From bath nights to potty-training, the bathroom is one of the busiest rooms for families with small children. Bath time should be full of fun memories—not injuries. Here’s how to keep your little one out of harm’s way.
Keep an Eye on Your Child
Supervision is key during bath time. Don’t leave the room—even for a few minutes—when your child is in the tub. If needed, grab a towel and bring them with you. Plan ahead! Gather towels, washcloths, lotion and anything else you need before bath time starts. That way your child will get your full attention.
Test the Water
Scalds are one of the most common injuries that happen in the bathroom. Water heats up quickly; sometimes so quick that the damage is already done. Luckily, preventing scalds is simple.
The easiest way is to set the temperature on your water heater to 120°F or less. Temperatures above 120°F (49°C) are the culprits behind scalding. Testing the water is key, but for added assurance, certain fixtures have built-in displays to let you know how warm the water is.
The Delta Temp2O hand shower system is one of many. All it takes is a quick glance to know if the water’s the perfect temperature.
Install Child Locks
Children are naturally curious and want to get their hands in everything. The bathroom is one space where that should be off-limits. You can find child-proof locks for toilet seats, faucets and tub spouts to cover all your bases.
Every parent knows how wobbly babies (and even toddlers) are—especially during a bath. You can’t prevent that, but you can put a non-slip mat in the tub to add some grip.
And though rugs definitely serve a decorative purpose, they pose a danger if they’re always moving around. Use a non-skid rug pad underneath to keep them in their place, no matter how active your little one is.