September is National Baby Safety Month. The health and safety of your baby and family is and always will be top priority at BCB. We caught up with one of our favorite pediatricians, Dr. Payal Adhikari from Child and Adolescent and Associates in Chicago for some top tips to keep your little one safe in the bath. We’ve also rounded up some of our favorite products to help you in the process.
Dr. Payal Adhikari is a board-certified pediatrician at Child and Adolescent Health Associates in Chicago, IL, and the mom to two little ones. She is the founder of Lola B Jewelry, a hypoallergenic Mommy+Me earring company called, and chronicles her life as a Mom+Pediatrician on @MommyPMD.
1. Bath time should always be supervised. ALWAYS. I cannot emphasize this enough! Kids can drown quickly in a few inches of water. Make sure to keep two eyes on your child during bath time!
2. Adjust your water heater to prevent burns. The maximum temperature of the faucet water should be less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you always check the temperature prior to placing your child in the tub. Also, don’t forget, kids can accidentally knock or hit the faucet to change the temperature while the water is running.
3. Keep dangerous items out of reach. This includes soaps, shampoos, lotions, small toys – anything they could potentially put in their mouths or ingest.
4. Prevent injury from slips and falls. Always place your child age appropriately in the tub; Babies in an age appropriate seat, and toddlers should be assisted getting into the tub. Make sure to cover sharp edges (such as faucets.) You can do this simply even with a towel.
CHECK OUT SOME OF BCB’S FAVORITE BATH TIME PRODUCTS!
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Munchkin White Hot Ducky, $3: One of the biggest bathing fears and sources of anxiety is “is the water too hot?!” Rest your mind at ease with a thermometer for the tub. This rubber ducky clearly states HOT when the tub water is over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. And, its a cute bath toy!
Angelcare Bath Support, $19.99: This is a great option for small spaces! Bathe baby in the sink or tub with this mesh lined support. Perfect support for tiny babies and easy draining for a quick bath time clean up.
Puj Bath Treads, $14.99: Have no fear of slippery tubs with these adorable treads! A cute pop of color adds fun to bath time and keeps kids safe. If you are more of a minimalist check out their marble bath treads too. And, for those of you taking road trips check out Puj’s ultra portable tub!
Ubbi Drain Stopper: This mold resistant, dishwasher safe drain stopper is perfect to keep kids safe in the tub. Built in suction makes for a tight seal.
Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover, $13.99: Protect little heads from getting knocked by the faucet with this spout cover! The entire Moby line is perfect for bath time and this adorable whale will help keep everyone safe from injury during bath time.
Summer™ My Bath Seat, $36.99: This is a great option for when baby is sitting up and on the move! This seat fastens to the tub and keeps baby sitting in one place during bath time. while keeping both of your hands free!
4moms® cleanwater™ , $59.99: This innovative tub separates clean water from dirty water allowing for a more effective bath time. Clean water comes in as dirty water is filtered out through the side drain. It also has a built in thermometer to help ensure baby is comfortable and water is safe. With a newborn insert, this tub can take you from day 1 to year 1!
Shampoo Rinse Cup, $4.99: There are so many to choose from but we love these bright colors! Plus we like the fact that there is a soft spot to rest on baby’s head to avoid any discomfort and avoid getting water in their eyes.
The health and safety of your family is an always on conversation at Bump Club and Beyond. Make sure to check out our website for more of our favorite products, tips and best practices. PLUS, check out our webinar replays and join us for upcoming webinars with top experts for more information!
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