Learning hygiene is a significant step in a child’s development. However, the equipment needed to help them do so must be within their reach. The learning sink, which is generally fixed on the bathtub, allows him to wash his hands and teeth alone: we speak to you about it immediately!
Learning sink: characteristics
The bathroom is not adapted to young children even though it is essential for their hygiene learning. But the classic sinks are too high, and the risks of burns are not negligible (unless your faucets are equipped with thermostatic mixing valves).
The learning sink, recommended from 18 months onwards, is generally fixed on the bathtub’s edge, even if some can be clipped on a bidet. It is usually compatible with bathtubs whose rim is 4 and 8 cm thick.
Unlike adult sinks that can be made of many materials, from ceramic to stainless steel, wood, or stone, the learning sink is made of thermoplastic. It comes in different colors and is often decorated with fashionable characters. Many manufacturers offer it as part of a range of accessories for children (potty, baby bathtub, etc.).
The training sink is composed of :
– a basin to be filled with water and equipped with a central drain ;
– a place for soap and a toothbrush;
– a mirror;
Depending on the model, other accessories such as a bar to hang the towel or a hook for the washcloth.
Learning sink: advantages and disadvantages
By positioning itself on the edge of the bathtub (whose average height is 56 cm), the training sink is ideally at the child’s height, without needing a step. It promotes autonomy and turns to learn about hygiene into a fun activity, allowing the child to do everything like a grown-up!
It requires no installation or water connection and makes the most of the space by allowing several adults and children to use the bathroom simultaneously, especially since it is possible to place several training sinks on the bathtub (depending on its size, of course).
In most models, the mirror folds down onto the tub for easy storage. The training sink is made of plastic and is unbreakable, corrosion-resistant, and durable. Hygienic, it is also easy to clean.
The disadvantage is that you have to fill the learning sink for the child with the showerhead before each use and then empty it afterward.
Caution: Remember to make the bathroom safe! For example, a non-slip mat in front of the bathtub and the training sink will prevent any risk of falling. Do not leave any sharp objects within reach of children’s little hands, as well as any dangerous products (cleaning products, medicines, etc.).
Learning sinks: price and points of sale
You should expect to pay between $50 and $100 on average for a training sink, depending on the accessories and the manufacturer.
You will find a training sink in certain department stores, childcare and children’s specialists, as well as on the Internet.