Accidents while bathing babies and kids can happen quickly. Below are five tips on bathing and safety for infants and young children, including our recommended and best-selling bath time products (and why we love them):
Pediatricians strongly recommend that you give your infant a sponge bath until their umbilical cord has fallen off (if a circumcised boy, wait until that heals as well). After that, your infant is ready for a tub. Remember, you should never leave a young child or baby alone near water; even for a minute. Keep everything you will need within arm’s reach to allow you to always have one hand on your baby at all times.
Why we love it. The Puj Tub is made from a soft foam that is mildew resistant, and folds and conforms to almost any sink, cradling and protecting the baby during bath time. Designed to not submerge the baby in water, it is great for the sponge-bath period and for the early infant months. Hang or store the tub flat anywhere you would like…even on the back of your door and out of sight!
Boon Soak Bath Tub
Why we love it. The SOAK tub has an adjustable bump and contoured back, suitable for reclining newborns through seated toddlers and has a color-changing temperature gauge built-in. As an added bonus, it also fits in most double sinks!
Baby Dam Bathtub Divider
Why we love it. Don’t want the extra tub to store? The Baby Dam Bathtub Divider is an excellent alternative for older babies/toddlers that can sit up on their own without tipping over. The BabyDam® bathtub divider allows you to quickly & easily section off a smaller space in your bathtub, creating a safer, more comfortable bathing space for littles. AND, it saves water, energy, time, space, and money 🙂
2. Water Temperature
Water temperature is tricky, as babies and young children have much more sensitive skin than adults and therefore cannot tolerate the same water temps. Always check the water temperature before you put your child into the water. Ideal water temperature is 98.6 – 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit. A floating thermometer is a great way to make sure your water temp is comfortable for your littles, and will not scald their sensitive skin.
Skip Hop Floating Thermometer
Why we love it. It takes the uncertainty and guess-work out of the water temp for you. And grandparents love them, too! When not in use, suction to any tiled surface for easy storage and safe-keeping.
Kids are squirmy, and can tip over quickly and unexpectedly. They are also slippery when wet! We recommend using a spout cover in the sink and bath tub, and a gripping bath mat in your bath tub to help prevent accidents associated with bumping, slipping, and falling.
Why we love it. Use a spout cover to protect your child from bumping their head on the faucet. Spout covers don’t come any softer than the Puj Snug! This ultra-soft spout cover provides the ultimate in protection for children during bath time. The soft material flexes to fit a variety of faucets. It’s also non-absorbent…that means no mildew!
Puj Grippy Bath Threads
Why we love them. Accidents happen quickly and bath tubs are slippery! Use a non-skid bath mat in the tub to prevent babies and children from slipping in the tub. Puj Grippy Bath Threads are grippy and safe, easy to install, easy to clean, and easy to remove. Reminder to always empty the tub completely and immediately after every bath.
Babies and young children have very sensitive skin. Only use bath products intended for infants and young children so as to prevent irritation and rash.
Noodle & Boo
Why we love it. Noodle & Boo’s 2-in-1 newborn cleanser cleanses hair and body without stripping baby’s natural moisture. Its calming formula will rebalance skin’s pH, and provitamin B and vitamin E keep hair healthy and shiny. Created especially for tender newborn skin and hair, the newborn cleanser is tearless and mild enough for daily use. Dermatologist and pediatrician tested, Noodle & Boo is hypoallergenic, clinically tested for sensitive skin and can be used on newborns and babies with sensitive skin.
Why we love it. Baby pibu is a 2-in-1, tear-free hair and body cleanser wash for baby’s skin and hair. Baby pibu is a dermatologist-mom developed formula with natural conditioning ingredients and a slight scent of lavender that will nourish sensitive skin and leave hair and skin feeling soft and smelling scrumptious. And it is accepted by the National Eczema Association.
5. Keeping Baby Warm After Bath
Always have the baby’s towel laid out and within arm’s reach for quick and easy access. The nicest way to keep the baby warm and snuggly after a bath is with a hooded towel. This will keep their head warm, while also snuggling and drying at the same time.
Swankie Blankie Hooded Towel
Why we love it. Give your little ones the happiness they deserve with these unique and luxurious hooded towels. Swankie Blankie hooded towels are made with a generous sized bath towel that measures approximately 31″ x 54″. The towel is 100% cotton and will grow with your baby. Pamper your baby (and yourself) with this snuggly hooded towel.
According to the CDC, accidents/unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for children 14 years and. Babies can drown in as little as 1 inch of water, and drowning can be very quick and silent. Let us help you get the right products for bathing your little ones. All of the items mentioned in this post are available from Baby’s on Broadway, and all make great registry items and baby shower gifts.