Last Updated on June 3, 2023 by babyfellow
The Right Age for Introducing Your Little One to the Big Bathtub: What Parents Need to Know?
Bath time is an important part of parenting that helps you bond with your baby, so many parents are eager to put their little one in the big bathtub. But before making the leap, it’s important to consider what age is best for introducing your baby to bathing independently.
The Right Time:
It’s important to keep in mind that introducing your baby to the bathtub is a big milestone in their life, but it’s important to wait until they are ready so that you can ensure their safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should wait until they are at least six months old before being put in the bathtub. This is because babies younger than six months might not have developed enough head and neck control to keep their face out of the water and put them at a greater risk of drowning if left unattended.
How To Make The Transition
Consider these important points while making the transition:
- Make sure that the bathtub is totally empty before putting your baby in it.
- Put in a few inches of warm water, making sure that the temperature is not too hot.
- Have a few bath toys available for your baby to play with if desired. This can also help distract them from splashing around and potentially getting water in their eyes or ears, which can put them at risk of developing possible ear infection.
- Always put one hand on the back of your baby’s neck and hold their head above the surface of the water when in the tub. This will help keep them safe.
- Stay in the bathroom with your baby while they are taking a bath, and remain within arm’s reach at all times.
- After the bath, wrap your baby securely in a towel and put them on a safe surface away from any water.
- Don’t leave your baby unattended in the tub, even for a moment.
- Keep all electrical appliances and toys away from the bathtub and out of reach.
- Be sure to always keep one hand on your baby at all times, and never leave them unattended in the tub.
- Place a non-slip mat or towel at the bottom of the tub, so that your baby can have something to grip onto.
Benefits Of Baths In A Big Tub:
- Baths in a larger tub can help your baby become more comfortable and confident with water. Not only will they be able to move around freely, but it can also make the bath time experience more enjoyable for both you and your baby.
- Furthermore, bathing in a bigger tub can provide sensory stimulation by allowing for different types of play, such as splashing or playing with bath toys.
- Additionally, it can help your baby become more familiar and comfortable with their body as they practice movements in the water.
When To Call The Doctor:
- Despite taking safety precautions, if you notice any signs of distress or discomfort in your baby during bath time, it is best to call their doctor.
- Signs of distress or discomfort may include difficulty breathing, increased crying, or being unusually quiet.
- In addition, if your baby appears to be too cold or too hot, call the doctor right away.
- Taking extra precautions can help ensure that bath time is an enjoyable experience for your baby.
Introducing your baby to the big bathtub can be an exciting milestone for both you and your little one. It is important, however, to wait until they are at least six months old.
With the right preparation, bath time can be both enjoyable and beneficial for your baby’s development. If you ever have any concerns or questions about putting your baby in the big bathtub, don’t hesitate to reach out to their doctor.
This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about bath time safety, please consult a qualified medical professional.