Baby bathtubs give parents a safe way to wash 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:

    • A tub made of thick plastic will stay firm in the center, even under the weight of the water.
    • Inflatable tubs and bath buckets are dangerous.
    • Bath rings and bath seats can tip over and should be avoided.
    • The bathtub should have slip-resistant backing to keep it from moving.
    • Bathtubs with foam cushions are dangerous because your baby could tear off pieces and swallow them.
    • Don't 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 easier.

    SAFETY NOTES:

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