Family Planning: Building a Baby Friendly Bathroom

For any family with young children, baby-proofing the home is always a key safety concern. From installing stair gates to ensuring any and all harmful liquids are safely stowed away, it's important to achieve peace of mind that your youngsters are safe to treadle around the home without being in any danger. Fortunately, there are…

For any family with young children, baby-proofing the home is always a key safety concern. From installing stair gates to ensuring any and all harmful liquids are safely stowed away, it's important to achieve peace of mind that your youngsters are safe to treadle around the home without being in any danger.

Fortunately, there are loads of ingenious solutions when it comes creating a safe bathroom for a household with small children. Firstly, there are safety precautions to take in the bathroom that you would normally install in nearly all the rooms of your house, such as electrical socket covers and a lock high on the outside of your bathroom door, so that your child simply can not wander in there alone to begin with.

A clip on lock for your toilet seat is easily removed by an adult or older child, but will be sufficient to stop an infant from opening it themselves. This also means the toilet seat will always be returned to its correct (gentlemen), lowered position.

Non-slip bath mats and in-bath adhesive strips can be found in most homeware shops, and will prevent easily avoidable slips on wet floors. Your water heater will also have a maximum temperature setting that can be manually adjusted to a lower setting so that your child can not accidently scald themselves if they manage to turn on the hot taps.

An unexpected bonus to the resurgent popularity of bathroom furniture means that there are now a huge number of styles and finishes of wall-mounted bathroom cabinets available, which will not only complement your existing bathroom decor, but will provide a handy storage area to keep any dangerous items out of the reach of inquisitive little hands. All medicines, supplements, cosmetics and metallic objects, such as razorblades, should be safely stored well above ground level. A stylish, pre-assembled cabinet need not cost a great deal and will create ample storage for all your daily essentials.

Electrical items, such as hairdryers or shavers should also be removed from the bathroom or hidden away between uses, to avoid any burns or accidental contact with water. If you require a bin in your bathroom, try to find a model that can be fitted with the same sort of child lock as the toilet, or find a lockable cupboard in which to place it. A ground level storage unit, such as a vanity unit below your basin, can house your bin, and cleaning products with childproof safety caps, as long as it can be secured with a key.

None of these additions to your bathroom have to cost a great deal to install, and will pay for themselves with the peace of mind guaranteed by knowing that your young child is safe. The key is simply to remain vigilant, cautious and work out what options are best for you.