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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bath Tub Safety

In addition to not buying a bath seat, follow these bathtub safety tips:

• Never leave your baby unattended during bath time, even for a second, even when you're just filling the tub with water. (To play it safe, stay within arm's reach of your child when he's around water, wh
ether he's in an adult or toddler tub. If your baby can't sit up on his own yet, alwasy keep a hand on him at bath time, too. Plan ahead. Make sure you have everything on hand before you start the bath. You don't want tohave to scurry for a washcloth or towel while your baby is in the tub. The Aquatopia Safety Bath Time Easy Kneeler: anti-slip pad for your knees and extra padding for your elbows. It has pockets that are perfect for soaps and shampoos, keeping everything you need close at hand.

• When bathing your baby, fill the tub with as little water as possible. Two inches is a good amount.

• Be careful about scalding water. The water should feel warm, not hot. Before you put your baby in the tub, test the temperature with your wrist, elbow, or the back of your hand. Don't rely on a tub with a temperature indicator, such as a drain plug that changes color to indicate too hot or too cold, and just right. If you're using a thermometer with a read-out, baby bath water whould be between 90 and 100 degrees.
Munchkin has a Safety Bath Ducky I like to use, and find very accurate. But again, use your wrist, elbow, or the back of your hand as your main guide.

• If you need to leave the bathroom, take your baby with you. Don't rely on older children to watch the baby for you. If the phone rings, let the answering machine or Voice Mail pick it up. If there's a knock on the door, ignore it. Make that rule as stringent as strapping your baby into her car seat every time you drive.

• When using a baby bathtub in the sink or regular tub, always turn the hot water off first and watch out for hot metal spigots. Get a cover for the bathtub's spout to protect your child from it's heat conducting metal and hard edges. Some covers are soft plastic in the shape of an animal, such as a moose or an elephant. Others are inflatable plastic. Swoosh tub water around with your hand so that any hot spots even out. To play it safe, reduce the setting of your hot-water heater to 120 degrees F. An infant's skin burns much more easily than an adult's.

• Always empty the bathtub immediately after bath time. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water, and can aspirate any level of water resulting in a "dry drowning".

• When your baby graduates to a regular bathtub, attach rubber strips to the bottom of the tub to prevent slipping.

• Remind caregivers, your spouse, and the baby's grandparents about these safety tips. Better yet, if they're new to bath time, tell them not to give your baby a bath while you're away if that's possible.

The Puj Tub was designed to make bath time quick and easy. The tubs revolutionary design allows you to bathe your infant in any standard bathroom sink.

  • No more leaning over the bathtub stressing your knees, neck, and back.
  • No more lining the bathroom sink with sponges and wet towels
  • No more wondering where you are going to store that awkward plastic bathtub you used to use. The design allows for easy set up, bathing, clean-up, and storage.

Bathing Buddies Baby Shower Sling

Bathing Buddies® shower slings are made from a soft athletic mesh. This fabric is very sturdy and breathable. It's also very easy to dry.

Our pouch style sling is one of the easiest types of slings to use in the bath. Just fold the sling into itself, creating a pouch. Drape over your shoulder like a sash and pop your baby right in! No silly clips, buckles, or rings.

Pouch style slings are suitable for a tiny newborn or a toddler. Bathing Buddies® slings are very versatile slings. They can be used in a variety of carrying positions and in showers, pools, or during hot weather!

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