When it comes to ensuring the safety of our baby, we could be a little bit over the top which is essentially a good thing since we don’t want anything that could jeopardize our baby’s well-being. A bath time is an enjoyable time for both baby and parent and could be a perfect bonding moment.
However, if precautions are not in place and there is a lapse in making sure that baby and parent are both safe, accidents might happen. Drowning is a possibility but this is not the only tragedy that could happen during bath time. To make sure that not only would your baby be safe during bath time but also, they would enjoy and look forward to their next bath, you could introduce toys.
Make sure to only use bath appropriate toys
Electrocution could happen if battery operated toys or other electrical toys were used in the bath. This is the reason why you should only use toys that are considered bath toys. Meaning, they are designed and built to be played with while a baby or a toddler is taking a bath.
It could be tempting to let your child play with their favourite toy while they are taking a bath but not only is this dangerous, it could also ruin your child’s favourite toy especially if is not meant to be wet. They also won’t likely function after being submerged in water.
Bath appropriate toys for teething babies comprises of soft rings and toys that they could chew on. As for older kids, you could use boats, water guns and rubber duckies that squeak when you press them. After each bath, make sure that the toys are properly dried. Use a net or a basket for the excess water to drain and dry.
Dispose of toys after a few months of use
No matter how much you ensure that the toys are properly dried every after bath, the likelihood of the toys grows mould is still a possibility. It is recommended that you throw away the bathtub toys after a few months. For toys that can retain water (such as rubber ducks), they could develop mould faster than other toys.
For you to know which of your kid’s toys is likely to grow mould because they can retain water, check if they toy has a hole at the bottom. If there is a hole, water would seep inside and no matter how thorough you are in draining and drying them, you might still not be able to get rid of all the water especially if you are continuously using the toy.
Clean the toys regularly
There are numerous methods on how you could ensure that your child’s toys are clean and disinfected. You would not want your child to continue playing with a toy that have started to become mouldy. Moulds are harmful to your child’s health especially if they have sensitive skin or their immune system is compromised.
This is the reason why you could never be too sure when it comes to your child’s bathtub toys’ cleanliness. Using bleach is an easy way to disinfect your child’s toys. But bleach is still considered to be a harsh chemical and if you did not totally clean your child’s toy it could be more dangerous. If you prefer a more natural cleaning agent, you could opt instead to use vinegar. It might not be the most effective solution, but at least you would not be worried about adverse effects since it is a natural and gentle cleaning method.
Since you could not totally avoid the toys becoming mouldy, just lessen to the possibility of the toys developing mould instead. You could prevent water from being trapped inside the toy by either choosing toys that does not have any holes in them or by securing the holes by using hot glue.