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Baby Bathtubs

by Maxine
Posted August 4 2010 02:43pm

Portable baby bathtubs can make bathing a baby easier and more fun for Mom, Dad and baby. They can be placed in a sink, in a regular bathtub, on a counter or kitchen table, or even on the floor. Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a minute. When your baby is in the bath, keep a hand on her at all times to keep her safe.

Once your baby can sit up, usually at about six months old, you should no longer bathe baby in a bathtub that is small enough to fit into a sink. Move your baby to a slightly larger model.
 
Choosing a safe baby bathtub:

  • Choose a baby bathtub with an internal slip-resistant mesh sling, cradle or contour to prevent baby from slipping.
  • Choose a baby bathtub with a smooth, overhanging rim to allow for easier carrying. 
  • Choose a baby bathtub that has a large drain with an attached plug for quick emptying.

 

Baby bathtub safety:

  • Turn off the hot water first when filling the bathtub, and make sure that the baby does not touch the hot water spigot.
  • Swirl the water with your hand this will even out any hot spots of water. 
  • Test the water’s temperature before placing your baby in the bathtub. The water should feel warm, not hot; then place your baby in the bathtub;
  • Stay with your child at all times; a baby can drown in as little as 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water.

 

Caution

Don’t buy or use a bath seat or bath rings. Both items are dangerous. They pose a drowning risk.
 
We do not recommend the use of baby bath seats. Organizations such as Health Canada, the Hospital for Sick Children and Consumer Reports all ask that parents avoid bath seats and bath rings.

A baby can drown in as little as two and a half centimetres (1 inch) of water. Babies have fallen over and drowned when the suction cups on the seats did not stick to the bathtub or they slipped through the leg openings. These things have happened even when parents were in the room.  

 

Learn how to turn bathtime into Comfort, Play & Teach Time with our Bathtime with your Baby video.

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