Children are especially prone to getting dirty, which makes their hygiene regimen more important than ever. But how are children supposed to get cleaned up if the very act of reaching the sink is a struggle? Making a bathroom child-friendly may seem like a challenge, but with some planning plus the practical and clever use of your space, it can be easy. Here are a few tips on how to create a functional space for children using bathroom accessories.
Homes are usually designed for the average-sized adult who can easily reach shelves and open drawers — something that children will not be able to do at first. Creating ways for children to reach towels, soap, and toiletries is important, as they may simply skip steps in their personal hygiene routines if they are unable to. Furthermore, the last thing that you want your child doing is climbing the counter to reach the toothpaste.
The best way to start improving a bathroom is to pretend that you are buying accessories for a visiting hobbit. Consider their perspective and what they would need in order to function normally. Take into account their smaller limbs and limited ability to handle heavy objects and plan accordingly. Most importantly, keep in mind that your child will grow larger over time (unlike hobbits) and that installing short toilets and sinks will become uncomfortable in later years. By making accommodations for children using easily-adaptable accessories, you can ensure that the space is practical for everyone.
First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure that your child can reach the sink. There are many stools, both built-in and standalone, that can be used whenever kids need to wash their hands or faces or brush their teeth. With anti-slip features and solid construction, these accessories can also ensure your child’s safety. Hang a mirror where your kids can easily see themselves, so that they don’t have to struggle when performing basic hygiene.
Towel hooks are a great way to keep the bathroom tidy and encourage responsible cleanliness habits. While bars and shelving involve complex folding that may get the better of children’s small hands, hooks make it easy for them to hang their own towels and avoid making a mess.
The bathtub is one of the most important areas in terms of not only child-friendliness, but also child safety. There are several things that you can do to make the tub and shower easier for children to deal with. First and foremost, when it comes to rinsing out shampoo and dirt, having to hold a child up to the water source is less than convenient when the shower head is all the way up in the corner. Having a hand-held nozzle will help to easily clean kids off. Second, there should always be a mat or anti-slip strips on your bathtub floor — not only will it keep your kids safe, it’ll keep you safe too. A small plastic mirror fixed in the tub at the child’s level can help them to clean themselves, and a gripping bar will help them keep their balance.
Shopping for bathroom shower curtains and towels with fun patterns and eye-catching themes in their favorite colors is a great way to encourage kids to get enthusiastic about wash time. Have toys and fun bath bubbles on hand to help your kids get a kick out of bathing. Look for toothbrushes with their favorite characters on them, as well.
Place fabric-lined baskets on the floor for items that the children may need, such as extra bars of soap, clean wash cloths, or flush-able wipes. Make getting dressed easier with child-sized benches so that your little ones don’t trip over themselves trying to get into their clothes. Make sure that the corners of all cabinets and counters are properly rounded as well, so that if they do trip, they won’t be hurt.
Improve interior space with safe bathroom accessories that help children to both use and enjoy the room. Kids who feel connected to their living spaces will be more invested in their personal hygiene and more likely to keep the area tidy.