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Water Safety for Babies
Introducing your baby to water can be exciting. The important thing is to actively supervise your baby in and around water and to keep your baby’s bath and play areas free from hazards.
Top Safety Tips
- Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds strict, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water.
- Children in baby bath seats and rings must be watched every second. They can slip out of bath seats, fall out of baby tubs, or tip forward or sideways into the water and drown in seconds. The main problem is lack of supervision – usually for a short period of time.
- Keep toilet lids closed and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning. Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
- Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and wading pools immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
- When using inflatable or portable pools remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach. These types of pools can pose a drowning risk.
- New parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.