How to Make Your Kitchen More Child Friendly

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Whether you already have a child, are expecting one or hoping for one, your mind turns to how to make the home child friendly. This is most important of all in potentially dangerous rooms such as the kitchen. There are hazards to negotiate but at the same time you want a kitchen which is going to grow with them and which you hope they will learn to love – after all, at some point, you want to stop cooking for them all the time, right?

Step 1: Creating a Safer Kitchen Environment

The kitchen is never going to be 100% safe because, unless you microwave ready meals, you are going to need an oven, hobs to cook on, knives, toxic cleaning products, and other items. However, you can make the room safer overall for kids by ensuring they are out of reach, either high up on the wall or in a secure upper cupboard. It is possible to also get child safety ovens and grills.

When designing your kitchen, also consider safe sockets with socket plugs or perhaps hidden sockets which can be stored out of sight when not being used. Furthermore, ensure there are no sharp edges they can hurt themselves on. It is also vital to educate your child as soon as able about no go areas or places they should not be when you are cooking. Also, consider using the back rings for boiling and never let the handles stick over the edge.

Step 2: Make it Child Friendly

Now your design has removed or mitigated the dangerous elements, it’s time to work on the positives. You can add things to make your kitchen more child friendly and this starts with seating. For the younger years you need a high quality, safe and stylish baby high chair. However, as they group up you can replace it with more fun seating. Personalize the kitchen for them, let them paint a cupboard door, or help you choose elements like towels, pin pictures to the fridge door. Finally, if your kitchen is big enough create a safe space for them to hang with you as you cook, this could be a low desk for them to sit at, a little kitchen play set, or being able to sit at the breakfast bar or kitchen island to play, draw, or jabber away.

Step 3: Encouraging them to Enjoy the Kitchen

 

Eventually, you want your children to see the kitchen as a fun place and a place they feel comfortable in. The best way to do this is to get them involved in the process. What they can do safely depends on their age and how much you trust them, but it can start with fetching items, reading recipes, and so on, if they want to. It can also start with fun simple projects like baking cookies or decorating cakes. The more fun you make any activity, even if it is secretly a chore, the better for them.

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