Undoubtedly, one of the most hazardous rooms in your home is the bathroom. While bath time should always be a time for fun and bonding, it’s important that parents take extra precaution to make sure their child is safe and the bathroom is baby proofed. The following are several things to keep in mind for bathroom safety when baby proofing your home.
Never leave your child alone in the tub! A child can drown in a matter of minutes in less than 2” of water. If you must leave the bathroom for any reason, take your baby with you. Keep a cordless phone in the bathroom with you at all times.
Check the temperature of the bath water. The appropriate temperature is between 96°F and 100°F. Use a bath thermometer to check the temperature and install a scald protector on your faucet.
Bath rings and baby bath tubs should not be considered safety devices. As with baby proofing items, these products should not replace constant parental supervision. Rather, they should be considered a bathing aide. Bath rings and tubs should not be used in non-skid or slip resistant surfaces.
Cover the edges of marble tubs – Purchase foam guard that can be used on marble surfaces to protect the rim of the bathtub.
Install a tub spout cover – Babies are extremely slippery when wet – make sure that hard surfaces such as the tub spout are protected. If bathing two children together be sure that playing does not get out of hand.
Keep bath toys clean – Be sure to allow all bath toys to air dry in a mesh bag and clean weekly with bleach to prevent mold.
Remove adult items from the tub. Be sure that razors, decorative soaps, candles, glass jars and other hazardous items are locked away when bathing your baby.
Don’t forget about other hazards in the bathroom. Place locks on toilets and install slow closing lids. Also, make sure trash baskets are kept in a locked vanity or at least make sure they are tall with a lid.
Learn CPR – Even if you’ve taken a course in the past, take a refresher course once you’ve had a baby. This could be the difference between life and death.
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.