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Bathing Babies (cont.)

Suggestions for Keeping Your Bathroom Safe

  • Keep bathroom doors closed at all times. Install a hook-and-eye latch, a doorknob cover on the outside of the door, or reverse the doorknob so that the lock is on the outside.
  • Toilet lid locking devices are extremely important once your baby begins to crawl, pull up, and walk. You can prevent serious injuries and drowning by installing one of these simple devices.
  • Cabinet and drawer latches are a necessity in the bathroom. Use safety latches that are available for kitchen cupboards and drawers.
  • Medicine cabinets should be free of medications, vitamins, mouthwash, and eye care products. Move them to a high shelf in a hall closet and insist on childproof caps for all medications, both over-the-counter and prescription drugs (ask your pharmacist to switch them). Special medicine lock boxes are available as well.
  • Faucet covers fit directly over a protruding bathtub faucet. They are essential for bathing toddlers and older children because they often prevent scalding and head injuries.
  • Hair dryers, radios, and other electrical appliances should not be kept in the bathroom. Store them in a safe place out of your child's reach.
  • For more information on bath safety and other nursery equipment, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772 or visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site (

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