Originally Posted by mamabutterfly
Seems like even a 3 year old might stand and slip & hit their head. And it takes so little water to get into their lungs...
Yeah, probably wouldn't ever happen, but still... I think I'm in the room for a while yet.
A couple of thoughts. First, you need to put the danger of this in perspective. Not that you don't need to be aware of it, but there are a lot of things that are more likely to happen -- for real harm to occur in this sort of scenario really takes a lot of things to happen, and the chances of them ALL going wrong are really zero for all practical purposes. Of course, there are steps you need to take to minimize the risk -- non-slip surface, padded spigot, and staying within ear-shot (and not running the vacuum or something else that blocks sounds). You can do a lot while still being able to hear your child in the tub, and you would certainly hear them fall and hit something. And even if the above happened, if you were in another room and heard it, you could get there in time to have a "no harm done", though scary, situation.
Everyone needs to find their own comfort levels with this sort of thing. For me, if I lived with this constant feeling of risk and the need to protect them from every single possible harm, I couldn't function. So I worry about the big ones and let the little ones go. And the above, to me, is so minimal as not to be worth it. Which isn't to say that if my child wanted company, I wouldn't do it -- I frequently still keep my 4 1/2 year old company if requested. I just don't feel like I have to if the child is ready for some privacy.