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Tips for Babyproofing a Kitchen

Tips for Baby Proofing the Kitchen

By
Cheryl Butler,
September 8, 2007
Episode #031

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Hey there!  You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parenting. Today’s Topic: Kitchen Safety

Tips for Baby Proofing the Kitchen

A friend of mine was showing me pictures of her apartment from a few years ago. One picture showed a coffee table in the middle of the living room. A pair of scissors lay in the center of the table. I don’t remember what she was actually taking a picture of, but I do know that we both noticed the scissors. She was not a mom when she took that picture. There were no children living in that house. We are both moms now and we agreed that the picture was a scene from yesterday. It was definitely something you would not see in our homes today.

Every room of your house will need to be baby-proofed once you have children. I recommend starting early. The less you have to worry about after the baby arrives, the better. I can’t cover every room in a five-minute podcast, so I’ll be doing future episodes on this topic.

BE A BABY

I am going to focus on the kitchen in this episode, but one of my favorite baby-proofing tips actually applies to all the rooms in your home. Try acting like a baby. That doesn’t mean you should sleep for two hours at a time and wake everyone up at two a.m. I’m talking about putting yourself into the baby’s physical position. Get down on the floor and start exploring. See for yourself just what the baby or toddler is going to see. Look for places you can open, crawl into, and climb. These are areas you’ll want to address when it comes to safety.

If door handles seem climbable, you may want to consider changing them. Replacing handles on cabinet doors is very easy to do. Any type of cabinet that turns to open or can pinch fingers should have a child safety lock on it. If you have cabinets at floor level, I recommend putting your plastic containers in them. Some metal pots, pans or bakeware should be safe as well. Use your best judgment as to which items you want your child to have access to. Giving a child a cabinet or drawer full of safe items will usually keep the child happy in the kitchen while you work. I have an extra set of plastic drawers in my kitchen. I keep small plastic bowls, lids and also clean kitchen towels and washcloths in these drawers. The drawers are always messy and disorganized, but it helps me keep order in other places where I need it most. Giving a child a place to go when they get curious is much easier than getting them out of a place they shouldn’t be in the first place.

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