It is a well-known fact that if you show your kids how food is prepared and having them involved in meal preparation at an early age, they are more likely to make better choices in their lives and even avoid picky eating.
Introducing the young ones to the kitchen helps in developing skills that are helpful way beyond their childhood and even leave them with happy memories. However, before you can start doing so, it is imperative to ensure that you create a welcoming and most importantly, safe environment in which they can learn and enjoy food preparation, cooking, nutrition and all nooks and crannies of the kitchen.
That being said, here are a few tips for making your kitchen child-friendly:
Keep the Hot Regions Safe
Being vigilant is the most important thing when in the kitchen, but there are a few things you can do to minimise the risk from hot regions like boiling kettles and hobs. If possible, you may want to invest in an induction hob rather than using conventional gas or electric version. That’s because they are made to heat the pans and pots and not the hob itself. That means when you are done with cooking and remove the pan, the temperature quickly goes back to a safe level.
Avoid Sharp Edges
It is important to keep in mind that kids, unlike you, will have heads at about the same height as your kitchen cupboard handles or worktops and won’t have fully developed spatial awareness. This makes it easy to sustain cuts or bumps. Modern kitchen designs tend to have sleek edges, but when children in mind, you may want to go for a more rounded edges design. Granite worktops in Surrey or anywhere else can be made smooth and safe, too.
Ideally, going with handleless kitchen units can be an excellent way to avoid kids bumping on the handles, and ideally gets rid of the young ones’ temptation to pull the handles. It is also a good idea to add magnetic locks to the base units, but ensure you keep dangerous utensils and products on cabinets that are hard for the kids to reach.
Consider a ‘Children’s Cupboard’
Yes, you want to ascertain that your kitchen is a safe place for kids, but you ideally want to make it a space where they can learn and explore, which helps them take their first steps towards enjoying food and cooking. As such, you may want to consider a cupboard which is just for the children.
Pick a low-level unit that’s easily accessible for your kids and equip it with foodstuffs, utensils, etc. Include things like their favourite cups and plastic bowls so that they can be able to set their own place at the table.
Last but not least, in order to make the above modifications work, you need to ensure that you are friendly in the kitchen with the young ones. For a child to enjoy, the environment needs to be enjoyable and you’re the one to impact this. Being relaxed throughout will have an excellent long-term effect on your kids, helping them realise that the kitchen is actually a nice place to be. When you take the right steps to ensure that your kitchen is safe for children, you will be able to focus on enjoying quality time with the kids in the space.
Whether you are preparing food, dining or playing as a family, ensure you make the kitchen the heart of your household.