Some kids don’t take like ducks to water. Bathtime involves dragging them kicking and screaming into the tub, and placating them with bath toys and bubble beards. This means the bathroom is not exactly the natural territory of the young child. But as infants explore, they may venture into this tiled terrain. And once they are toilet trained, they will want to start using the bathroom by themselves.
For these reasons you have to make your bathroom child-friendly and safe. Here are some tips on how to do it.
Get a child-friendly redesign
If you’ve been thinking of sprucing up your bathroom, or if you’ve just moved into a new house, this is the perfect solution for you. A complete bathroom redesign means your bathroom can be built from the ground up with children in mind.
It’s worth hiring the services of an experienced bathroom design specialist who will consult with you to determine your requirements. For instance, designers can fit child-height sinks, support rails, and no-slip floor tiles to help make sure your bathroom is appropriate for your kids.
Take South London-based Burgess Bathrooms, whose project managed bathroom service can be tailored towards your needs. Using the guidance of one dedicated project manager, bathroom designs can be created that are both child-friendly and stylish, in keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of your home.
Make small changes to your current bathroom
Getting a complete refitting isn’t right for everyone. If you’d rather keep your bathroom as it is, there are some changes you can make and precautions you can take to make your bathroom safer for little ones.
Use lever taps for your bath and sink
Turning taps on and off is an everyday activity that most of us don’t even think about it. But children’s smaller hands, weaker strength, and smaller height makes twisting a tap handle quite difficult. To make it easier, swap your rounded or regency-style tap handles for lever taps, which children will find much easier to use.
Add child towel hooks
As your child grows up, they are going to want to use a towel without your help. Most bathrooms have towel racks that only adults can reach, plus children may not have developed the motor skills necessary to unfold towels. Putting in a child-height towel bar will address this.
Store dangerous items carefully
Bathrooms are home to many dangerous items, such as razors, electric shavers and medicines. Even the seemingly harmless shampoo, soap and shower gel could be risky in the wrong hands. Storing these things safely out of reach of children will make sure they never come to harm in the bathroom.
You might want to put in a new bathroom cupboard for this purpose, installed way above the reach of children. If your storage spaces are within reach for children, adding child locks may be a better option.
Get a wet floor mat to avoid slips and falls
Without a doubt the bathroom is the slipperiest room in the house. Most children find ways to slip over on dry surfaces, so wet ones are a serious hazard. While no-slip tiles are an option for anyone getting a remodelling, they can be difficult to install as a DIY project. A simpler alternative is to always use a bath mat.
Remove the door lock
Though bathroom door locks work wonders for privacy, children may lack the motor skills to properly use them. Rather than risk your child locking themselves into the bathroom, it’s better to remove them altogether.
Limit your water temperature
If your child is going to be using the taps on their own for the first time, they may struggle to get the temperature right. Us adults accidently scold ourselves every once in awhile when using hot water, but for children not used to this sensation, it could be shocking and scary.
Most boilers will allow you to set a maximum temperature for your hot water taps. Most recommend keeping it below 48 degrees celsius when children are likely to be using it. You can always turn it back up just before you use it if you want to keep having those boiling hot showers.