Bath time can be a fun and enjoyable time to bond with your little one. However, it is also a time for caution because baby bath time can be quite hazardous (i.e. slippery tub, sliding glass doors). Remember these bathing tips to keep your child safe and happy during bath time:
- Know when can your baby bath in a tub. According to Parents magazine, you should give your baby a sponge bath until his or her umbilical cord has fallen off. After that, your baby will be ready for a baby bath tub.
- Make sure the bathroom is comfortably warm – ideally around 75 degrees F or 25 degrees C). This is because babies can get chilled quickly.
- Don’t put your little one into a tub when the water is still running. As Baby Center explains, the water temperature could change or the water could get too deep. Also, the sound of rushing water can be too intense for some babies.
- Bath tubs can be slippery. So try placing a rubber bath mat in the tub.
- Use lukewarm water. Before you place your baby in the tub, check the temperature by dipping your elbow into the water.
- Only use mild, baby-friendly soap and shampoo. Products that contain perfume or dyes can easily irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
- Fill the tub with only 2 to 4 inches of water for babies and no more than waist-high (when sitting) for toddlers and older children.
- Always keep one hand on your baby. Never ever leave your baby or young toddler in the tub! Also, empty the tub completely immediately after each use – a baby can drown in as little as one inch of water.