Bathing Children

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Bathing Children

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Bath-time is Fun-time for kids, there’s no doubt about that, but it can also be a pretty dangerous time too, and it’s important that you keep bath-time fun by keeping it safe. I have personal experience of this, not that I ever had any real bath-time scares when my kids were small, but I did leave them for a couple of minutes once (naughty naughty) and came back to find a bathroom full of bubbles after they’d added a whole bottle of bubble bath and turned on the whirlpool – great fun I can tell you . . . Kids, don’t you just love ’em.

Bathing Small Babies

  • Make sure that the baby is in a safe place while you get prepared – pretty soon you’ll have it organized like a military operation with just a little practice.

  • Just put around 4 or 5 inches of luke-warm water into the tub, test the temperature with your elbow, it only needs to be luke-warm, any hotter and you could burn the delicate skin.

  • Talk gently to baby and keep on smiling while you lower him into the bath, he’ll soon get used to it but it might be a bit of a shock at first. If baby is old enough to sit up put him into a bath seat.

  • Always keep hold of baby with one hand and gently wash with the other. Never put soap on the head or face, just use a damp cloth, it’s unlikely that they’ve been down a coal mine or started to make mud-pies just yet.

  • Rinse the soap off the body, then carefully (they’re pretty slippery) pick them out of the water and wrap them in a snuggly towel. Dry them off, powder their important little places, replace the diaper and dress.

Bathing Older Children

One thing which I ought to make clear is that, if you’re baby-sitting or child minding you should not offer or attempt to bathe babies or children unless the parents ask you to, you can’t be too careful. Anyway, if you are left with the responsibility of bathing small children my first advice to you is not to believe a word they tell you, it’s very unlikely that Mommy let’s them do things alone . . . Don’t use too much water either, did you know that children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, so don’t leave them alone, not even for a minute.


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