15 Tips for Your Baby's Best Bath
Bath time with baby can be a fun-filled time of splashing, giggles, and a bit of a mess. Use these baby bath safety tips to keep your little one safe while making future embarrassing memories.
• Fill the bath with water before placing baby inside; the temperature could change or the water could get too deep.
• Using a designated caddy with all of baby's bathing and diapering supplies will keep you from running around before bath time, or realizing you forgot something halfway through
• DO NOT leave baby in the bath unattended to retrieve an item. Always take baby with you.
• Place your elbow under water to test the temperature or use one of the many products available to easily read the exact temperature of the bath.
• Set your water heater to 120 degrees F. The default setting on many hot water heaters is 140 F, which can cause burns.
• Make sure the bathroom is comfortably warm (around 75 degrees F). Babies can get chilled quickly.
• When using a baby bathtub, do not fill the adult tub or sink with additional water
• The recommended amount of water for a baby bath is 2 to 3 inches.
• Bathtubs are incredibly slippery, use a rubber bath mat for more secure seating. A cushioned spout cover can protect your baby's head from painful bumps. Also, be sure that any sliding glass shower doors are made from safety glass.
• Fill the tub before placing baby inside
• If you need to answer the door or phone, place baby in a towel and take them with you
• Bathtubs are incredibly slippery, use a rubber bath mat for more secure seating.
• If you feel you must answer the phone or the doorbell, wrap baby in a towel and bring them with you.
• Always have one hand on baby
• Babies can drown in less than an inch of water
- Moisturizers are not necessary. The best way to avoid rash is to properly dry the diaper area and skin folds. If you do use a moisturizer, make sure it is hypoallergenic.
- Wash baby's head last to avoid heat loss
- Don't use bubble baths. They may be irritating to the urethra, which in turn might increase the risk of urinary tract infections.
- You can wash your baby in plain water as long as you clean the diaper zone and skin folds well. Soaps and shampoos can dry your baby's skin and may cause rashes, so choose a soap designed for baby.