As long as there have been toilets, there’s been young children have been fascinated with them. A toilet is like magic. Things go in it and then disappear. And what a wide array of things! Toys, phones, brushes, the remotes, silverware, books; anything and everything is fair game to a child near a toilet. It is almost like a rite of passage, a time when a young kid discovers he has a little power over his environment and the people in it. Parents the world over have torn their hair out in frustration, and worried themselves sick over the expense of a plumber. 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, and to keep from going bald.
There is such a thing in the universe as a toilet lock for the lid. 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, to keep the plumber from making a house-call. And they will make your toilet safe to flush another day.