Tips for Safe and Fun Bath Time

Children are famous for finding all sorts of fun ways to get dirty, making a daily bath almost a necessity in most households. Baths can be a great way to spend time with you child and even a great place to help them learn. Here are some tips to help make bath time safe and fun.

Making Bath Time Safe:

  • Keep bath and beauty products, bathroom cleaning supplies and other bathroom objects out of reach of children by either placing them up high or in cabinets.
  • Get locks for you bathroom cabinet and toilet to keep children from playing with dangerous chemicals or bathroom items such as toilet cleaner, razors, nail polish or adult bath products,
  • Get a soft faucet cover for you bathtub to prevent accidents. They came in lots of fun shapes and colors.
  • Get a non-slip mat or bath decals to place on the bottom of the bathtub to help avoid slips. These also come in lots of fun shapes and colors.
  • Get a bathroom non-slip rug for your child to stand on as they are dried after bath time to avoid falls.
  • Make sure the bath water is never too hot. Always test the water temperature with you had before placing your child in the bath.
  • Talk to your child about not touching the taps so they do not accidentally turn the water on or change the water temperature while it is running.
  • Air dry bath toys after each bath so they do not build up bacteria.
  • Clean bath toys every two weeks or so. If you have a dishwasher, you can place toys in there for cleaning. You can also let them soak in a gallon of water with a tablespoon of bleach for two minutes and allow to air dry.
  • Never leave you child alone in the bathtub. It only takes a couple minutes and a couple inches of water for children to drown.

Making Bath Time Fun:

  • Play special bath time games with you child such as Sink or Float.
  • Change the color of the bath with food coloring.
  • Add ice cubes to play with and learn about how water changes.
  • Add things to play with during bath time. This could be bath toys or could be household things such as cups, bowls, strainers or a spray bottle.
  • Add bubbles or fizzy tablets to the bath.
  • Buy or make bath paints or markers to work on writing letter and numbers or just creating washable works of art.
  • Get bath books to read during bath time.
  • Sing songs together while you clean up.