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Our last blog post focused on the concept of ‘future proofing’ your kitchen – i.e. taking into account the layout and structure of your current kitchen and how it might work for you in future years. In reversal, this post looks at the equally important idea of child proofing your kitchen.
For young children, the kitchen is an exciting place. New smells, unusual objects, and curious sounds make it a playground of possibility, and while it might be easy to suggest a ‘keep out’ rule, this is both unrealistic and unfair. The kitchen is often at the centre of our homes; most of the action takes place here and it’s only natural that your child wants to be a part of this. As adults we cook, dine, entertain, and inevitably end up spending the majority of our time in this space. To promote healthy child development, it is important to include your children in these daily activities – but safely.
In terms of structure and design, there are several things you can do in your kitchen to reduce risks:
In addition there are many great products available on the market, specifically designed with your child in mind, which you might consider investing in:
A great idea might also be to display important rules on the wall to serve as both a reminder to you and a learning tool for your child. These might include:
At Dream Doors, we run a fully bespoke service, allowing us to work closely with you to create the safest possible environment for you and you child. By taking these small measures you can ensure years of good, clean, responsible fun!