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Keeping Baby Safe in the Kitchen

Aug 7, 2008
With scalding hot oil, boiling water, and the oven set at 450 degrees, the kitchen can be one of the most hazardous rooms in your house for your baby. One of the best ways to prevent an accident is to keep the baby out of the kitchen all together by using a baby gate. However for some this idea might not be practical. Therefore, there are other ways to make your kitchen a safe place for your baby.

Preventing Burns

* To help safeguard your child from opening the oven when in use, purchase an oven lock.

* Install childproof knob covers on your stove if your knobs are reachable.

* Installing a stove guard on your stove can protect those little ones from touching the hot stove. Stove guards are made of heat-resistant plastic, which angles out from the stove creating a barrier to help protect little hands.

* Turn the handles of pots and skillets around so baby cannot reach them.

* Use the back burners for cooking when possible.

* Be sure to set your water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below or use anti-scalding devices.

Keep Sharp Objects Out of Reach

* Keep your dishwasher shut when not in use since it can contain sharp objects that can cut the baby.

* Keep other utensils and knives out of reach of children.

* Never leave scissors, knives or other sharp objects on counter within reach.

Other Areas to Childproof

* Place locks on appliances such as refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.

* Keep electrical appliances such as toaster and blenders out of reach as curious babies may try and plug them in.

* Keep all cleaning supplies locked up or in an area inaccessible to baby.

* Place locks on cabinets and drawers.

* Put outlet covers in any outlets.

Don't Forget...

* Avoid using small magnets on your refrigerator as these can fall down and baby can choke on them.

* Keep cling wrap, large baggies and plastic bags out of reach as they pose a suffocation hazard for children.

* Don't have any stools or ladders in the kitchen as these can provide a vehicle for a child to reach things they shouldn't.

* Keep a lid on your trashcan or keep the trash out of reach. Trash can contain any number of hazards such as sharp metal can lids, plastic bags, or glass bottles.

* No place is ever completely childproof, so never leave child unattended in the kitchen.

Keep them Entertained

You spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking and preparing food and then cleaning up. So keep the baby entertained while you are there and they are less likely to play with things they shouldn't. Set aside at least one cabinet for your child to open and explore. Pick a cabinet that's not too close to the stove and oven, and fill it with safe but interesting objects, such as lightweight saucepans, wooden spoons, foil pie plates, and empty yogurt containers. Surprise them by changing the contents from time to time.
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