordinator in a charitable organization, said that babies can drown even in an inch or two of water. Furthermore, because they do not know how to call for help, it could potentially be fatal to your infant whenever you are not around.
That is why whenever they take a bath, always be there with them so that you can supervise. Although you can certainly ask other people to bathe your baby, it is still important that you are there just to make sure that every precaution is exercised.
Have Everything Within Arm’s Reach
It is important when you’re bathing your baby that everything is within your arm’s reach. This includes their baby wash, shampoo, towels, diaper, and anything that they will need when bathing.
Cowle said that you should never leave your baby even if an item is just a few seconds away because it can make a huge difference (since babies are very fickle, you leaving them even a split second can be dangerous).
If you absolutely need to leave the room for whatever reason, make sure that you bring your baby with you.
Always Check the Temps
Your baby has very delicate skin and it shouldn’t be subjected to really hot water. That is why you should always check the temperature before you put your baby in.
Keep the water lukewarm and always test the water temp with your hand or elbow before putting them in. If you want a more systematic approach, you can use a bath thermometer.
Incorporate Safety Features
Babies tend to be very fidgety when they are bathing, so ensure that you employ safety measures to keep your baby safe.
For instance, if you find that your baby is able to turn on the tap, make sure to put tap guards to prevent this from happening.
Or, if you want to provide some ample protection against bumping, you can add padded spout covers.
Wipe Everything Dry
When you are finished bathing your baby, it is important to pat them dry with a towel so that they won’t become slippery.
Also, since the vicinity will most likely be doused in water (because of the fidgety nature of babies), it is important that you also wipe it dry to ensure that you won’t slip and slide.