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Bath & Toilet Seats: Are they the Right Fit?

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 18 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Bath & Toilet Seats: Are They The Right Fit?

Whether you’re young or old, being safe in the bathroom is crucial and helps prevent the risk of accidents occurring. Bath seats are often used with babies and young children, but also play a vital role for the disabled or infirm, allowing them to bath with ease when they may otherwise be unable to. But how can you tell if bath and toilet seats are the right fit?

Baby Bath Seats

Bath seats are often used for babies who are too big for a baby bathtub, but still far too small for a full sized bath. A bath seat comes in handy for this interim stage, by helping your baby stay in a more upright position, whilst also remaining safe in the bath.

There are various different designs, styles and type of baby bath seat available, but the important point to remember is that they’re not a means of leaving your baby alone for a second when they’re in the bath. It’s essential you always stay with your baby when bathing them as accidents can happen in a flash.

If you are using a baby bath seat, research the available products carefully and make sure the one you choose will work effectively with your bath. Not all baby bath seats fit universally with all baths.

Other Bath Seats

Bath seats are also available for those who are disabled or infirm. These seats allow people to have a bath without having to fully climb down into the bath and reduces the chance of them subsequently becoming stuck in the bath and unable to get out. Getting the right sized seat and fitting it, so it’s secure and won’t slip or move, is crucial.

Specialist bath seats are usually used in conjunction with a bath board, a bath mat and a grab rail, so the user can get in and out more easily. In many cases, it may require expert help and advice and, depending on the model, once fitted into place, it may be best left there rather than being moved.

Similarly, seats can be purchased to put into shower cubicles, so anyone with mobility problems and unable to stand for a shower can sit down instead.

Toilet Seats

Toilet seats often become cracked or damaged through age, wear and tear. If you need to replace a toilet seat, or want a funky new look, then it’s relatively straightforward to get the right size and fit.

In the first instance, be sure to take accurate measurements of your current toilet seat, so you know what size to buy. Once you have purchased your seat and have checked that it’s the right size, it needs to be fitted on.

With most modern toilet seats, they are fixed onto the base part of the toilet by two screws, which are then covered over so the screws don’t show. Follow the instructions that have come with the seat your bought and you should have a fully functioning toilet seat in no time.

For the infirm, elderly or disabled, special higher toilet seats can be purchased to go over the existing toilet. These are particularly useful where people are unable to bend, as they raise the seat up. If you’re purchasing one of these types of seats, then it’s also important to take accurate measurements first, as this will ensure you get the right fit.

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