1. Never, even for a moment, rely on bath rings or seats
to keep baby safe in the bath. Never leave a baby alone in a
bath ring or seat in the tub. Never rely on a sibling to
supervise a baby in a bath tub. Turning away to get a towel,
answer the doorbell or telephone could result in the baby
2. All necessary bathing items (soap, washcloths, towels,
etc.) should be placed by the tub before your baby goes in.
3. Only fill the tub with enough water to cover the baby's
legs. This amount of water is sufficient to bathe the baby.
However, be aware that babies can drown in a very small amount of
water. All it takes is enough water to cover the nose and mouth.
4. Securely attach bath seats and rings to a SMOOTH
SURFACE. Suction cups will NOT stick to textured, ridged, appliqued, or factory
designed non-skid bathtub surfaces. Suction cups will not stick to scratched,
chipped, or repainted tub surfaces.
5. Parents and caregivers should be trained in basic CPR techniques. Buckets
& Pails Young children will get into everything! There have been many reports
of children who were able to pull themselves to a standing position (around 7
months), fall head first into an open pail and drown.
6. Keep diaper pails tightly closed, and out of the reach of young children.
[Never use open buckets as diaper pails or leave open buckets containing liquids
where children can reach them. They pose a drowning hazard.