For babies and kids, rub-a-dubbing in the bathtub us a fun way to get clean. However, bathtub injuries happen each year when children slip in the tub or on the bathroom floor, hit their head, and even drown. With this in mind, it's critical to protect your child from bath tub dangers. Read on to learn six simple steps to keep your children safe during bath time.
1. Choose a Slip-Free Baby Bathtub
There are many great eco-friendly baby bathtub options available on the market. You want to make sure that the tub is sturdy enough that your child can’t tip it over and that it also has a slip-free bottom to keep baby from sliding all over or potentially out of the tub (depending on the design). Also, never leave a child unattended in any bathtub even a baby-sized one. When your child is old enough for the full-size tub, line your tub with a slip-proof mat to make the bottom of the tub slip-resistant, decreasing the chances of your child slipping and hitting their head.
2. Cover the Bathtub Faucet
When you are a little tot, that big shiny faucet can have a huge ouch factor. The chances of your little one bumping her head on it is a big possibility. Especially once your child gets to the age where she likes to “swim” around on her belly. Remove the chance of a bump with an eco-friendly faucet cover or wrap a plush hand towel around the faucet when giving your child a bath. I really like the Boon Slip Flo Faucet Protector that also dispenses bubble bath and creates a quaint waterfall to rinse shampoo out of your child’s hair.
3. Choose a Slip-Free Bathroom Rug
Placing a large plush rug with a skid-free bottom directly in front of the tub will catch any splashes that make it out of the tub and will keep your child safe from slipping once they step out of the tub. You will want to choose an organic bath rug that is large enough for children and adults alike to completely towel off on it – reducing the risk of slipping on a wet bathroom floor.
4. Keep Toys within Reach
Bath time is so much fun thanks to bathtub toys. Remember to keep all of the bathtub toys within your child’s reach. This will prevent children from standing, kneeling or leaning outside of the tub to try to reach a toy – and possibly falling. Choose a container that has drainage allowing all of the water to drain from the container preventing the build up of mold and other bacteria. My favorite eco-friendly bathtub toy organizer is the Bug Pod from Boon.
5. Never Leave the Child Alone
The best and easiest way to keep your child safe in the bathtub is by staying with them the entire time. Even when toddlers want to take a bath by themselves, it’s a good idea to stay within arms reach. When my son was small, I would look at the time as a way to connect him. I would sit on the bath rug next to the tub and talk with him, we would also practice memorizing his phone number and address or sing songs together.
6. Keep Cleaners and the Toilet Locked
Remember to keep all of your bathroom cleans, cosmetics, personal care products, razors, medications, over the counter drugs and toilets locked. Children are curious little beings who observe the world around them with their hands and mouths, so remember to keep potential toxic and dangerous items locked up.