Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Best Way to Child-Proof Your Kitchen

Diana Smith is here today to talk about the best way to Child Proof your kitchen. Once kids are mobile they can bump those little heads or smash those little fingers. Check out these great tips! 

Your most basic instinct, as a parent, is to protect your child from any dangers they might find themselves in. And while there are some environments that you just can’t control, your home is something that you can modify in any way you want. And one of the most dangerous rooms in the house is the kitchen: sharp knives, boiling water and hot stoves all present a potential risk. However, worrying won’t get you anywhere! Here are some practical ways you can childproof your kitchen and make sure that your children are safe in their own home.

Control the environment
The most common injury that can happen in the kitchen is tiny fingers getting slammed in a drawer, cabinet door or sliding compartment, or running into a corner of a table or kitchen island. But you can control all of these things. Start by installing breakers on all of the rails of drawers and sliding doors, to prevent any slamming. Then, you want to get corner guards and place them on all sharp edges, to prevent injuries. This is especially important when your child is just reaching the height of the table and countertops, because they are not used to avoiding them while running around.

Get them acquainted with the room
What is forbidden is enticing to children, and if you only tell them that they aren’t allowed to touch something, you won’t be doing them a favor. For example, explain to them why they can’t play with knives, but when they are old enough, let them try to cut something simple under your supervision. The same goes for appliances. The fully integrated Electrolux dishwasher is a great choice for an appliance they can learn to use while they are still quite small. If you have appliances that use heat, try to get ones that have an automatic switch and turn off when they come into contact with skin, or if there are any irregularities. Let your children spend time with you while you’re in the kitchen and observe how you use everything there. It will help them realize what they need to be careful around and how they should behave in the kitchen. Your fear of them being in the kitchen will actually endanger them even more if you don’t learn to get over it.

Teach good habits
Being safe is all about the way you act in a space. The first rule that your kids should learn is that they should never run in the kitchen. There could be wet tiles they can slip on, pots with hot liquids that could topple over and sharp objects all around. Then, they need to learn to recognize sharp objects and avoid them. Further, they should never sneak up on someone in the kitchen, and they should always announce their presence. Put all of the things they aren’t supposed to use in one cabinet (preferably out of their reach), tell them what’s in there and why they shouldn’t touch it. If they persist, you can lock the cabinet. As far as your habits go, make sure you are never carrying a baby while handling something hot, because their skin is a lot more sensitive than yours. All of these rules will help your kids stay safe in the kitchen.

If your child shows interest in spending time in the kitchen, cooking or just helping you, make sure you don’t push them away. Whenever you decide they are ready, teach them how to handle themselves in the kitchen and prepare some basic meals. Even the little ones can help by arranging condiments on sandwiches or rolling out a pie crust.

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