Health Tip: Buying Baby's First Bathtub

Guidelines on what to purchase

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(HealthDay News) - Bath time can be fun for baby, but parents must make sure that it's a safe experience, too.

The Nemours Foundation offers this advice about buying baby's first tub:

  • Ensure that the tub has a slip-resistant backing that prevents movement.
  • Ensure that the tub is made from thick, sturdy plastic that doesn't buckle from the weight of baby and bath water.
  • Skip products that include features such as flotation devices, bath rings, or a suction-cup seat that doesn't have a safety belt.
  • Avoid products with a foam cushion that baby could pull apart and eat.
  • Choose tubs with smooth edges -- nothing rough that could cut baby.
  • Consider a tub with convenient storage spots for shampoo and soap.

Never leave baby unattended in the tub, for even a second, the foundation warns.

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