Bathing Your Toddler (2-4 years)
Toddler Bathing Safety
Before you begin, make sure you have everything you could possibly need for bath time within reach so one hand can remain available for your toddler at all times. This means keeping the soap, washcloth, towel, diaper (if you’re not done potty-training yet), and change of clothes nearby. When the bath is done, quickly wrap him in a towel so he doesn’t lose too much body heat.
A few safety rules to remember:
- Never leave your child alone in the tub. Most experts say to wait till your child is 6 or 7 to let them bathe alone.
- Gather everything you need (soaps, towels, cotton balls, washcloths, etc) before you undress baby. If you forget something, wrap baby in a towel and bring him along for the ride
- Never leave him in the care of another child, even for a moment.
- Empty the tub completely right away after a bath. Even a toddler can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Use a plastic or sponge spout cover to protect your toddler’s head from the faucet.
- Place a nonskid mat on the tub floor to prevent him from slipping.
- Learn child CPR.
- Keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats down.
- Keep your water heater at 120°F. so your toddler won’t get burned if the faucet accidentally gets turned on.
- Don’t put your little one into the tub when the water is still running. There is always the possibility that the water could get too deep or the temperature could change.
- Put safety first, and teach baby not to stand in the tub. Sitting is the only way to be truly safe.