Tips for Bath Safety
Bathing your baby can be a daunting task, and it’s something that many parents tell us they worry about when they bring their new baby home. And we totally get it. The hands free towel was invented after many nights struggling with a slippery baby and a cold bathroom floor, so believe us when we tell you we’ve been there! It's essential to follow basic safety rules at bath time, so here is our guide to getting it right, every night.
Never leave your baby unattended during bath time; make sure you have everything ready before you start.
You will need:
- A towel (a Cuddledry hands free towel of course)
- A changing mat or safe space to lay your baby for undressing
- Items for nappy change
- Clothes to dress your baby in
- Items for feeding
It also helps to have another adult with you too.
Check the water
Don't overfill the tub. Young babies only need around 6-8cm ion water, and for older babies sitting up the water should be at waist level
Your baby’s bath temperature should be around 37-38 degrees C and the best way to check this is with a bath thermometer. You can also use your wrist or elbow as a guide. Always swish the water around to disperse any hot spots that could be lurking.
Babies and children should be supervised at all times during bath time. Never leave another child in charge and always ensure that either you or another adult is not only present in the bathroom, but paying attention too. It can only take a second for a child to slip!
When you're ready to take your baby out of the bath, use your hands free towel to safely lift your baby from the water and into your arms for a warm cuddle.
Make sure you empty the bath as soon as your baby is dressed and in a safe place away from the bathroom, and close the door while the water empties.
Baby proof bath time
As your baby gets older, bath time becomes more fun! Now is the time to make sure the bath and bathroom are as safe as possible.
- Close the toilet lid to prevent little hands from exploring and to reduce the risk of toppling in
- Wrap a washcloth over the taps to cushion them against accidental bumps
- Fill the bath with hot and cold water at the same time, adding more or less until you have the right temperature. If you don't have a mixer tap, don’t forget to wrap the hot tap with a wash cloth to protect against accidental burns
- Use a bath mat or towel at the bottom of the bath to reduce the risk of slipping
- Always encourage your child to sit down in the bath
- Remove razors, scissors and any other potentially dangerous items. Make sure medications are well out of reach and never leave bottles of shampoo etc within reach.
First Aid awareness
It’s a really good idea to enrol on a parent’s first aid course so that you are aware of the correct procedures to follow if your child requires medical attention. Speak to your health visitor for information on courses local to you.