Child friendly bathroom tips:
1 – Low Mirror
Children aren’t tall – so a low mirror will help develop their bathroom skills:
Lots of your daily tasks can be made easier if you can see what you are doing, and that’s the same for children. A mirror helps with teeth brushing, hair combing, washing and drying.
2 – Low Cabinet
Give your kids access to their toothbrush:
Shaving cabinets are great for adult storage but children can’t reach that high. There are plenty of wall cabinets on the market that are great for kids.
3 – Bath toy drawer
Bath toys are essential but they can cause clutter:
Vanity drawers can be a great place to store the bath toys – especially if they are a bit deeper and can be fitted with a waterproof container for slightly wet toys.
4 – Hot water controller
It’s important to get the water temperature right:
If you’re planning to replace the hot water unit – consider getting an instant gas unit which can be thermostatically controlled to give your kids perfect water temperature every time – with the hot turned on full.
5 – Non slip floor
Kids jump around a lot so try to avoid dangerous slips and falls in the bathroom:
The importance of a really non slip bathroom floor is often overlooked in favour of a more polished look and larger format tiles. Consider mosaic or tumbled marble for a more tactile finish.
6 – Towel rail
Reach the towel not the rail; Children will grab and swing on things they can reach:
Children will grab and swing on things they can reach. Having had our towel rail pulled off the wall by our 3 year old, I suggest you put the rails out of reach, but allow them to reach the towel. You will have to hang their towels back up for them, as children rarely do.
7 – Space in the middle
Allow more space to help your children in the bathroom:
Keep the middle of the room free of fixtures and clutter. Have space for drying, wiping, lifting, standing, watching and helping your children in the bathroom.
8 – No sharp edges
Bathrooms can be hazardous places and children aren’t very careful with corners and edges:
With every choice you make, think about how easily your kids could hurt themselves on hard surfaces, sharp edges, pointy corners, metal bits and porcelain fixtures. Consider softer materials like acrylic or baths, curves instead of corners and rounded edges.
9 – No screen door
Shower doors are made from toughened glass which can easily shatter when banged:
Kids aren’t great a opening and closing doors, and shower doors are made from toughened glass which can easily shatter if banged. Aim for a shower with just a screen and plenty of room to get in and out – no moving parts.
10 – Low power lights
Kids bathroom lights may be on for long periods – look for LED to save on running costs:
There are two main types of lighting you need in bathrooms for kids – general and night lighting (for adults there is also task lighting). Night lights get left on all night to help your children find and use the bathroom at night. General lighting often gets left on for long periods too, so look into LED lighting – it very cost effective and globes don’t need replacement as often as Fluorescent or Halogen.
11 – Exhaust for smelly toilet sessions
Toilet training your children is a smelly job:
As a parent it is easier to cope with these smelly jobs if you install a strong ceiling exhaust (works for shower steam too) or a dedicated toilet exhaust system like ‘Odourvac’.
12 – Low shower basket with pump soap
Children really do juggle the soap – there is a better way:
Firstly mount the shower baskets much lower on the wall where kids can reach. Instead of soap, try a pump dispenser. Less clean up and much easier to use.
13 – Squeeze more kids into your bath
Children really do juggle the soap – there is a better way:
Children like to bathe together and you can get 3 kids in the bath at once if you choose the right bath (central waste), get a flat plastic plug they can sit on, and install a central bath spout that swivels out of the way. This can also reduce the chance of banging their heads on the spout while playing in the bath.
14 – Easy toilet flush
Some toilets have surprisingly difficult flush buttons:
Little fingers that aren’t strong need big easy buttons to push. Test out the buttons carefully before you buy or put up with unflushed toilets for a long time.
15 – A toilet that doesn’t bite
Invest in a soft close toilet seat:
If it’s not soft close it will frequently bang shut and may often crush little fingers. There are so many soft close toilet seats these days and some can even be retro-fitted to replace just your old seat.
16 – Adjustable shower head on rail
Get the height right for more showers and less baths:
Fixed shower roses are too high for kids. The best option is a rail with an adjustable rose on a hose. Just mount the wall connection high enough that the rose can’t smash on the floor if dropped.
17 – Space for a clothes basket / chute
Kids throw off their clothes in all directions:
If you have a dedicated space for the clothes basket in the bathroom, then your kids can be trained to use it and not clutter up every room on their way to the shower. An even better idea is a laundry chute direct to the laundry.
18 – More than one seat
Toilets often become bathroom seats but they are hard to share:
If you have the space – install a bench seat or two for adults and children to use. It can really save your back and your child is safer sitting than standing on the wet floor.
19 – A bath edge you can sit on
Bathing young children is a hands on activity:
When you are choosing a bath – select one where you can sit comfortably on the edge. Some freestanding baths have soft wide edges, and others like the ‘Villeroy & Boch’ can be installed flush with a surround to avoid uncomfortable ridges.
20 – Reaching the tap
Children get frustrated when they can’t reach the tap:
A deep vanity with the tap at the back is not helpful for children. Even with a more shallow bench / basin, consider mounting the tap on the side for easier access.