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

bathroom-for-kids-1Kids 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

bathroom-for-kids-2It’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.

Toilet troubles

bathroom-for-kids-3Although 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.

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Arron Hiddleston

I am interior design blogger with three years of experience covering home improvement and garden renovation. I love sharing meaningful content that educates and inspires people. I'm a regular contributor at Smoothdecorator.com

20 Comments

  1. My daughter loves to wash her hands in the bathroom i think at least 10 times a day which means indirectly she loves to play in the water and eventually her dress sometimes becomes wet..An interesting post

  2. Your post is really wonderful. My son is two yrs old. And he loves to play while his bath. But i worried always that nothing will hurt him in any way. But your tips are useful in making bathroom child friendly. Thanks for sharing

  3. This is a great post and you have explained all aspects well. While Potty training your child first thing is to make bathroom a child freindly. I am sure your post will be helpful to many moms who are potty training their kids.

  4. This seems like a great posts. Infavt bring a mum I can very well relate to things mentioned by you. Infact even I follow some of these ideas specially keeping a stool beside the toilet seat so that my.daughter can reach up herself. Lot of parents specially pre-schooler parents can use this post for tips.

  5. Poornima m reddy on

    This seems a very interesting topic… As many new parents don’t know some tips from these sharing it with my friends right away

  6. This is post is really helpful for mommies who are still struggling to make their kids comfortable in bathroom.. It was a very tough time for me to make my son potty trained ..i was searching such posts that time…

  7. Papri Ganguly on

    Much needed post at least for me. My baby is 2.8 yrs old but she is not potty trained at lot. She doesn’t event want to go to the bathroom. You post will help me a lot.

  8. Arron Hiddleston
    Arron Hiddleston on

    Thanks everyone for such an amazing comments 😀 I really wrote this piece in order to help moms creating a kid-friendly bathroom 😀

  9. Very important point raised in this post! Heard about one terrible accident that happened in the bathroom and it’s so necessary to make it kids friendly.

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