Home Improvement: Diy Safe Bathrooms For Babies

Follow these steps to ensure the safety of your baby or toddler in the bathroom. Included are important tips for childproofing and preventing injury.

There are many obvious dangers, and many more unseen dangers, lurking in the bathroom of your home. The safety of your baby is paramount, and you can begin to ensure his or her well being by properly childproofing the bathroom of your home.

One of the first steps in childproofing a bathroom is the placement of childproof locks on cabinet doors and drawers. There are various types available, but one of the best types works with a spring and a latch. The latch is attached with screws to the cabinet door or drawer, and a plastic catch is screwed to the inside frame of the cabinet. The latch, which works with a spring, has to be pressed down in order to open the cabinet or drawer. This is easy for an adult or older child to accomplish, but your baby won't be able to open cabinets or drawers equipped with these childproof latches.

Unfortunately babies have drowned in open toilets. Their high center of gravity and short statures make the toilet a very dangerous place. Prevent a senseless tragedy by purchasing a lock for the lid of your toilet. This will prevent your baby from opening the lid and accidentally falling in.

Cover your open electrical outlets with plastic outlet plugs. These plugs will prevent baby from sticking small objects into the outlet and becoming shocked. They are relatively easy for adults to pry off, but quality outlet plugs are impossible for babies and children to remove.

Never keep electrical items such as hair dryers or curling irons within reach of babies, toddlers, or small children. Electricity and water don't mix, and a simple electrical appliance when dropped in water can cause electrocution and death. Keep those items well out of reach of children, or better yet, locked up.

Medicine cabinets are generally safe places to store medication, but make sure all medication is contained in childproof bottles. Don't keep stepstools or other objects that can be moved and used for climbing in the bathroom. Babies and toddlers are curious, and if given the chance they'll climb and explore medicine cabinets and other unlocked areas of the home.

Don't make the mistake of running bath water and walking away. A baby, toddler, or small child could topple into an unsupervised bathtub and drown. Always supervise running water, and be sure to let the water out completely before walking away.

Set the temperature of your water heater at a level of no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so will prevent serious or even fatal burns and scalds caused by hot water.

A baby sitting in a bathtub can easily bump his or her head on the faucet. Cover the faucet of your bathtub with a protective plastic cover designed to prevent injuries. These soft plastic covers come in an array of decorative themes, and are well worth the cost.

Prevent your curious baby or toddler from entering the bathroom by installing doorknob covers. Doorknob covers come in two pieces. The two pieces snap together over the doorknob. The plastic cover must be squeezed to turn the knob. Tiny hands are unable to squeeze the cover and open the door. These are also wonderful for keeping babies and toddlers out of bathroom closets.

Last but certainly not least, never leave your baby alone in the bath. Even if you think you'll only be a few seconds, that's all it takes for a tragedy to take place. Don't rely on a bathtub seat to hold your baby upright in the water. Babies have drowned when left unattended in bathtub seats. Keeping one hand on your baby at all times will ensure his or her safety while enjoying a bath.

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