The majority of homes do not have individual bathrooms for children, but many homes have bathrooms that have adapted to meet the unique needs of children.
Much infant care takes place in the bathroom, and the bathroom can be modified to meet child care needs. A counter at one end of a lavatory supplies can be stored in a cabinet under the counter. Individual receptacles can be placed near by the receive soiled diapers, with fresh diapers stored within easy reach.
Any bathroom used by children should be planned so that it can be cleaned as easily as possible. Carpeting is not practical in a children’s bath.
As standard-sized fixtures are used in most bathrooms, individual steps can be provided to make the lavatory easier to reach. A sturdy bottom drawer of a cabinet under the lavatory can be made into a level. Some families find that the installation of a drinking fountain is helpful in the bathroom used by children.
A bathroom used primarily by children can be decorated for their benefit in a bright and colorful day. Floor and bath tile designs can be those of interest to children, and towels and curtains can be selected to help create a children’s environment.
Some of the special arrangement for children’s bathroom, like:
- CEDAR WALLS, for lavatory cabinet, give sturdy, masculine look to the bathroom for young boys. Six-inch-high backsplash wall behind basin.
- HAT RACK holds towels, decorates boy’s bathroom. Children may find pegs easier to use than bars.
- The ladder-like arrangement has rungs children can easily use to hang towels. The drawer is easier to reach than medicine cabinet would be.
- PULL-OUT steps are upside-down plywood drawers that can be converted back when children grow.
More tips which help you plan a children’s bathroom include the following:
- Locks on bathroom doors should be the type that can be opened from the outside in an emergency.
- A night light should be provided.
- A bathroom at ground level can serve as a “mud room” if there is an outside entrance.
- Children find single-lever faucets easiest to operate.
- Towel racks and toothbrush holders for smaller children should be located where they can be reached quickly.
- Electrical appliances should be out of reach or stored away when not in use. Electrically operated toys should not be allowed in the bathroom.
- The bathroom used by children should be as near to their bathroom as possible.