Choosing Safe Baby Products: Bathtubs

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Lea este articulo en EspanolBaby bathtubs give parents a controlled environment for cleaning a wet, slippery baby. The angle of the tub helps free a parent's hands for washing.

Things to keep in mind when choosing an infant bathtub:

  • The bathtub should have slip-resistant backing to keep it from moving.
  • A tub made of thick plastic will stay firm in the center, even under the weight of the water.
  • Beware of foam cushions; your baby could tear off pieces and swallow them.
  • Avoid bath rings, baby flotation devices, and bath seats. If these tip over, the baby could drown.
  • Do not choose a tub with rough edges, which can scratch your baby.
  • An infant-to-toddler tub will last longer as it can be adjusted when your baby grows.
  • Some bathtubs have plastic slots or indentations that can hold soap, shampoo, and other cleaning supplies.
  • A plug at the bottom of the tub makes draining the water easy.

SAFETY NOTES:

  • Always keep one hand on your baby while he or she is in water.
  • Only adults or experienced babysitters should give babies baths. Baths can be dangerous for babies, because babies can drown in as little as an inch of water.
  • Always touch the water to check the temperature before putting your baby in the bathtub. Water that is too hot can burn babies.
  • Gather all of your baby's bathing supplies ahead of time, including shampoo, soap, washcloth, towel, clean clothes, and a clean diaper/wipes.
  • Always take your baby with you if you have to answer the door or the telephone or if you're needed elsewhere in the house.
  • Always empty the bathtub and turn it upside down when it is not being used.

Reviewed by: Susan Kelly, MD, and Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: September 2013



Related Resources

OrganizationU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) This federal agency collects information about consumer goods and issues recalls on unsafe or dangerous products.
OrganizationAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.


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