To see your little one walk around the house is a wonderful sight but you cannot ignore the fact that your baby is now more prone to falling and bumping into things. Toddlers can get a bit handful at times so it is better that you keep your child’s surroundings a little more baby friendly.
First step of precautions to be taken when your baby starts walking is to baby-proof your house especially the kitchen, bathroom and toilets since these are the places where most accidents occur. You can read more about childproofing your house here. Bathroom is a place that your baby is going to spend a good amount of time in, on a regular basis. Listed below are some pointers that will help you to prep your bathroom for your toddler.
Top 10 Bathroom Safety Tips for Toddlers
Redoing the hardware: Bathrooms and toilets are particularly dangerous zones for your toddlers. Make sure your bathroom door has a sturdy latch that your toddler can’t open. The best thing to do is to fix the latch at a height your child is unable to reach. Also make certain that the taps and faucets are at a good height. Kids can get quite hyperactive and playful in the bathroom and hurt their head by bumping into things. Taps and faucets are made of metal and can give your baby serious injury. Hence make sure that they are way above your baby’s height
Padding and baby-proofing: Toddlers very frequently bump into things and even fall often. Make sure you cover sharp edges in your bathroom. There are lot of padding and baby proofing material available in the market to cover and conceal rough and sharp edges of the bathroom. You could even stick a thin layer of sponge to things that are sharp and could hurt the baby. Painting rough edges to smoothen them out will also help tremendously to keep your baby safe
Keep gadgets/ electronics out of reach: Needless to say electronic items like razors and dryers can be extremely hazardous, if you have a baby in the house. Sometimes we tend to leave our gadgets unattended especially in the bathroom. Make sure that all your electronic gadgets like electric razors, epilators, blow dryers, hair straighteners and curlers are unplugged and way beyond your baby’s reach. If you store them in the bathroom, have a separate cabinet for these things, which is difficult for your child to open. Also, make a habit to put these things away immediately after use
Keep chemicals and detergents away: Babies are curious little creatures. They want to touch every single thing they see. Hence, detergents and cleaning agents must be kept on a higher shelf in the bathroom. If the child accidentally touches, licks or swallows cleaning agents or other toiletries, it can be extremely dangerous. Also, make sure you securely close the lid of these products and not leave them open
Safety accessories: To make things easier for new parents, there are a lot of products available in the market such as
Faucet extenders are extensions you put on the faucet, they help the child to reach the running water easily
Adhesive stickers when stuck on the bathroom floor give a good grip to the feet and avoid slipping accidents
Portable handles can be stuck on the bathroom walls so that the baby or the mother can hold on to them while getting off the floor
Non Slip mattresses provide good grip even when there is water on the floor
Toilet seat lock is a child lock system that you put on the toilet seat so that your baby won’t be able to open it. Some locks even close the seat automatically when left open
Water thermometer helps you to check the water temperature and determine whether the water in the tub or the bucket is suitable for the baby to bathe with
If you have a bath tub, investing in some baby floats, rings and floating cushion is a wise decision
Check the water temperature: Your baby has extra sensitive skin hence you need to be careful about the water temperature before giving your baby a bath. The bathing water must not be more than 120 Degrees Fahrenheit (48 Degree Celsius). If the water is hotter than the given temperature it could burn your baby’s skin. Make sure you test the water at the back of your hand before pouring it on the baby. Also do not use extremely cold water while bathing your baby. It could give you baby, cough and cold. Luke warm water is the most appropriate for your baby and if it is extremely hot you could shower your baby with slightly cold water
Use good quality and gentle products: When it comes to your baby’s safety, the products you use on your baby play a major role as well. Make sure you use extremely gentle and chemical free products on your baby. These include shampoos, soaps, powder, lotions and creams as well. Opt for chemical and paraben free products that won’t harm your baby. You can also opt for homemade soaps and natural organic products; these are easily available as well
Things to avoid: There are certain things you must avoid installing in your bathroom, if you have child. If you don’t have a bathtub and are thinking of installing one, now is not the time! Bathtub causes many accidents since they store water and have a slippery surface. Also soaking in soapy water for a long duration can give your baby infection. Take off the shower curtain if you have one, since kids tend you get entangled in the curtain and it could also cause suffocation. Vinyl shower curtains release chemicals in the air that could harm your baby
Things to teach your child: Even after taking several precautions, it is essential that you teach your baby certain things like running in the bathroom is a strict no-no. Teach your child that touching the toilet seat and shoving hands in the pot is a very bad habit since a toilet pot has a lot of germs. Restrict you child from touching your gadgets even if they are unplugged, the child will then refrain from touching it at all times. Also teach your child how to turn off the faucet in case the water is over flowing and spills on the floor. A child must also be taught to stay seated during the entire process, be it bathing or potty training
Give your baby full attention: When you are in the bathroom with your baby you have to be extra attentive. You cannot leave your baby unattended even for a few minutes; you never know what could happen. With slippery floor, water and metal faucets in the bathroom your baby needs your undivided attention. You can make this a baby- mom bonding time, if you wish. Keep the phone off the hook and just spend some quality time with your baby. Give your baby a nice shower and have some fun while you are at it!