Newborn (0-6 Months)
Newborn Bathing Safety
To keep your newborn safe, place everything you could possibly need within reach before you begin so one hand can stay on baby at all times. This means keeping the soap, washcloth, towel, diaper, and a change of clothes nearby. When the bath is done, wrap her quickly in a towel so she doesn’t lose too much body heat.
A few safety rules to remember:
- Never leave your newborn alone in the tub.
- Get all of your supplies (soaps, towels, cotton balls, washcloths, etc) together before you undress your newborn. If you forget something, wrap baby in a towel and bring him along for the ride.
- Never leave baby in the care of another child, even for a moment.
- Empty the tub completely right after the bath. A baby can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Use a plastic or sponge spout cover so baby doesn’t hit her head on the faucet.
- Place a nonskid mat on the tub floor to prevent baby from slipping.
- Learn infant CPR.
- Keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats down.
- Keep your water heater at 120° F so baby 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.