Bathroom Safety 101

Nothing is as sweet and warm as the sweet scent of your baby’s clean skin. I remember lots of fun times getting my little gals clean as they played with bubbles and explored the water.  Let’s keep the bathroom a safe place for your little ones.

 

Start by making sure the temperature is just right. Turning the hot water heater in the home down to 120 degrees or less can help prevent scalding.

 

Never take your hands off your baby in the tub. Children can drown in only a few inches of water, so never leave a young child alone in the bath, even for a moment. Seats and rings are meant to be bathing aids and will not prevent drowning if the child is left unattended. Have everything you think you’ll need within arm’s reach before​getting down to business. Never leave water in the bathtub when it is not in use.

 

Once little one has moved out of the baby tub, make sure your tub has a non-slip surface and cover that spout with a cushiony spout cover.

Keep all medicines in containers with safety caps. Remember, however, that these caps are child-resistant, not childproof, so store all medicines and cosmetics high and out of reach in a locked cabinet.

Yes, you should really have a toilet lock. When little ones are learning to pull up, they are so unstable and combined with that cute big ol’ noggin, can be very top heavy. Leaning over to see the water, they can fall over and not have the strength to right themselves. Additionally, the potty is not a place to be playing given germs & possible chemicals.   Keep all medicines in containers with safety caps. Remember, however, that these caps are child-resistant, not childproof, so store all medicines and cosmetics high and out of reach in a locked cabinet.   Bathroom trashcans are often very accessible and intriguing to crawling kiddos. You never know what may end up in a bathroom trashcan – choking hazards, razors, medicines, lots of icky things. I suggest that my clients just store their bathroom wastebaskets under a latched cabinet to keep them out of reach.

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