The bathroom is a hub of activity for families with young children. Whether you're sponging off the grubbies in the tub or starting the potty training process, you'll want to know what to do to keep your little one out of harm's way.
It's best to make this room inaccessible unless your child is accompanied by an adult. You may need to install a latch on the door at adult height so your child can't enter when you're not around. However, be sure any lock on the door can be unlocked from the outside in case your child, or anyone else, gets locked in.
Baby Bath Safety Tips
Follow these guidelines to make sure that everyone stays safe during bathtime.
- Children can drown in only a few inches of water. Never leave a child alone in the bathtub, even for a moment. Never leave water in the bathtub when it is not in use, or leave a scrub bucket with liquid around, either.
- Get your supplies organized before bathtime so you won't need to leave the room. Keep a basket with all the bath essentials near the tub.
- Test the bath water yourself to make sure it's not too hot before placing your child in the tub. For extra protection against scalding, turn your hot water heater temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Apply anti-skid strips on the bottom of the tub. Place a cushioned cover (a washcloth will work) over the faucet to avoid injuries if your child bumps it, especially with her head.
Other Bathroom Safety Tips
- Install a toilet lid lock and get in the habit of keeping all toilet seat lids down and locked.
- If you keep medicines and cosmetics in the bathroom, store them in a locked cabinet that is out of reach. Keep more frequently used items such as soap and toothpaste in a separate area but one that is also unreachable by your child and ideally locked.
- Store hair dryers (and any other electrical appliances) unplugged, and in a locked cabinet.