Keeping your baby safe is not only a parental obligation but something you should enjoy. Small children are very inquisitive and can manage to get themselves into all kinds of trouble in just a short amount of time. It is impossible to constantly have an eye on your child, but childproofing your home can definitely buy you some peace of mind. One of the most dangerous rooms in the house can be your bathroom!
Fortunately, there are many products on the market today that were specifically designed to make your bathroom safer for your little wanderer. First and foremost, children should never be allowed into the bathroom with parental supervision. There are just too many potential hazards for a little one. You can always use a safety gate to keep baby from entering into the bathroom. Simply place the gate between the outer door frame. Adults will still be able to easily step over the gate and into the bathroom. You should also be able to still close the bathroom door with the child safety gate in place. If you cannot afford a baby gate or do not want to use one, you can always invest in door latches that prevent your child from opening the door on their own.
One of the most intriguing things in the bathroom to a child seems to be the toilet. There is nothing more interesting to a little one than the fun of swirling water. Keep in mind that the biggest safety risk a toilet poses to your child is not the fact of coming into contact with germs alone, but the possibility of drowning. Remember that a child can drown in as little as two inches of water. There are several excellent toilet latches out there on the market right now. Most use suction cups to secure the latch arm to the toilet. I recommend looking for a toilet latch that has a spring loaded mechanism that will automatically lock each time the toilet lid is closed.
Be certain to stock up on latches of different sizes. You will need enough latches to secure your bathroom cabinets and drawers. It is important to secure these areas especially if you keep bath products or cleaning products in your bathroom. These products contain hazardous and poisonous chemicals and ingredients that can be deadly to small children if ingested. Remember to never underestimate the curiosity of your child. Children can get into medicine cabinets and other places that many parents thought they could not or would not. Be sure to use latches or ties to secure even your high cabinets.
Bathtub safety is one of the most important things of all. Never leave your child unsupervised in the tub, children can drown very quickly. Install non-skid mats in your tub bottom to prevent unwanted falls for baby. You can find very fun and colorful mats designed just for children. Bathtub spout covers have been invented to prevent your little one from bumping their heads on the bathtub spouts. They are normally made out of a soft and cushy material and also help aid against burns from the hot spot.
Always remember to research all safety products before deciding on one to purchase. Ask other parents which products they recommend and read the reviews. With careful planning and thorough childproofing, your bathroom can be a safe place for your small children.