Children have special attention and needs. However, redesigning a whole bathroom to be child friendly is not the best solution. Children grow up and you also might consider reselling the house. The ideal thing is to consider all your children’s needs, together with functionality and safety. There is no need for profound changes, you can do a great job working with adaptations for a normal adult bathroom as long as whatever you do, you have their best interests at heart. Your home’s smallest room, the bathroom, can help children develop their understanding of being clean and healthy.
Step 1 – electricity & safety
Children can be curious. Always try looking at things from a child’s perspective and you may soon find many potential dangers within the bathroom. Children might attempt to put their little fingers inside electric outlets or insert hairpins, keys or small objects inside them. Their innocent exploration can cause severe burn or even be fatal. Make sure they are covered and protected.
Step 2 – remove potential risky objects
There are some basic objects that usually adults leave within the bathroom but should be kept away from children. Some of them could be pill bottles or any other small object that can be reached by the small ones. Also, make sure that you don’t leave any toxic products that can be reached by children as their curiosity will always get the better of them. Thinking about the bathroom itself, be sure it has lots of central space and be extremely careful with sharp edges. Consider softer materials, such as acrylic or curves instead of corners.
Step 3 – size adaptation
A step stool to reach the sink while washing the hands and brushing the teeth is an essential adaptation for children. Remember, you should always make the most for your children to enjoy being clean and healthy, so make it adaptable. Some children may also need a timer for brushing the teeth the right way. Consider a low cabinet and mirror. Also, towel rails should be out of reach, children love to hang themselves on surfaces, as well as grab or swing towel rails while playing. Combine the size adaptation with smart ways to keep an organized bathroom while having children, so make sure you have low drawers and storage for them.
Step 4 – toys, cartoons & decoration
A great way to make your bathroom child friendly is decorating it with cartoons and keeping some toys on a box or basket for bath time. If you have a bathtub, children will love to spend their time playing while having a bath, and the tried and tested rubber duck is a bath toy that has stood the test of time. Make sure they feel comfortable and entertained whilst in the bathroom. The decoration should be attractive to your child. Primary colours serve as great visual stimulation for children. Afterwards, make sure all toys are properly cleaned and dry.
Step 5 – no shower screen door
A shower screen can be made of toughened glass. When banged, shower screen doors can shatter easily. Kids are never good at opening and closing doors properly. Aim for a shower screen without doors and with plenty of space to get in and out.
Step 6 – non-slip floor
Kids love to jump around a lot, so try to avoid dangerous slips and falls in the bathroom. Consider a mosaic or tumbled marble for a more tactile finish. If looking for a cheaper alternative, try looking for adaptation that may prevent any eventual slips on the floor.
Step 7 – be careful with hot water
It is essential that you achieve an adequate water temperature for your children. Consider an instant gas unit which can be thermostatically controlled, then you won’t have to worry about your children not having the right water temperature every time – with the hot turned on. Extremely hot temperatures can burn your children, especially when they start washing their own hands or taking their own baths. There are anti-scalding devices available on the market that can be installed on your taps. You can also opt for thermostatic shower valves or thermostatic bath taps.
Step 8 – low power lights & extractor fan
Small children always need some help when using the toilet during the night. Therefore, it is important to install low lights appropriate for late night toilet trips. You might consider opting for LED lights, as general lighting gets left on for long periods. The costs are effective and bulbs don’t need replacing as often as fluorescent or halogen. For smelly situations, it is also recommendable to install a bathroom extractor fan (works for shower steam too) or a dedicated toilet exhaust system.
Step 9 – easy toilet flush & seat
Children are not as strong as adults, so it is important that their little fingers can push buttons the same way as adults. After all, an unflushed toilet is very annoying for everybody. Test all buttons carefully before buying them. If seats are not soft close, they will be frequently banged shut and may often crash little fingers. There are many options of soft close seats available on the market.
Step 10 – keeping your bathroom organised
Include storage for toys, making sure they are dried and cleaned after use. Your children have other personal items that should be kept in an accessible place. Try placing storage baskets and drawers on a low level. For families with more than one child, each child can have its own basket or drawer, this can teach them to be organised and keep their things in the right place. Try to lower the soap basket and substitute for a pump dispenser. A special place for children’s clothes and towels is also handy for organisation. Having a small bench to sit on while helping your children also makes the environment functional.
With many small adaptations, you can make your bathroom child friendly. Having a child at home can represent a radical change for a parent’s life, but being able to work on an environment that can help your kids learn, be happy and clean is the most pleasurable experience in any home renovation project, which in turn will allow you to get more in touch with your kids.