Since the bathroom is the room where we spend a lot of time doing various things, it’s important to provide your kids with easy access and safety. It’s crucial you add some kid-friendly elements to your bathroom for everyone to stay clean and sane.
1. Don’t make them feel small
The biggest problem for children is reaching stuff from tall shelves and countertops. Even washing their little hands can seem like conquering Mount Everest. You might want to lower your countertops to make it more kid-friendly, but that’s not a good long-term solution. Better consider buying or making a vanity with a step drawer or get a cute little stool or step. This way kids can take better care of their hygiene and be more independent, and when they grow up you don’t have to renovate your bathroom.
2. Provide them with plenty of storage space
Kids have a lot of stuff and they take great pride in them. So, if you don’t want their bath toys and little towels to take over your tub and countertops, provide them with sufficient storage space. If you’re completely re-designing your bathroom you can consider including some deep tub niches for toys and bottles, but if you’re just making some kid-friendly changes you can set up some cool boxes and crates. They not only look great but also provide little private spaces for all your kids’ belongings that are easy to personalize and handle.
3. An easy-access tub
Tubs can be tricky to access for adults, let alone kids. You can improve access by including a graduate step down into the basin or check out some easy-access models. Also, install a shower-head bar practical for all ages and make sure you get one of those grab bars for extra safety (get suction ones, so you can easily change heights as your kids grow). Tubs can also be quite slippery especially when there’s soap in the picture, so get one of those anti-slip stickers that will give your kid a stable footing. You can also install anti-scald devices on your showerheads and faucets to prevent hot-water burns.
4. Make going potty an easy experience
Experts in bathroom design say that you can skip installing the kid-sized toilet and keep your regular one. Simply get a little stool for easy climbing and that’s it. Just make sure your toilet has an easily accessible flush system and a soft-closing seat. This way your kid will be able to do everything by themselves and learn proper toilet etiquette. Kid-sized toilets take up too much space, and your kids outgrow them in no time, so they are not practical at all.
5. Install a bidet
Bidets are very practical. They are great for small kids that still have trouble wiping because they do all the dirty work for them. If you don’t have enough space in your bathroom, you can install practical bidet toilet seats that fit right onto your existing toilet. They save space and money while still teaching your kids the importance of staying clean and healthy.
6. Handy hardware
Those round knobs can be quite complicated for little hands to handle (especially when they’re covered with soap), but d-handles and levers on drawers are much easier to grab and pull. Tall towel bars can also be a little tricky to use which can result in towels all over the floors. Hooks and towel rings are much easier to handle and they are super easy to replace as your kids get older.
You don’t need to do some complicated renovations in order to make your bathroom kid-friendly. Simply invest in some safe and appropriate fixtures and make little changes here and there. Your kids will appreciate it and you will get to teach them proper personal hygiene without any fuss.