They say that there’s no pain quite like the high-pitched wail of a child who doesn’t want a bath. Unless you’re willing to let them run around like a ragamuffin, however, baths must be had and potties must be used. Here are just four ways to entice your child to use the bathroom for its proper functions with a more kid-friendly design.
1. Bring Everything to Their Level
Accidents are inevitable when your child is clambering on steep stools to reach towels and toothbrushes. Instead of bringing them to the mountain, let the mountain come to them. Install a few bars, hooks and shelves at child-height so that your mini-me can perform all of their daily bathroom rituals with their supplies in easy reach.
2. Let Them Scribble and Doodle
Kids will be more at home in a bathroom that feels like their own. Instead of forcing them to use your pristine white facilities, let them create fun, non-permanent messes that put “their” stamp on the room. For example, they can use washable markers to draw on the tub or write messages on the vanity. You can even have more glass installed in your bathroom by contacting professional glaziers, such as those from Glasshopper Schor Glass, who can help install mirrors and glass shower doors that your children can be free to draw on.
3. Use Motion-Activated Controls
Toddlers are easily frustrated with potty training because there are a lot of things that they have to remember. Not only do they have to hold in their bowel movements until they get to the toilet, but they have to remember to wipe properly, flush the toilet and wash their hands. To help with this, it would be a good idea to vamp your bathroom up with motion-activated things like motion-sensing lights, faucets, and flushers to help make the whole process a lot easier for them This will also give them a greater feeling of confidence when it’s time to use the toilet.
4. Bring in the Toy Box
Toys are the best way to engage your child with a new activity, so don’t hesitate to bring out the rubber ducks, plastic boats and white navy hats. If you can make the tub something to look forward to, your reluctant bather will turn into an enthusiastic sailor. For added effect, have these toys be exclusive to the bathroom. Don’t let your child play with them anytime that they’re not actively bathing.
These are just a few ways to remodel or redecorate your bathroom so that your child doesn’t hate the thought of bath time or having to use the toilet. You can also try to incorporate your child’s interests in the overall design of the bathroom to help make it be a better place for them.