As long as toilets have existed, young children have been fascinated with them. A toilet is like magic. Things go in it and then disappear. SO. MANY. THINGS. Toys, phones, toothbrushes, TV remotes – dropping something in the toilet is almost a rite of passage.
The good news is that the desire to flush foreign objects down the toilet passes, and there are things you can do to prevent toilet abuse – such as purchasing a toilet lid lock. They cost under $20 and can be used on most any toilet. If you only have one bathroom in your home or apartment you might find putting it on and taking it off a bit annoying, but it will prevent indiscriminate flushing.
You might also put a lock on the bathroom door so that your young one can’t even go in there unaccompanied. You might find that your child, not enjoying being constantly monitored, will alter his behavior. In the meantime, your cell phone will stay dry, and your toilet unclogged.
While none of these preventive measures will keep your young child from experimenting with his environment or being a little destructive, they are worth your effort – and your septic tank will thank you!