At Express Repair Winnipeg, we don’t just want your appliances to run at their very best. We also want your appliances to be as safe as possible. This includes making sure your kitchen is the safest space possible for your children. Learning how to baby proof a kitchen is worth working on before a baby even arrives.
Finally, there are always going to be things you can keep in mind, as your baby moves from infancy to toddler. Your kitchen can almost certainly be made safe for little ones with just a few simple steps. We are just talking about a task that is ongoing, and one you should approach from a variety of angles.
Babyproofing Your Kitchen
You can start with some child-friendly kitchen habits. In this sense, we are talking about doing things like making sure nothing hangs over the edge of any cabinet. Getting into the headspace of putting your hot beverages in places only you can reach is a good idea.
Start returning objects to your cabinet, as soon you’ve finished using them. This is another good habit to start developing now, if you’re still expecting. The same can be said for your smaller appliances, such as blenders and toasters. You won’t want to leave these things plugged in with a baby around, so start unplugging them now, when you aren’t using them.
What about certain kitchen items, when you have to leave them out to dry? This would be stuff like knives, glassware, or even good china. We often leave these things out to dry, but this is obviously not a good idea around infants or toddlers. Start a routine now of drying them as soon as possible, and putting them away in a safe space.
These are just a few examples of how you can get things going. We certainly have more babyproofing kitchen tips that you can keep in mind!
How to Baby Proof the Kitchen
You don’t want to forget a single thing. You won’t. You can certainly contact our appliance experts at Express Repair Winnipeg to give your kitchen a complete assessment, when it comes to baby-proofing the area.
Here are a few more essential babyproofing tips to remember:
The stovetop: Start a habit around using your stove’s rear hot plates. If you have to use the front hot plates, make sure the handles of your pots and pans are turned away. For the stove knobs, which is one of your biggest potential problems, we have two suggestions. Either remove the knobs, and use them as needed, or invest in covers for stove knobs.
Clean your kitchen: Expect just about anything at ground level to have a high potential for ending up in your child’s mouth. Plan accordingly! Even if you aren’t the tidiest person in the world, you should expect to get into the habit of cleaning as thoroughly as you can.
Cleaning supplies: Detergents, soaps, and assorted toxic household cleaning products are all dangers to babies and small children. These things should be locked away, or kept well out of kids’ reach. If you’re using products that contain such harsh ingredients as chlorine or ammonium, consider switching to some of the safer kitchen cleaning products currently available. There are some really good ones out there. Vinegar, Borax, and beeswax are a few examples of what we’re talking about.
The dishwasher: This one can be a little tricky, but there are some straightforward things you can do. Soap, knives, glassware and everything else inside can give you a good deal of anxiety. The first thing to remember is that your sharp objects, such as knives, should be loaded in such a way that they point downwards. Do not add your dishwasher liquids/powders, until you are literally about to start a cycle. Invest in multi-purpose straps to keep the dishwasher door secure.
Microwaves: Mounting the microwave as far back from the counter edge as possible is good. Those multi-purpose straps can also be used to keep your microwave’s door secured.
Cabinet doors/drawers: There are a number of products that can help you keep these things from being accessed. Nonetheless, we would suggest a more comprehensive guide to this specific issue, since it’s truly a subject all on its own.
Trash cabinets: Your best bet is to lock this away in a cabinet. A trashcan with latch can also be a sound purchase.
Extra tip: Keep plastic bags and similar things locked far away. A switch guard will likely be essential for your garbage disposal, as well as your trash compactor.