Bathroom Childproofing Checklist

Let’s face it. Bathrooms were not designed for kids and there are a lot of hazards to think of. Take that extra bit of time to protect your child from bathroom hazards your baby, toddler or preschooler can get into.

Make sure that the shampoos, powders, creams and soaps can be used on babies. Some can be harsh and irritating to baby’s skin so think about using natural, baby-safe products when you have a baby. Remove all toxic cleaning products from the area.

  1. Put slip-proof protection on the bottom of the tub and never leave your child alone in the bathtub. Purchase a small stool next to the tub so the child can get in and out without difficulty. Keep strings and tie backs away from the tub area.
  2. There should be no nearby electrical items near the bathtub or sink. Babies can grab the cord and pull the item in with them into the tub, causing electrocution or another injury
  3. Keep the bathroom floor as slip-proof as possible with rugs or mats that can prevent slippage.
  4. Keep the tub clean and set your hot water heater temperature to less than 120 degrees. Even so, you should always check the water with your wrist or elbow to make sure it is not too hot for baby. When in doubt, get a baby bath thermometer that can help you determine the correct temperature of the tub. Use a faucet cover to keep the baby from banging his head on the faucet.
  5. Always lock up the medicine chest as kids often see you taking pills and think they’re candy. You can buy specialized latches just for medicine chests.
  6. Babies and small kids can drown in water as little as an inch depth. Keep toddlers and small kids attended to in the bathroom so they don’t play in the toilet or drown in it. They make specialized toilet seat locks that can be undone by adults but children can’t open the toilet seat. Close the bathroom door when no one is in it and use a door knob cover to keep your toddler from opening the door and getting inside without your knowing about it.
  7. Put a cover on all unused electrical outlets as baby can put his fingers or a metallic object inside the outlet. There are many outlet plugs and other devices available to protect outlet covers.
  8. Accidental injuries are a major cause of death and impairment in small children and babies. This means it is worth your while to set up a safe home so you need to worry less about the possibility of your baby becoming injured.

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