How to Childproof a Bathroom, Without Compromising on Style!
Having a really luxurious bathroom is often seen as the pleasure of those who don’t have children or those of us whose children have grown up. However, it doesn’t have to be so; a glamorous, comfortable bathroom can be both child and adult friendly and you don’t need to give up on style to ensure that yours is child-proof either.
Bathrooms are often sadly neglected in terms of comfort and style and usually thought of as utilitarian rooms, which need to be hard wearing and practical. Whilst this is certainly true to an extent, it’s not set in stone either. Of course, there are certain issues which do need to be taken into consideration in terms of safety for your children and in terms of keeping the room in good condition. The main issue in the bathroom is of course, the presence of water – and lots of it! Kids often equate bath time with fun time and that means splashing and mess.
One of the simplest ways to deal with this is to install a splash-guard on your bath; they’re easy to mount and not too expensive to purchase, but they can make a huge difference when it comes to keeping the water off the floor and in the bath where it belongs. There are lots of lovely designs out there including pretty opaque glass-effect models which are shatterproof and some which can be created to match your bathroom tiles. If you do decide to opt for a splash guard then you won’t find it difficult to locate a stylish one which will add to the overall look of the room.
Another great tip is to add a large, slip-proof bathroom rug to the room. This serves two purposes; firstly it will help to keep your children safe when the floor is slippery with condensation or spills and secondly it will add a touch of luxury underfoot. The best options for bathroom rugs of course are those which are made of 100% cotton, as they’re easy to pop in the washing machine and can be bought in deep pile which is great for standing on when you’re dripping wet. Once bath time is over, hang the rug up to dry out or you can use a heated towel rail or simply hang over the side of the bath for a few hours.
Safety Comes First
Bathrooms are one of the places in a home where we often store medication and personal items such as razor blades. These aren’t great things to have within close range of children for obvious reasons and so a medicine cabinet with a lock (or at least out of reach of children) is a good addition to your bathroom. Choose an out-of-the-way corner to install your cabinet and make it high up so that prying little fingers cannot gain access to the contents of it.
Playing with Toys
While you want your bathroom to be childproofed you also want it to be child-friendly and one of the best ways to childproof a room is to ensure that the resident children do have access to interesting things which will entertain them. This makes it less likely that they will play with your things! A net hung near to the bath is a hygienic way to store damp bath toys and if children have easy access then they’ll be less likely to get into bother.
Bathrooms should be fun and relaxing places to be, they’re after all the place where we wind down before bedtime and also the place where we wake ourselves up in the morning. Add plenty of colour and plenty of lovely products; let your children know where their personal bath supplies are such as soap and flannels. As you well know most children love to have some responsibility for their own things and will take care to put them away after they have used them and this is another great way to keep your own things safe and out of tiny hands!