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Bathroom Safety Tips For Young Children

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By on Jul 9, 2018
Bathroom Safety Tips For Young Children

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For young children, the bathroom can be a fun place they can enjoy bubbles and splash around in the water. But for parents, it can be stressful to ensure your child is as safe as he or she can possibly be. There are many potential hazards in the bathroom that you want to keep your child safe from.

However, bath time can be a fun experience for all by preventing any accidents. New accessories and innovative technology allows you to have more control of your bathroom, so you can have peace-of-mind as well. Here are a few bathroom safety tips for children that all parents can use.

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Bath Safety Tips

Bathroom Safety Tips

Whether you share a bathroom as a family or if you have a dedicated kids bathroom, you’ll want to make sure the room is as safe a possible for anyone that’s using it. Of course, you don’t want to take away from the fun of bath time! Here are a few bathroom safety and childproofing tips:

  • Never Leave Your Child Unattended
  • Install A Toilet Lock
  • Organize Toys
  • Invest in Bath Safety Accessories
  • Utilize Your Medicine Cabinet
  • Install Grab Bars
  • Use Non-Slip Bathmats

1) Never Leave Your Child Unattended

While it may seem obvious to many parents, the first rule of bathroom safety is to never leave your baby or young child unsupervised. It does not take long for an accident to happen while a child is bathing or if they get into a cabinet they shouldn’t.

Organize Toys

2) Organize Toys

Bath time toys are a must for many young children. But leaving them disorganized throughout the bathroom is likely to cause a trip or a fall if you’re not careful. Although, you also want to prevent wet toys from getting moldy from sitting in a closed bin. I prefer mesh-hanging baskets that can attach to your shower wall. They are easily accessible during bath time and will allow airflow to help dry off the toys

3) Install A Toilet Lock

You may be surprised to learn that your toilet is a safety hazard for your child. Not only is it a potential drowning risk, but curious kids can also damage your plumbing by trying to flush toys and more. Get in the habit of always leaving the toilet seat down to start. A toilet lock is a great way to prevent little from accessing the toilet until they’re ready to be potty trained. Toilet locks are affordable, from about $10 to $20 depending on the kind you buy and easy to install yourself. It’s a small step that could make a big difference in bathroom safety.

Invest In Bath Safety Accessories

4) Invest In Bath Safety Accessories

Bathroom tech is a must-have for many homes, but have you considered the ways you can use it to ensure a comfortable and safe bath for your child? The Mayo Clinic recommends keeping bathwater warm, at around 100 degrees. You can get the exact temperature by purchasing a floating digital thermometer for the bathtub. Most come in fun animal shapes, like ducks and turtles for your toddler to enjoy as well.

Another bath accessory you’ll want is a bath faucet cover. If there is a slip or a fall, this soft cover will help them avoid a head injury. Much like the bath time thermometer, these can come in fun animal shapes, with water coming out the spout of a whale or the nose of a hippo.

Utilize Your Medicine Cabinet

5) Utilize Your Medicine Cabinet

Medicines and cleaning products should be kept away from young children at all times. If you have these items sitting out, store and organize them in your medicine cabinet to keep them away. Store your hair dryer and curling iron away in a drawer. You may also want to invest in a childproof lock to keep your child from getting into these spots. Most can be added yourself, but if you have a lot to add, you may want to contact a handyman who can help.

6) Install Grab Bars

Grab bars are not just a safety item to have for young children, but can potentially prevent slips and falls for anyone using the shower. For children who are learning to stand or walk, they might be tempted to do so in the bathtub or coming out of the shower. While you want them to learn, safety is always the top priority. By installing bathroom grab bars near the toilet and in the tub, you can help prevent falls.

Use Non-Slip Bathmats

7) Use Non-Slip Bath Mats

While your current bathmat might look good, is it functional? A good bath mat will make it easier to enter and exit the bathtub on a wet surface. This can also help prevent falls in the bathroom, because when a tile or laminate floor gets wet, it can become very slippery. A non-slip bath mat is a great accessory to have both in and out of the tub. Most non-slip come in rubber, so they can be used in either area. While this means you may have to forgo the cute children’s prints and soft fabric, it’s a great safety measure to take in the bathroom long-term.

Childproofing Costs

Childproofing Costs

These are just a few steps you can take to childproof your bathroom. There are many more ways you can help to ensure a safe bathtime experience for your child. From installing digital bathroom controls to safety locks, it can take time to make sure the job is done right. A pro can help you mark this off of your to-do list. The average cost to install childproofing devices costs $431, with most homeowners spending between $265 and $480.

Conclusion

Bath time can still be fun, but safe as well. These bathroom safety ideas will aid in preventing accidents and make sure young children get to enjoy their bath time!

Looking for more home improvement ideas? Read A Child’s Room That Both The Parent & Child Will Love!

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