Kitchens are full of hazards, which can make them dangerous places for kids. Some parents don’t allow kids in the kitchen – however this isn’t always an option if you need to cook or clean whilst monitoring your kids. By taking a few safety precautions and adding a few playful distractions, you may be able to make your kitchen a more kid-friendly space. Here are just a few features to consider…
Consider child-locks on cupboard
From fragile plates to cleaning chemicals, there are lots of objects in the kitchen that you probably don’t want your kids getting their hands on. Adding child-locks to your cupboards can stop your kids from accessing these fragile and dangerous objects. This is a useful precaution against infants who may be too young to understand where they’re not allowed to go.
Consider a non-slip rug
Kitchen floors are often hard surfaces. If you want a rug in your kitchen, it could be worth opting for a non-slip rug. If your child is running around, they’ll be less likely to slip and hurt themselves.
Keep countertop dangers out of reach
If you store items like knives of glasses on your countertop, make sure to keep them towards the back of your countertop where they’re out of reach from young children. You may also want a make habit of doing this with plates when putting them on the side to wash up. It’s also a good habit to position pan handles to the side so that kids are less able to grab them.
Secure your wobbly fridge
If your refrigerator feels a little wobbly, it may be worth securing it with a bracket at the back. This could stop it falling on a child if they try to tug at it.
Buy a step stool
When kids get a little older, you may feel more comfortable with them helping in the kitchen and possibly getting their own breakfast or drinks. A step stool will allow kids to reach the countertop. It’s worth buying a step stool made for kids with a good grip and sturdy legs.
Have fun with fridge magnets
When it comes to keeping kids occupied whilst doing household chores in the kitchen, fridge magnets can be a fun toy to consider. You could buy some alphabet fridge magnets and use a word unscrambler to teach words. Alternatively, you could try a fridge magnet jigsaw puzzle.
Set up a play corner
If you have the space, you could also consider a play corner to keep your child occupied. This could include a toy kitchen and toy kitchen utensils so that your child can pretend to wash up and cook as you are. Another option could be to simply provide some coloring books and a mini-table.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.