When it comes to infants and toddlers, nothing in the house is more dangerous than the kitchen. Between the hot stove tops, sharp knives, and cleaning products under the sink, there is a lot that can go wrong.
As a parent, it is your job to protect your kid from these dangers, and the best way to do that is by baby-proofing. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make your kitchen a safer place for your small child:
Out of reach, out of mind.
Use your child’s height, or lack thereof, to your advantage. If your baby can’t reach an item, it (usually) isn’t dangerous. Store potentially hazardous objects in high cabinets, cook on the back burners of the stove, and keep all items towards the back of your counter tops to avoid curious hands from tugging on them and pulling them down.
Lock it away.
The golden rule of baby-proofing: if it’s unsafe, throw it out or lock it away. This is especially true in the kitchen. Put locks on your cabinets, refrigerator, and trash can; cover up your electrical outlets; and invest in a safety gate to keep your child completely out of the kitchen when needed.
Think like a child.
The best way to protect your child is to think like them. Everything and anything could be a toy – or worse, food – to their curious minds. Go through every item in your kitchen and think to yourself, “could this potentially be harmful to my child?” If the answer is yes, take preventative actions to neutralize the danger.
If you want to learn more about specific steps you can take to baby-proof your kitchen, we recommend this article from Parent Guide.
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