We never think of the bathroom as a dangerous place, but it’s another room that’s unsafe for your child without supervision. You don’t want them wandering in there on their own, so child proofing is essential. Not only that, but you need to be careful during bath time, as there’s all sorts of things that can go wrong, but don’t panic! We’ve put together a handy list of tips for making sure the little ones are safe in the bathroom. Keep them in mind the next time they’re in the tub after another messy day!
Child Proofing the Bathroom
First things first, there’s nothing in the bathroom you want your child left alone with anyway, so restrict access completely by having a child safety lock on the door handle. If they are big enough to reach it then this is a great way of stopping them exploring the mysteries of the toilet. Lever door handles are particularly easy for kids to open, so getting a lever lock is essential. The cover simply fits over the handle and is secured withan adhesive tape, enough to keep the kids from getting inside.
While they’re still in diapers or potty training, the toilet should be a no-go zone. Because of the bacteria, infections can be caused, and there’s a drowning hazard as well. Have peace of mind with a toilet lock, either one that resets as the lid is lowered or straps which are easily attached.
Cabinets should be locked in every room which your child will be in, but for the bathroom they are particularly important. The thought of a child getting a hold of the bleach is the stuff of every parents’ nightmares. Save yourself this worry with cabinet locks to keep any curious kids away.
Once in the tub there’s still some things than can pose a threat to your child’s well-being. Slipping is a potential danger, so get a slip-resistant mat to line the bottom of the bath. You’ll also want to get a cover for the taps, to avoid some nasty bumps on the head. You can even get little animal tap covers, which will keep the little ones safe and entertained!
Bath Time Safety Tips
You always need to test the temperature before putting your child in the bath. Do this by dipping your elbow into the water, it needs to be warm but not too hot. The elbow is used because our hands can tolerate higher temperatures. Remember to keep testing the heat during bath time, once it gets too cool, time to dry off.
2. How Often to Bathe
Kids are messy, and it can be tempting to bathe them every day but this isn’t necessary. Two or three times a week will do, as long as the face, neck, hands and diaper area are being cleaned daily.
Look out for soaps and gels which don’t contain perfumes and dyes, which can irritate a child’s skin. Apply them to a soft cloth and use this to wash them, as certain sponges can be too rough on the skin.
4. Tub Safety
Finally, some things you need to remember when bathing. Keep everything you need (soap, towel, diaper) within arms reach as you have to keep one hand on the baby at all times. Wrap them up quickly when taking them out the tub so they don’t get cold, and dry from top to bottom before putting their clothes on. Most importantly, never leave them alone as accidents can happen.
We hope these tips will help you out when it comes to bathtime, or simply bathroom safety for your kids. While we can’t stop them being messy and loud, we can try to stop bathroom accidents both in the tub and out. Happy scrubbing!