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Can I leave my child unattended in the bath for a short period of time?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mother and have been wondering about leaving my child unattended in the bath for a short period of time. My child is 8 months old, and I feel like taking a quick bathroom break or answering the phone while she's splashing around wouldn't cause any harm, but I want to be sure. I understand it's never safe to leave a child alone in the bath, but what if it's just for a minute or two? Is there a "safe" age where it's okay to leave them unattended for a brief moment? I would appreciate any advice or personal experiences you can share on this topic. Thank you so much!

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lane12

Hello everyone,

I want to chime in with my experience as well. As a single dad with a 5-year-old son, I understand the challenges of giving baths and needing to step away for a moment. However, I've come to realize that even a momentary distraction can lead to disaster.

One time, when my son was 3, I thought it would be okay to step out for a minute to grab a towel. I was in the same room, and I didn't even think to turn my back, but within seconds of looking away, my son had slipped and hit his chin on the side of the tub. He was crying, and even though it didn't require a trip to the emergency room, it was a wake-up call for me.

From then on, I made sure to have everything I needed before starting the bath and kept it within reach. Baths a fleeting moments of calm for infants and kids while also being a time of development. But with development, comes the need for constant supervision and attention while the bathing process is underway.

I hope my experience helps you, and I want to reiterate what others have said: never leave your child unattended in the bath, even for a second.

Take care.

dklocko

Greetings,

I want to share my experience, which I believe would help you decide better. As a father of two kids, one three-year-old and the other an 18-month-old, and considering hygiene, safety and attention while giving them a bath, I try to make sure that I am always within an arm's reach of them.

Even the slightest delay can cause mishaps, and you never know when such incidents can happen. It's imperative that you pay complete attention and prevent the occurrence of mishaps. The 18-month-old tends to move around a lot, and that's why I never leave her unattended while bathing, even if it is just for a few seconds.

In conclusion, I'd say that all it takes is a few seconds for an accident to happen, hence it is vital to always keep your child within reach. You can bring along some extra towels or toys instead of leaving them in the tub with your child alone. The bottom line is that there's no right age to leave your child unattended in the bathtub. Let safety always be your top consideration.

Best regards.

rquitzon

Hi there,

I would advise against leaving your child unattended in the bath for any amount of time. When my daughter was around the same age as yours, I made the mistake of quickly running back to the living room to grab my phone, leaving her alone in the tub for less than a minute. When I returned, she had slipped and bumped her forehead on the faucet. Luckily, it wasn't serious, but it was a scary reminder that accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.

It's important to always be within arm's reach of your child in the bath to prevent any potential accidents. I know it can be tempting to step away for just a moment, but it's not worth the risk. My daughter is four now, and I still don't leave her unattended in the tub.

I hope this helps!

elda.dietrich

Hello,

I understand the concerns and fears of leaving a child unattended in the bath and I agree with the previous poster on this issue. I am a mother of two, and I recall a time when I stepped away for just a minute to grab a towel but I didn't make it back in time. My son, who was around 10 months old, had managed to turn on the hot water, and when I returned, he had begun to cry and was visibly red.

I was shocked at how quickly the water had become hot enough to burn him and how fast it all happened. Luckily, there was no permanent damage, but the incident still haunts me to this day.

It may seem like leaving your child unattended for a moment won't cause any harm, but it's just not worth the risk. Even when the child is a bit older, it's important to stay close and keep an eye on them at all times. Safety should always come first.

Take care!

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