Baby Water Safety – Learn the Best Practices

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Have you tried leaving your baby to sit in a basin full of water? I tried it and put some ducklings in and the little boy was having the time of his life. Had it not been for me interrupting the fun, he could have stayed beating and splashing water around the whole day.

There is no doubt that kids love water. Therefore, introducing them to water should be easy because they love it anyway. However, this depends on the age of the baby and the type of water in question. 

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To keep it interesting, you can bring their favorite toys in the water and stay around for supervision. Take away any hazards and dangerous or sharp objects that can cause accidents. Do you want to introduce your baby to water? Learn how to do it safely in this article.

Baby Water Safety - Learn the Best Practices
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Supervision

I cannot stress supervision enough. You need to keep around your baby as they play in water because any simple mistake can drown them. Even one inch of water can drown babies, therefore you want to be present and enjoy the fun with your little one. Bathtubs are known to be slippery, so look out for such things like soap which makes the tub even more slippery.

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Even if your baby is in a ring or baby bath seat, (s)he can tip over and fall through, or sideways. Babies are energetic and are bound to be moving around in water. So even one or two minutes are enough for your baby to drown. 

The rule is to never leave your little one in water unattended to even for the shortest time.

Doors Closed

Keep the doors to the laundry, toilet, and bathrooms closed. Also, ensure your toilet is closed. You don’t want to come back and find your baby sticking their head in the toilet. Depending on how big they are, some will fall headfirst in the toilet because they were trying to play with the water inside.

Empty Tubs and Containers

After the baby has had a bath, empty the bathtub and any containers that might contain water. Also, make sure you keep most water containers upside down so they don’t fall on the baby’s heads and cover them. After kids have fun in the baby bathtub, they are likely to come back for more. Ensure there is no water visible in any container and keep taps tightly closed.

Inflatable Pools

In case you have been using inflatable pools, make sure you drain them of all the water and keep them upside down. Don’t leave them open, even without water because they can still suffocate the kids. 

The older kids that have seen you fill it with water might want to do the same when you are away, and this can drown the smaller babies. To avoid all this, keep inflatable pools out of the reach of children.

Slippery Surfaces

You should know that soap and water are the leading causes of slippery surfaces that lead to accidents. It’s better to introduce your kids to water in a grassy place which is less likely to be slippery. 

Otherwise, your kid on wanting to play on their own, might crawl out of the water onto tiles or any hard surfaces and they will slip and fall causing themselves injuries. Another way to avoid falls is by avoiding soap. Plain water is less slippery.

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CPR

A mother with children must learn basic CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). As long as you have kids around, falls, burns, and water accidents are bound to happen. It’s important that you know what to do in case anything happens. Before you call for emergency services, you must do the basic yet most crucial procedures like maintaining the airway, stopping bleeding, etc.

Final Thoughts

We all know how much babies love to play in water. If you put your little one in a baby bathtub full of water, they will stay there until you come for them. Introducing babies to water shouldn’t be a hard thing to do considering they already love it a lot. However, as a mother ensure maximum supervision, drain artificial pools, tubs and containers and avoid slippery surfaces.

 

 

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