Bath time should be a wonderfully relaxing time for you and your baby. But it is also important to remain safety conscious.
According to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) most drownings of two to three year olds happen in the home and garden.
In Child Safety Week (23 – 29 June 2014) – CAPT’s annual campaign to raise awareness of how child accidents can be prevented – we are sharing some tips for enjoying a safe bath time with your baby.
- Make sure you have everything you need before you begin. Our bath time essentials include a towel, baby wash, a nappy and nappy balm, a change of clothes or pajamas, baby lotion and massage oil.
- Always run the water before you put your baby in the bath to make sure both the temperature and depth are right.
- If you don’t have a mixer tap, run the cold water first and top up with the hot so there is no risk of older children scolding themselves if they decide to have a splash.
- Small babies only need about 12cm of water, while babies who can sit need nothing more than waist height water.
- Check the temperature using a bath thermometer – we like the duck shaped ones! The recommended temperature is 37 degrees, which is body temperature. If you don’t have a thermometer use your elbow to make sure the water isn’t too cold or hot.
- Support your baby in the water by placing one hand under their head and shoulders, and use your other hand to wash and play.
- Once bath time is over wrap your little one up quickly as their body temperature can drop fast.
- Never leave a baby unattended in the bath. Babies can drown in as little as 3 cm of water.
For more child safety tips visit www.capt.org.uk.
Our Organic Baby Massage Experience gift setis a great addition to any family bathroom and contains almost everything you need for your baby’s bath time – just add water!