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How to Baby-Proof Your Kitchen


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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How to Baby-Proof Your Refrigerator

Whether it’s your spouse or your child, there is always someone trying to see what’s in the fridge. If you have an infant or toddler wandering around the house, the refrigerator could be the scene for their next big adventure. It seems like fun and games, but the refrigerator can actually pose a threat to small children.

With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to baby-proof your fridge.

1) Restrict access.

An obvious way to keep your child from getting into the fridge is restricting access to the kitchen. Putting up a good baby gate will not only keep your child away from the refrigerator, but also keep them safe from all the other dangers your kitchen has to offer.

2) Baby-proof the fridge door.

There is a wide array of various foods and beverages that fill your fridge. You don’t want your child getting sick from consuming raw meats or making a mess with eggs. A great option to prevent this is a child-proof locking device. There are different types of locking devices, such as padlocks and clip straps, click here to see which one suites you best.

3) Protect the water dispenser.

If your fridge has a water or ice dispenser, you most likely want to keep your child from playing with it. One easy push can cause one not so easy mess to clean up. The first thing to do is to take out your fridges owner manual and see whether your fridge offers a locking feature on your water dispenser – most fridges do. If your fridge doesn’t offer a locking device, you can head down to your local hardware store and buy a magnetic sheet. Make sure you cut the sheet to a size where it completely covers the water dispenser recess.

4) Baby proof the magnets.

Magnets not only can be heavy, but they can also be a choking hazard. Moving magnets higher on the fridge is an easy way to make sure your child can’t mess around with them.

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