Baby bathtubs give parents a controlled environment for cleaning a wet, slippery baby. The angle of the seat helps free a parent's hands for washing.
What to look for:
- The bathtub should have slip-resistant backing to keep it from moving.
- Look for a tub made of thick plastic that will stay firm in the center, even under the weight of the water.
- Avoid bath rings, baby flotation devices, and suction seats without restraining belts. These can flip over and lead to drowning.
- Beware of foam cushions; your baby could tear off pieces and swallow them.
- Avoid tubs with edges that are not smooth to avoid scratching.
- Some bathtubs have indentations that are convenient for holding soap, shampoo, and other cleaning supplies.
SAFETY NOTES: Never leave your baby unattended or in the care of an older sibling in the bath, even for a moment. Gather all of your baby's bathing supplies ahead of time, and 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.
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: November 2007
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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