It’s something that parents always worry about – the fact that their child, or even one of their friend’s children, could hurt themselves in some way around the home. While we go to all lengths to make sure that the kitchen is a safe place to be, the bathroom is often forgotten despite it being one of the more dangerous places for kids to be. So here are some tips on how to create a bathroom that is childproof, as well as child friendly.
Some couples, when they find out they’re expecting, will go crazy to renovate a bathroom so that it is suitable for small children, such as installing all new fittings that are at ‘child height’ – lower sinks and toilets. While this might be a good idea, remember that all kids grow, and pretty quickly. Within a few short years, you’ll want to replace the appliances all over again at probably great cost to you because they’ve outgrown them. Instead invest in a sturdy stool or steps to help them reach the fixtures more easily. Find one that they won’t be likely to fall from and that won’t skid on tiled floors.
Speaking of tiled floors, these are another major hazard for children. All parents will know that when it’s bath time, water is likely to go everywhere and not just stay in the tub. Tiled floors will very quickly become slippery. To avoid any slips, fix a handle such as one from Ideal Standard onto the wall near the tub. Always watch your kids in the bathroom, don’t let them run and try to keep water splashes to a minimum, if you can!
You’ll also need to ensure that you keep any harmful bottles out of reach of prying hands. Little ones will be in and out of the cupboards and grabbing whatever they can get their hands on. Many people store bottles of bathroom cleaner or just plain old shampoo underneath sinks or on low shelves. It could be very dangerous if they accidentally swallowed some or spilled a powerful cleaner such as bleach on their skin. Install locks on low down cupboards with anything harmful stored inside or place things out of reach on higher shelves.
A final note is to make sure you’ve got your eye on your children at all times when they’re in the bathroom, particularly if you’re bathing them. If the phone rings or someone knocks at the door, wait until you’ve removed your child from the tub and the bathroom before answering – it can only take a second for them to slip under the water.
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