When you have a baby in your home, or one on the way, you’ll always be looking for ways to prevent the little one from getting in harm’s way. Whilst we go to great lengths to prevent incidents in the kitchen, bath, and staircase, the toilet is an area that is sometimes overlooked. In this article we’ll discover how easy it is to prevent injury by using a toilet seat lock.
Why are toilet seat locks important?
Babies and toddlers children may drown in a few inches of water. This is why it’s so important to supervise infants around baths, sinks, and outdoor water features. Unfortunately, a baby proof toilet is sometimes overlooked, although it represents as much of a danger to young children as other water sources. In fact, if babies or toddlers fall head-first into a toilet, it can be impossible for them to get out unaided.
Of course, supervision is paramount, but accidents can still happen. Fortunately, a toilet seat lock is inexpensive and easy to install, giving you additional peace of mind as your child navigates the world.
Types of toilet seat locks
If you are looking for an easy way to create a baby proof toilet, a straightforward lock is the perfect solution. There are several types available:
Multi-purpose baby locks are fitted easily to a toilet with the included adhesive. One end attaches to the underside of the seat, and the other to the top lid. To use, simply slot the strip into the lock and check it is secure. To unlock, push the release button. This type of toilet seat lock is simple and effective, and can be easily removed (by grown-ups!) when no longer required.
Clip-style locks are in one piece with a hinge. One end of the lock goes into the toilet bowl, and is secured by fitting it underneath the lip. Simple close the toilet lid and flip the L-shaped section over to secure it. This toilet seat lock is also easy to use, and when installed correctly, makes it impossible to remove by a young child.
Swing shut locks are secured to the back of the toilet at one end and the lid at the other. It is secured simply by locking the arm into place, and unlocked by applying pressure to the release mechanism (sometimes this is a squeeze button). It takes slightly longer to install this type of lock, but is the most sanitary option, and impossible for tiny hands to unlock.
To conclude, no matter how you choose to secure your toilet seat, make it a priority as part of your babyproofing efforts.