National Bath Safety Month
January is National Bath Safety Month. It’s the perfect time to brush up on your bath safety skills when washing your baby. Follow these bathing tips to make sure your little one is safe, happy and clean:
Never leave baby unattended. Accidents happen in an instant. Keep one hand and both eyes on your baby the entire time. If your phone rings or you receive a text, check it after bath time is complete. If you need to leave the room for any reason, take your baby out of the bath and bring him or her with you.
Be prepared. Before you start the bathing process, make sure everything you need is ready to go, so you never have to take your focus off of your baby. The room should be a comfortable temperature and all of your supplies (soap, rinsing cup, towel) should be in arm’s reach.
Test the water. Turn off the water before placing your baby in the bath as the temperature in flowing water can change quickly. The best way to check the temperature in your baby’s bath is with a thermometer. If you don’t have one available, use your elbow or the inside of your wrist as a gauge. Prevent scalding water by setting your water heater to 120 degrees F.
A little is all you need. Fill the bath with 2 to 4 inches of water for babies. Use soap sparingly. A dab of mild soap meant for babies is all you’ll need. In fact, you can wash your baby in water and only clean the diaper area and skin folds with soap. Bubble baths seem fun, but you should avoid them. Those extra bubbles can cause rashes, irritation to the urethra, and make your baby extra slippery.
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