Tips for childproofing the bathroom

When you have little people around, there’s no doubt that the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in the home. With that in mind, here are a few tips for upgrading it to keep little people out of mischief:

Make the bathtub a priority

We all know not to plug in anything electrical near the sink or the bath tub, but for extra safety, ensure that all electrical outlets are protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). They are relatively cheap and have the ability to sense a charge in the current before halting the flow of electricity. When it comes to water, ensure that the temperature is no higher than 49°C for safe bathing, as it only takes three seconds for a child to get a serious burn.

When it comes to babies, the ideal temperature should be around 38°C, and you can buy fun baby thermometers that also double as bath time toys.

Toilet training outside of toileting

With little people around, it’s always important to keep the toilet lid down. It’s always worth remembering that infants are both curious and incredibly clumsy, and that they can drown in as little as an inch of water. Mothercare supplies a range of child safety locks for all areas of the house and these are well worth picking up if your child is beginning to get a little adventurous.

Prepare the floor for mayhem

We have no doubt that when it comes to bath time, water gets just about everywhere in the bathroom. With that in mind, it’s important to ensure that the room is properly kitted out for such high levels of the wet stuff. Here at Best at Flooring, we have a great range of Aqua-Step Waterproof laminate flooring that is designed to be fully water resistant. Able to resist both moisture and condensation, the flooring eliminates the threat of swelling in totality.

What’s more, it also absorbs 30 per cent more sound than regular laminate flooring, which makes it just about perfect for late night bathing.

Use smart storage for cosmetics and medications

From vitamins to paracetamols, and mouthwash to moisturisers, all of these should be kept in a high cabinet fitted with a smart lock to keep little hands away. It’s also worth remembering that even bottles fitted with safety caps are not totally childproof, and also need to be placed out of reach. Iron pills and multivitamins containing iron are actually poisonous to young children, and items such as herbal remedies, and other supplements can be hazardous too. As well as keeping medications out of the way, it’s also an idea to cover cupboard knobs and other edges that a child can easily bump their bodies or heads against.