Bath time with baby is a lovely time to bond, relax and have some fun, but its also so important to remember that even the smallest amount of water can be a massive danger to young children, if left unsupervised for even seconds.
We’ve compiled these 4 helpful bath time habits which everyone should include in their bath time routine, to help ensure babies and young children are kept safe around water.
- Ensure you have everything you need to hand before you start filling the bath with water e.g. towel, clean nappy, baby wash, washcloth, vest, clothes/pyjamas etc. This ensures you don’t have to leave the room whilst the water is running, or once bath time has started because you have forgotten something you need.
- When preparing the bath, only fill the bath with the minimum amount needed. Babies and young children can drown in less than 3 – 5 cm of water! On the Shnuggle Bath there is a handy water line indicator as a suggested maximum fill line, but this is dependant on the size of your baby.
- Always give bath time your full attention and ensure your child is always within arm’s reach. Never leave the room even for a second.
- Always empty the bath water straight away. Never leave a bath or baby bath filled with water. Its so easy to forget to empty the bath with all the distractions that there can be, but it is important to do this straight away to avoid little ones being tempted back to the water.
For more tips on Water Safety at Home visit the Royal Lifesaving Society UK