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Sharing a bathroom with your children can sometimes be difficult.

At an early age, they simply cannot reach everything. The sink, faucet, everything is made for adults. You are left with two options: Create a kid-friendly bathroom, or add a few things to help your children use the bathroom. There are several things you can do in order to help them. Below are some of them which I have found to be the most efficient!

Step stool

As mentioned, not all of your children are tall enough to use the bathroom. In this case, you need to create an “additional step”, or something they can step on. By providing them with an extra height, they will be able to use the sink regularly. Another thing you can do is lower both the faucet and the sink a bit, so that your children can use it without additional help. After they are done using it, they will also be able to clean it, which saves you from extra work.

Vanity with open shelves

Children usually have problems finding items in the bathroom. It is a lot easier if you could place them in plain sight. By getting a vanity with open shelves, you will be able to do just that. For your kids, it will feel like a game of hide and seek. They will start opening one by one shelf looking for the things they need. Besides towels, you can also store bath toys in one of the shelves.

Towel bars or hooks?

After they have finished using the towel, kids will look for a place to place it on. Hooks seem to be the perfect solution. Towel bars are just old fashioned, and not for kids. Besides, if you place one hook for every child, they will feel special. Nothing beats the feeling of having your own towel hook. Also, hooks are great for preserving the towel. For instance, you do not have to worry about folding them or letting them dry out. While being stranded on the hook, towels will dry out naturally and will not need adjusting.

Sink size does matter

If your bathroom is spacious enough, consider getting a larger sink. One large sink is better than double sinks, because it can accommodate more hands at once and it is way easier to clean. The best shape of a large sink is the round one, advise bathroom renovations specialists, because if you have more than one child, they can all approach it at the same time and have fun while washing their hands together. Mutual activities, even those such as hand washing, can be bonding and interesting for kids. Also, large and round sinks are easily cleaned, and you can spot dirt almost instantly.

Add family pictures

Most children look for something to do while in a bathroom. One way of keeping their attention is by placing family pictures on the bathroom walls. This will bring memories, and keep them thinking. Also, family pictures are a good replacement for art. Instead of placing landscapes, choose a photo that is personal and special for some reason. I am sure that your kids will love it, and so will you.

Bathroom storage

Finally, one of the most important things in every bathroom is the storage, especially in ones used by children. You need a place to store their special towels, soaps, toothbrushes, toilet paper and bath toys. One thing you can do is install a cupboard over the toilet where you can keep their stuff. Do not put it too high, otherwise they will not be able to reach it.

Watch for the floor

In order to maximize child safety, it is recommended that you add some kind of carpet into your bathroom. The best ones are those that are quickly removed and dried out. These serve as a great protection from slippery floors, and your children will be able to leave the bath unharmed. Most bathroom accidents happen because of the slippery floor. Remove that as an option, and your children are completely protected.

Creating a child-friendly bathroom is very important for your kids. They will feel like a part of the family, and special by using the same bathroom as their parents. All of these improvements do not cost a lot. In fact, most of these are just the regular things you should have done anyway, with a bit of delicate touch.

How have you made your bathroom more useful for the whole family? Share your stories, tips, and tricks below.

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  • We use a step and non slip mats and a plastic cup in reach for toothbrushes and toothpaste.

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  • Fantastic ideas – will keep it in mind.

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  • BATHROOMS really do need a lot of thought but then again so does the kitchen. thanks

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  • We now have an ensuite, but back when we shared a bathroom we kept bath toys tidy in a suction cup bag, and kept untouchables behind sliding glass mirrored cabinets.

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  • I am not sure about this statement in the aritcle – “Most bathroom accidents happen because of the slippery floor. Remove that as an option, and your children are completely protected”

    I think that there are several more risk areas than slippery floors to address before children would be ‘completely protected’ including – potential burns from hot water, potential drowning risk for younger ones and slipping in the bath or shower.

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  • These are definitely great ideas. Great article useful for young children and your peace of mind

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  • Great ideas, thank you for the helpful article.

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  • A foot stool was such an essential and helpful item to have in the bathroom plus the toilet as well. Sometimes the bathroom can get really messy in my home, gee the girls can cause a real mess ;), I try to keep it tidy and clean most of the time.

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  • Our bathroom already is family friendly. If the kids can’t reach it or can’t find it, it’s because they’re not supposed to. It’s important everyone can use the bathroom

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  • We have a small safe step that my daughter stands on

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  • We have a special low stool/step with non-slip rubber on the bottom so it won’t slide on the floor and tiny one on the top of it so they have to step off it they use as the hand basin to wash their hands, clean their teeth etc. Around the age of 3 y.o. some take themselves to the toilet, flush it then wash their hands. If the child is small in stature it may take longer for them to gain confidence to wash their hands alone.

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  • Luckily we’ve got two bathrooms! :-)

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  • some great tips in this article especially for first time parents – well written

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  • That idea about hooks is good.

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  • Our bathroom is always neat and tidy which is important!

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