If left unorganised and not adequately child-proofed, the bathroom can become one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. We always assume that the kitchen, with its hot appliances, sharp knives and abundance of cleaning products is the most dangerous space in the house, but consider the fact that the bathroom also holds products and chemicals that shouldn’t be consumed, sharp things such as shavers, and there is always the hazard of slipping and even drowning. With this in mind, when your child starts to toddle about, going into the bathroom for potty training or just to take a look around, it is the perfect time to make your bathroom child friendly.
Making your bathroom child friendly is mainly about organisation. It doesn’t have to cost you too much to make your bathroom safe: all you need to do is make sure that you put everything that is dangerous, or anything that your child could potentially hurt themselves with, right out of their way. If you don’t have a bathroom cabinet to store these things, perhaps consider moving them to another place your child cannot reach such as in the airing cupboard or even in your bedroom wardrobe however, it may not be ideal to have your things in a separate room. Ieally you could buy a cheap bathroom cabinet to store any hazardous goods in.
Other than organisation, there are some other ways to ensure your bathroom is a safe place for your child, including:
- Flooring: The floor in the bathroom can become very slippy when wet. Slipping in the bathroom can be dangerous as there is plenty to fall and hurt yourself on. If you have tiles or lino in your bathroom, consider pulling it up and replacing it with a waterproof and stain resistant flooring material. Alternatively you could buy a rubber backed rug or mat to place on your floor, preferably one that is also waterproof.
- Non-Slip Bath Mat: When it comes to children and the elderly, the greatest fear in the bathroom is often slipping and injuring themselves in the bath. To keep the whole family that little bit more safe, buy a rubber, non-slip bath mat for inside your shower/bath and also another placed on the floor directly as you step out of the shower/bath.
- Handle bars: Adding handle bars into your bath and in your bathroom can give your child or an elderly person more to hold onto and help them to stay safe by preventing slipping.
- Shower Curtain: Traditional shower curtains are slowly becoming a thing of the past; they gather mould, rip and tear and children often play or even hang off them. Try to install a sturdy glass door or a heavy-duty plastic door rather than a shower curtain and ensure your children stay safe using it to get in and out of the bath or shower.
- Shower Seat: If you do not have a bath then your child will need to use the shower. If you are in this position, it would be wise to purchase a shower seat: somewhere for your child to sit and limit their movement while bathing, thus limiting their chances of slipping and falling.
Along with the above advice, there are some simple rules you probably already know, but still should keep in mind, including:
- Never leave your child unattended, in the bathroom. Always stay with your child so that you can keep them safe. Remember, it doesn’t take long for an accident to happen, even if you only leave your child unattended for a few seconds they can still hurt themselves.
- Certainly never leave your child alone in the bathtub; children can drown in even the most shallow of water.
- Always check the water temperature of the bath with a thermometer before you put your child in.
Follow this advice and you will create a nice, child-friendly bathroom for your entire family to enjoy.
Izzy represents Diamond Interiors’ UK following. With her very keen eye for style and design, she is an absolute wealth of information and advice in the world of interiors. To read more from Izzy, visit her blog: The Home of Inspiration.