With active toddlers in the home, there are many dangers to be aware of. One danger is in the bathroom when you have a young toddler around. These safety tips will help ensure that your toddler stays safe in the bathroom.
Keep the Toilet Lid Closed When Not in Use
Toilet lids can pose a suffocation risk for curious toddlers who try to climb on them or play with them when they are open. When you have younger children, keep these lids closed when not used to prevent accidents such as a toddler in your home getting into the toilet.
Keep the Bathroom Door Closed Whenever Possible
Even if you’re home and have a free hand, always keep the bathroom door shut when you are not using your bathroom. This will prevent them from trying to play with items that may be on or near the floor of the main area of your bathroom. For instance, if you have a new Kohler faucet in your bathroom and you want to prevent your toddler from playing with it and getting scalded, locking your bathroom would be the best solution.
Keep Medication Out of Reach of Toddlers
As with other items within your bathroom, you should take steps to ensure that all medications are kept well out of reach of curious little hands. If ingested, the medication can cause serious harm to a toddler.
Remove Hazardous Objects From the Bathroom
With small children, anything sharp or large enough to cause injury should be removed from the perimeter of the bathroom. Things like hairbrushes and razors should all be kept away from the edges of the bathroom to avoid injury if your young toddler were to grab them.
Use a Strap-Style Bath Seat
When bathing your child, you should always use a strap-style bath seat to keep them safe, especially true if you have a very young toddler who can’t yet sit independently in the bathtub. Using one of these seats will ensure that your toddler stays where they should be and doesn’t slip beneath the surface of the water.
Ensure Electrical Supply Points Are Out of Reach
Whenever you’re using any appliance near your little ones, such as a hairdryer and electric razor, the electrical supply point must be out of your child’s reach. If possible, always plug these appliances into a power strip with an on and off switch so you can turn them off when not in use and completely remove them from the bathroom. Don’t ever let them grab a power cord and pull in a hair appliance when they are in the bathtub or shower.
Install Toilet Locks
Toilet locks are designed to keep curious toddlers away from potentially hazardous areas of bathrooms. It would be best to have one installed for each toilet in your home, even outside the main bathroom where young children occasionally spend time. These locks will ensure that your child does not climb onto or fall into the toilet.
Install Hand-Held Shower Heads
Hand-held shower heads are wonderful for keeping children safe They give you full control over spraying water on your child and mean that you don’t have to worry about accidentally spraying them or getting water all over the bathroom floor.
Do Not Leave Any Slippery Objects Lying Around
If you want to keep your toddler out of the bathroom, don’t leave any objects lying around that are likely to be slippery. This can include shampoo bottles with a rather oily substance that might be hazardous if left on the ground.
Keep First Aid Equipment Within Reach
Be sure that you know where your first aid kit is and always kept somewhere easily accessible such as the bathroom shelf. If an injury ever occurs while you are alone with your little one, these supplies will ensure that you can take steps to prevent a greater harm from coming to them until help arrives.
Leave Only the Necessities for Bathing
When taking care of your young child’s bath time needs, be sure to leave out only what they need. Leaving open containers containing potentially hazardous chemicals out too long could result in someone getting hurt should they fall and spill.
Keeping the bathroom a safe place can be a challenge when small children live in your home. However, it is something that you need to take steps to ensure through constant vigilance and by keeping safety equipment on hand at all times. Not taking these simple precautions could result in serious injury to your little one.