Need Ideas on How to Secure Faucets from Being Turned On

Updated on May 16, 2009
M.F. asks from Olathe, KS
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In our master bathroom our Tub has faucets that the kids are able to turn on. They are in no danger cause they can't reach the water and they can't climb into the tub, however they can leave the water running. I'm not sure how to describe the handles basically are not the round kind but more of straight handle that you swing out one way to turn it on. I have tried putting a towel over them to "hide" them but then the towel just gets wet when they turn it on. Again they are in no danger it's really just an annoying thing that I would like to stop. :)

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Thanks for everyone's comments. I guess I should have mentioned there is no door to close off this room without closing off my bedroom which doesn't really help cause the times we are upstairs I am usually running between the laundry, the boys rooms and my room while they play. I think I'm going to go to home depot/lowes and see what I can find to tie them back. As far as teaching them "No" I am working on it but as you all know not being able to do something is sometimes a quieter/happier solution than spanking, timeout, etc. I don't have a problem telling them No on things that matter than just something that annoys me. Again, thanks for the feedback! :)

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answers from Kansas City on

keep the door closed and if your door has those type of handles then change them to the standard handle and put one of the child lock covers over it. We also have these faucets for the sink in the bathroom and sometimes they don't get them turned off all the way so I check them if I hear water running somewhere. You can also change the faucet to the harder to turn type but they will probably figure it out anyway so better to keep the door closed either to the bathroom or bedroom.

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answers from Kansas City on

I'm also have trouble with our daughter turning on the faucets. Her favorite is the bathroom sink.

Do you have childproof locks on the door? That helps us, except for the instances when I forget to shut the door behind me. They are door knob covers that prevent them from opening the door. We found ours at Babies R Us and/or Toys R Us. They have them for regular round knobs and french.

If anyone else knows of a way to actually secure the faucet, I'd also love to know about it!

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answers from St. Louis on

very first thought: childproof the door.

next thought: consequences & stick with the punishment. I know it seems minor now....but "no" is "no" regardless of what children think! It basically boils down to -who's in charge?

& all of this is offered with a smile!

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answers from Wichita on

The only thing I've found for faucets is the bathroom door! By the time my daughter's hands were big enough to open the doorknob, she had outgrown the faucet thing.

Re: previous post on spanking, do you really think hitting your child makes him feel secure and safe? The logic there just doesn't work for me. M., I didn't see in your post how old your boys are. The brain isn't developed enough for good, consistent impulse control until around age 3. I definitely saw big improvement right around that age with my daughter. T Berry Brazelton says that impulse control is a very challenging skill, which takes years to master, and even some adults never get it. He emphasizes techniques that prevent the behavior, with the message that, "I will hold you/give you time out/etc until you are able to control yourself." THAT makes them feel safe, because then they know that the parent is in charge and protecting them from their own inability to control themselves.

Even the American Academy of Pediatricians is fully against spanking. The evidence is clear that it doesn't teach children not to do a particular behavior, it teaches them not to explore.

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answers from Lawrence on

We had the same problem. This was the jetted tub in our master bath, so if it is like ours, and has the cabinet under it with the doors that open, you can open them up and there are levers or knobs to turn the water off. They are very accessible and it is not big deal to turn the water supply to the tub off. We just open up the doors and turn the water back on if we want to use the tub, and turn the water supply off to the tub if we don't. Problem solved!



answers from Wichita on

Your best answer is to teach them to stay out of there and leave those alone, removing them or covering up the faucets, doesn't solve anything, but if you teach them this is not acceptable, and discipline them it only takes a couple of days and you got the problem solved. Here's how.
First you take them into the bathroom and tell them this is what you expect from them, (you may think they don't understand, but if they can turn on a faucet then can understand,) you tell them to not turn on the faucet or you will put them in time-out for 5 minutes, (or course I never used time outs) If they go back to it again then you give them a swat or two, if they go back again the swat get harder each time, I usually swatter hard enough the first time, I didn't have to keep doing it over and over, lots of time the problem is the one giving the swats, is not consistant with the discipline, so the kids learn mom doesn't mean what she says, so mom or dad teaches the kids they can get by with it one time and maybe next time they might get up and discipline them. (child is confused) A child needs to know they can depend on the parents being a person of their word and they in turn will learn to be a child that is content with the rules and they feel safe and protected. A child wants to know where the bounderies are, but we as parents fail when we aren't consistent to enforce the bounderies. I hope this helps you with your boys, and I know it will help you both the older they get, because it makes discipline so much easier when they learn it at a young age, and they know when they are 10, 13, 16, that you mean what you say.
my son & daughter are 39 & 42 and they know they can still trust my words and they trust me with my grandchildren also.



answers from Topeka on

I would close the door and say the room is off limits to them. Divert them to other areas of the house where they can play.

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