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Do You Have a “Helper”? Kitchen Safety Tips for Toddlers

This week’s guest  blogger is Michelle Rebecca.

Michelle is an aspiring writer with a passion for blogging. She enjoys writing about a vast variety of topics and loves that blogging gives her the opportunity to publicly voice her thoughts and share advice with an unlimited audience.

With the upcoming holiday season, baking is a wonderful past-time for parents to share some quality time with their children.  Michelle outlines some very important tips to help when sharing your kitchen with your little cooks.  ENJOY!


Do You Have a “Helper”? Kitchen Safety Tips for Toddlers

The kitchen is a draw for any toddler, regardless of gender. It’s a place of interesting objects, strange sounds, and exciting smells. If your little one likes to “help” you cook meals and desserts, that’s great. Just make sure you follow some basic safety rules so no one gets hurt.


Don’t Leave the Child Alone in the Kitchen

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. In the time it takes you to answer the telephone in another room, speak to a visitor at the front door, or even go to the bathroom, a young child can upend a pot of boiling water, run a finger over the sharp part of a knife, or decide to take a taste of the oven cleaner you keep under the sink. If you need to leave the kitchen for any reason while cooking, take your child with you.


Have Your Child Wear Short Sleeves

Long sleeves are easy to dip into hot oil, and they may catch fire if your child reaches for something at the back of a gas stove. Short sleeves are the safest option for the child. By the same token, if your child has long hair, tie it back behind his or her ears before going into the kitchen.


Practice Good Hygiene

Make sure you and your child wash your hands or use an antibacterial solution before you go from working on one piece of food to working on another. This lessens the risk of cross-contamination, and teaches your child important habits that will be useful throughout his or her life.

Watch Out for Handles on the Stove

If you’re cooking something in a pot or a pan on the stove, make sure the handle faces back towards the wall and not out into the kitchen. A child may be tempted to pull on a handle that points out, and in doing so, he or she may upset a pan of hot grease or water.

Clean Up Spills Immediately

If you spill something, stop what you are doing and clean it up immediately. Explain to your child that spills can make the floor slippery and increase the risk of slips and falls.

Pick Age-Appropriate Tasks

A 3-year-old is probably too young to peel potatoes or stir a hot pan of corn, but he or she might be able to shell peas or to help decorate cookies for dinner.

Use Safe Cookware

Some metal cookware products leach unhealthy chemicals into foods. Do your research and serve your meals on cookware that is safe for the entire family.

If your child is excited about helping in the kitchen, by all means encourage him or her. Just make sure you follow a few basic safety precautions to avoid unnecessary cuts, burns, and other injuries.