September is baby safety month. Therefore, whether you are new to parenting or not, it never hurts to learn new ways to keep your baby safe. I’m going to focus on bathroom safety tips for keeping your baby safe. A bathroom may seem fairly safe, but in fact, there are many dangers lurking in there.
A home is never 100% baby proof. You can do all you know to do, but there are so many possibilities and opportunities for accidents, there will always be something that is overlooked. You can’t dwell on this, but be as diligent as you can and childproof as much as you can in and around your home. That’s as much as anyone can do.
Baby Safety Tip #1
Never leave any water on the floor or in the tub. If you are carrying your baby or getting out of the tub holding your baby, you could slip and fall. This could be disastrous for both of you. Also, if your baby is in the crawling stage, he/she could get to the tub and fall in and possibly drown. A baby can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
Also, never leave your baby or toddler alone in the bathroom for any reason.
Always test the temperature of the water before you begin to bathe your baby. The temperature of the water should be less than 120 degrees.
Cap all the electrical outlets, so there is no chance a baby with wet hands can get electrocuted by touching an outlet while wet.
Baby Safety Tip #2
Use a baby gate at entrance to bathroom
A baby gate will prevent your baby from crawling into the bathroom unattended. Make sure you get a quality baby gate that is sturdy and safe. Periodically check it to make sure there are no loose parts that could be swallowed by the baby.
Should your baby get into the bathroom without your knowing it, they could get ino many things, such as getting in the toilet, get to cleaning products, medications, etc…
It’s really best to not keep medications or cleaning supplies in the bathroom. Keep them in a locked cabinet in another room, like the kitchen.
Baby Safety Tip #3
How to safely bathe your baby
The first thing you need to bathe your baby safely is a quality baby tub. Products by The First Years are dependable and can be found at Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon.com as well as other places. It’s also a good idea to buy a spout cover so the baby won’t hit it’s head on the faucet. Also important is to use soft wash cloths. A baby’s skin is sensitive and delicate and needs to be washed gently. If its cold put a warm rag on the baby’s belly to keep it warm while it’s being bathed. Arrange all supplies near you before you start the bath so you won’t have to leave the baby to get something. Take your time and keep focused on what you’re doing. Never leave the baby to take a phone call or talk on the cell phone at the tub during the bath.
Baby Safety Tip #4
Learn infant CPR!
Learning infant CPR could save your baby’s life in an accident in any room of the house or anywhere else for that matter. This is probably the most important thing you can do to keep your baby safe when it’s in your presence.
I hope these tips are helpful to those who read them.
Walmart.com: The First Years Newborn-to-Toddler Tub with Sling: Health & Safety