Making your home family-friendly, and not to mention safe for your kids, is no small task. You want to make every room a space that's fun and safe for every member of the family to be in, from adults to toddlers. The bathroom can be one of the most worrisome places because there's so much potential for accidents, with slippery surfaces, medicine cabinets and more.
And, although some children love bathtime, it's not always easy coaxing them into the bathroom of an evening. Read on if you want to turn your bathroom into one that's fit for the whole family. Whether you're getting the kids ready in the morning or trying to have a relaxing soak in the tub at night, you can have a room that works for everyone.
To truly enjoy your bathroom, you need to make it safe first, or you'll be too busy worrying to get any enjoyment out of it. There are several hazards to consider, even if you don't ever leave the kids alone in there (or think you don't). Firstly, many families keep medication in a bathroom cabinet. It's important that these are out of reach of little fingers or locked away if they're at a lower level.
Then there's the ever-present worry of those small digits getting trapped in things. Try to minimize any moving parts and invest in a soft-close toilet seat to avoid any nips and entrapments. You can also install temperature control to prevent scalds, and rubber mats in the bath or shower to cut out slipping.
Small Person Accessibility
Although you might not be quite ready to leave your kids lounging in the bath on their own, it's important that they can start to gain some independence. Once they reach a certain age, they should be able to go to the toilet, wash their hands, brush their teeth and perhaps even take a shower. But bathrooms are made for tall people and things like basins can be hard to reach. You can set up a step to help them reach the sink and toilet, as well as use a potty training toilet seat for smaller ones.
When you have a family, you have to admit defeat when it comes to the bathroom being taken over by bath toys and no-tears shampoo. But that doesn't mean you can't inject a bit of style and pizazz into the room. You can do it in some simple and cheap ways too. Just adding some luxury towels can make it seem more adult. Click here to see some examples of big, fluffy towels that will look and feel great. And you can add some decorations and accessories as well, although it's best to keep them out of your kids' reach.
Keeping it Organized
If you want to try and reign in the toy takeover of the bathroom, you need to find ways to keep everything put away. Don't let the children leave their things out after every bath; try buying a mesh toy bag or rubber toy bucket to store everything.
With just a few simple adjustments, you can create a family bathroom that's safe for your kids, but not ruled by them. Try them out and get great results!
Site last updated: 3. March 2021