How to Childproof the Bathroom
The bathroom: bubble baths, potty training, those all-important hand and face washings. This very important room can be safe for the entire family, with a little planning. The two main concerns in the bathroom are drowning dangers and exposure to chemicals. Follow these guidelines to make your bathroom safe for everyone.
A child can drown in an inch of water, and a toilet is just too easy for a child to lean into and get stuck. Besides that, they're just full of germs and often cleaning chemicals. The best thing to do is buy one of the many toilet latches on the market. These are easily installed over your toilet seat and prevent small children from opening the lid.
Bubble baths are one of the joys of childhood. By taking a few precautions, you can be sure that your little one will have a blast without risking injury. First, the tub itself should have some kind of nonslip material on the bottom, whether it's a removable bath mat or those adhesive appliqués that you can purchase in any discount store or home center. Next, to avoid bumps and bruises, put a faucet guard over the tub's faucet. These are usually inflatable, and fit over the faucet so that if your little one bumps into it, they don't hurt themselves. They are inexpensive, and can be found in any discount store in the infants and toddlers section.
Another consideration related to the bathtub is water temperature. The easiest way to prevent scalds and burns is to set the thermostat on the hot water heater to 120 degrees. The next easiest way is to always test the bath water before setting a child in the tub. There are bathtub thermometers available, but the easiest way is to test it yourself. The key is to use a more sensitive part of your body to test. Sticking your finger into the water won't adequately tell you how it will feel to your baby's sensitive skin. Instead, use the skin on the inside of your wrist to test the water. This area is fairly sensitive, and it is a good indicator of how the water will feel to your child.
Chemicals and Medications
This is an easy one: either put them up onto high shelves, or store them in a cabinet that has child-safety locks installed on it. These locks come in a variety of styles, and can be purchased at any discount, hardware, or home store.
There you have it. With these few tips, you can be assured that bath time and potty training time will be safe for your little one.
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