Toilet Safety Tips for Your Child
Most parents can hardly wait for the day that their child is potty trained and diapers become nothing but a bad memory. However, toilet use comes with its own risks too. Children can easily hurt themselves with toilets (this includes the possibility of drowning), meaning even before they become potty trained, you want to be careful about your child being around them. Here are some easy ways to do this effectively.
Keep Bathroom Doors Shut and Locked
Always keep the doors to your bathroom shut, as this will go a long way toward stopping the problem before it ever becomes one in the first place. A child who can’t get in the bathroom is under no threat from the toilet.
Instead of merely keeping the door shut though, consider installing latches or locks to make sure it stays that way. While they’ll certainly keep your child from going anywhere, childproof latches and locks don’t need to slow adults down in the least.
Another great way to do this is with a doorknob cover. It essentially works like child safety lock, meaning only adults who understand how it works and can apply enough pressure are ever able to get the knob to turn and the door to open.
Do the Same with the Toilet Seat
You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men, so it’s important to take things one step further and lock down the toilet seat too. Again, this doesn’t have to take much. Nowadays, you can find all kinds of products capable of keeping the seat locked to babies, but easily opened by adults.
Many people have had the best success with the same types of latches that are made for cupboards and cabinets. Unlike most toilet latches, they are multipurpose, meaning you’re practically guaranteed a good fit. With toilet latches, it can often be difficult finding one that works properly with your specific lid.
Install Bolt Caps
Installing a toilet means bolting it down to the bathroom floor. This means your toilet can potentially pose the same threat as many pieces of furniture in your home: sharp corners on which children can bump themselves.
Check your toilet to see if bolt caps are covering these sharp edges. Older toilets may never have had them. Fortunately, a quick trip to your local hardware store is all it should take in order to get the caps you need so these bolts once again become harmless.
Guard the Toilet Paper
Someday, your child may very likely discover the wonders of a toilet paper holder. They’ll grab one end of the toilet paper and away they’ll go. Obviously, this is a frustrating day for any parent. It can also be a dangerous one for your child though. Toilet paper is a choking hazard if your little one puts it in their mouths. With a toilet paper guard, they won’t be able to get that far though.
Installing safety measures on your bathroom door will be a big step toward keeping your child safe. However, consider the other measures listed above too. They’re affordable and easy, yet could make all the difference.
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