If you are just starting a family, you are probably looking for ways you can make your home more child-friendly so that your children can play safely and enjoy their surroundings. Most importantly, children grow up fast so you always have to think about cost-effective temporary child-proofing solutions. Although it may seem like a complicated and time-consuming matter, don’t worry, we are here to help. First of all, start with the room that your young ones often visit – the bathroom. And, in order to help you turn it into a 100% child-friendly bathroom, we have prepared 5 steps for you to follow.
We all know what happens at bathtime for kids, it’s prime playtime! So the expectation that toys will be present is a given.
Toys can be a nightmare in the bathroom if you don’t have a nifty storage solution for them. They often lay in the tub, or on the side, or on the floor collecting dust and mold. They can also become a tripping hazard. So it’s probably a good idea to consider how to include some DIY storage solutions for toys that later can be removed.
If you want to test your DIY skills, you can try some amazing toy storage solutions in the article > 15 Ways to Store Bath Toys
A popular choice for kids’ bathrooms is baskets hanging from a rod just above the bathtub. It’s cheap and easy to install and you can add whatever baskets you like.
You can go one step further and personalize each basket with the kid’s names if you have more than one. It not only makes them feel special to have a personalized basket but it can also avoid fights at bathtime.
No baby tub? No problem!
One big problem new parents face when they don’t have a child-friendly bathroom is a lack of a bathing tub. However, if you don’t have a tub for small children and babies, you don’t have to worry since there are a lot of ways you can make bath time safe, without having to invest in such items. For example, if you love carrying your baby everywhere you go, you can opt for a sling you can take with you into the shower and enjoy a relaxing bath together with your little one. Another smart and cost-effective alternative is to turn the bathroom sink into a cute little tub, making it easier and more practical for you to bathe your child in. Just make sure you cushion it nicely with a large sponge or towel.
Lastly, you can invest in a small fold away or inflatable bathtub which can easily be stored away after you’re done using it. These are great and the one in the picture can be found at BabiesRUs Summer Infant EasyStore Comfort Tub
Accessibility is of the utmost importance
Designing a bathroom that will accommodate your youngest family members requires being able to see the world through their eyes. Be practical, if your children can’t reach the sink to wash their hands and face, you can help them by building a footstool for them.
Another great idea would be buying a few more practical bathroom accessories such as holders for plastic cups that you can place at a lower height than yours so that your children can easily reach their toothbrush, soap, and other items. Of course, if the bathtub is too high make sure to install steps that will lead to it.
Most children like to spend a lot of time playing in the bathroom. Therefore, it is extremely important to make it accident-proof. The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that once something gets wet, it immediately becomes slippery. Investing in non-slip tiles may be an expensive long-term solution, so we recommend opting for slip-proof mats for the floor and bathtub since they are a much more affordable alternative. Plus, if you have decided to install handlebars on your tub to make it more accessible, make sure to cover the bars with a non-slip material as well.
Make a small bathroom work for your children
If you have a small bathroom, you are probably thinking that there is no way you can ever make it more a practical and child-friendly bathroom, but the truth is the very opposite.
First of all, you need to start thinking about ways you can utilize the vertical space, in order to make more room on the floor for them to play. For example, instead of stuffing your bathroom with huge cabinets that take up a lot of space, you should go for shelves and cupboards which you can hang on the walls.
Finally, if you change your baby’s diapers on a countertop which occupies most of the bathroom, it’s high time you opted for a more practical fold down changing table that can easily be installed and later removed when the child grows up. Shops like Ikea have a great fold-down table which can be used for exactly for this purpose
As you can see, turning a bathroom into a safe, child-friendly bathroom doesn’t take a lot of effort or money. All you need to do is follow these steps and we guarantee that you and your children are going to love spending time in your “new” bathroom.