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Home >  Information A-ZAll Kids Information Articles Playing in the Toilet

Playing in the Toilet:

No matter how well you try to prepare your house for a toddler and their antics, it almost always happens that something gets overlooked. This is understandable since it is nearly impossible for adults to think like children. We simply have no desire to see what will or will not flush, so it is hard for us to anticipate what will come. Well, here's a little secret: if it will fit in the toilet, consider it fair game.

Some people prefer to try to avoid this problem by getting one of the clamps that hold the toilet lid down, to prevent children from raising it up. There are a couple of bad things about using one of these, though:

• Guests—when you have guests over, especially if they don’t have children, they may not be able to figure out how to take it off. This may put you in the wonderful position of having to escort everyone to the bathroom to ready the toilet for them.

• Potty training—when your child first learns to use the toilet, they usually tell you right before they have to go. This may mean that if you have to take even the smallest amount of time to take the lock off, they may have an accident, and that's not good for potty training success.

• Older children in the house—this could get rather irritating. If you have children in the house who are old enough to go to the restroom on their own, but aren't yet big enough to be able to remove it on their own, you may be running back and forth to the bathroom constantly, to take it off and put it back when they are done.

• False security—what if someone forgets to put it back on? This could easily be a guest or another child in the home, and if this happens, the parent may be thinking the toilet is safely protected when it's not. This is also a bad thing because most children always want what they can't have the most. This means that, if the toilet is always blocked from being open, the very first opportunity they have to get into it, they most likely will.

Another way some parents try to avoid toilet problems is by shutting the bathroom door and keeping it shut at all times. There are two big downfalls to this, and they are important:

• People may forget—same as with the lid locker, older children, guests, or anyone may forget to shut the door. The parent may not even know the door is open, and all the while their child is discovering the fun way exactly what happens when toilet paper gets wet.

• They will learn to open doors—this one isn't a matter of if, it is a matter of when. They will learn to turn knobs, and this method will only work up until that point.

You can try either of these methods of keeping your child from playing in the toilet, but you should be warned that it will inevitably happen. If you take the right precautions, you may be one of the lucky ones, and it may not happen very often for you, but it is important to know that, sometime, somewhere, it will happen.

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