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Bathroom Baby Proofing Checklist

Water, slippery surfaces, cleaners, garbage, toilets, doors, and more. The bathroom certainly provides its share of dangers to your little one, but it's not a room you can just close off and not use. So, check out the list below of things you'll want to consider doing to make sure your bathroom is as baby proof as possible. As with all of the suggestions on this site, we've highlighted the age groups that the task is appropriate for. If you have a newborn, you can ignore (for now) all the tasks below that don't have "Newborn" highlighted. Hope you find it helpful!

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Lock Toilet Seat

Lock Toilet Seat

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

On a scale of one to repulsive, it's hard to think of a more disgusting thing for a child to play with than toilet water. One of our kiddos once dropped her tooth brush in the toilet and tried to get it back out so she could use it again. I mean come on. Yuck. When you mix that with a potential for little fingers getting smashed when the toilet seat closes on them, it's really a no-brainer. A toilet seat lock is the way to go. If you get the strap-style locks for your cabinets, you might be able to use one of your extras to lock the toilet seat too. Just make sure the strap is long enough and the double-stick tape is strong enough to stick to the porcelain toilet.

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Install Soft Close Toilet Seat

Install Soft Close Toilet Seat

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

BAM! That was the noise that seemed to shake the entire house after our newly-potty-trained toddler would use the toilet and just push the toilet seat closed. No matter what we tried, she just wouldn't close it softly. So, I installed a soft-close seat and the house has been free from that seat slamming madness ever since. Cue the singing angels. These can usually be found at a hardware store or even walmart, and are actually really easy to install.

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Monitor Bath Water Temperature

Monitor Bath Water Temperature

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

The perfect bath water temperature is almost as elusive as a toddler when you ask them what's in their mouth. When first drawing the bath, I'm constantly wondering whether the water is too hot or too cold. I finally get it set where I want it, put the kids in and they inform me I'm way off on my temperature predicting abilities. Then I'm adding hotter or colder water to try to get it comfortable for my little kiddos. A bath water thermometer is an easy way to get the temperature you want the first time!

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Cover Bath Spout

Cover Bath Spout

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Bath time is play time for a lot of kids. Who can blame them?! It's like a miniature personal swimming pool. BUT the water spout is a danger looming over the bath that draws little fragile noggin's to it. An easy-to-install spout cover makes that spout a lot less dangerous, and they're pretty darn cute too!

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Lock Cabinets

Lock Cabinets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Cabinet locks are probably the most popular baby proofing gear out there. It makes sense, right? When you combine cabinet doors and drawers low to the ground, with your little one's intense curiousity, the two are bound to tango. Speaking from experience, the cabinets usually win. Plus, when your cabinets are locked, your kiddo can't access the stuff inside the cabinets (captain obvious, I know) which means less messes for you to clean up and less risk of your kiddos getting into cleaners or other harmful substances. The most common place these are installed is in the kitchen, but don't forget the bathroom too if you have cabinets in there!

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Install Non-Slip Bath Mat

Install Non-Slip Bath Mat

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Let's face it, baths are slippery. A smooth surface with water on it is a recipe for a slip and fall. Non-slip bath matts are a great way to cambat the slippery surface with a little extra sticking power. There are two common types: a big rubber matt that covers most of the bottom of tub, and smaller stickers that you strategically place around the tub. Be prepared to replace both types every 6 months or so. The stickers tend to collect dirt around the edges and even peel off, while the rubber matts like to grow a garden of mold and mildew on the bottom around the suction cups.

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Install Anti-Scald Water Valve

Install Anti-Scald Water Valve

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

This tip is actually not very well-known, but it's super helpful even for adults. The valve is actually installed inside your plumbing - usually inside the shower handle. There's a lot of technical jargon available that explains how it works, but put simply, it balances pressure in the hot and cold water lines to ensure that extremely hot water doesn't come of of the spout when someone in another part of the house flushes a toilet, runs the dishwasher, or uses some other water source. If your house is newer, you probably already have one of these built in. But if your house is older, it may be worth asking a plumber to check into this for you. Also, be sure to turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Use Bath Kneeler Kit

Use Bath Kneeler Kit

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

It's not all about the kids! Well, it is all about the kids, but we parents should take care of ourselves too, right?! One simple little trick to help save your knees and elbows while you're washing tiny bellies and bums in the bathtub is a set of knee and elbow cushions. Cute little water-proof sets are made just for this purpose and are worth their weight in gold. Now if they could just come up with a water proof back brace...

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Lock Toilet Handle

Lock Toilet Handle

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

It's cool right? Pull the handle - the water swirls - the stuff in the toilet dissapears. Mesmerizing. At least it is for the short stacks running around our house. It often begs the question: What else can this thing make dissappear? Toys. Socks. Pets. Nothing is left un-tried unless you're there to govern the matter. Just in case you're not quick enough to save fluffy from taking a spin in the commode, pop a kid-proof guard on the toilet handle to prevent your kiddo from flushing without you.

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Install GFCI Outlets

Install GFCI Outlets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Water an electric don't mix. This is one of the basic principles GFCI outlets (the ones with the little buttons between the plugs) are made for. Any time outlets are near a water source--mostly in the bathroom and kitchen--there's a risk for the water and electric to meet. GFCI outlets help prevent shock by shutting off the electric to the outlet immediately when anything interferes with the electric current inside of them--like a drop of water. Hopefully these are already installed around the sinks in your home. If they are, discussion over. If they're not, I highly recommend having an electrician install them for you. I believe they're even coded requirements in a lot of areas.

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Lock Trash Can

Lock Trash Can

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Most trash cans don't stand a chance against the curiosity of your little joey. They're wide open and filled with stuff you likely won't want your little one playing with. Ours used to love playing with used q-tips. Gross. So we have three options: try to keep those little hands out of the trash yourself (good luck with that), remove the trash can altogether, or use a child proof trash can. I'm not sure about you, but I'll take door number three all day and twice on Sundays.

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Cover Outlets

Cover Outlets

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

Outlets...electric sources at a crawler's height. Perfect. What could go wrong?! *facepalm* Outlet covers are probably in the top three most popular baby proofing activities, and for good reason. They're super cheap and as easy to install as something gets, and they keep your baby away from feeling an electric zap. Sounds like a win-win-win to me! I recommend buying a ton of these things and putting them in every outlet in your home that doesn't already have something plugged into it..

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Use Infant Bath

Use Infant Bath

  Newborn       Crawler       Toddler      Big Kid  

I'll admit, when we had our first baby, I thought infant baths were a gimmick used to trick new parents into spending money on another gadget that they were told they "needed". We have a bath and a kitchen sink. We can use one of those. Who needs a special bath for a baby that you'll only use for a few months? After trying both the bath and the kitchen sink, I'm a believer in infant baths. Wet babies are slippery, and they obviously can't hold themselves up...like at all. Infant baths hold the baby in a safe position for you so you have both hands free to wash them and enjoy the moment.



Development Levels


  Infant    Starts at birth | Ends when first mobile, 6-10 months*

  Crawler    Starts when first mobile, 6-10 months* | Ends First independent walking | 10-14 months*

  Toddler   Starts First independent walking | 10-14 months* | Ends around 4 years old.*

  Big Kid   Starts around 4 years old* | Ends when you feel your child can operate safely in your home without special safety measures.

*Ages based on averages.
Get more Development Level information here.

Special Note

You know your home, your child(ren), and your situation the best, so please use your own judgement about what baby proofing techniques and products work for you. The tips and suggestions on this site can help you make safety decisions, but they should not make safety decisions for you.