Work Budget: Re-used items $0
Time: 15 mins
Location: Our own washroom
So it all started with this little mirror.
It fell out of it's original frame, just a small 5x7 piece, on it's way to the dumpster. Watching Z one morning, I I saw him tip-toe-ing on his stepping stool in the bathroom, trying to see himself in our vanity mirror.
Yes! I found it a new home!
In the gap between the faucet and the bottom of our vanity mirror frame,
Zozie's very own vanity station.
I actually wanted to set something up like this for a while but never saw how I could since our bathroom is so small. We already switched out the faucet handles to be levers vs. knobs so tiny hands can operate the fixture easier. Also brought in a ducky soap dispenser to replace the messy soap bar. One of the suggestions of a Montessori environment is to provide a vanity area for the child to self groom. Sounds cute, could be practical, but where?
The answer has always been there, right on the counter. I cleared a mini floating shelf that I used directly on the sink counter. Placed 3 glass candle cups above, and filled them with various sundries for Zo: Brushes, combs, lotion, floss, band-aides & Boo-boo cream. Below it housed 4 small wash clothes for post-wash hand drying. Everything is within reach for self service.
The Teeth Cup
Right in front of the Station is the Teeth Cup. A double handles rinse cup with tooth brush and tooth paste inside. I started to get travel sized toothpaste for Zozie so he could open/close his own tube and dispense freely.
If you haven't already, this is a must in every toddler's bathroom. A little boost goes a LONG way in self confidence and independence.
We added a Dino night light for night time potty-tunities. Nothing worst than being woken up to take a toddler potty because they can't see where they are going!
So, in the end, we got a mini makeover in our mini bathroom after all. Sometimes it just takes a small spark (or a small broken mirror) to get things going. It's nothing glamorous, and far from fancy, but it works. Zozie is very happy with his new vanity mirror and station, and mama is ecstatic that she doesn't have to help wipe the toothpaste bubbles from Zo's mouth anymore! He can see his own messy face now (and fix it)!