Supervise at all times. Babies can drown in as little as 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) of water in just a few seconds. It is important to always stay within sight and reach of your child when in or around water.
Bath seats and bath rings are not safe. Bath seats and rings give parents and caregivers a false sense of security. Parents reported that they were more comfortable leaving their baby alone in the bathtub for a few moments if the baby was in a bath seat. But bath seats and rings are dangerous. If your baby slips under the bath ring, the bath ring can trap your baby under the water. In addition, the arms that attach to the side of the tub can slip. This can also trap your baby under the water. For more information on the hazards of bath seats and bath rings visit Consumer Product Safety, Health Canada or call 1-866-662-0666.
Don't rely on older siblings. Never leave a baby alone in a bathtub with an older sibling or siblings. Many severe tap water scalds and drownings have occurred when children were supervised by an older sibling.