Anything in the home can turn into a hazard when you have a little one running around. Especially when it comes to bathrooms. Babies are curious and their little hands want to touch everything. There are plenty of hazards in the bathroom – from plug sockets, to medication, to cleaning products, edges of drawers, and sharp appliances. Luckily, now’s the perfect time for making home improvements. Here are some tips to help you child-proof your bathroom.
Add a child-proof lock or block access
It’s best to keep young children out of your bathroom when you aren’t able to supervise. You can add a childproof lock to your bathroom door or alternatively block access to the bathroom altogether by installing a gate or locking the door. While you’re at it, don’t forget to fit locks to the windows as well. They’re often overlooked.
Put hazards out of reach
Medicines, cleaning chemicals and sharp objects can all be dangerous for your toddler even when you’re nearby. That’s why it’s best to lock cabinets and fit them with special child-proof locks so the curious little ones can’t open them. Chemicals and medicines must be kept out of reach and are best stored away safely. You should also close the toilet.
Appliances and electrical plugs
If you have electrical plugs in your bathroom, you can fit a stopper to avoid little hands getting into them. Stoppers are among the most popular items to childproof your home’s electrics. Your appliances like curling irons, razors or hair dryers should be stored away safely. Avoid operating them around water (not only when the kids are around).
Look out for the rubbish
The waste basket is easy to overlook. After all, it’s where you dump the items you’re trying to get rid of. But they can be a source of fascination for kids who’ll want to explore what’s inside of them. From used medicine packaging to razors – the contents of the bathroom rubbish bin could easily cause harm to your children. Keep it tightly closed and out of reach.
Kid-friendly shower heads aren’t just made to be safer to use, they’re also much more fun when showering your toddler. Changing your shower head is simple. If you’ve never done it before, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace a showerhead.
Add anti-slip mats
Anti-slip mats are a must for child-proof bath time fun. They’ll prevent falls on wet or damp bathroom floors. Rubber mats and can be purchased from most DIY or homeware stores. You can get them to line the inside of your bath tub and for the tiles that are in front of the tub. No more accidental slipping!