Learning to use the bathroom is a frustrating and challenging milestone that every toddler faces. But for parents of multiples, potty training isn't the only thing that is challenging when it comes to the bathroom and raising their children. The bathroom itself can often be a large part of the problem.
If you have young twins, triplets, or more, it's a good idea to remodel your bathroom to accommodate them not only when they are little but also as they grow older. Here are a few ideas.
If your bathroom sits in between two bedrooms, consider transforming it into what is called a Jack and Jill bathroom. This simply means the bathroom is shared between the bedrooms, both with doors to the bathroom. For safety's sake, you'll also want a door to the hallway as well, if possible.
If a Jack and Jill bathroom is not feasible, consider sectioning off the bathtub and toilet from the rest of the bathroom. The reason for this is because, whether your multiples are the same gender or not, they'll want privacy as they get older. One will be able to use the toilet while the other uses the sink and vanity.
Reduce the risks of slipping on the bathroom floor by having non-slip flooring installed, such as ceramic tile or vinyl flooring. Your remodeling contractor can help you narrow down selections that are not only safe but also easy to clean, which will be important when you're toilet training multiple children at the same time.
Vanities & Sinks
A vanity and sink for each child will be extremely helpful in the morning rush to get ready for school when they are older. In order for them to be able to easily reach the sinks while brushing their teeth, install a pull-out step or riser they can step onto for an easier reach. The riser can be pushed underneath the vanity when not in use. When they get taller and no longer need the riser, the special lid can be removed so it becomes a drawer. Install touch-free faucets to minimize the spread of germs.
While you're likely not thinking about your little ones using the toilet just yet, it's a good idea to install a toilet that is kid-friendly. There are child-sized toilets available that are sized perfectly for the needs of toddlers and preschoolers. If you prefer to not have to upgrade to a regular-sized toilet in the future, consider installing a no-touch flush toilet to reduce the risks of spreading germs.
Built-ins niches are essentially holes built into the walls of your bathroom and shower. Built-in niches in the shower can house soap and shampoo, as well as bath toys. Built-ins in the walls can provide extra space to store toiletries, towels, and other necessary items. This can also be a great way to cut down on the clutter that can tend to overwhelm the vanities.
Ask your bathroom remodeling contractor to install anti-scald devices. These devices can be installed on sinks and tubs. They control the temperature of the water by limiting the hot water flow. That way, you won't have to worry about the water being scalding hot when you bathe your babies. And, as your children grow, the water won't be too hot for their skin if they try to turn the hot water on full blast. Anti-scald devices are important even if you lower the temperature of your hot water heater, just in case the water heater thermometer becomes faulty and allows the water to get too hot.
For more information, contact a bathroom remodeling service.