Products and Ideas for Tiny Bathrooms

Products and Ideas for Tiny Bathrooms

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Carrie McBride
Mar 1, 2010

We often joke with guests that our apartment's bathroom is smaller than one on an airplane. But the joke's on us because we're not kidding! Okay, it's a slight exaggeration, but it is tiny and the tussle for space has only increased since our son was born. Both for our sake and yours we've rounded up some products and ideas for coping with a tiny bathroom with kids.

Step stools:
We love Chris' idea of making a floating vanity when she remodeled her bathroom to accommodate a step stool for her daughter. But if you're not remodeling anytime soon or are a renter, here are two step stool ideas:

Firststep Stool/Shelf (totally diy-able!)
Easy Fold Kids Step Stool

Bath tubs:
Many of you took our Bathing Your Baby survey a few years ago and the majority of readers had a plastic tub. We had nowhere to store a baby tub so we used a simple bath sling that fit above the medicine cabinet for a few weeks and then just put our son in the tub and held his head until he was older. If these folding tubs had been around when our son was a baby we might have been tempted:

Flexibath
Puj Tub

(for older kids, you might want to read responses to this Good Question: Do Kids Need Bathtubs?)

Bath Toy Storage:
While we love the idea of using colorful colanders to hold bath toys something vertical makes more sense in a small space. Here are two bath toy holders that achieve this (we have the Skip Hop and love it):

Tubby by Skip Hop
Frog or Bug Pod by Boon

Suction products:
Our tiny bathroom actually does have a toothbrush holder on the wall but it was thoughtlessly installed too close to the medicine cabinet which rendered it useless (doh!). For the past few years we've used a simple two-brush suction holder and have been keeping our son's toothbrush in a small cup in the cabinet. If you don't have any counter space in your bathroom, suction products are sometimes the only solution.

Five Toothbrush Holders That Won't Put Your Child to Sleep (several are suction)
• Parent Hacks posted about using a sponge holder in the bathroom to hold kids' toothbrushes - smart!
• This cute bird soap dispenser doesn't seem to be for sale anymore, but we recommend suction soap and shampoo dispensers if you're low on counter space.

Potty Training:
Our son isn't quite ready to start potty training, but it's almost time. There's no way we can fit a separate child's potty in our bathroom nor do we want to clean one! When the time comes we're planning on using a child-size seat that you can attach to your regular toilet. Here are two options:

Kohler Transitions Toilet Seat
Bamboo Child Toilet Seat

Please share your best tips, ideas, solutions and products for coping with small or tiny bathrooms - we still need help!

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