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Tips for Making Your Bathroom Childproof

A few ways for childproofing your bathroom

To an adult, a bathroom may not seem particularly dangerous, but once you become a parent, you start looking at the world from a different perspective. The plethora of sharp items, easily accessible medicine, cleaning chemicals and a combination of electrical appliances and water are how you spell a disaster. Luckily, there are a few ways to make your bathroom childproof and here are some of them.

Colourful child bathroom
Children love colourful, playful designs in their rooms, including bathroom.
But make sure your bathroom is childproof.

Hook-and-Eye Lock

The best way to protect your kids is to prevent them from coming into the harm’s way in the first place. What this means is that you should stop them from ever venturing in a bathroom without your supervision. A hook-and-eye lock uses mechanism which is simple enough for you to use, but will poses an impassable barrier for your beloved offspring. In this way, whatever dangers lurk behind the bathroom door are forever out of reach for your child.

Installing a Toilet Lock

Children climb everywhere, but this also means that they fall everywhere. Sure, a toilet may not be the danger for your safety, but it is easy to imagine a child trying to climb onto it only to fall into a pit they didn’t even know existed. This is why you should always lower the toilet lid and even go one step further to install a toilet lock. Sure, there will still be ways for children to injure themselves in the bathroom, but the toilet will no longer be one of them.

Child playing with water
Everything's a play for your baby, including bath water.
Just make sure you're aware of potential dangers and don't leave baby alone.

Removing Dangerous Items

One of the greatest dangers for your child are tiny sharp objects lying everywhere around. In the bathroom, these are things like nail razors or clippers and tweezers. The only way to protect your child from them is to keep them in a safe place, such as a drawer they can’t reach or your medicine cabinet.

Speaking of which, you need to make sure not to leave any medicine out in the open or where your child can reach it. In fact, it might even be a good idea to lock the cabinet when you are not using it. Unfortunately, it will be annoying to look for the key and unlock it every time you need its content. However, the safety of your kid is more than worth this annoyance.

Brightly coloured bathroom decor
Make your bathroom decor colourful and bright for your children's pleasure,
but be mindful of potentially dangerous items and remove them.

Unplugging and Outlet-Proofing

The next thing you need to do is make sure all electrical appliances like hairdryers and hair straighteners are safely put away and unplugged. Sure, there is a tiny chance that your child will figure out on its own where to plug them, but if you do this part of the job for them, they have a much higher chance of getting injured.

Most people use special racks for storing of these items and keep them high up on the wall. On the other hand, these appliances are not the only things they may try to plug in. Because of this, make sure to child proof electrical outlets and you will already give your bathroom a significant safety boost. The easiest way to do so is with electrical outlet caps.

Playing with water taps
Water taps are fun to play with, but beware of the hot water tap.

Check Your Plumbing

Finally, what you need to do is make sure that your pipes are in good order. A leak anywhere might create a slipping hazard in your bathroom and this can be as dangerous for you as it is for a child. If you notice anything suspicious regarding your bathroom pipes, make sure to instantly contact an emergency plumber to fix this issue.

Seeing how the bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house and that all the dangers are easily identifiable, childproofing should not be difficult. However, when doing this, make sure to make a list in order not to skip anything. All it takes is a single missed out hazard for your child to get seriously injured. Needless to say, this is not something you wish to let happen.

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.

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