Kid-Proof Your Bathroom: A Guide for Protecting Your Toddler

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Your bathroom is chock full of dangers for your toddler from razors, to open trashcans to cosmetics and medications and more. But there are a lot of ways to protect your little one. Learn how to kid-proof your bathroom with our guide for protecting your toddler.

* Keep your toddler from getting into the bathroom on his own by installing a hook-and-eye lock high on the outside of the door. Alternately, add a childproof doorknob cover, which only adults have the strength and coordination to easily open.

* Install a toilet lock to prevent your baby from lifting the toilet lid and falling in. Babies can drown in as little as an inch of water.

* Put a nonslip rubber mat in the bathtub and a nonslip bath mat on the floor next to the tub to prevent falls. You might also want to put one next to the bathroom sink if you tend to slosh water out of it and onto the floor.

* Put razors, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, and all other sharp items in a locked cabinet that is well out of your baby’s reach.

* Keep all cosmetics and medications, including over the counter medications such as aspirin, in a high cabinet secured with a child-safety lock. Medications that have safety caps are only child-resistant, not childproof. In the same cabinet, also store vitamins and other supplements including herbal remedies. These items can be poisonous to small children. Toothpaste, soaps, shampoos and mouthwash, too, can be dangerous should your toddler ingest them.

* Make sure that all electrical outlets near the sink or tub are protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), an inexpensive device that almost instantaneously stops the flow of electricity should it come in contact with water. GFCIs are required in new homes, but if you have an older home, an electrician may need to replace the bathroom outlets.

* Unplug your blow-dryer, curling iron, flat iron and any other appliances that create heat, and put them away after each use to prevent your toddler from getting burned should he touch them.

* Set your hot water heater to a 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. This temperature reduces the risk of scalding when bathing your baby.

* Purchase a cover for your bathtub spout. You can get these in a variety of child-friendly animal and other shapes. These soft covers will prevent your toddler from hurting his head when he bumps it on the spout.

* Never, ever leave your baby alone in the bathtub, not even for a moment. If you need to leave the bathroom, wrap your baby in a towel and take him with you. If you take your phone into the bathroom and get a call, be sure to still keep your eyes on your baby at all times.

* Put the trashcan in a locked cabinet or get one that has a child-proof lid. Even so, be extremely careful what you toss into the trashcan. Razor blades and expired medications are extremely dangerous to toddlers. Other items that you might think are harmless, such as Q-tips, can easily become a choking hazard if it goes into your toddler’s mouth.

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