Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Bathing babies/infants

Before putting a baby or infant in the bath:

  • Put a telephone close to the bath tub - so you won't be tempted to leave the baby or infant alone in the tub if the phone rings
  • Check the temperature of the water

After putting him/her in the bath:

  • Don't leave him/her alone, e.g., don't answer door - if you leave even for a few seconds, you may become distracted by something and not return until well after he/she has drowned

While bathing

  • Don't wash/scrub skin too thoroughly - your skin needs to retain some oils and bacteria for protection against diseases(!?)

After bathing

  • Dry feet well, especially between toes - to help prevent foot diseases


  1. On December 29th, 2009, mangymoggy said:

    Not a good checklist – nothing about checking the tempeature of the water beforehand.

  2. On December 29th, 2009, Don Parcher said:

    Thanks. I’ve added an item about checking the temperature. I’d appreciate any other suggestions.

  3. On February 13th, 2011, barbara said:

    I would suggest also the following:

    1. Use soap and other bath products that are safe and gentle for an infant’s skin. Some products should only be used on adults.

    2. Have the infant’s clothing, personal care products, a towel laid out nearby before the bath begins. You don’t want the baby to get chilled.

    3. If you have assistance (you never want to leave a baby unattended), A nice touch is to have someone put a towel in the dryer for a few minutes and bring you the warm towel. My kids loved having a warm towel wrapped around them after they got out of the bath.

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