Tips for baby proofing your kitchen
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The kitchen is another one of those areas that many parents
choose to make a no-baby zone, and for good reason. If you
do choose to give your baby access to this room, it is important
to supervise their activities. Many a parent has been caught
up in meal preparation or dish washing, and failed to watch
their toddler. The stove is one of the most dangerous items
in this room and should be watched at all times. Here are
a few more tips to get you started:
1. Watch the stove at all times. Turn pot and pan handles towards
the back of the stove to prevent possible spills. Whenever possible
use the back burners when cooking. A stove guard can help prevent
your baby from burning themselves on the burners. If your toddler
can reach the stove knobs- try installing ones that they are
unable to operate. Proper teaching is also critical. Teach your
baby what “HOT” means and teach them to stay away
from the stove and oven.
2. The oven should also be watched at all times. Appliance locks
can be purchased to keep this area secure. The key is to find
one that is heat resistant and durable. Older ovens tend to
radiate heat from the front panel, so consider upgrading to
a newer “cool to the touch” model.
3. Appliance locks - You will want to install locks/latches on
all appliances. This includes stove, fridge, and dishwasher.
Only open these appliances when loading or unloading items.
Never leave them open.
4. Cabinet locks -These are the same
type that you installed in the bathroom. Many parents choose to have one
safe cabinet that baby can explore. Fill this cabinet with plastic and
unbreakable items. Your baby may practice their musical talent with a
Tupperware drum set! Chemicals should be stored in a locked cabinet away
from prying hands.
5. Trash - Keep a lid on the trash can at all times, or better
yet keep it in a locked cabinet.
6. Be mindful of small appliances. Your toddler can easily pull
the cords and face electrocution. Keep toasters, coffee makers,
phones, and microwave cords out of reach. Cord shorteners are
also available to keep them out of babies reach.
7. Clean up spills immediately.
8. Plastic kitchen bags and
trash bags are one of the most dangerous things you can have
in your home. Keep these up high and out of babies reach.