After I asked that question and read a lot of replies, I started wondering about this.
I stay right beside the tub the entire time my son is in there. After I wash him, if he wants to play for an hour, I stay; he is 3.
That being said, I agree that your child could fall, hit their head and drown in the few seconds you are gone, but couldn't they do that while you are right there? I have non slip bath mat and I make my son sit everytime he stands, but it only takes a second. That's super scary to me!
I dont really know, accidents can happen no matter where you are, or how much of a helicopter parent you let yourself become. I haven't reached the age where I can even leave the bathroom for 1 second with Jessa yet, she's only 8 months. I think at 5 or 6 will be when I will even start considering leaving the bathroom if I forget a towel or something.
I mean, its not THAT hard to wait until a kid is done in the tub, get them out, and THEN go on a search WITH THEM for a towel or clothes.
My 3.5 year old takes a shower with the door open and she has to talk to me the whole time she is in the shower so if I didn't hear her voice, I would be there in two seconds (I'm usually folding laundry right outside against the wall).
My almost 19 month old has constant supervision.
November 28, 2012 at 9:27 PM
i agree... add in that a 1 year old is still learning (for the most part) how to walk and balance themselves out... lets add in that its BATHTIME! i dont know about your kids, but my boy LOVED to 'hulk smash' the water even at 1-- which resulted in him standing, slamming his hands on the water and falling forward a few times. he was still slipping when he was 3 trying to do it! lol
Things can happen when you're there, yes, but if you're there you can act quickly. A few moments can save a life.