Believe it or not, your bathroom can be a dangerous place for your baby. That said, it’s easy to baby-proof this small but important place in your home. Here are five bathroom safety tips for babies.
Clear out dangerous items
Remove sharp objects such as razors, scissors and nail clippers. Other dangerous items include electrical appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons. And don’t forget your medications, even over-the-counter items such as aspirin, cold medicine and mouthwash. Store these items in another room or lock them up in a cabinet well out of your child’s reach.
Lower the thermostat on your water heater
You should teach your child not to turn on the taps in your bathroom, but just to be safe, set your hot water heater to no more than 120 degrees F. Children have delicate skin that can burn more easily than the skin of adults.
Eliminate slippery surfaces
Put a non-slip mat in the bathtuband non-slip bath mats on the floors. Bathroom floors can get slippery when water is sloshed on them.
Lock the bathroom
If you aren’t sure you’ve contained all the dangers or you simply can’t do so, then install a hook-and-eye lock out of your child’s reach on the outside of the bathroom door. Keep the hook latched when you are not using the bathroom.
Bath your child safely
Bathing has it’s own set of dangers. Use these ten tips for safely bathing your child.
* Always stay with your child when he’s in the bathtub. Never, ever leave him alone even for a second. If you must leave the bathroom, wrap your baby in a towel and take him with you.
* Dry the floor before taking your baby out of the bath to help prevent falls due to slippery surfaces. Also remember to dry his feet when you take him out of the bathtub.
* Teach your child to sit down in the bathtub at all times. This may take some time but it is well worth it.
* Make sure the bathroom is comfortably warm (around 75 or 80 degrees F) so that your baby does not get chilled.
* Test the bathwater with your wrist or elbow to make sure it’s not too hot. Generally, babies prefer a cooler tub than do adults.
* Fill the tub with only 2 to 4 inches of water for bathing your baby; wait until the tub is filled with the correct amount of water before placing your baby in it.
* Keep electric appliances like hair dryers and curling irons well away from the bathtub.
* Use a cushioned spout cover to protect your baby’s head from getting hurt if he bumps it against the spout.
* Teach your baby not to touch the faucet handles. Eventually he will be able to turn the handles, which could lead to serious or maybe even fatal injury including drowning.
* Avoid shampoos and soaps meant for adults. Use plain water or baby formula shampoos and soaps to keep your baby from getting a rash or urinary infection.