You may have noticed that you are now spending more time in your kitchen since the time your little one was born. A new addition to the family means another mouth to feed and another person to take care. As you know very well right now, feeding and washing take on a whole new meeting where a baby is concerned.
Since it is necessary for you to spend time in the kitchen, it won’t be for long before your baby begins to follow you or demands to be taken with you to the kitchen. As this is absolutely going to happen, you will definitely need to take some important steps in making sure the kitchen is safe for your baby.
Before doing anything very specific, you have to set hard rules for yourself and every adult or older kid that comes to the kitchen. These rules have to be followed at all times to make the kitchen as safe as possible for the newest member of the family.
Keep Hot Drinks Away from the Baby’s Reach
If you have never seen a baby get burned by a very hot drink, then you should make sure you never get to see it. The burns on your baby’s skin and the cries of anguish will give you nightmares. A part of this rule is to always put your drink in a safe location before holding the baby or vice versa. You simply cannot carry both at the same time.
Never Let Anything Dangle over the Edge
A dangling object on top of the counter, dinner table, or cabinet can attract the baby’s curiosity. As soon as the baby decides to yank that object, he or she could be in for a very nasty surprise.
Use the Cabinets
Use the cabinets as intended. Make it a point to put in its proper place all the things that have to be stored inside the cabinet, especially knives and fragile objects which can potentially harm your baby. It requires a little bit of patience and self-discipline to make this happen.
Unplug All Appliances that are Not Used
This is really quite sensible as you clearly want your electricity bill to stay as low as possible. Besides, you never want to take a chance when you have a very curious baby going around.
Wipe then Store
If you are like most people who let their dishes and cutlery dry before storing in the cabinets, now is the time to change it until at least the baby is old enough to know what he or she is doing. You never ever want to leave potentially dangerous objects lying around when you have a baby. Always try to remember that all it takes is only one mistake for an accident to happen.
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
You may not be the religious type, but making sure the kitchen is clean is a sure way of making your baby safe. There is a need for you to clean even the usual out of reach areas as these are places your child may choose to explore.
Making the Kitchen Safe for Your Baby
Now that a few general rules have been clearly defined, it is about time to do some very specific things for safety measures in the kitchen.
One of the most important and often-used equipment in the kitchen is the stove. Thus, making it safe for your baby is essential. For starters, always use the back end hot plates when cooking. If you must use the front part, do try to keep the holders away from the baby’s reach. Also, the best way to stop your baby from toying with the stove knobs is by using stove knob covers.
Baby proof stove knob covers
Your dishwasher could very well be your unsung hero when it comes to taking care of your baby. When using it, make sure that the sharp end of objects is always pointed away while use your washing powder only when you are about to start washing. More importantly, you can utilize adaptable straps to keep the baby from opening the dishwasher.
Multi-purpose strap Lock
If your baby blissfully ignores your stove and dishwasher, the microwave is an entirely different matter. The baby’s curiosity is bound to be stirred by the sound and activity when this equipment is used. It certainly looks like the toy you promised to buy, but never did. Seriously, to keep your baby from acting on his or her curiosity, simply keep it out of his or her reach.
The Trash Can
The trash can is another object in the kitchen that can attract your baby. Because of the number of times you use it, your baby might decide to take a peek. The last thing you want is for your baby to put something in his or her mouth from the trash can. Use a trash can that has a latch on it to deter your baby from checking its contents.
Trash can with latch
You can be sure that by doing these things, you are making the kitchen a safe haven for your baby to explore.