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How to childproof your home: Childproofing the bathroom

Cool graphic of various bathroom threats!

Childproofing the bathroom

There are more obvious areas than childproofing the bathroom. This is due to the fact that it is very unlikely that your child will even ever be out of reach in the bathroom, let alone left to their own devices. However, it is very important that you do as much as you can before your little one arrives, because:

  1. You don’t know how much time or energy you will have for this once your baby arrives;
  2. It is good to do to recognise the potential danger spots in the room. This will put you in the right mindset to childproof other areas of your home;
  3. It may lead to you recognising a danger you have overlooked in a room you have already childproofed, such as a hard floor with no mat or rug over it.

How to childproof the bathroom

The first thing to do is to get an outer–door lock! This is a key step as the best way to ensure nothing happens to your child in the bathroom is to ensure they cannot even gain access in the first place. There are many different locks and bolts that will do the job.

After that, the bathtub itself is probably the most dangerous part of the bathroom. This is because it has three separate risks – the potential for your child to slip, the potential for your child to drown and the potential for your child to ingest bodywashes or shampoos and poison themselves.

It is important that there is a non-slip mat in place, preferably both inside and outside of the bathtub, but at the least on the inside. Stopping your child from drowning is more a matter of being present and ensuring the bath is not too deep, but it is still definitely worth finding a way to cover the taps over. Finally, moving the various self-care products well out of harm’s way is your best bet. This will ensure they are not played with.

After that, it’s really just a case of identifying specific target areas unique to your bathroom. Toilet seat locks cannot hurt, and neither can making sure bathroom cleaning products are well, well, well out of reach. Trust yourself, but be sure to accept that short of wrapping everything in cotton wool, you cannot create a fully safe environment. It’s important to also accept that this doesn’t make you a bad parent. Good luck!

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