Bath time should be a fun and special experience with your baby. It is also a time when you need to take extra care to keep your little one safe.
The number one rule is to never leave your baby unattended in the bath for a second. You may be surprised to learn that a child can drown in under an inch of bath water. Ensure you have all the necessary equipment to hand and if the doorbell or phone rings and you feel it is necessary to answer it wrap the baby in a cozy towel and take him with you.
Keep the temperature at warm comfortable level (around 25˚C) as babies can become chilled quickly.
Don’t put the baby into a bath tub when the water is still running as the temperature could change or it could become too deep.
Use a bath specifically for babies if possible. There are many different styles available that give the baby support so you can keep your hands free. If you don’t have a baby-specific bath make sure you have a non-slip mat in the bath and make sure shower doors are made from safety glass.
The water should be no warmer than 35˚C and fill to only 2 to 3 inches for babies up to 6 months old.
Bath toys are great ideas for baby gifts but make sure they are suitable for their age and have no detachable items that the baby could swallow.