The bathroom is a hub of activity for families with small children. Whether it’s splash-time or a potty-training session, here’s how to keep your littleone out of harm's way.
- Keep an eye on the tub. Stay in the bathroom with your child during bath time. Be sure to empty the tub when bath-time is over. Pack away scrub buckets.
- Get organized. Keep a basket with all the bath essentials near the tub. Line up your supplies beforehand so you won't need to leave the room.
- Test the water. Dip your hand into the water before placing your child in the tub. For extra protection against scalding, turn your hot-water heater temperature down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prevent slipping. Apply anti-skid strips on the bottom of the tub. Place a cushioned cover (a washcloth will work) over the faucet to avoid injuries if your child bumps it, especially with her head.
- Install a toilet lid lock. Get them into the habit of keeping all toilet seat lids down and locked.
- Keep medication and cosmetics out of reach. If you keep medicines and cosmetics in the bathroom, store them in a locked cabinet out of reach.