If you run a day care for babies and toddlers in your home, there's little doubt that you help the little ones in your care get down to business in the potty training and personal hygiene departments. And while you may be considered somewhat of an expert and know all sorts of tips and tricks for getting young children to cooperate in mastering their techniques, it can still be challenging simply due to size.
The sight of a small toddler perching vicariously on a massive toilet seat is cringe-worthy, at best. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make your bathroom more suitable for the little princes and princesses in your care. Here's what you need to know.
Two Plumbing Must-Haves: Tiny Toilet & Short Sink
Make it easier for your pint-sized people to use the facilities by remodeling a bathroom.
- Tiny toilet. Install a tiny toilet that is specifically designed for small children like the crew in your care. Some tiny toilets measure only 10 inches high, which is the perfect height for your day care needs. In addition to being the perfect height for short legs, the seat openings are the perfect size for tiny tushes.
- Short sink. Instead of having step stools for them to stand on to wash their hands in the sink, lower the sink by installing a custom made pedestal or cabinet. A lower sink will make it easier for them to reach the water handles to turn them on and off, but you do want to pay attention to the depth of the bowl of the sink. That way, the children won't have to reach very far, which may cut down on the seemingly constant calls for help coming from the bathroom.
Keep in mind that this doesn't mean you and your family will need to use the tiny toilet and short sink. Ideally, remodel a half bathroom that can be transformed for all-things-toddlerdom, If that's not an option, ask a plumber, such as Hanover Supply Co, about the possibility of remodeling a hall closet into a bathroom or building a toddler bathroom off of the kitchen.
Storage Needs: In-Wall Shelving
In addition to those necessities (a toilet and sink), you may be concerned about storage for all the pull-ups, wipes and other things you need for your day care, especially if the bathroom is limited on space. Install built-in shelving units into the walls of your bathroom. These units fit in between wall studs and can be installed at any height as long as no electrical wiring or plumbing pipes are in the way. Another benefit of this type of shelving is that there is no risk of the shelving toppling over if a a child tries to use it as a ladder.