How Hot Should the Water be for my Baby's or Toddler's bath?
Question: How hot should the water be for my baby's or toddler's bath?
Answer: 90 - 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
As mamas we worry about every little thing, and bath time is no different! Babies and toddlers generally prefer bath water cooler than your average adult (this mama likes her baths steaming hot, ya feel me?), you want to try and hit that "comfortably warm" temp. You can always use your wrist or the inside of your elbow to test the water to make sure it's not too hot. You don't want to make the water too cold though, because then you can lower babe's temp too much and make it uncomfortable for them. Shivering lips are never fun during bath time!
Keep in mind that the temperature in your bathroom/house makes a difference too (especially when babe gets out of the bath), so make sure you don't have the AC blasted too high! Have a comfy towel ready to warm them up once they hop out!
If you're a little iffy on getting the right temperature every time, invest in a water thermometer like the 4Moms Spout Cover and Thermometer. This is such a great tool to have because it doubles as a spout cover to keep your child a little bit safer. Ya know, when your little one's curious fingers try to go up that faucet, or when they accidentally bump their poor heads on it.
Another thing you can do to make sure that babe's bath water isn't going to get too hot is to change your water heater's default setting. Most water heaters have a default setting of 140 degrees; this is definitely hot enough for your child to sustain serious burns if they touch it. It's recommended that you set your water heater to 120 degrees just in case your tot is obsessed with turning on/off the knobs.... I'm pretty sure that is a toddler's default setting, to be honest.