It may be the room primarily known as where food is prepared, but, really, the kitchen is the heart of the home, where everyone congregates, including the little ones. Building a child-friendly kitchen can be easy, with some forethought. Think on two levels – your level and their level.
Child-friendly means being child-inclusive, with low level shelves for their own dishes, spoons, and such, perhaps a special shelf for play toys unique to the kitchen, and maybe one lower counter top which can be reachable by growing children. Choosing the right surfaces will be important, such as easy clean choices. Surfaces with grout, and granite or marble surfaces may require much more maintenance than is practical when little hands are pervasive.
Too, eliminate sharp corners from your plans; children love to run and move fast, and that can mean accidents. Sharp corners turned into round corners are a good safety feature.
Consider traffic patterns; make room for children playing on the floor, or the use of convenient step stools to bring children to adult heights.
Some appliances are child-friendly, too, such as induction cooktops. The surface of an induction cooktop doesn’t get hot, because only the cooking pot, pan, or frying pan gets hot when in contact with the cooking surface. Therefore, an induction cooktop does not pose a burn risk as soon as the hot cooking pot or pan is removed.
The best minds often debate whether or not a refrigerator with a water and ice dispenser is child-friendly, but, it’s undeniable those features on the outside of a door keep energy costs low because the refrigerator is opened less frequently. Check out whether or not your refrigerator of choice has a dedicated snack space for children to access. You may also wish to consider an under-the-counter drawer refrigerator in addition to your main unit. This smaller refrigerator may have greater utility for children than having them opening and searching through a full size, upright unit.
And, finally, don’t hesitate to put certain parts of your kitchen off-limits to young ones. Consider child-proofing certain cabinets and spaces where medications may be kept, certain cleaning products may be found, or sharp knives and other utensils are kept. In these cases, the old saying about an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure is completely true.
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