When you have a toddler at home, rearranging the kitchen seems like the least of your worries. Do you not have enough on your plate already? You get little more than a second to yourself when your toddler is awake. Instead, you’re forever on the edge of your seat waiting to see what trouble they get into next. Talk about a full-time parenting job.
Sadly, you don’t have eyes in the back of your head. There are going to be times when you can’t see what your little tyke is up to. As such, your kitchen cupboards deserve your parenting attention, too. Namely, you need to know what NOT to put in those bottom cupboards. Failure to think about this could lead to severe injury or illness for your toddler. This applies in any room, of course, but kitchens have the potential to be more dangerous than most.
Before you dismiss this task as another thing to put on your to-do list, consider the following three things which should never fill those floor-level kitchen counters.
This is a no-brainer, but we’re going to reiterate the point, anyway. During your child-free days, you may have thought that under-sink cupboard was the perfect place to stash cleaning gear. When a little one comes into your life, though, cleaning products go from being handy household tools to being the most dangerous things you own. If little hands ever get a grip on a cleaner, you could face emergency hospital visits. So, clear out your under-sink cupboard first. Make sure, too, that this relocation sees your cleaning products so high even you have to stand on tiptoes to reach them.
While cleaning products were an obvious point, food isn’t as clear-cut. What’s so dangerous about leaving food within arm’s reach? This is all stuff you choose to feed your toddler anyway, after all. The trouble is, it’s not the food itself which poses risks. When you store food at floor-level, you practically invite infestation into your home. No sooner will you fill that cupboard than you’ll find yourself on the phone to Allpest cockroach control and others like them. You could even end up with rats who defecate all over the floor your toddler plays on. Even if you think you have airtight storage under control, then, this isn’t a risk worth taking.
You may assume that your only option left is to store plates and cutlery on this lower level. Sadly, having a toddler puts a stop to that as well. If young hands get hold of knives and forks, they could do themselves real injury. Even a blunt knife could do damage if your toddler falls over while holding it. You would never believe what the prongs of a fork can do with the wrong handling. So, these have got to go too, we’re afraid.
So, that’s what you shouldn’t store here, but what can you use these cupboards for? We’ll leave that you for you to decide!