The first and very basic version of a toilet flapper is made of plastic with holes poked in it to serve as an entrance for fluid. There are a ton of sizes of these available to choose from. Prices range from $2.50 to $10.00 for 10 flappers (a few are actually handmade). If you’re a DIYer like me, you may find it helpful to keep a set of them handy in order to adjust and change them to meet your own needs. There are a few brands that make toilet flappers with different materials, so if you’re unsure as to which it would be best, go with what you have available and have a look at the manufacturer’s website to see if you prefer different options.
If you’re looking to make your own toilet flapper and have some spare parts, you can get ideas for making a wooden toilet flapper on Crafty Corner.
Are toilet flappers safe for babies?
A common fear among all parents, flappers can cause serious damage to the anus, but there is very little information on the subject. One source of concern is one particular class of flapper called polyflap pads. They are usually made of polyester filament that can be used without harming your little one’s innards.
On the other hand, your little one could get seriously injured if they attempt to put the toilet flapper into their anus. If they are very young, they could be at a high risk to injury from a flapper alone. Even older children may want to avoid toilet flappers altogether. There’s little scientific evidence to suggest that flappers hurt their children, and in fact, some doctors recommend not attaching flappers to infant’s diapers at all at all. The only safety concern that I see concerns babies that are too young to really understand the risks associated with such a dangerous item. They should be given a full review by their pediatricians before attaching such a dangerous object to their body.
How to make a toilet flapper
A good way to make your own toilet flapper is to print out a diagram of the design online from the manufacturer, then cut pieces from the template for making your own flapper piece:
Once you’ve completed this step, put in the pieces onto a non-porous board (not an eraser board) and let them dry overnight. You can then use either your hands or a sharp, dry knife to cut your flapper to fit within the template:
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