Bringing toddlers into a bathroom is one of those necessary evils. There are so many ways things can go wrong, and quickly. Here are some of the things we use in our bathroom that make our lives easier, at least that’s what I tell myself.
Faucet Extender: Instead of bringing the toddler to the water, bring the water to the toddler. We have the Prince Lionheart Faucet Extender, from Amazon, of course.
Bathroom Stools: Unless you have a miniature sink, you’ll probably still need to bring the toddler to the water, even with the faucet extender. The trick is to find the right one for your space. In one bathroom, we use the bottom half of the Summer Infant Right Height Tub. While it is sometimes fun to stand on a stool while you do your make-up or whatever, mostly I try not to trip over it. In our other bathroom, we use a stool my husband made. When not in use, it does fit nicely between the vanity and the toilet. This placement also helps Zach climb onto the bathroom counter early in the morning–wait, that’s a bad thing. We have one more stool that I love for it’s convenience, and both my kids are able to operate it impressively. This folding stool would be a great option for a bathroom. You could even install a hook and hang the stool in (or out of) toddler reach!
Command Hooks: I use 3M Command Hooks to hang hand towels at toddler level. This way, when the first is done at the sink and I am helping the second get his own soap (btw. I will NEVER buy blue hand soap again), the first can dry his own hands, throw the towel on the floor, and then be asked to hang it up. Outside of our bathrooms, I use these hooks in the playroom so they can hang up their play bags. There is also one on the side of the play kitchen, which gives us another place to hang a bag and dump kitchen accessories. The possibilities are endless.
Non-traditional Bath Toys: Of course we have our rubber duckies and squirters, but they are so gross. My kids drink out of them! I’ve tried the hot glue trick of sealing the holes, but invariably, someone squeezes hard enough or picks long enough that the glue comes out. What’s really popular in our tub, besides empty yogurt containers? Dinosaurs. I got them a Toob of dinosaurs and the boys spend forever playing with them in the bath. They’re prefect because they don’t store water and they’re super easy to clean-they keep me sane. (They also fit in empty apple sauce containers and you can freeze them into dinocubes, which are also fun in the bath.)
Boon Grass Drying Rack: Besides being my favorite drying rack in the kitchen, this is also my love-hate bathroom counter top holder. I love it, because it is toddler accessible, perfect for holding toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, and allows water cups and medicine droppers to dry nicely without rolling around. I wish we could just put everything out of sight when we aren’t using it, but for now, I feel like this allows the boys to “put away” their things and keeps tooth brushes from touching/laying in puddles on the counter/falling into the toilet, etc.
I hope some of the things that make our bathroom time a little bit easier might help you as well.