Although childproofing your household usually starts with the kitchen, your bathroom can be just as dangerous for the little ones. If you’re worried your kid might get hurt in the bathroom, here are six tips for making your bathroom safe for them.
Secure the door
This is the basic thing you can do to make sure your child stays out of the bathroom when you’re not with them. A simple hook and eye latch on the outside of your bathroom door will do the trick. Of course, you have to place it well out of their reach, so they can’t unlock the door on their own. Another option is a childproof door lock, which is suitable for any type of doorknob. However, in case you ever forget to lock the door, be sure to childproof the rest of the bathroom, too.
Lock the toilet
Kids just love playing with water. To them, the toilet can seem like a cute little water bowl they can play with or even drink from. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if they fall into the toilet head first. Once they fall in, most small kids don’t know how to pull themselves out of there, which can have fatal consequences. Luckily, there are special toilet locks you can buy and install. Then it’s just about making sure your family members, as well as any guests, know how to lock the toilet after they use it.
Put away hazardous items
Sharp objects, like razors and scissors, or electric appliances, such as hair dryers or curling irons shouldn’t be left on the counter, within your kid’s reach. And while you’re at it, get protective caps or plugs for any electrical outlets. Kids don’t realize the danger of playing with electricity, so childproof anything electrical. Also, make sure your child can’t get to your cleaning supplies, medications or any type of cosmetics. A kid may mistake a lipstick for a lollipop, or a bottle of shampoo for juice. Keep all those things out of their reach by putting them at a greater height, or placing them inside locked cabinets and drawers.
Choose bathroom hardware wisely
This means you should avoid sinks and tubs with sharp edges and corners. There are rubber bumpers you can put on sharp corners to prevent any injuries, but the sharp edges are a different story. Fortunately, nowadays, you can find sinks and bath tubs in a variety of styles and shapes, so pick those with curved edges, since they are more child-friendly. Also, opt for towel racks or shelves that a child can’t climb up, and use safety glass for your shower door or even your mirror. Plus, buy special padding for your tub faucet, since this is where your kid can easily bruise or even cut their little head.
Get non-slip mats
These are usually rubber mats, with miniature suction cups that keep the mat in its place while your child walks on it. Put non-slip mats in your tub, but also get some for your floors. Little children tend to move clumsily at times, and if they do it on slippery and wet surfaces, they’re always only an inch away from an accident. Another way to prevent your child from falling is to install grab bars in and next to your tub, so that they can hold on to them while having a shower or getting out of the tub.
Avoid water incidents
Your child may accidentally turn on the hot water, so make sure your water heater is set to 49°C or even slightly under. This is warm enough for anything you want to wash, but not hot enough to scald your kid and cause them serious harm. Also, you might want to get a baby seat for the tub. They keep your kid in a secure position, to prevent them from sliding under the water and drowning.
Follow these tips for a child-friendly bathroom, but don’t rely solely on them. There’s nothing like parental supervision to keep a child safe, so don’t let your kid out of your sight for even a moment.
About the Author:
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.