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Once you have children, you quickly learn that everything in your house can be dangerous. Some people go the minimalist route with childproofing, while others don't want to take any chances and they child proof everything humanly possible.
No matter where you fall when it comes to childproofing, the bathroom is one place we all need to pay special attention to. Because of all of the sad stories I have heard of accidents with children in bathrooms, I feel like it's one of the most important things we should learn about and remember, and pay special attention to.

Here are some important things to remember to keep your child safe.

--The most important of all: Never, never, never, ever leave your child alone in the bathtub! It is unsafe to leave a child under the age of 6 alone in the bathtub. Children can drown in a matter of seconds, and even those that are accustom to spending time in water. So if you are giving your child a bath and the phone rings, someone comes to the door, or your other child starts doing something they shouldn't, don't let that pull you away. Those things can wait and the safety of your child is most important. If you're the only one at home when you give your child a bath, make sure you get everything you need before getting them in the bathtub.
And remember, kids are top heavy. So make sure you are in the bathroom even when you are filling to tub. If your child leans into the bathtub as you are filling it, they can fall in head first.
I honestly can't stress the importance of this enough!

--Keep bathrooms locked at all times when you aren't in there with your child. I know this sounds inconvenient, but we all know what sneaky little critters our children can be, and they can get themselves into some trouble (but most importantly into some danger) if they sneak in there alone.

--Make sure you set your hot-water thermostat between 100-125 degrees Fahrenheit. If you put your hand under the hot water and it's uncomfortable, it's too hot. It doesn't take long for water that's too hot to burn your child.

--Don't let your child get in the bathtub until your are done filling the bath. The temperature of the water can change for different reasons and you don't want it to get too hot while they are in there.

--Don't allow your child to touch the taps. If you start with this rule now, it can make it easier later on when they are strong enough to turn the water off and on themselves.

--Install nonslip mats or decals to help prevent falls. It's also a good idea to make a no standing rule when it comes to bath time. And make sure there is a mat outside of the bathtub to avoid falls when they are getting out with slippery feet.

--Install a faucet cover over the bathtub taps. These are inexpensive and can be found at most department or children's stores. If there are any falls in the bathtub it can help prevent them hitting the faucet.

--Find a safe place to keep cleaning supplies, razors, mouthwash, electrical appliances, and beauty products. Make sure they are locked away. And remember if you put them up somewhere high, our kids can be good at finding a chair or something else to climb onto to get something they want.

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Kel August 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM  

I was taught as a babysitter to run in your warm/hot water, and then before you turn off the water, run cool water in until the tap isn't hot to the touch anymore :)

Anonymous,  September 2, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

I know someone that lost a sweet toddler b/c they were running the bath and stepped out for just a second.

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