The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in your house. If you’re not careful, things like fire, injury, and more could take place in your kitchen. And while you might know how to best keep yourself safe in the kitchen, if you have little kids at home, it’s up to you to teach them how to stay safe and keep them away from anything that could cause them harm.
To help you see how this can be done when you have small kids or babies who are still learning, here are three tips for babyproofing your kitchen.
Rethink Your Storage Setup
When you don’t have kids at home to worry about getting into things, you might have set up your kitchen so that heavier items or breakable items were on slower shelves or cupboards. But when you have little ones who can get into these areas, you’re going to want to rethink what you keep in these sections of your kitchen.
For items that could harm your baby or easily get broken when handled incorrectly, you’ll want to put those things up higher where your little ones can’t reach. Or, if you don’t want to move everything around in your kitchen, you can also invest in babyproofing accessories that make it so small kids can’t gain access to cupboards or drawers that you don’t want them getting into.
Avoid Slips And Falls
Because of the water that you’ll be using in the kitchen, and since most kitchens have either wood flooring or some kind of tile or other hard floor, you should be concerned about your little one potentially slipping or falling on this hard floor due to wetness or misplaced items.
While there’s not much you can do about water other than clean it up as soon as a spill takes place, if you have rugs or standing pads in your kitchen, you should make sure that the bottom of those rugs are non-slip. This way, when your kids walk or crawl onto them, they won’t slip and fall onto the hard and dangerous floor of your kitchen.
Give Them A Safe Place To Be
Many kids don’t like being out of the group or forced to be away from their loved one, even when you’re doing something potentially dangerous like cooking or cleaning in the kitchen.
So to save yourself from having a very sad baby, try to find a safe place that you can create for your little one to be while you’re in the kitchen. This might consist of installing a few baby gates or putting up a playpen in the area so that your kids can be close but not too close.
If you have curious or mischievous kids who will quickly become a menace in the kitchen, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you babyproof this part of your home.