When you bring your newborn home, you can’t imagine them being anywhere but cradled in safety of your arms. However, before you know it months will pass and your little one will be crawling around exploring all the secret corners and crevices that your house has to offer. With the bathtub, cosmetics and slippery bathmats, your bathroom can pose a threat to a tiny human who happens to stumble into it. So here are some helpful tips on how to childproof your bathroom.
Install a toilet lock
A toilet is one of the most unhygienic areas of any bathroom and this can pose a threat to any toddler who might want to stick their fingers into it. Therefore, install a toilet lock on your toilet, which prevents toddlers from being able to lift the toilet seat or cover up. Ensure that toilet cover is always down and securely locked if you have a toddler running around the house.
Store any sharp objects away
Put any razors, scissors or any other sharp objects usually kept in the bathroom up on a high shelf where tiny hands can’t reach them. A good idea is to store these items in a lockable cupboard, so that your little one can’t get to them.
Lock away all cosmetics
Make sure that medications, shampoos, soaps, conditioners and any other cosmetics are either kept on a high shelf that your child can’t get to or are put away in a lockable cupboard. This includes any cleaning solutions, which can be poisonous.
If you have a plug in the bathroom, always unplug whatever is in there after you have finished using it. Alternatively, it might be a good idea to not use the plug in the bathroom at all, to avoid any possible accidents that might happen. Instead, put a safety socket plug protector over all your electrical sockets when you are not using them to prevent your little one from sticking their fingers in there.]
Non-slip mats are a must
Invest in non-slip bathmats inside and outside the bathtub to prevent anyone from possibly slipping on them and falling.
Lower the maximum water temperature
If you can, it is wise to turn the maximum heat of your geyser down to medium as the high water temperatures can burn your baby’s skin, which is much thinner and more sensitive than an adult’s skin. It can take just three seconds for a child to sustain a third-degree burn from water at a temperature of 60°C.
Invest in a tap cover
Buy a good silicone tap cover to place over the spout of the tap to prevent your child from bumping their head on the tap and also so that they don’t touch the tap and burn themselves if it is too hot.
Childproof lock for your bathroom
To avoid your little one from wandering into the bathroom unaccompanied, install a child proof lock on the outside of the bathroom door.
Soften the edges
Put corner cushions on any sharp edges in the bathroom to prevent injury to your little one.