Babies want to explore the whole world and it our job, as parents, to keep them from unintentional injuries by baby proofing our homes. One of the often overlooked hazards in the home is the baby’s first swimming pool, you guessed it, the toilet. To a baby this is a very entertaining device.
Baby may think to themselves:
”It must have cool refreshing water, I have seen a dog drink from it, maybe I should try.”
”I have seen it flush and the water disappear, what else can it make disappear, maybe a towel or shiny jewelry?”
Let’s face it, your toilet is a baby magnet and babies are drawn to the sound of the whooshing water at the start of the flush, the characteristic gurgle in the middle and then the slow hiss of the refill process.
Infant House recommends all toilets be childproofed to prevent the following unintentional injuries:
- Your baby’s head is huge compared to the rest of their body, most cannot lace their fingers together over their heads. When they go into the toilet head first, they cannot push themselves back out!
- Your baby risks bacterial illness when their hands come into contact with toilet water.
- Ingesting toilet water that has a strong cleaner in it could make your baby sick or worse.
Need more reasons to baby proof your toilet?
By locking your toilet you prevent the flushing of valuables, prevent the flushing of bulky items and the plumbing bills that follow. Financially, you cannot get a plumber to your home for less than the cost of a toilet lock.
When you use a toilet lock, you will have safety for baby and peace of mind for you.
About the Author: Jack Smith is a child safety expert with Infant House, a baby proofing company serving the Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin Texas areas. He is the Daddy of boy/girl twins, affiliated with the International Association for Child Safety, contributing author of “Chaos 2 Calm the moms-of-multiples’ guide to an organized family” and inventor of the GlideLok – a childproof door latch sold worldwide. Contact: InfantHouse.com or call 866-Infant5 (866-463-2685) for your in-home evaluation. July 2016