This week, I've been going into the bathroom with Baobao and her Baba, to see see how we could allow Baobao to access parts of her self care routine more independently. I tried to follow Carine's Bathroom Challenge questions as closely as possible:
Does your child have access to his toilet accessories?
Here are some of the changes we have made.
- Added Ikea Bolmen stool
- Hand/Face towel hung at accessible height
- Add Stugvik suction cup basket to hold Baobao's flannel and toiletries, making them accessible at bath time. - At this point in time, Baobao refuses to stand in the bath. The way our bathroom layout is set out, she would have to stand in the bath to access any of these items while cleaning and so this is something we will add in the future. She does get her own flannel from a drawer in her room before bath time though.
- Lower bath toy storage - As with the toiletry storage, until Baobao is ready to stand in the bath, there is nowhere else for us to store her bath toys.
- Add Tossig toilet seat to allow Baobao to use the toilet independently - This is a little way off as Baobao doesn't yet communicate her need to use the toilet.
- Add toothpaste squeezer - Baobao's toothpaste was relatively full, and so she didn't have any issues squeezing it yet. She has surprisingly good control. I will continue to observe to see if she needs a toothpaste squeezer to make her more independent.
Do you have any other ideas on how we could make the bathroom more accessible for Baobao? What would you do differently?