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Bathroom Safety

Bathroom safety for baby and toddler

Bathing your baby is a great bonding experience as well as being a fun time for parent and infant. Splashing about in the water, playing with bath toys and of course keeping your tot clean and healthy is what bath-time is all about, but there are some potential hazardous in the bathroom that you need to protect your child from. You can minimise the risks of accidents in the bathroom with a few simple precautions and some great bathroom safety products.

 

Bathroom Safety Checklist

Bathrooms tend to be the place where we keep medications and toiletries. Think about what's in your bathroom right now and no doubt painkillers, antacids and mouthwashes (which have a higher alcohol content than wine) will be there. Add to that, items such as nail scissors, tweezers, razors and cleaning products (e.g. toilet bleach) and you can start to see the real hazards of the bathroom. All of these products represent a danger to your little one so it is essential they're are out of your child's reach. If they can't be removed from the bathroom and stored in another room place them within a locked medicine box. By fitting bathroom locks to cabinets and drawers in your bathroom you'll have a tamper resistant way of keeping curious tots from accessing the contents. Another place of fascination, but risk, to your toddler, is the toilet. Toilets are unsanitary places, contain chemicals and of course have lids and seats that can slam shut trapping little fingers. A toilet seat and lid is easily lifted by an inquisitive child so remove the opportunity to do so with a toilet lock. These devices are easily fitted to base and tank toilets. Some products will automatically reset to the locking position when the lid is lowered while others have a simple squeeze and release mechanism.

 

Baby Bathing Safety

The first, and most important, piece of advice is never, ever leave your child unattended in the bath even if using a bath support seat. If you can, set your hot water thermostat to 50°C (120 degrees Fahrenheit) to minimise the chance of your baby being scolded by water that is too hot. The ideal temperature for your baby's bath water is between 36°C and 38°C When drawing bath water for your baby's bath, start with cold water first and then introduce the hot water checking it all the time with the sensitive skin areas of your elbow or wrist. A great product to help you get the safest and most comfortable temperature for your baby's bath is a bath thermometer. Make sure you have everything you'll need at bath-time to hand including your phone so should it ring you can answer it without leaving the bathroom. If you do need to leave the room to attend to something, take your baby with you and wrap them in a big snug and warm bath towel. When it comes to bathing, there is a great range of baby baths and baby supports to suit all ages and requirements. A bath support will keep your tot in a comfortable position making it easier for you to clean them and prevent your baby from slipping into the water. Shampoo in the eyes is a big bug-bear to tiny tots but that hair has to be cleaned! So how can parents make hair-washing easier? Firstly, use a specially formulated shampoo for babies and toddlers that isn't harsh and won't cause irritation should it get into their eyes. You can also use a shampoo shield to ensure the worst of the shampoo is kept away from their eyes or a specially designed rinse cup that has a rubber panel to direct the water away from the eyes. When bathing your baby/toddler, remember their skin is thin and sensitive so avoid using one of your own flannels and go for a soft natural fibred mitten. These products have soft corners to avoid irritation when washing the eyes and ears and will help take the hassle out of bathing your tots. Finally, let's not forget that bath-time is fun-time and that means bath toys to keep your little one entertained. Keep the toys safely and securely stored close to the bath with a bath toy bag.  

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Mar 08 ,2017

How to Bathe your Baby Safely

Bathing can be fun for parent and baby but for the first time mum or dad the experience may seem like a daunting prospect. By following these tips for baby bathing and making sure you have all your baby bathing essentials to hand, you’ll soon be looking forward to bath time and bonding with your little one whilst you get them nice and clean.

 

How Often Should You Bathe a Baby?

Until your baby starts to crawl and become more mobile, a daily bath is not necessary, unless they become especially dirty, although some parents to choose to bath their children every day. Providing you frequently wash your baby’s face and ensure that they are clean, fresh and comfortable with every nappy change then you won’t have to bathe them every day.

The choice is up to you but using cleansers and tap water too regularly may damage the delicate developing skin of a new-born. You should use a specially formulated cleanser with a gentle pH and use it sparingly within the first weeks. 

 

How to Bathe a New Baby

Firstly, make sure you have a baby bath, bath chair or bath support. You may find it easier to use a baby bath, to begin with as a standard bath can make it awkward to kneel or lean over your infant. This results in a loss of control over your baby's movements. If you don't want to use a baby bath, a baby bath chair or support will keep your infant comfortable and safe in an elevated or seating position. If you're going to be using a standard bath, make sure you've placed a non-slip mat down to prevent any accidents. 

 Safetots Bath Set with Bath and Box

Once you've got all your bathing accessories to hand, you're ready to begin.

 

1. To reduce the risk of scalding your baby, run the cold water first and then the hot. Never put your baby in the bath while the water is running. 

 

2. Check the bath water temperature is warm and not hot. Ideally, you should be trying to get the temperature to 38°C (100.4°F). Use a thermometer to make sure.  

 

3. Fill the bath with around five inches of water until your baby reaches six months old then you can add more. 

 

4. If you're using a baby bath seat or support, place it into the water. 

 

5. Undress your baby and place them into the bath supporting both head and neck. 

 

6. Use a soft flannel or sponge.  Take the sponge and apply soap to it sparingly. Never use too much soap, shampoo or bubble bath as too much can cause dry skin and irritation – even the formulated baby options. Wash from head to toe and front to back but use moist cotton wool to clean the face and eyes.

 

7. Rinse the baby with a clean sponge or flannel. 

 

8. Wrap your baby in a towel and pat them dry (don't rub dry). If their skin feels dry or your baby has nappy rash apply baby moisturiser.

 

Note - You must never leave your baby unattended in the bath and make sure the room is warm to minimise heat loss after the bath. 

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Feb 10 ,2017

Bathing Baby

Bathing baby can be a lovely experience for you and your baby.  It is best to bathe baby when they are awake and content and not hungry and tired.  It can also be beneficial in the evening before bed time which helps them sleep longer.  A warm bath can also sometimes help calm a colicky baby.

 

Babies need to be bathed two to three times a week, not every day but if they enjoy baths then you can give them one more often but take care as it can dry out their skin.

 

Although, you do not need to bathe baby every day, you should however top and tail them every day.  This is where you wash baby’s face, neck, hands and bottom.

 

To top and tail your baby, make sure you have everything you need with you.  This would be a bowl of warm water, a towel, cotton wool, a new nappy and if needed clean clothes.  To top and tail:

 

·Take baby’s clothes off apart from their nappy and vest and wrap them in a towel to keep them warm

·Dip the cotton wool in the bowl of warm water and squeeze out all excess water, making sure the cotton wool is damp

·Wipe gently around baby’s eyes from the inner corner outwards, making sure you use a new piece of cotton wool for each eye to prevent infection from spreading

·Dampen new pieces of cotton wool and wipe around the rest of their face, neck and ears.  Pay extra attention to the folds and creases and do not clean the inside of baby’s ears or nose with a cotton bud

·When washing baby’s hands and feet, look out for sharp nails and remove them with baby scissors as babies can scratch themselves

·Remove baby’s nappy and wash bottom and genital area with freshly dampened cotton wool.  Make sure to clean in the folds and creases and then put on a clean nappy

 

When you are more comfortable with bathing baby, you can put them in a baby bath tub.  This should be in a warm room and you should have everything you need at hand as you cannot leave baby in the bath whilst you fetch something.  To bathe baby:

 

·Fill the baby bath with about 8cm of water and test the temperature with your elbow or a thermometer. Remember to swirl the water around so there are no hot spots in the bath water

·Undress baby but keep nappy on and wrap baby in a towel whilst you clean their face

·Wash baby’s hair with water or shampoo specially designed for babies and then dry their hair gently

·Remove nappy and clean their bottom

·Lower baby into either their bath support so your hands are free to wash baby or lower them into the bath by using one hand to hold their outside arm and supporting their head and neck on your arm and placing your other hand under baby’s bottom.  Lower baby into the bath gently so they do not get scared and until their bottom is resting on the floor of the bath and then free your hand from under their bottom and start washing baby

·Make sure baby’s head stays above the water and when washing, gently move the water around over baby without splashing

·When finished, lift baby out of the bath the same way you put them in and wrap them in a towel and gently pat them dry, making sure to wipe in their skin folds

·You can massage baby with special oil or cream to help soothe and relax baby and help them sleep better

·Put a fresh nappy and clothes on baby

 

Safety tips

·Make sure baby is wrapped up warm in a baby towel before and after their bath

·Make sure the room is warm

·Check the temperature of the water with an elbow or thermometer and swirl water around to get rid of any hot spots in the water

·Do not put baby in the bath whilst the tub is filling up with water

·Never leave baby alone in the bath, not even for a second

·Do not fill bath tub with water, only 8cm is needed

 

Safetots Princess and Pony Ergonomic Baby Bath

Luma Baby Bath Support Snow WhiteSilly Billyz Hooded Towel Lime

Emmay Care Grooming Kit

 

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Jun 01 ,2016

Bathroom Safety For Babies

BATHROOM SAFETY FOR BABIES

 

When bathing your baby it is vital to ensure the water temperature is suitable and at the recommended temperature for your baby.  Water thermometers indicate if the water temperature is too hot and unsuitable for your baby and provide the ideal solution in checking the temperature of your bath water before bathing your baby.  Most water thermometers will indicate the recommended temperature which is 37 degrees to 38 degrees C, around body temperature.  The Safetots Clippasafe floating dolphin bath temperature indicator has 3 settings indicating when water is too hot, cold or just right for your baby.  Safetots Munchkin white hot safety bath ducky temperature indicator doubles up as a bath toy and temperature indicator, highlighting when the bath is too hot and when it is suitable to place your baby in the water.  It’s important to use a baby bath thermometer at all times prior to bathing your baby or toddler.

 

For older babies and toddlers, bath tap covers and tap guards are also useful bathroom safety items.  Tap covers simply pop over the taps, protecting your child should they fall onto the tap from potential head bangs and scalding.  Toilet locks and bathroom cupboard locks keep toddlers safe from toppling head first into a toilet and potentially drowning.  At such a young age, older babies and young toddlers don’t have the body weight and strength to lift their heads out of the toilet.  Toilet locks are an invaluable item for keeping little ones safe in the bathroom.  Cabinet locks and cupboard locks are great solutions to keeping toiletries and medicines locked away out of reach of tiny hands.

 

Anti-slip mats provide a safe non-slip surface for older babies and toddlers to sit safely whilst they bathe.  A non-slip bath mat prevents children from sliding and falling on a slippery bath surface, they help prevent injuries from bumps and falls and even life threatening incidents such as drowning.  Baby bath mats are an invaluable bathroom safety item for families with young children.

 

Bath thermometers, toilet locks, socket covers, tap covers and non-slip bath mats provide the basics in bathroom Safety, however a young child should never be left unattended in the bathroom at any time.  Adult supervision at all times is the key prevention to incidents and accidents occurring in the bathroom. 

 

 

FIVE BATHROOM SAFETY TIPS FOR BABIES

 

  1. Never leave your baby unattended in the bathroom, ensure an adult is present and supervising at all times.
  2. Make sure the water temperature is suitable for your baby.  Bath thermometers and water thermometers are recommended for checking the temperature. 
  3. Ensure the floor area is dry before entering the bathroom.  Slipping whilst holding your baby could prove fatal.
  4. Invest in toilet locks, cabinet locks and a good baby bath mat.  Safetots have a wide range of non-slip baby bath mats to prevent your young baby from slipping whilst you bathe them or for keeping older babies sitting upright safely.
  5. Ensure any electrical items, cosmetics, medicines and sharp objects such as razors are stored or locked away out of a babies reach. 

 

BATHROOM SAFETY TIPS FOR TODDLERS

 

Non-slip bath mats, toilet locks, cupboard locks, bath thermometers and tap covers provide the basics in bathroom safety for toddlers.  In addition to the various bathroom safety items it is strongly advised to never leave a toddler unattended without adult supervision in the bathroom at any time.  When your child reaches the toddler age, they are at their most inquisitive so now is the time to child proof your bathroom to prevent slips and falls and to ensure potential dangerous items are out of reach.  Ensure medical and toiletry items and any sharp objects such as razors are stored or locked carefully away out of reach of your toddler.  Be careful to store them at an inaccessible height to your young child.  Toddlers are inclined to grab and explore any accessible bathroom items the second your back is turned, by keeping dangerous items locked away potential hazards can be prevented. 

 

Lock up any electrical appliances, from hairdryers and hair straighteners to shaving equipment.  Prevent toddlers from reaching for electrical appliances and finding fun in the water with them.  Whilst bathing your toddler, seat them on a non-slip bath mat to prevent potential slips and falls from occurring and ensure boiling hot taps are out of reach or covered with compatible tap covers.  Fit a toilet lock to prevent your child from lifting the toilet lid and potentially toppling head first into the toilet and drowning, at such a young age a child does not have the strength and capability to lift themselves from out of the toilet.  A toilet lock prevents children from accessing the toilet, from touching areas harbouring germs and keeps them safe from falling in.

 

 

WHERE TO BUY BATHROOM SAFETY EQUIPMENT?

 

Safetots.co.uk supply a range of bathroom safety equipment such as baby bath thermometers, non-slip bath mats, toilet locks, bathroom cupboard locks and tap covers designed to keep babies and toddlers safe in a bathroom environment.  In addition to bathroom safety items, Safetots also supply a wide range of bath organisers for keeping toys tidy and to enable ventilation of wet toys and shampoo shields for protecting young eyes from soapy water as you wash their hair.  Safetots have many safety items for keeping babies and toddlers safe and comfortable in the bathroom plus other great bathroom goods for children. 

 

 

WHAT IS BATHROOM SAFETY?

 

Bathrooms and kitchens are the two rooms in the home where most incidents occur amongst children, by installing a few simple bathroom safety and kitchen safety items and following a few simple procedures, a number of potential hazards can be prevented.  The ultimate solution to keeping young children safe in the home is to make the bathroom inaccessible to your child.  If there is no way of making the bathroom inaccessible then ensure you assess and make safe the room before exposing to a baby or toddler.  Bathrooms pose potential dangers to young children, by keeping toiletries, medicines and sharp objects out of reach, cabinets locked, ensuring hot taps are covered, toilet lids locked and floor surfaces dry, the risks of any harm coming to your child are vastly reduced. 

 

 

BATHROOM SAFETY FOR INFANTS

 

Keeping infants safe in the bathroom is less challenging than babies and toddlers.  However, infants are still at the inquisitive age and still likely to poke fingers in sockets, attempt to open medicines and toiletries, find fun with your razor and grab anything within their reach.  As with bathroom safety with babies and toddlers, bathroom safety for infants is still vital.  Ensure toilet lids are kept closed by fitting a toilet lock, cabinets and cupboards securely locked keeping medicines and toiletries out of reach of tiny hands.  Keep electrical appliances securely stowed away and install socket covers to prevent infants from poking tiny fingers inside.  Keep surfaces dry to prevent slips and falls and supervise young children at all times.  Never leave an infant without adult supervision and unattended in the bathroom at any time.  Adult supervision is the ultimate solution in keeping children safe in the family bathroom.

 





 

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Jul 20 ,2017