How To Baby Proof the Kitchen & Dining Room

How to Baby Proof the Kitchen and Dining Room by Magical Mama Blog

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How To Baby Proof the Kitchen & Dining Room

Print out my Baby Proofing Checklist for later!

Ahh the kitchen…full of knives, breakable dishes, and boiling hot food preparation…yep, definitely need to baby proof this one!

  • Cabinet & Drawer Locks

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If you have anything breakable, choking hazards, things you don’t want all over your floor, or you don’t want your child using your cabinets as forts, get yourself some cabinet locks.

If your little one is tall enough to open drawers, they can usually reach into the drawers.  Make sure nothing sharp or heavy is at easy reach.  Locks can be used for drawers as well!

If you have drawers with handles, check out my post on how to use Lots of Links to keep your cabinets closed!

  • Hazardous Cleaners

Move hazardous cleaners to a locked utility room or high cabinet.  If you do not have these options, consider putting them into a tub with a locking lid inside of a locked cabinet.

  • Refrigerator

Make sure your fridge is not top heavy and is steady.  If you can wobble it, or you have a monkey child that can climb up with the handles, use furniture straps to secure your fridge to the wall.

Use strap locks to keep doors closed.  If your little one can reach the water or ice dispenser, consider using something to block them for getting water and ice all over the floor.

  • Oven

Use straps to keep door closed.  Be sure to check your placement as the adhesive can melt if it gets too hot.

Remove all dish towels you have hanging on the handle.  If your child grabs both ends and pulls, that oven door can come flying down on them.

Pro Tip: Locks specified as “oven locks” typically do not work on double ovens.

  • Dishwasher

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(please ignore the baby finger prints and licking marks!)

Get the door locked up with a strap and if your dishwasher has a handle, remove any dish towels.

Do not place detergent in your dishwasher until it is ready to run.  You don’t want your little one getting into those toxic chemicals while you’re trying to load it up.

Always place sharp objects like knives facing down in the dishwasher.  If someone is trying to be a little helper and unload with you, you don’t want those little fingers to be harmed.

  • Stove

If your stove has knobs along the front, get some knob covers so your child cannot turn on the stove top…especially if it’s gas!

Get a stove guard if your little one’s fingers can reach over the edge.  You don’t need any sweet little fingers getting burned.  Try to use only the back burners if possible.

Attempt to always turn pot & pan handles toward the back to avoid little ones pulling hot food and metal down on themselves.

  • Doors

If you’d like to keep your kiddo from entering a utility room or pantry, throw on some door handle locks to keep them out.

  • Pantry

If you have an open pantry or keep the door open for it often, move cans and jars to high, secure shelves.

Consider making the bottom shelves their snack store.  Put pouches, fruit snacks, crackers, and juice boxes at their easy reach.

  • Fridge Magnets

Remove fridge magnets that may be a choking hazard.  Consider getting some baby-friendly magnets so they have something to play with in the kitchen.

You’ll want to get magnets that have a magnetic sheeting back instead of small magnets.

  • Counter Clutter

Be sure to keep dish drying racks and mats away from the edge of the counter.  Position knife blocks in the back center of counters as well as any decor or heavy kitchen objects.

  • Trash

Get trash cans under the sink in locked cabinets, into a pantry or utility room, or into some kind of contraption that can keep them from being knocked over.

  • Tablecloths

Remove tablecloths from dining room tables.  Your child will no doubt pull everything off of the table and possibly onto themselves. The same goes for place mats!

  • Sharp Edges

If you have a dining table or china cabinet with sharp edges or corners, grab some corner guard and edge padding to protect those little noggins.

  • Chairs & Stools

If you don’t want your little one pulling chairs around the dinging room and possibly onto themselves, try putting bungee cords around the chair and table legs to keep them securely tucked in.

If you have some tall stools tucked in at the counter, consider trowing them in a closet or the garage for a few months until your little one won’t pull them down onto themselves.

  • Utensils

Keep utensils in their drawer until they need to be used.  Setting the table early can lead to curious hands pulling down fork and knives.

  • Choking Hazards

Get down on your hands and knees and look under the lip of your cupboards and appliances.  Those skinny little baby hands can get deep under there.

The general rule is if something can fit within a toilet paper tube, it can be a choking hazard.

  • Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure your detectors are in good working order.  Replace the batteries in the detectors around your home while you’re in the midst of your baby proofing make over.

  • Fire Extinguisher

If you have an extinguisher in your kitchen, check the dates on it to make sure it is in good working order.  If you don’t have one, grab one!

  • Poison Control

  • (800) 222 – 1222

    Please take one minute to program the number for poison control into your phone!  You don’t want to be looking for the number during an emergency!

    They are available 24 hours a day every single day!  You could save yourself an expensive trip to an emergency room on a holiday if you have this number handy!

  • Gun Safety

  • If there are any guns or ammo in your home, take the steps to get them locked up!  Do not let your child become a statistic!”Accidental gun deaths occur mainly in those under 25 years old. In 2014, 2,549 children (age 0-19) died by gunshot and an additional 13,576 were injured.””In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms, setting the scene for possible tragedy if firearms are not locked and stored properly.”

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Print out my Baby Proofing Checklist for later!

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