When can I stop supervising bath time?

Q: When can I stop supervising my child in the bath?

A: Never leave your child alone in the tub until he's 5, and then only leave him briefly until he's at least 7. Although drowning can happen at any age, most children who drown in tubs are under age 5, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. If your child has learned how to swim, you can feel more confident leaving him alone. Nevertheless, you should never be far away. As your child gets older and wants more privacy, insist that he keep the bathroom door unlocked. --Michelle Crouch

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the October 2007 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009


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