What's the youngest you'd take the baby gate out of the bathroom door? My youngest just turned 2, and the gate seems a bit unnecessary, but I can't bring myself to take it down. Advice?
We just kind of kept the door shut, so I went by when it became less of a "must do" type of thing. That was probably around 18 months? We just made sure to take his hands off the lid of the toilet and once the novelty of trying to lift it wore off we didn't have to worry about it again.
Our bathroom is on the top floor though, which means there is NEVER a time where he would be near it unsupervised. If it was directly off of the living room or something, and I would need to be out of eyeshot (like in the kitchen) for small lengths of time through out the day, then it would be a different situation. I probably would keep the door closed with a bell on the handle until 3ish.
We never had a gate, just closed the door. We started leaving it open when they could open it themselves (so 2.5ish for dd and 1.5ish for ds1.) We have a gate in the hallway that leads to the bathroom (and bedrooms) right now for ds2 and it'll be taken down in a couple months (he's 10 months) and the bathroom door will close again.
Y'know, I was about to vote for "never had a gate" when I remembered that we did in fact have one. It must've come down before age 2, because we moved last July and hadn't had a gate up on the old bathroom for awhile before we moved. I think I might've taken the gate down when she started walking because I think the reason we had a gate was that the older tile floor had rough patches that could hurt baby knees.
Actually, come to think of it, we had gates up to keep her out of the bedroom (bathroom lead into the bedroom, plus the door off the living room) so she couldn't access the cat food without supervision. She'd move all the cat food from the food bowl to the water bowl and then try to pour the resulting mess back into the food bowl.
Heh, so there you go, had a gate up because of cat food, but didn't bother to really make the bathroom child-friendly because the gate was up.
Hmm, the gate must've been down near 18 months, because by that time we'd changed out the drawers she could reach to be only stuff that she could play with.
We never had a gate, nor shut the door. However, I never had any chemicals or medicines under the sink downstairs, and upstairs any cabinet with cleaning chemicals or medicines had baby latches on the cabinet doors. Downstairs bathroom, we had a toilet lock on the toilet for awhile. We took it off when he started potty training. He's never really attempted to play in the toilet or anything. He is a pretty mellow boy too. He's never been the kind of boy to find too much trouble.
We had a gate when my oldest was little, but we never put it back up after his brother was born. He needed to get to the toilet when he had to go, I wasn't about to lift him over it every single time and wait there, nothing dangerous in the bathroom but the toilet which the younger one wasn't ever interested in.
Thanks for the input, Mamas!
Our 5yo can't get the door to shut, so we won't go that route. The cabinet under the sink has a babylock, so that's not a problem. We have shelves over the toilet that DD likes to get into, so maybe I really just need to babyproof. :)
I read once (somewhere?) that since babies are top heavy, that if they tip head-first into the toilet that they can't get themselves out and could drown. But no one has mentioned that so maybe it's just an old wives' tale? *sigh* I wish I knew where the line is between being vigilent and being paranoid!! LOL!!
rockport: drowning is definitely a valid concern. It could happen. We kept the bathroom door closed, but now he can open it and is in the process of potty training, so I just try to keep an eye on him. He's never tried to play in the potty, so I haven't worried about it too much.
kreeblim: that's a brilliant idea to put a bell on the door. I'm totally doing that and it being Christmas I conveniently have several bells laying around. Thanks!
No gate here. Well, we would have to have 2 gates as our bathroom has 2 doors, one that leads to the hallway and one to the kitchen. My kids would be pretty unhappy if I shut the doors cause then they couldn't play chase through the bathroom into the hall into the living room and into the kitchen and back into the bathroom They love being able to run the circle! To be more serious tho, I never put up gates. I just taught my kids not to play in the bathroom. They've done really well except a few times and I have a picture of my oldest when he was about 15mos old and he had gotten ahold of the toilet paper and had it strewn all over the bathroom .
I should add that I don't keep any chemicals in the bathroom. I don't have much for chemicals in the house anyways.
LOL, I'll let my mom know it was helpful. It's actually something she does in the summer with her screen door so she can hear if her diabetic indoor cat is trying to get outside (it has a faulty latch).
We've never had a gate and my LO is almost 2. She's always gone in the bathroom with me, so I think she just doesn't find it interesting. I've also always made a point of playing with the toilet lid being a "no-no" and we always keep it down. We also don't keep chemicals or anything like that under the sink where she could get to them (really, I use vinegar to clean anyway so I don't think it would do much if she drank it). We do keep the toilet paper on the counter, but we're slowly moving away from that now that she's starting to understand the concept that it's not a toy.
We still keep the door shut (DD is 2.5) but mainly as a sanity-saver. She would be in there squirting an entire bottle of soap and an entire tube of toothpaste into the sink in two seconds flat.
From a safety perspective the only thing in the bathroom that really concerned me is the hot water. She loves to wash her hands and I was worried she would get the water too hot and burn herself. I had DH turn off the hot water to the sink (the cold still works) so that she can wash independently but without giving Mama a heart attack.
*Sigh* I love Rockport. Wish we could live there! Maybe someday.
DD is almost 2. We don't gate the bathroom, but we do close the door because she can't open doors yet (too short!). Once she can I think we'll use the bell idea, just so that we know what she's up to--I love it!