When you have young children, your whole world revolves around them, and so should your home. If you want to make life as free of stress for yourself as possible, the key it to make your home childproof.
Of all the rooms in the house, the potentially most dangerous, and most used, is the bathroom. If you set your water temperatures too hot, the children could scold themselves. If the bath doesn’t have an anti-slip surface, the kids could slip and hit their heads. When you have little ones, you need to ensure that your bathroom is a safety conscious space.
As well as from the safety side of things, it’s also important to design a fun bathroom that your kids are happy to spend time in. Many children have aversions to bath time, and the best way to get them out of that is by creating a bathroom that they’ll love.
There are so many reasons why you need to design a bathroom that is family friendly and safe for your little ones. To help you create the perfect space, I have put together some useful tips:
Be safety conscious
The most important factor when it comes to creating a child-friendly bathroom is safety. A family bathroom should always focus on safety first, and style second.
One of the most dangerous things in bathrooms is the temperature of the hot water - it can be boiling. However, by turning down the water heater, you can reduce it to a safe temperature.
The type of lighting that you have doesn’t matter, although the Designer Lighting By Quorum International is worth taking a look at. What’s important is that you have a pull down light switch so that you reduce the risk of electrocution. Everyone knows that wet hands and light switches don’t mix. That’s why it’s essential to have a pull-down light in your bathroom.
Don’t make the room too childish
While you want to create a bathroom that your little ones will love, what you don’t want to do is make it too childish. It’s all well and good decorating the walls with pirate ships and mermaids, but this will remove all sophisticated style from the room.
Add features that your kids will love, but don’t make them permanent. Paint the walls in a neutral or pastel shade - white, cream, duck egg or mint green, and then use accessories to make the room more fun.
Play figures positioned on shelves; mermaid or pirate-themed artwork and bright towels are ideal for adding a touch of fun style. Painted walls, pirate wallpaper and brightly colored features, on the other hand, are not the best idea.
Opt for child-friendly features
Children, especially young kids, often need help in the bathroom. So it’s important that things like the shower cubicle are large enough for that. Make sure to choose a shower that is easy to access - a sliding door is a good option so that you can help your little ones, if they need a hand.
Kids like to splash in the bath, so it makes sense to opt for a large bath. That way, they can splash around to their heart’s content, but won’t cause too much mess for you.
Top tip: Make sure that both your bath and shower have built in safety grips, to prevent slipping. Falling over in the bath or shower can lead to a nasty injury, and can easily put kids off of bath time for life.
Make it cozy
No one, and I mean no one, likes to get undressed in a cold room, especially not a child. If your bathroom is always cold, this will put your kids off of using it.
To make sure that your kids enjoy bath time, make sure that your bathroom has lots of heating. This can include a heated towel rail for warming their bath towels, a radiator and underfloor heating.
Follow these tips above, and you can create an awesome family bathroom that your kids will love. Just remember that when creating a family space, it’s crucial that safety comes first, and style, second.