Bathing your child

Bathing can be great fun for your toddler, but many don’t like bathing right away. There are many ways to get your toddler enjoying their bath time, but the most important thing is to keep bathing safe.

Try these:

  • Offer them anything that sinks or floats: empty drink bottles, plastic cups or jugs, boats, and more.
  • Try a gentle, one-step-at-a-time approach.
  • Stand your toddler in an empty bath or turned-off shower and sponge them with warm water.
  • Each wash time, gradually introduce the bath or shower water.
  • Start your toddler in the bath or shower with company: an adult, or brother or sister.
  • Don’t leave your child with anyone under the age of 14.
  • Keep watch the entire time.

Drowning happens easily and quietly. If you are home alone with your child or children, it can be helpful to plan ahead so that you are not distracted. You might turn off anything cooking and take a cordless telephone into the bathroom. Watch your toddler while the water is running so that they don’t get in without you, watch them the whole time they’re in the water. If it’s a bath, empty the water as soon as it’s finished.

Read more about home safety for more information.

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