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How To Baby Proof the Bathroom
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Now that your little one is on the move, it’s time to take some extra precautions to make sure they don’t get hurt!
A lot of the time, it is not necessary to do every single thing on this list, but with everyone’s house being different and every child getting into different kinds of mischief, I’m going all out!
Get all medication out of reach. The higher you can get it, the better. If you don’t have any high cabinets, or another room to keep your medications (prescription or not) locked up!
Even when lids are “child proof”, they are never 100% safe.
Please program poison control’s number into your phone!! You won’t want to have to look it up in the middle of an emergency!
POISON CONTROL : (800) 222 – 1222
Cabinets & Drawers
Go through your cabinets and drawers for anything sharp, poisonous, or is a choking hazard.
Move poisonous cleaning products to a closed utility room.
Lock up cabinets and drawers!
There are a ton of locks to choose from on the market.
If you have open handles on your cabinets, you can attach locks to the outside.
You can grab some safety straps and attach them to the outside of your cabinets.
There are great springing or flexible push locks that can be attached with 3M pads or screws.
If you want to get fancy, there are also magnetic locks.
Grab a toilet lock or use a safety strap to keep the seat and lid down and connected to the base.
Children are born with the unbridled desire to put things in the toilet. Don’t let your keys, phone, stuffed animals, or children themselves end up in the toilet bowl!
They also have a lovely invention of flush locks so your kiddo isnt wasting away gallons upon gallons of water.
Grab a rubberband or hair band to throw around your toilet roll. It is easy to move out of the way when it is not in use.
Though it may not stop them entirely, it definitely slows them down from making a mess.
Keep spare rolls high up or in locked cabinets. You don’t want to walk in on a child wrapping themselves…or the dog up like a mummy.
If you have sharp corners or edges on any of the furniture…or you just have a klutzy child, you can grab some edge guards or corner protectors so you don’t wind up with any split open foreheads or scalps.
So your little one likes to dig in the bathroom trash? Have a small can and put it into a locked lower cabinet.
If you have fancy open shelving or no cabinets, you can consider getting an extra small can and placing it on the counter or in the tub out of sight.
Make sure you have a non slip mat, faucet cover, drain cover and a good surface to dry off on.
My favorite bath tub safety device is the water thermometer!
Check your water heater. Set the high to below 120 degrees. This will prevent possible scalding. If your child makes it into the bathroom and decides to turn the hot water on, you don’t want them to get hurt.
If you have a tension shower curtain rod, consider throwing the curtain up and over the rod once it dries.
If you little one tugs on it, it can come down and hit them or break other things in the bathroom.
If you have a glass shower door or slider, consider using a safety strap to keep the little one from slamming it open and breaking it, or smacking themselves with a sharp edge, or falling in if there’s a lip at the bottom.
You can also use a spare tension rod to keep sliding shower doors closed.
Towel Racks & Hooks
Check your towel racks and hooks attached to the walls. If they cannot support your child’s weight, consider throwing the towels up over the shower curtain rod or over the door so your kiddo doesn’t get smacked by a metal hook or make a hole in the wall!
Make sure your bath mats and rugs are secure. If they slide around, get some rubber mats to keep them in place so your little one doesn’t slip.
If you don’t want your little one to be able to open the door, grab a door knob cover.
Prefer to keep the door open? Consider getting a bumper to prevent crushed fingers or slammed doors.
If you have an older toddler that can finagle door knobs, consider taking off the lock for a year or two so they don’t lock themselves in and you out!
So they want to wash their hands or help with their body wash in the bath?
Throw a rubber band on the pump to prevent them from emptying the soap bottles!
If your bathroom has a closet or linen closet in it, be prepared to clean out anything that could be hazardous, or lock up the door!
Invest in outlet plugs and get into the habit of replacing them if you take them out to plug something in.
Cords and Wires
If you have hair dryers, curling irons, or straighteners plugged in, make sure the cords are out of reach. Consider some 3M cord clips if you have things plugged in consistently so you don’t have to worry about your little one pulling something hot down on themselves.
If you bathroom has a window and you have blinds, get a cord winder or cord wrap to keep your little one from getting caught up in the cord.
Check to see if there is a door stopper on the wall or back of the door. If it is the old springs, kids love to play with them and they usually have a rubber tip that can come off and be a choking hazard.
Switch to a hinge door stopper for the top of the door to protect your wall and your little one.
Get down on your hands and knees and check under the lip of cabinets, under rugs and in all the little nooks and crannies.
Bobby pins, hair clips, loose hair, pills, plastic…all kinds of little choking hazards can be hiding where you don’t normally look.
Make sure you have a good first aid kit at easy reach for any accidents or boo boos.
If you have furniture in your bathroom that is not built in, like a dresser, or small table, grab some furniture straps and secure it to the wall so your little one doesn’t go climbing and get crushed.
If there is a litter box or other pet supplies in the bathroom, take caution to not leave your child unattended, or to move the supplies to another location that your pet can access it but your baby cannot.
Although it is unlikely to be in your bathroom, if there are any guns or ammo in your home, take the steps to get them locked up! Do not let your child become a statistic!
“Accidental gun deaths occur mainly in those under 25 years old. In 2014, 2,549 children (age 0-19) died by gunshot and an additional 13,576 were injured.”
“In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms, setting the scene for possible tragedy if firearms are not locked and stored properly.”
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