Resources for New Moms
Keep Baby Safe in the Bathroom
Keep bathroom doors closed so your baby cannot get into the bathroom unless she is with an adult.
Make sure that the bathroom door lock can be unlocked from the outside, in case your child locks herself in the bathroom.
Here are some additional tips to help prevent injuries when your child is using the bathroom:
- Children can drown in only a few inches of water, so never leave a young child alone in the bath, even for a moment.
- If you can’t ignore the doorbell or the phone, wrap your child in a towel and take them along.
- Bath seats and rings will not prevent drowning.
- Always empty the bathtub right after the bath is over.
- Install no-slip strips on the bottom of the bathtub.
- Put a cushioned cover over the bathtub water faucet so your child won’t be hurt if he bumps his head against it.
- Get in the habit of closing the toilet lid and get a toilet lid lock. Your baby could get curious and fall right into the toilet.
- To prevent scalding, the hottest temperature for water coming out of the faucet should be no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.9 degrees Celsius). Adjust your water heater to regulate this. There are baby toys with water temperature safety.
- Keep all medicines in containers with safety caps.
- Store all medicines and cosmetics high and out of reach in a locked cabinet.
- Don’t keep toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, and other frequently used items in the same cabinet. Instead, store them in a hard-to-reach cabinet equipped with a safety latch or locks.
- Store bathroom cleaning supplies, like bleach, toilet cleaner, or other toxic liquids, in locked cabinets out of reach from your baby.
- If you use electrical appliances in the bathroom, particularly hairdryers and razors, unplug them and store them in a cabinet with a safety lock when they aren’t in use.