Even with the best of intentions, distractions happen. The phone rings, a text pings, a child calls for help. Interruptions are simply a part of everyday life, however, there are times when undivided attention is necessary. And one such instance is bathtime.
According to a report by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, “Over 75 percent of all bathtub and shower-related fatalities occur among children under five and 90 percent of the injuries and deaths occur when these young children are not being supervised by a responsible adult.”
While we all know that leaving a child unattended in the bathtub is not recommended, even the most well-meaning caregivers can find themselves unintentionally distracted. So in honor of January’s National Bath Safety Month, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of 10 important bath safety tips to keep bathtime a happy, splashy experience.
10 Tips for a Happy, Splashy Bathtime
- Always stay within arm’s reach when a child is in or near the bathtub, even when filling it.
- Before you begin bathing your child, have all supplies (soap, toys, towel) within arm’s reach.
- If you need to leave the bathroom, take your child with you.
- Do not rely on older children to watch younger siblings in the bathtub.
- Baby bathtubs are a bathing aid, not a safety device or a substitute for adult supervision.
- Use rubber grippers, bath mats and faucet covers to avoid slips and scrapes.
- Always empty bath water immediately after use.
- Place a latch on the bathroom door to keep children out of the bathroom when unsupervised.
- Keep the toilet lid down or locked to prevent access to water.
- Empty buckets or containers with even small amounts of water in them to avoid accidental tumbles.
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At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we know busy families do everything in their power to keep their little ones safe in and around the water. That’s why we’re here to come alongside you, to give you children the skills they need to make time in the water—even in the bathtub—the happiest, splashiest childhood memories.