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Is It Sanitary To Bathe Babies in the Kitchen Sink?

Dear Sugar
A few months ago I had my first baby, a beautiful little girl. I've been giving her sponge baths all this time because her baby tub won't fit in my sink and it's too difficult to reach her safely and effectively if I put the tub in my adult-size tub.

Everyone keeps telling me to give her a bath in my sink but the only one that's big enough is the kitchen sink. I really
want her to have fun in her baths and be able to splash in the water, etc..., but I don't know how to sanitize the kitchen sink and make it safe for her to bathe.

Should I pour bleach down the drain to flush out anything nasty and sterilize it? Will that leave residue that could hurt the baby's skin? Sanitary Sally

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Dear Sanitary Sally
Congrats on your new bundle of love! No, no no - you don't have to do anything like clean the sink with bleach or clear the drains. Just use your common sense.

As long as you haven't been cleaning chicken or cooking with raw eggs in the sink without rinsing it you are fine. Just carefully wash the sink out with hot soapy water before you bathe the baby.

My mother gave me baths in our kitchen sink for years. Now she does the same with her grandchildren and there have been no problems.

Keep in mind that water from a sink or even a bathtub isn't sterile. It's not like the baby is going to be drinking large amounts of this water. Plus, you will be there with her the whole time. No worries Mama, she'll be a-OK.

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TrippleC TrippleC 9 years
It's not nasty at all! In fact, I would think it's MUCH safer. Simply because you're not bending down, breaking your back, reaching and holding the little one. There's less chance of them going underwater in there than a tub. Nobody should put a baby in a tub until they're old enough, unless of course, there's a little seat/propper to prop the baby up! It's easier in the sink!!
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 9 years
uh, clean it beforehand. also, use the bath support thing for kids. i actually think there's a greater risk for injury in kitchen sink with so many things to bump into.
Britgirl85 Britgirl85 9 years
most people had a bath in the sink when they were little..
bluebear24 bluebear24 9 years
It's definitely safer in the sink (it's a much smaller, controlled area) and probably easier on the mother (she can stand or sit on a stool rather than crouching down and having to strain the knees/back). I don't have children but in my family we were all bathed in sinks!
Padraigin Padraigin 9 years
I was bathed in the sink and I turned out fine. So did the rest of my family. No one suffered from my baby butt being in the kitchen sink. Just scrub the sink before and after bathing the baby.
DeaconP DeaconP 9 years
it isnt gross at all - sinks are like minitubs and babies are minipeople. therefore - babies are meant to be bathed in the sink. i definitely keep my sink cleaner than my tub. my grandmother had seven kids and she when they were babies they all got bathed in the sink - and they all turned out ok.
Adriana42 Adriana42 9 years
That's just gross..and ur gonna put ur dishes in there afterwards?..What are bathrooms for? Nasty!!
sucrepop sucrepop 9 years
I doubt that there's really anything that would harm your baby if she were bathed in the sink...the worst I can think of is raw egg or meat residue, and as long as she doesn't drink the water (which isn't a good thing in the first place, no matter where you bathe her), she'll be fine. And I agree with jennifer, the bleach'll probably do more harm than anything else would.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 9 years
I think it's okay if you use Chlorox wipes. I've seen alot of people bathe their babies in the sink and they seem to be fine as long as you wipe down the sink and clean the baby off good.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I'd be more worried about the bleach burning her poor little butt! Besides, I scrub my kitchen sink every night but my bathtub only gets it once a week. The sinks probably cleaner!!
brokenhalo brokenhalo 9 years
Well that's what they do on The Sims @, lol!
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