by Virginia Franco
Babies need lots of baths, especially during the first few months of their life. Baths pose a variety of safety risks for little ones, so it is important to follow a list of guidelines when bathing your child. Several precautions and the right baby bath accessories such as bathtubs and seats can keep your baby safe and make bath time a simple and enjoyable experience for you and your baby.
Use proper equipment. There are many different baby bathtubs available for purchase. A good baby bathtub will have a comfortable seat for your child, non-slip rubber or plastic on the inside and anti-skid material on the bottom. If you choose not to purchase a baby bathtub, there are several accessories that can make bathing your child in a tub or sink safer, such as anti-slip adhesives, inflatable sink and tub inserts and baby bath hammocks. Faucet covers are also a great baby bath safety accessory.
Be attentive. The most important thing you can do to keep your child safe during bath time is to pay attention. Never leave your baby unattended during bath time, and don't rely on an older child to keep an eye on the baby for you. You should also carefully watch your child when you are preparing their bath. Never leave the water running and always drain the tub when bath time is over. Think ahead and gather all bath essentials beforehand so you never feel tempted to leave your child in the bath alone, even for a second.
Check water temperatures. It is very important to be mindful about the water temperature when bathing your child. Baby bath water should be warm, but never hot. Always test the water temperature before putting your baby in the tub. While testing water as it comes out of the faucet can help you make adjustments, it is not a reliable source of water temperature once the tub is full. Bath water thermometers are also available and can help you find the perfect water temperature for your child's bath.