Friday, 7 February 2014

Bright and Beautiful: The Perfect Children’s Bathroom

This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84

If you are renovating a bathroom to make it more child-friendly, or if you are lucky enough to be able to give your children their own bathroom in your home, there are a number of things that will need to be considered. Safety is obviously the prime concern but the design will also be important – does a child really want to bathe in a serene, spa-like tub or do they want aquatic murals and pirate-themed accessories? Read on to learn ideas for creating the perfect children’s bathroom.

Of course, safety is at the top of every new parent’s list when it comes to creating a home that is child-friendly. Luckily, there are a myriad of solutions for bathrooms, which ensure that bath time can be safe and enjoyable. First, choose a bathroom suite with no sharp edges. This also goes for shelving units and cabinets if at all possible; there are companies out there that offer ergonomically-designed bathroom suites specifically for children’s bathrooms, with no pointy corners or edges that they could injure themselves on when navigating a slippery bathroom floor. If funds allow, you could install a shorter basin so that they can take control of their own hygiene after using the toilet. If not, a set of steps up to the main basin or wall-hung sink would work just as well. For more handy safety tips, visit

There are also a number of little added extras that can make bath time, shower time or simply learning about hygiene and keeping clean, much more accessible than it has ever been before. Toilet seats are available which have built-in back supports to prevent small children from slipping backwards. Washbasins with single levers and mixer taps are easier for children to control than trying to get the right temperature out of two taps and they are often considered more hygienic. Showers can be installed at a much lower height to benefit children, too, or else existing showers can be fitted with a lower showerhead to make sure the child is getting the very best from their shower enclosure.

As children learn about hygiene and keeping clean, they can sometimes need a little help to remember the steps. If they forget to wash and dry their hands, put up some helpful framed signs in vintage designs to remind them – you could also place pictures of them directly above their spot on the towel rail or give them a designated towel peg so that they know which towel to use. Place baskets on counters with an initial on them and fill them with each child’s specific products; baby shampoo, soap for sensitive skin or a certain type of foam wash that each child likes the smell of. This will help them to get into a routine and group everything they need in one place. After all, keeping the bathrooms tidy will help keep it looking great! For storage ideas for kids’ rooms in general, click here.

Lastly, think about colour. Children love vibrant, primary colours – incorporate these into the room and turn the bathroom into a playful space rather than somewhere they dread visiting. Kids also love themes – an aquatic theme with fish and octopus stencils on the wall, a pirate theme where every drawer is embossed with a skull and cross-bones, or a nautical range with blue and white stripes and towels embroidered with anchors and flags can help to turn bath time into an exciting adventure as opposed to being the most boring time of the day.

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