Most parents are thrilled when their baby is big enough to graduate to a real bathtub and sit in a handy seat — it’s so much easier than trying to hold and bathe a slippery, squirmy tyke in an infant bathtub. But bath seats do require some extra safety vigilance, says Alan Korn, public policy director for Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to prevent accidental childhood injury. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your baby suds up safely:
Never, ever leave your infant’s side, even for a second. “Within arm’s reach” is the maximum recommended distance.
Don’t multitask — talk on the phone, organize toiletries — while you’re in the bathroom with your baby.
Use as little water in the tub as possible. About an inch is enough to clean your baby and allow him to have fun splashing.
Stop using the seat as soon as your child attempts to climb or wiggle out of it, or becomes too big to fit comfortably inside it.