Did you know January is Bath Safety Month? Let's celebrate it! A little foresight goes a long way toward keeping your kids safe in the bath. These 7 Bath Safety Tips for Parents are good reminders for moms and dads when it comes to minimizing accidents and having a golden experience (since water safety is kind of our thing at Goldfish Swim School).
By getting your children comfortable in the water (and talking about water safety during bath time), you can help make your kids safer in and around the water.
And since bath time is something that parents do a lot (a lot, a lot, right?), it’s a great way to reinforce the safety tips your children learn at swim lessons. So, here are our best tips!
1.Test the Water
Always run the water on your own forearm first, whether filling the tub or rinsing your little one's body and hair. Your fingers are a little less sensitive to the water temperature than your wrist is, so it's important to make sure you're testing water there to ensure it won't be too hot for a baby's sensitive skin.
2. Don't Overfill the Tub
For little ones who are just learning to sit up and are still getting used to their own coordination, there's no need to fill the tub with water up to their necks. Put enough water in to be about belly button level or so. This way, should a reach for a bath toy turn into a slight tumble, there's less worry about being submerged, and getting back upright is quicker and easier.
3. Enroll in Swim Lessons
Goldfish Swim School teaches babies as young as 4 months old how to swim. While this doesn't entail doing laps up and down an Olympic-sized pool just yet (you'll see extraordinary results with time!), our instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach babies how to be safer in and around water, while learning the building blocks of swimming -- like breath control, how to go underwater, and not panicking when water gets in their face (whether intentionally or not). In turn, this knowledge makes bath time safer.
4. Use a Stool…and Towel
For yourself! Park it next to the tub during the entire bath time and remain within arm’s reach. Not only will you be right there for baby, but you won't have to stretch too far and run the risk of slipping yourself. Accidents can happen in a split second -- even when you're confident all is going well. Have a towel handy on the floor so you don't slip on any water that finds its way outside of the tub from an overzealous splash or two.
5. Use a Cup to Rinse
Bring a plastic cup or bowl with you when you're filling up the bath water so you have it on hand when it's time to rinse shampoo out of your little one's hair -- saving yourself the struggle of trying to lean his or her head underneath the tub faucet, and eliminating the risk of accidentally knocking their noggin on the faucet. If you're so inclined, you can even buy a special rinsing cup that bends around a child's forehead to prevent a face full of water…in theory.
6. Know that Babies are Slippery!
They can wiggle out of pretty much anything while they're dry, and babies get even more difficult to keep a grip on during bath time. You can use a baby tub, a special baby bath seat, or have your baby sit on his or her own in the tub. Thinking of holding your baby and jumping in for a quick shower? Opt for the bath instead.
7. Use Anti-Slip Grips
Make bath time more fun -- and safe -- by adhering colorful rubber non-slip grip adhesives to your tub (maybe some goldfish ones, perhaps?). Even if the colorful ones don't quite coordinate with your décor, you can purchase simple adhesives in neutral colors and shapes to help minimize slips. Consider installing a non-permanent grab bar for your little one to hold onto as he or she grows.
Have Even More Fun in the Water at Goldfish Swim School!
Find a Goldfish Swim School location near you and sign up for swim lessons today! With our 90-degree pool water, small class sizes and WOW! customer service, you'll find plenty of reasons to love Goldfish Swim School.