Here are FamilyFriendly’s top tips for bathing your toddler in a safe and fun way :

Bathe Your Toddler Safely

  • Organise yourself and your baby ahead of time. Gather everything you need in advance and have them ready in the order you will need them. Never, ever leave your toddler unsupervised even for a couple of seconds, children can drown in an inch of water. If you must leave the bath scoop up your child in a big towel and bring them with you.
  • Make the bath a place your child wants to go to – special bath toys, music or reading them a story should help them settle and relax.
  • Run the bath ahead of time to just above your child’s waist level when they are seated. Test the water with your elbow. Don’t put your toddler into the bath as the water is still running. The temperature of the water can change rapidly and could be a potential hazard.
  • Child proof your tub – bathtubs can be incredibly slippery so it is advisable to use a rubber mat or bath seat to sit your toddler more securely.
  • The is nothing nicer than a hot bubbly bath but for your baby this isn’t the case! Toddlers generally prefer a much colder bath that what we would so make sure the temperature of the bath is warm but not too hot.
  • Use soaps, shamppoos and bubble baths that have been specifically created for young children’s skin! Adult body washes etc. are far too harsh for their delicate skin. Have play time first and then wash your toddler. This will reduce the amount of time your toddler will be sitting in sudsy water leading to possible irritation.
  • Don’t allow your child to touch the tap handles. The tap handles are normally incredibly hot and can cause injury. We advise putting your toddler in the tub with his back to the taps.