Making your kitchen kid-friendly
kitchen is childproof is essential for proper safety. Taking a
few small precautions can eliminate unnecessary accidents. Also,
providing children with their own kitchen space can make the
time spent with your child more enjoyable. The National kitchen
& Bath Association (NKBA) in the U.S. has developed a short list
of ideas to make your kitchen more kid-friendly.
1. Put all cleaning
products and poisonous substances out of reach in a high cabinet
or closet. If products must be in a cabinet accessible to
children, install child safety locks on the doors.
2. Move all electrical
cords to the back of the countertops and tape them to the bottom
of the counters, out of reach.
all tablecloths from the table so children cannot pull and drag
heavy or hot items on themselves.
4. If you have a table
with glass or sharp corners, attach corner guards.
5. Eliminate loose rugs in your kitchen
by placing no-slip pads underneath them.
6. Place kid-sized plastic dishes, snacks
and napkins together in a lower cabinet so children can reach
them. Having this self-service cabinet will make the children
feel grown up and will allow you to have more cooking
time without being interrupted.
7. Encourage children
to help participate in kitchen cleanup by purchasing kid-sized
toy brooms and dustpans. Also purchase a junior set of utensils
so children can feel they are helping during food preparation.
8. Hang a chalkboard
or dry erase board at a good height for children on the side of
either your kitchen island or wall. Children will be able to
draw pictures and remain entertained while you are busy