As a new parent, nothing is more important than the health and safety of your child. With that said, there is no room in your home more hazardous than the kitchen. The hot surfaces, sharp knives, and toxic drinks under the sink all present dangers to a wandering toddler.
Luckily, there are some safety precautions that you can take to baby-proof your kitchen and make it safe for people of all ages. Here are a few things you can do:
Unplug your small appliances. Countertop appliances such as the toaster and blender should be unplugged and put away somewhere out of reach when they are not being used.
Baby-proof the stove. An easy way to baby-proof your stove is by cooking on the rear burners, where small hands cannot reach. You should also remove the burner knobs when you are not cooking, or purchase special knob covers that prevent kids from turning the burners on.
Keep objects away from the edge of counters. The further away objects are from the edge of counters and tabletops, the less likely your child will be able to reach them. This is especially important for sharp items or small pieces that kids can choke on.
Lock up the cleaning supplies. Those cleaning supplies under the sink come in all sorts of fun colors, which could look like a tasty drink to an unknowing child. Lock up your cleaning supply cabinet to avoid any chances of poisoning.
Latch your fridge door. Using some kind of velcro or buckle latch on your refrigerator will prevent your baby from opening the door. Not only could they choke on the food they find, they could also leave the door open and spoil all of your food.
For more tips and ideas to baby-proof your kitchen, check out this article from Parent Guide.
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