When designing your new kitchen we need to make sure to keep our kids in mind so they stay safe! Here are some tips for designing the perfect kid-friendly kitchen!
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Designing The Perfect Kid-Friendly Kitchen
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Any parent will tell you that kids have an amazing ability to create a mess, especially in the kitchen! There’s a big chance your child will spill on and stain everything in the kitchen if you aren’t careful! But more importantly, we must make sure our kids stay safe in the kitchen! Which means ensuring their safety around any of the hazards like the stove or sharp knives. That means when you are designing the perfect kitchen we need to keep our kids in mind! Here’s how to create a kid-friendly kitchen in your home.
What Can They Reach?
The first thing we need to think about is what can they reach when designing our kitchen. It’s important that we think about their safety. Therefore we want to make sure knives and heavy pots are not in a place they can reach. So when planning out your kid-friendly kitchen you will want plenty of cabinets to put these things in.
With that being said, it’s also important that they can reach the things that they do need. Getting your kids to help out with chores is important. It teaches them responsibility (and make your life easier in the process). And they can only learn that independence and responsibility if they can access things. So, put some basic cooking utensils and plastic plates in the lower cabinets so they can reach them. By doing this it will allow them to help set the table and help make their own lunch.
Putting things in cupboards that they can’t reach is a start. But there’s always the chance that they’ll climb up on a chair and start looking for things they need. That’s why it’s always a good idea to childproof all of the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen. When they get a little older and they’re responsible enough to make good decisions about their safety, you can take the child locks away. These are our favorite ones because they don’t damage your cabinets when you take them off.
Line Of Sight
Supervising the kids in the kitchen is essential, so you want to design the kitchen with that in mind. You need to think about your line of sight when you’re cooking. If the all of the work surfaces and the oven are badly placed then you won’t be able to keep an eye on the kids while you are cooking. So, keep that in mind when planning the layout of your new kitchen.
Get A Stool
When they do reach the age where they can be trusted to do more in the kitchen, you will want them to help them out as much as possible. If they want to help out with the tidying up or basic food preparation, you should get a small stool so they can reach all of the cupboards and the sink. Just remember to keep it locked away somewhere so they can only access it when you’re there to supervise them.
Wipe Clean Surfaces
Having your kids spend more time in the kitchen helping out inevitably means more mess. So you need to put careful consideration into the counters and cabinets you choose. Perhaps you will want to get some custom kitchen cabinets with an easy wipe clean surface rather than wooden ones. Stains will stick to the wood easily so you will want to keep that in mind. The same goes for the counters and floors too. When the kids leave home you can switch to some nice wooden kitchen fixtures but right now, it might be better to get something more kid-friendly. Quartz is a good option because it’s very durable. It can be quite expensive, but it’ll withstand anything that you’re kids can throw at it.
The stove is one of the most dangerous appliances in the kitchen so it’s essential that you protect your kids from it. The easiest way to do that is to install induction hobs. They only heat up when there’s a pan on them and they cool down very quickly. If you’ve got standard hobs, they’ll stay hot for a long time making it easy for kids to burn themselves. But with an induction hob, it’ll cool down once you stop cooking which will reduce the chance of anybody getting hurt.
Follow these simple steps when designing your kid-friendly kitchen to keep your kids safe!
Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!