With all the rubber ducks and bath time sing a longs that make bath time fun, it is important to remember safety when bathing your child. There are many simple tricks to remember to eliminate many possible hazards in the bathroom. Here are a few tips to keep bath time fun and safe!
1. Baby Proof the Entire Bathroom
This is a very important step that can often be overlooked. Make sure all free standing objects are put away when bathing your child. Especially if you wash your child in the same bath you use. Any shower products need to be put away so that they do not harm your infant, or distract you during bath time. Other baby proof ideas include locking down toilet seat locks, unplugging electrical devices, and adding bathtub mats to prevent slipping.
2. Keep a Sanitary Bathroom
Keeping a sanitary bathroom should definitely be at the forefront of all bath time safety. One place that many parents forget to keep clean is your child’s bath time toys. Each toy should be rinsed thoroughly after each use. Beware of wooden or other absorbent toys tracking bacteria everywhere you take them. Using an effective, all-natural cleaner to clean toys every few weeks should be an adequate cleaning regime for bath time toys.
3. Keep Children Seated Away From Faucets
If you’re using a sink or bathtub, it is best to keep children away from faucets to prevent any injuries. All new parents soon realize how quickly their child can get hurt even if they only have your eye taken off them for a second. The farther away from pointy handles or faucets, the better. You can always be extra safe and cover these points with something soft.
4. Be Careful Using New Products
Unless your child is old enough to communicate with you, be weary getting new bath products that might be irritating. Make sure you use products approved to be gentle on your child’s skin. Be especially careful when trying new bubble bath products. It is best to use fresh water free of other shampoos or bath washes to wash away soaps.
5. Be Careful Using a Baby Bath Seat
You should not rely on a product like this to completely support your child in the bathtub. They are great for helping support your child in an elevated position during bath time, but seats may tip over, and many come with suction cups that can come off the wall while in use. Only use a bath seat as an extra hand during bath time, and never leave your child unattended in a bath.
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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