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How do I make my kitchen baby-proof?

The kitchen is a very busy area of the home and it is nearly impossible to keep your baby away from it.
Make the kitchen a safer area by locking away all dangerous substances, such as pesticides and  detergents. Child locks for cupboards and drawers are effective until your little one is almost three. It is advisable to leave the locks on after that age, to serve as a reminder and define which areas are out of bounds. You can switch to slightly less dangerous chemicals for use in the home, such as substituting chlorine-bleach with non-chlorine bleach, and by using compressed air to unblock drains instead of liquid drain cleaner.

Knives, peelers and graters should be stored high up, out of reach, along with glassware and non-plastic dishes. The coffee maker, toaster and other appliances should always be unplugged when not in use and placed out reach from the edge of the counter. Plates, glasses and utensils should be left on tables or counters unattended. Avoid using table cloths – your baby can grab these and pull them down, along with whatever is on them.

Use the back cooker plates whenever possible. Always angle pot and pan handles away from the front of the cooker. Install locks for your oven door and refrigerator. Use knob guards for your electric cooker and remove the knobs from your gas cooker when not in use.

Use a cover for your rubbish bin and keep your child away from refuse bags and bins. Always use a cover on the bin and a lock, so that your child cannot access dangerous waste. Dishwashers should be kept closed and the dish washing liquid must be kept out of reach.

Designate one cupboard for use as a distraction for your baby. Place lightweight, safe items there for them to use while you are busy. If your little one cannot be controlled in the kitchen, consider using a safety gate and arranging a fun activity for them while you are busy. Remember that your child must be contained in an area that is safe and still in line of sight while you are in the kitchen.

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