As a parent, the bathroom is a space that needs to be both practical and fun – allowing you to keep your little ones both safe and entertained during bath time. So, in today’s article, we’re going to offer you our 5 top tips for optimizing your bathroom for playtime with your young ones.
Put safety first
First and foremost in the bathroom space, you need to consider safety. In order to have enough space for your children to play in the bathtub, you’ll want to remove most of your shampoos, lotions, and soaps. Things like razors, bath salts and anything else that can be dangerous for little ones should also be moved out of reach. This way, you’ll be removing any potential hazards and creating space for your children to play with their toys.
Invest in non-slip flooring options
While splashing out on non-slip flooring might not be an option, there are less expensive add-ons you can consider. For inside the bath, rubber mats with suction cups are perfect for toddlers, as it means when they start standing, you don’t need to worry about them slipping over in the tub. Outside of the bath, non-slip mats will make drying your children that much easier, so it’s well worth having these in place.
Gather the things you need in advance
The last thing you want to be worrying about while bathing your little ones is having to dash out of the bathroom and leaving them unsupervised while you search for a towel. Whether it’s a basket that you keep under the sink or a mental checklist that you keep in your head, think of the things you need for every bathtime in advance. This will help keep the stress out of bathtime and ensure you don’t need to worry about having to leave your kids unsupervised at any time.
Choose the right toys
Children’s bath toys can be expensive, as they need to be both waterproof and safe, so it’s worth shopping around to find the best products for your family. Safety needs to be at the forefront of your mind to remove any potential dangers during bathtime. So, from creative foam toys and rubber ducks to character flannels and sponges, keep your bathtime basket stocked with all the fun essentials.
Educate as they play
As your little ones grow, you can use bathtime to teach your children different lessons. Whether it’s plastic shapes to help with their cerebral development or foam toys that you can use to teach them to build, as well as being fun, bath toys can be used as educational tools, too. Pay attention to the things your kids enjoy doing the most and work these toys into playtime.
So, now you have our 5 top tips for bathroom playtime, you can ensure bathtime is both safe and fun for your little ones!
This piece was written by Mark Summer, Founder of Foamë – providers of fun and safe bath toys for children.