Give the kids a fun – and functional – bathroom!

Posted on: June 20,2016

There’s more to crafting a bathroom for children than just adding kid-friendly decor to the room. Here are some smart ideas for making bath time fun, easy, and safe.

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  1. Choose a sturdy porcelain sink. Porcelain is a kid-tough, naturally moisture-, bacteria-, and dirt-resistant material. And chose quartz, which is scratch- and stain-resistant, for the countertop.
  1. A step stool raises youngsters so they can easily — and safely — reach faucets, soap, and toothbrushes.

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  1. Make sure their toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, and so on) are reachable. Towel racks and hooks tend to be high on the wall, so install some lower down so kids can reach and hang up their towels and washcloths.
  1. Consider a children’s hand shower with a filter connection that attaches to almost any faucet! The rain spray is gentle enough for babies, and the easy-to-grip handle lets older kids use it themselves.
  1. To keep kids from burning themselves when they’re bathing or washing their hands, install anti-scald devices on faucets and showerheads. These devices control temperature by limiting the amount of hot water that can flow.
  1. Have the laundry hamper conveniently situated to the bathroom so they have somewhere to put their clothes or pajamas when they’re getting into the bath.
  1. Little feet are usually busy running, jumping, and hopping. Small ceramic tiles with lots of grout lines provide traction that helps prevent accidents. For an extra measure of protection, look into anti-slip tiles or slip resistant vinyl, which is warmer to the touch and softer than tile.
  1. Sometimes a few minor changes are all you need to create a kid-approved space. New cabinet knobs, a new mirror, and new bath accessories won’t cost much but will make a big impact in the kids’ bathroom.
  1. Embrace your kids’ interests. Whether its sea creatures, rockets, comic book characters or horses, you can probably find wall decals to add some punch. They’re easy to install and easy to remove.
  1. A shared bathroom can be a chaotic space. Add some order with numbered hooks for hanging towels. Or use peg boards to keep things off the floor. Attach wire baskets, pegs, and hooks to the board to store bath toys, hang towels, etc.
  1. One of the easiest ways to get kids to take responsibility for their own belongings is personalization. Whether you give them monogrammed towels or assign each kid a color, personalizing will give them a sense of ownership, and encourage them to keep their stuff tidy. After all, it’s harder to blame someone else for the mess if their name is on the towel.