Babies are the cutest things in the world, it is always fun to be with them. However, when it comes to cleanliness, it is not an easy task to keep a baby clean, he/she has a mind that is tuned to explore everything around them. This helps them to learn more and develop at the same time make them exposed to all sorts of dust and dirt. This is one of the reasons reason’s for bathing them frequently, and we have some bath time safety tips for you.
Over the past few years, the number of accidents babies are prone to while bathing has increased, such occurrences are not only shocking but also heart-breaking to deal with. Carelessness and inexperience in using bathtub and bathmat are two of the common reasons why such accidents occur. However, if you follow the safety tips mentioned below, you can bath your baby without any issues.
Bath Time Safety Tips
1. Provide constant supervisions –
Baby’s are born without the ability to communicate with people around them until they reach a certain age. This is why it is very important that you do not leave the baby alone in the bathtub or bathroom alone. You should know that it would take only a few seconds for the baby to slip into the water and starts drowning. Therefore, whatever the reason, never leave the baby alone in the bathroom or the bathtub.
2. Keep the bath time very small –
Adults and teens take a long time to bath and that is how to they think and do things. However, when it comes to babies, they get irritated when bathing. Yes, anything apart from normal conditions could irritate the baby and apart from this if the baby spends more time in the water, then their skin will get wrinkly. Therefore, it is very important that you keep the bathing time to a minimum between 10 to 15-minutes.
3. Control the temperature of the water –
One of the most common accidents babies is prone to while bathing is getting burned. This has been one of the common occurrences for a long time, and it is almost impossible to completely prevent such an issue. However, here is something that you could try doing. First of all, remember, babies are born with very sensitive skin and they cannot handle even the slightest heat.
Therefore, it is very important that you consider checking the water temperature each time while mixing the water. Yes, you should first take cold water and add hot water into it until it reaches a certain temperature, if you prefer to be very careful, then you could purchase a thermometer and use it to check the temperature. Many experts have recommended keeping the temperature between 37 and 38 degrees, as it is an optimum temperature.
4. Each and everything for bath should be at arms reach –
Bathing a baby is like performing a multi-million task, you should be organized and very careful. Keeping has to arrange all the things required for bathing near you so that you could get hold of them without moving away from the baby. Whatever the situation may be, everything including the soap and towel should be neat you.
5. A dry towel always near you and the baby –
Most people compare bathing a baby to how to adults or teenagers bath. This is true and it cannot be blamed, that is how people think. It cannot be changed easily, however, when it comes to babies, remember, they would not able to handle water in their eyes. Therefore, it is very important that you keep a dry towel near you to use it whenever you find the baby struggling.
6. Never use a large mug to pour water over his/her head –
Pouring water on the baby’s head while bathing is not an issue, however, if the quantity of water is too much it could choke the baby and lead to accidents. Therefore, it is very important that you never use a large mug or anything to pour water on his/her. Instead, you could simply use a small wet towel to clean the head. If you want to pour water on the head, you should first place your dominant hand above eyebrows and block the water from running down his/her eyes and nose.
7. Never use regular soap designed for adults –
There is a major difference between a baby soap and regular soap, while regular soaps come with harsh ingredients that will clean an adults body. A baby soap will come with almost no harsh ingredients. Using regular soap on babies could cause rashes, dry skin, and other skin issues. This is why it is very important to purchase a baby soap and use it to bath your baby. In the same way, say no to shampoos. Please only ever use the best baby shampoo on a baby.
8. Keep the baby seated while bathing-
Do you prefer giving your baby bath in a bathtub? If yes, it is very important that you make the babysit until the bathing is complete. Remember a bathtub filled water could be very dangerous. If the baby slips and falls down in the water face down, then they could choke and inhale water.
Therefore, always make the baby sit down and the tub should not have excess water filled in. If you baby resists to sit down, you could make the stand up on a non-slip pad and bath them. If none of the above is possible, you should make the baby lie down on his/her tummy or back on a bath mattress and then clean the baby. Remember, unlike seating or standing, bathing a baby while he/she is lying down is very complicated, you should be extra careful.
9. Let the baby bring his/her toys –
Babies are fond of toys and a toy in hand could calm the baby for a long time. If your baby is not fond of bathing, it is very important that you allow the baby to bring his/her toys.
10. Never try bathing a baby who is crying continuously –
Unless and until you are really experienced in handling the baby while bathing, never try to bath a baby who has been crying for way too longer than normal. Babies tend to breathe heavily if they cry a lot, bathing a baby under such circumstances could prove dangerous, as they could inhale water into their lungs while breathing.
11. A little pee while bathing is not an issue, but, poop is different –
Most commonly, people tend to empty the bathtub if the baby pees in it while bathing. This is not a necessary step, it is very common and natural that a baby pee in the water that they bath in. However, it is important that you know, accidents do occur more commonly in such situations.
For example, when you drain the tub, you will have to fill the tab with water again, this is where you forget to check the temperature of the water, as the baby could be crying or causing some trouble at the other end. Therefore, unless, the baby poops in the bathtub or in the bathing tub, it is not necessary to drain the tub. You could consider draining the tub only if you have an extra person to help you.
12. There is a right age for bathing –
A newborn baby is not strong enough for a bath, bathing a baby comes only at a certain age. Yes, cannot bath a newborn, unless his/her umbilical cord falls off. Until then, you should have to wipe him/her clean with a wet towel. If the baby is circumcised, you will have to wait until it is fully healed to prevent any infections or irritation.
13. No electric appliances near the bathing area –
Babies grow up exploring their surrounding and they will prefer getting their hands on everything they could reach. Most commonly, people store their electrical products like hairdryer, hair curler, straightener, etc. In the bathroom and this could cause trouble. However, if you are bathing you, baby, in such bathrooms, you should make sure, your baby cannot lay their hands on such devices.
14. Learn how to give infant CPR –
Giving CPR to a baby is not an easy task when it is an adult, it is simple. All you have to do is simply follow the steps as mentioned. It is very important that you remember a baby has a fragile body that cannot handle the adult CPR. Therefore, it is very important that you attend a course that will teach you how to do infant CPR.
Bottom line –
A baby bath time will always come with some hazards that people commonly overlook. This is one of the reasons why we have compiled the list of safety tips that you should consider while bathing your baby. Apart from the tips mentioned above, it all comes to the experience and how vigilant you are while bathing the baby.