Childproof your kitchen to protect both the kids and the kitchen. Photo Credit: Pingu1963, very busy
It’s only natural that since moms and dads spend so much time in the kitchen, curious little tykes spend a lot of time there, too. Unfortunately, though, curious little minds can lead to some dangerous situations, which is why it’s so important to childproof your kitchen.
Not only because your child may be testing his or her boundaries there, childproofing the kitchen is essential also because there are so many dangers lurking in that one particular room. Think about it: there are outlets like everywhere else, but there are also knives and other sharp objects, pesticides, cleaners, and other hazardous chemicals, extremely hot surfaces and objects at times, and lots of heavy items that could injure someone if they fell (or were pulled) off the countertop. To make matters worse, most kitchens are filled with chairs and step-stools, which only serve to bring children that much closer to things you prefer they not reach.
There are a lot of do’s and don’ts here to keep your child out of danger in the kitchen, but try to keep in mind that a healthy curiosity is actually a really good thing, so try to keep one cabinet free and accessible for your child. Fill it with things they are allowed to pull out and play with, like plastic containers, pots and pans, wooden spoons, measuring cups, etc. and show them that they, too, have a place in this most well-occupied room.
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