By Samantha Grose, Lead Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO.
Just like the rest of your home, a child’s bathroom should be updated for safety. As much as designing a bathroom for kiddies can be fun, at JP&CO we believe that safety should always come first. Beyond the cardinal rule of never leaving your child in the bathtub alone, there are a number of pointers that can help keep bath time fun and safe. From slip-prevention tactics to water temperature, here’s what you need to know.
Secure for Safety
- With young children, it’s safest to install a lock or latch on the bathroom door that makes the room inaccessible without the accompaniment of an adult.
- Install toilet and cabinet locks to prevent curious tots from getting into dangerous situations.
- Lock up any sharp or pointy objects, along with medication, cleaning products, cosmetics, appliances, and mouthwash.
- Instead of placing bath products along a tub’s edge, store items in higher places out of a child’s reach and consider filling up mini bottles for youngsters to practice with.
- Add a bright, fun non-stick mat to your tub to prevent slips and falls.
- Add drain and faucet covers to taps to prevent bruises and scrapes caused by bumps and collisions with this fixture.
- Always offer a handful of bathroom rugs to prevent the slipping of wet feet on the tile floor.
Set your Thermostat
- To avoid scalding, your water heater should not exceed 120 degrees.
- Always check the water temperature while the tub is filling and never place a child in a bathtub that isn’t done filling—water temperature can change as the faucet runs.
- Teach young children not to touch the taps and try to position them at the far end of the tub to avoid temptation.
Sunny & Bright
- Make sure that the room offers adequate lighting. Utilize both ambient lighting and pendant lights to improve the safety of a room.
- Add a nightlight to your kid’s bathroom to prevent accidents due to darkness during evening trips to the bathroom.
Select Smart Toys
- Avoid spongy or wooden toys, which often breed bacteria, selecting toys that can easily be cleaned and air dried.
- Just as you clean your tub and towels, bath toys too require cleaning. Run them through the dishwasher or soak them in water and bleach every few weeks.
If you’re starting to plan for a family, or you’re ready to create the perfect home for the little ones you already have, it can help to work with someone who is ready to anticipate challenges before they even arise. Feel free to contact me to learn just how JP&CO can help to make your new home or renovation project quick, easy, and designed to meet your unique needs!
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.