The bathroom can be one of the biggest challenges for children who struggle to reach sinks and climb into soaking tubs. Some people choose to remodel their bathrooms using child-sized fixtures, but that can be quite costly. Instead of completely changing your bathroom design, you can make some changes and adapt your existing bathroom to fit your kids’ needs. Here’s what you can do to create a kid-friendly bathroom.
Install fixtures appropriate for all ages
Think about creating a bath or a shower enclosure with an adjustable shower bar that holds the showerhead, as well as a removable grab bar. Removable grab bars can be easily repositioned as your kid grows and they come in handy for the whole family. You can also place anti-slip stickers on the bottom of the bathtub. They make it easier for the kids to have a secure footing while taking a shower, drying off or preparing to exit the tub.
Provide storage space for toys and personal items
Kids take great pride in their personal items. If you want every bath-time to end peacefully, you need to provide them with all different kinds of toys and their favorite shampoos and towels. In order to have everything at hand, you can incorporate storage baskets and drawers that your kids can access. If you have more than one kid, put up separate storage units for each kid. This will help them have a safe space where they can keep all their dearest possessions and make them feel responsible.
Protect children from hot water
It’s very easy for kids to turn the knobs on the faucet and end up burning themselves quite badly. In order to prevent that from happening, you can install anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads that control temperature by limiting the amount of hot water that can flow. This way you can safely let them wash their hands and take showers.
Although a child-sized toilet might seem like a good idea now, you will be surprised how fast your children will outgrow them. On the other hand, a taller, comfort-height toilet isn’t a great idea either because they are simply too tall for kids. The best thing you can do is install a standard-sized toilet. You can put a stool next to it to help them reach it easily, but soon they will not even need it. You can use that same stool for reaching the sink or towels. Make sure that the toilet you choose has an easily accessible flush system and a soft-closing seat so your kid can do all the bathroom etiquette without any trouble.
Install a bidet
Bidets are a great choice when it comes to kids. Young kids who are still learning to use the bathroom sometimes have trouble wiping. Bidets are perfect because they practically do all the work for them helping them stay clean and healthy. You can choose one of many multifunctional bidet toilet seats instead of traditional bidets, especially if you have a smaller bathroom. The bidet toilet seats fit onto your toilet and tremendously save space and reduce costs of installing a traditional bidet.
Lock your medicine cabinets
Young kids like to put everything in their mouths, especially things that are colorful and look like candy. It’s best to keep all medicines in a locked cabinet or put them up on the highest shelf out of their reach.
Keep glass away from the bathroom
Kids are known to drop things, and hard ceramic tiles will not make glass bounce off like living room carpets do. It’s safer to use plastic cups, toothbrush holders, soap dishes and other items throughout the bathroom while your kids are still young, to avoid any accidents.
As you can see, you don’t have to do a complete makeover of your bathroom to make it accessible for kids. All you need to do is make a couple of changes and invest a little money in appropriate fixtures. Your kids will appreciate it and you will get to teach them proper personal hygiene without any trouble.