If you have a child on the way, then you are probably thinking about adding a nursery to your home or renovating your bedroom to make space for your new family member. You may even be considering renovating your kitchen or living room to get a head start on baby proofing and add cozy areas for feeding and playing. One room you may not be thinking about renovating is your bathroom. But a baby-friendly bathroom can save you time and make diaper changes and baths less stressful for you and your baby. Here are the four things you should consider a bathroom remodel to make it truly baby, and parent, friendly.
Install a Changing Table
You may think the best place for a changing table is in the nursery, where you keep your baby's clothing. However, having it in the bathroom is a good idea for many reasons. First, it gives you an ideal spot to complete sponge baths and spot cleaning while your baby is still young. If your changing table is in the bathroom, you will be close to the sink and you do not have to worry about making a mess if you spill your sponge-bath water.
As your baby gets older, you can begin bathing him or her in the sink or bathtub. When you finish bathing them, you can towel them dry and practice baby massage in the warm bathroom, without having to move your naked baby across the house.
Finally, by regularly changing your baby's diaper in the bathroom, they will begin to associate the bathroom as the place they need to go to complete bodily functions, which will make potty training easier, when the time comes.
Make Sure Your Sink Can Be Used For Bathing
Bathing your baby in the bathroom sink, as opposed to a baby bathtub, saves space in your bathroom and allows you to quickly rinse your baby after bowel movements without filling up a tub. To be able to bath your baby in the sink, you will want to make sure that you have a fairly large basin and a sink insert, such as a baby bath sponge or sling. Alternatively, you can use a few clean towels placed in the bottom of your sink to prevent your baby from sliding.
You will also need to make sure that there is enough room between your sink basin and your faucet to safely place your baby in the sink. You may need to install a taller faucet, and while you are at it, consider a sprayer for rinsing your baby, or their dirty diapers if you are using cloth.
Get Ahead On The Baby Proofing
Baby proofing the bathroom can be a chore, especially if you have a small bathroom. You can start before your baby is born by adding a locking cabinet with an electrical outlet installed inside. You can keep your hair dryer or other electronics in this cabinet, safely locked away from your baby. Also, make sure that your medicine cabinet is big enough to hold all medicines, including items such as toothpaste and mouthwash, and that it locks.
Add a Pull-Out Step Stool Under Your Sink
Eventually, your baby will become a toddler, so while you are doing your remodel, why not prepare for that stage by adding a pull-out step beneath your sink. As your child grows this can allow them access to the sink for hand washing and toothbrushing, while saving space from an external step-stool.
Remodeling your bathroom to make room for your new baby can be a great activity to prepare yourself for taking care of your little one. It can also save you time and streamline baby care once your baby arrives.