Choosing a bath ring for your baby or your toddler has to start with safety in mind, after all, what’s more important than keeping your little one safe while in the bathtub? Properly choosing a bath ring can go a long way towards ensuring that you have peace of mind. A great many babies and children grow up without experiencing any significant harm through bath time.
However, it is because of the number of child drownings that occur every year that parents everywhere have become a lot more safety conscious about their children – and rightly so!
So before you make your choice, ask yourself: Is this bath ring safe for my baby?
First thing’s first: The bath ring should be made of a material that is easy to clean. You don’t want something that is going to decay or develop mold, because then your baby might be exposed to chemicals or bacteria which could make her sick.
Secondly: The bath ring should be BPA-free and not contain any Phthalates (more on this later). A good way to find out if a product is BPA free is to check the label for the recycle symbol. If it has the number 7, then it’s likely made of BPA plastic and shouldn’t be used around children.
Thirdly: You absolutely must check that the bath ring is appropriate for your child’s age. There are some rings out there that are only appropriate for older children who can sit up on their own, while other products support younger babies.
Fourthly: Check to make sure the bath ring is properly sized for your baby. It should be able to fit around your little one’s waist and keep her upright (for sitting babies) or well above water (for younger infants) in the tub so she doesn’t slip down or lean back into the water.
When can the baby use a bath ring?
Infants, or babies that haven’t yet started walking, can use a bath ring after they are about four months old. If your baby is younger than this, then you should give her sponge baths in the sink or tub rather than using a regular bathtub. This gives you better control over the water depth and makes it easier to keep your little one safe.
Some bath rings are suitable for infants as young as newborn babies, but you need to make sure that you follow the guidelines above very strictly, and
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BABY AT ALL TIMES DURING THE BATH TIME!
We cannot stress the safety importance of this precaution enough.
We even recommend keeping a hand on your baby throughout – this can keep him safe, and at the same time give him the sensation that there is someone here protecting and keeping him secure.
Toddlers, or children who can walk on their own, should stick to the bath ring that is appropriate for their size and weight. Additionally, if your child has any trouble with balance, it might be safer not to use a ring at all, or only use it when you are an arm’s length away (or less).
At what age can my baby sit in a bath without a seat?
Children who are just learning to walk need some sort of aid, whether it’s a bath ring or something similar. You can start allowing your baby to sit in the tub without anything to hold onto after she is able to sit on her own for about five seconds with no arm support.
If you notice that your baby has any trouble sitting unassisted, we recommend waiting a little longer before you put her in the tub without any physical support. This is especially true if your child isn’t very good at sitting up (getting herself into a sitting position) by herself.
The most important thing is that you keep your baby safe and within arm’s reach during bath time. This way, if your baby slips or you need to help her up in any way, you’ll be able to do so quickly and without worry.
Bath rings are a useful tool for keeping very young children safe while they take baths and learn to swim on their own, but they must be used properly and with care and caution.
Bath rings are an inexpensive way to keep your baby safe in the bath. They should be used carefully, however, and should not be relied on for safety alone. Additionally, if you have any concerns about whether or not a bath ring is appropriate for your child’s age or size, or ability, please consult your pediatrician for advice.
Thank you for reading this article on the safety of bath rings for babies? We hope that this has been informative and helpful.