Despite our best intentions as parents, keeping baby safe can be a much harder task than we were ever prepared for. Read this post about using baby gates in your home to baby proof your little one’s surroundings.
Generally this is the safest way to keep your baby in check while you’re in the kitchen. Keep a close eye on them to keep them from reaching stuff that are dangerous for them or from opening drawers or cabinets within their reach that hold potentially harmful items. But who are we kidding? You’re not going to be in the kitchen to watch your baby, you’re most likely going to be there to prepare food, and doing so will keep you from constantly monitoring your baby’s movements.
You can put your baby in a play yard within your range of sights but far enough from the kitchen so that you can still see each other and interact without him being in the danger zone.
Allowing your child access to one special drawer in the kitchen that is far from the stove, oven, or burners can also keep them occupied so fill it up with kitchen themed trinkets like wooden spoons, empty yogurt containers, and plastic containers.
Keep Dangerous Items Out Of Reach
Some babies are pretty wily and will know learn how to get around child safety locks, so you can’t settle with the fact that you have child locked the cabinets or drawers holding any toxic or dangerous items. So keep them locked up in a place where your baby can’t reach them. Child safety locks are effective for babies from 6 months old to 2 years of age, but keeping the latches on after they reach that age will reinforce the boundary that they should keep out.
Consider making the switch from harmful chemicals to organic and safer alternatives. This way, if your baby finds his way to them, he won’t be in as much danger.
Cling wraps and other plastics can pose a suffocating hazard, so keep those away from your child’s reach as well. Choose products like vitamins and medications with child resistant caps and keep all of them in the original containers to avoid any mix-ups.
Knives and other sharp objects should remain out of reach, as well as fragile items like china and glassware.
Any small items that can be choking hazards should not be accessible to your child.
Prevent your child from reaching and pulling onto: cords of electrical appliances, table cloths or place mats, hot food and beverages.
Other Potential Kitchen Dangers
Latch up your refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, for obvious reasons. Use the back burners on your stove so your child won’t be able to reach them or anything cooking on them, and turn your pot handles to the back if you do need to use the front burners.
In order to be prepared for any event, purchase a fire extinguisher for your kitchen. And know how to use it if the time comes (hopefully never).
Keep your trash closed so your kid can’t accidentally get cut on metal lids or broken glass, better yet if you have such items in your trash then take the trash out immediately.
Don’t handle hot beverages or food if you’re not sure where your baby is in the kitchen, as you can easily trip and accidentally spill it on him. Be alert and safe at all times.