Home to bathtime, mirrors and the ever‐fascinating toilet, bathrooms are often among children's favorite spots in the house. But fun as they may be, bathrooms can be inaccessible (and even dangerous) places for the smaller set. A fun and effective solution to either problem is to make the bathroom a kid‐friendly one. What does that mean? Well, it goes beyond just cute decor…read on to find out how you can make your bathroom safe and cute for your littles.

Creating a Kid-Friendly Bathroom

Home to bathtime, mirrors and the ever‐fascinating toilet (to the little ones, anyway), bathrooms are often among children's favorite spots in the house. But fun as they may be, bathrooms can be inaccessible (and even dangerous) places for the smaller set. And what about those kids that hate brushing teeth, going potty or even taking a bath? A fun and effective solution to either problem is to make the bathroom a kid‐friendly one. What does that mean? Well, it goes beyond just cute decor…though that is an important part!

First off, how many bathrooms are in the home? Will the kids have their own, will it double as a guest bathroom, or is there one bathroom for everyone? This is the most important thing to consider, as it guides just how "far" you should go with the design: if the entire household is sharing a single bathroom, you probably don't want everything down low, child‐sized or kid‐themed.

  • With the very young, consider using towel hooks or rings in place of (or in addition to) the usual towel bars. Hooks are easier for kids to use, keeping towels off the ground. They're also easy to install and remove, so adding a few at a kid‐friendly height is a quick task with immediate benefit.
  • Knob‐style pulls on drawers and cupboards can be challenging for little hands; consider replacing them with D‐handles so that kids can put things away with ease. Alternatively, if you've always wanted open shelving in the bathroom, now's the time!
  • You could install a short vanity at kids' height, but there will come a point when it'll need to be replaced by a standard vanity at a proper height. The simpler solution is to use a step stool, which come in countless styles and can be easily hidden away in a cupboard or under a shelf. If you want to get fancy, install a concealed "step drawer" in the vanity that can be pulled out for use and disappears when not needed.
  • Potty training? Save some space and avoid clutter with a built‐in potty seat! These ingenious contraptions feature a standard (round or elongated) wooden seat, complete with all the features of our other Bemis seats (Easy Clean & Change hinges, Whisper Close, STA‐TITE fastening system). A kid‐sized plastic seat is magnetically secured under the seat lid, and easily flips down for potty time.
  • Bathrooms can become slippery places, especially when kids are involved. In addition to teaching them bathroom safety habits (no running!), you can make the room safer by utilizing rugs/mats on the floor and non‐slip stickers or mats in the tub. We have a great selection of teak bath and floor mats that will please adults and children alike!
  • Building from scratch? Use anti‐slip tile (look in the specifications for a "coefficient of friction" (COF) greater than .60) or other slip‐resistant flooring (vinyl is especially popular). With tile, keep in mind that smaller tiles mean more grout, resulting in a less slippery surface when wet.
  • If you're designing a new bathroom, don't cram the toilet into a tight space, like between the vanity and a tub or the wall: leave plenty of space around the toilet so that you have room for yourself for potty training and assistance.
  • Scald protection is important in any bathroom, but especially so when it's one primarily used by children, whose sensitive skin scalds quicker. Thermostatic mixing valves are the best option, and are available in whole‐house and point‐of‐use versions (as well as dedicated tub/shower units). Once the temperature on the valve is set, the water coming out will never exceed that temperature — even when little hands turn the handle all the way to hot!
  • Scalding isn't the only threat to skin: chemicals in the water supply can cause major irritation, and even more serious health problems in some individuals. The chief culprit is chlorine (added by water suppliers to disinfect the supply), but there can be any number of other chemicals and impurities present. We offer filters for tub spouts as well as filtered handshowers (in addition to de‐chlorinating bath salts) so that every aspect of your child's bath can be safe and comfortable. Older children? Install a bracket for the handshower at their height if they've outgrown the bath stage.
  • Already have a handshower you and/or the kids love, but no filter? No problem! The Sprite Universal Shower Filter installs between the hose and the head, giving any existing handshower filtering power.
  • For a fun touch in the bath or shower, consider a handy‐dandy soap dispenser. Kids will love seeing their colorful shampoos and soaps all in a row, easily accessed with the push of a button — and what kid doesn't like pushing buttons?
  • We also offer some truly unique shower drain covers with fun, whimsical designs like jigsaw puzzles, sea turtles, an octopus, and more that your kids (and everyone else in the house) will love!

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