When you bring a new baby home, it's time to think about baby proofing. If this is your first child, you may need to make several changes to your home for safety and convenience reasons. Here are a few ways to make your baby safe around plumbing and to protect your plumbing from baby products.
Watch What You Flush
You definitely don't want to flush disposable diapers, or you'll have to deal with a plumbing clog sooner or later. You should probably avoid flushing baby wipes too, even the ones that say they can be flushed. Whether you have a septic tank or city sewer hookup, you should only flush paper products that fall apart quickly in water. You can test your baby wipes by dropping one in a glass of water to see if it dissolves or if it stays in one piece.
Turn Down The Hot Water Heater
You might be giving your baby a bath in the kitchen sink where it might be harder to control the water temperature. Turn down the water heater before you bring your baby home so you don't accidentally use water that's too hot when bathing your baby or in later years when wiping off dirty toddler hands.
Get A Toilet Latch
Once your baby is old enough to crawl or walk, they may take an interest in the bathroom and the toilet. A toilet is an interesting thing to a small child, and it seems natural to stuff toys and clothes in the bowl. You can buy an inexpensive toilet latch that keeps your toddler from opening the toilet and making a clog that leads to a plumbing emergency.
Your plumber can probably remove about any clog a toddler creates, but having a toilet out of commission is inconvenient, and the repairs could be costly. Keeping the toilet locked is also a safety measure for your child since they could fall headfirst in the water.
Consider A Diaper Shower
A diaper shower hooks up to the water inlet hose for your toilet. It works just like a real shower that's on a hose with a head on the end. Its purpose is to rinse off dirty diapers before you throw them in to soak or put them in the washing machine. If you use disposable diapers, you won't need one. If you're using cloth diapers, then you'll find a diaper shower is handy.
You might be able to install a diaper shower yourself as long as there is a connection you can undo to connect the shower hose. If not, a plumber can get the shower hooked up and make any other changes you need such as turning down the water heater so your plumbing is safe for your baby all through the toddler years.