When you are building a home or renovating, there is more to designing a child’s bathroom than just placing cars or ballerinas stickers on the walls. In fact, you must think of safety and a child-friendly bathroom that will evolve and grow as your child does. An essential factor in designing a child’s bathroom is safety. As many of us have experienced, the basic adult-sized toilet is just too large for children. Check around and research the elementary child’s toilet. It is 11 ¼ inches tall for easy access with a smaller bowl. The elementary toilet also has a lid that does not close quickly, so little fingers will not get pinched. This feature will also help eliminate any future accidents.
Below, we have listed several tips that will help you design a child-friendly bathroom. This bathroom style will grow and evolve with your child’s lifestyle. Plus, believe it or not, simple upgrades in the future are not that difficult or expensive will make the transition easier than ever.
Never Leave a Child Unattended
This is just a good, old common-sense task, but you would be surprised by the caregivers who think I can go shut the fridge door and be right back. It only takes a few seconds for a child to go underwater and become distressed very quickly! One valuable tip is to gather everything you will need for their baths like pajamas, underwear/diapers, towels, shampoo/soap/lotion, and toys before the bath starts. That way, you are fully prepared and never have to leave the bathroom.
A Step Stool That Is Height Appropriate
A step stool is a perfect answer for allowing your child to comfortably reach the sink to wash their hands, face, and brush their teeth.
Removable Grab Bars
We recommend going to your local hardware store to get removable grab bars. You can install or relocate them simply, and as the child outgrows them, they can be easily removed.
Always use plastic, acrylic, or melamine for glasses, soap dispenser and dishes in the child’s bathroom.
Anti-Slip Stickers or Silicone Mats
This is a no brainer. You can purchase stickers or mats in many shapes, sizes, and colors. These items can be removed or upgraded as your child gets older.
No Electrical Tools
If space allows, do not have any electrical items in the child’s bathroom. Those items being hairdryer, flat iron, curling iron, electric razor, etc. If space is limited and you must share a bathroom with your child, make sure you unplug and put the item in a cabinet every time you use it to prevent accidents.
Never keep medicines in the bathrooms medicine cabinet. One reason is that moisture can degrade the integrity of medicine’s chemical compound. Always keep medicine in a dry, dark cabinet that can be locked and out of the reach of little ones.
We hope you find solace and comfort in this article. Please let us know of any tips we left out by sharing your favorite ideas in the comment section. Thanks for reading!