Bath time can be a fun time for small children, but a tub full of water may not always be the safest place for them. While you can go out and buy some safety items, as we pointed out in our last blog, you may also be able to use some common items you already have in your home to keep your kids safe as they bathe.
Try These Items to Keep Kids Safe during Bath Time
For infants – Place infants in a smaller plastic tub with some hand towels added on one side for back and head support. While you can place these smaller tubs in your bathtub, you may also be able to use them in your sink, which can be a better option for newborns/smaller babies.
- For toddlers – When smaller children are able to sit upright on their own, place them in a laundry basket with lower sides. This will keep them sitting up while allowing them to still splash around and play with toys. It will prevent them from lying down/falling backwards in the tub. When choosing a laundry basket to use for bath time, be sure to select one that is more heavy duty, as flimsy one won’t offer any support/protections (and, instead, will more likely fall over).
- For children – As children grow out of the toddler stage and start learning how to shower on their own, use hand towels in the tub to prevent slipping – and to help them learn how to safely bathe. Avoid using non-slip appliques or stay-in-tub bathmats, as these will trap water and soap on the lining of your tub, etching away at its surface and damaging your tub.
If you do use any of these household items to promote bath safety for your children, be sure to do the following once bath time is over so that your tub isn’t unnecessarily damaged:
- Remove the items from the tub after bath time.
- Rinse the tub out, particularly in the area where the item was sitting during the bath.
- Let the tub fully dry out.
Bath Safety for Teens
When children turn into teenagers, instead of using common household items to prevent tub accidents, it may be time to install a non-slip lining in a bathtub for some extra traction.
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If your tub is already damaged, bathtub refinishing may be your best option for updating the look and feel of your tub. Contact us today to get a free quote for bathtub refinishing – or for installing a non-slip lining in your tub. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or click here for an estimate. You can also email us using the contact form located here.