Toddlers love playing in the water. To them, the water in toilets and bathtubs isn’t gross; it’s an opportunity to splash and have fun.
In addition to the obvious mess and annoyance created by a splashing child, baths and toilets can pose a serious risk to your child. In their curiosity, children can accidentally fall into a toilet, posing a serious drowning risk. Since children should never be left unsupervised in the bath, the real risk in the bathtub is injury from the spout or from falling and hitting their head on the tub or tile.
Babyproofing Toilets & Bathtubs: Tips
Many parents choose to keep bathrooms off limits to their children until they are potty trained. Check out our babyproofing doors page to learn how to easily restrict access.
Never, ever leave your child unattended in a bathtub. Not for one second. If you must leave the room for some reason, take your child with you.
Check out the tile in the bathroom where your child bathes. Ideally, the tile in the bathroom will have some slip resistance to it. Wet a small area to see how slippery it becomes when wet. If necessary, you should cover the floor in non-slip mats to avoid a fall.
Babyproofing Toilets & Bathtubs: Product Recommendations
There are some toilet locks out there, but I greatly prefer the all-purpose EliteBaby Adjustable Child Safety Locks for the toilet. They are easy to install and to operate for adults, and surprisingly tend to work better than toilet locks.
- Easy for adults to use
- Difficult for children to figure out
- Simple installation, no drilling required
- Adhesive can pull paint off when locks are removed
- Cannot be adjusted after installation
For bathtubs, you’ll want a tub spout cover such as the Skip Hop Moby Spout Cover. Tub spouts are rather sharp, and children tend to forget they are there. They are often injured when they accidentally stand up underneath the spout, causing a head laceration. This spout cover ensures that can’t happen.
- Simple, slip-on installation
- Fits most spout covers
- Can be ripped off by an older, stronger child
You should also get a non-slip bath mat to place inside the tub, such as the Anti-Slip Antibacterial Bath Mat. This gives your kiddo a little bit more grip when standing in the tub. Be sure to take out the mat for cleaning every once in awhile so mold doesn’t develop underneath.
- Simple to use; just place in tub
- Blends in well with most tubs
- Can start to smell or mold if not cleaned regularly