For parents and a home with children, the top priority is to create a safe environment where your family can grow and thrive. Childproofing your bathroom is one area that needs to be looked at by any parent. Although it is also important to childproof your kitchen space especially the fridge.
We have many accidents which occur in houses that could have been prevented from falls, burns, cuts, choking and electrocution.
Curious toddlers just love exploring and opening and closing doors on their own. Until they accidentally slam the door on the fingers or consume detergents in the bathroom one can think the home is safe.
Most of these accidents can be addressed easily at home. Although some house areas can be dangerous like the kitchen and bathroom. You can keep your children safe and away from mischief by childproofing your house.
Have safety measures to be used in your house. Not only is the bathroom an important part of the house but also a dangerous room in the house.
Check out our child-friendly lock for the fridge, cabinets, waste bin, oven, drawers and washing machine below.
What is kept in a bathroom?
Home detergents for laundry and house cleaning are usually stored in cabinets and drawers. When single or without children one never thinks about child safety. Unquestionably, once the children are born things change and safety becomes a priority as children are very adventurous and curious.
Poisonous Household Products.
Apart from detergent, we have bleach, disinfectant solutions, air fresheners, plant sprays, pesticides, chemicals that can be poisonous to children. Beauty products can also be poisonous to your baby and need to be kept far
Store medicine in a lockable cabinet away from the children in the bathroom. Keep the medicine in their correct containers which are labeled to avoid accidents. A child can overdose if they come across exposed medicines at home.
Shower water which has been heated to more than 140 degrees if open by a child can cause serious burns. Additionally, the burns can cause scars, pain, and deformities if not treated fast.
Toilet/ Bathing tub.
Small babies can drown in a water-filled bathtub or even a toilet. Children are also very mischievous in the bathroom if they are not unrolling the tissue, they are fetching water in the toilet bowl.
If your house has a pet you might need a door flap or door buddy lock to let your cat through into the toilet area to access their litter box if kept there.
Unmanned Electric Appliances
Appliances like hairdryer if left unplugged and near water, can cause electrocution and death to your child.
How to Childproof your Bathroom
Childproof Lock on the Bathroom Door
The easiest way to baby proof the toilet is to keep the door shut and secured at all times.
If only all adults would keep the door shut after use but sometimes we forget and the baby can get in accidentaly.
Bathroom locks come in different types from doorknobs to levers.
You can put a door buddy lock which keeps the door open wide enough for the cat to sneak in and out, but not for the baby.
Importantly, you can put a foam door stopper to protect little fingers from being pinched or slammed in a door when trying to access the bathroom.
Door Lock keeps your baby from getting into rooms that aren’t child safe.
In case you do not want to tamper with your bathroom door use a childproof door locks made to temporarily fit on any doorknob.
Cabinets Should be Locked
Medicine, beauty products, cleaning detergents, chemicals, pesticides that can cause accidents should be stored in a locked cabinet or locker and out of reach.
Locking them ensures the curious children do not get hold of them when you are not watching. If possible lock them up somewhere in the bathroom where your child cannot reach.
Cover the Toilet
A toilet is not the most healthy place you want your baby around.
The toilet seat keeps dirt and bad oduor out of the house.
It might sound funny but desperate time calls for desperate measures.
With a child crawling around to prevent drowning or fetching water from the toilet have a toilet cover and lock too if possible.
Sometimes the baby can throw litter into the toilet causing blockage.
They find the toilet area more appealing and when you are not looking they snick in their there to do mischief.
Unquestionably, they find the toilet a good play area.
The water from the toilet can make your baby sick, lead to infections and skin problems.
Remember to keep the toilet lid down.
Keep Away Appliances
Especially the electric appliances that can cause electrocution when near water should be unplugged after use and stored far away.
Do not use electric appliances when your child is in the bathroom as they may pull the cord and injure themselves.
Cover unused electrical outlets with outlet protectors or safety caps in the bathroom or any part of the house. Indeed, all plug sockets must-have safety shutters that prevent children from accessing the live terminals. Despite children being mischievous and inserting their fingers into the plug they will not be able to touch live wires.
Moreover, socket covers could prevent children from plugging in equipment that is otherwise dangerous, for instance, irons and hair dryers.
Add Slip-resistant Mats.
We can protect our children from harm while in the bath by adding slip-resistant mats.
These prevent slips in the wet tub or damp bathroom floors by adding mats that work against accidental falls.
You can also alternate and put a dry towel for the dripping water.
Water that finds itself on the floor as you leave the shower area.
Moreover, if there is anything that the child can climb on and fall into a bathtub causing drowning should be kept away from the bathroom.
Babies love climbing around and do not think of the danger, this is an adventure for them.
Monitor Water Temperature
Prevent burns through hot water showers while bathing and harming your baby’s skin. You could install anti-scalding devices on faucets as another preventative measure. Subsequently set the water temperature to 32 degrees Celsius which is fine with the baby’s skin. If the water is more than this it can lead to third or second-degree burns.
Set Bathtub Rules
Set house rules for the bathroom for your child. The rules can be as follows:
- Sit upright as they bathe in the tub.
- No jumping in the shower, it can cause falls.
- Wait for the grown-up if they leave the bathroom.
- Secure rugs to avoid slipping and water pooling on slick surfaces.
- Use installed safety rails/bars to get in and out of the shower.
If your child is small and cannot sit on a bathtub use a bath seat to avoid drowning. Do not leave your child unattended when bathing, supervise until the end.
If your bathroom is on another floor and your child can access the window, ensure to put guard rails and lock it to prevent your baby from falling through it.
Particularly when your child is learning to bathe alone have grab bars installed. They prevent slipping and falling when your child is getting in and out of the bathe.
For poisonous household products keep them in locked cabinets.
Lastly just as baby gates safeguard your baby from falling at the stairs also doorknob covers keep children away from rooms that can have hazards hence childproof your bathroom.