Bath Safety with Toddlers by Michelle Hutchison

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy to forget that accidents can happen during bath time.

Here are several ways you can make bath time safe for your child:

  • Never leave your toddler unattended in the bath or in the care of another young child. Remember that a child can drown in as little as one inch of water. If you need to leave the bathroom for any reason, have someone replace you or take the child with you – safety is well worth the inconvenience.
  • Get everything ready before beginning to fill the bath: towel, soap, baby wash, and any other items. Having your supplies close at hand means that you do not have to leave your toddler alone.
  • Keep the water level at about your smallest child’s waist level. This allows children to keep their balance in the water when sitting.
  • Monitor the temperature of the water as you are filling the bathtub and before you put your child in the water. As adults, we bathe in water that is much hotter than a child can tolerate. The perfect temperature for a child’s bath is around 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Use a bath thermometer if you are not sure.
  • Consider safety proofing the faucet. The large faucet can leave quite a mark if your child hits her head on it. There are rubber covers that protect the faucet and also display the temperature.
  • Have an adult-only rule when it comes to the faucet handles.
  • Encourage your child to stay seated during the bath because standing up can cause him to slip. Bath seats cannot substitute for adult supervision.
  • Check all bath toys on a regular basis for mold and damage.
  • Keep all of your bath products out of your toddler’s reach. The same goes for razors and anything else not meant for little hands.
  • Make sure electrical appliances such as hair dryers and electric razors are well away from the bath
  • Attach non-slip strips to the bottom of your bathtub if you do not have a slip-proof surface already, or use a rubber mat that sticks to the bottom with suction cups.