27 January 2014

Updating To A Child Friendly Kitchen

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The one thing I have tried putting off for ages now, is updating my kitchen. Not just doing it up to make it nicer, but to upgrade to bigger and better products, products with child safety in mind and ones that have a better efficiency rating. 

As a parent, the one thing that is always at the forefront of my mind is making sure that products and white goods and child friendly. The amount of times Thomas has turned the washing machine on and started a wash with nothing inside it, is too many to think about. 

It's all well and good him switching the washing machine on though as although, yes, it wastes electricity, it isn't dangerous to him if he messes with it and so I'm not too bothered about it. 
The one thing that does worry me most is whether the boys will touch the cooker. 

They are so easy to switch on, most being a simple knob to turn it on. that is why we invested in an induction hob as the vast range of them come with a child safety lock as standard. No more worrying about what the children are messing with in the kitchen as I know that they cannot switch the hob on. 

The other part of me thinks about space in the kitchen and in the appliances. Having 2 children means that we need a fairly big fridge freezer to fit in all of our groceries and weekly shopping. It's amazing how much extra we need to buy, especially fridge food, snacks and packed lunch items and so a huge fridge is a must. 
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Needing space for baking
For me though, I need storage and worktop space. All the pots and pans need to go somewhere and having children has given my baking skills a new lease for life so having a large worktop of free space to get creative on is something that I really need. 

With everything that gets done in there, it seems like, sometimes, the kitchen should be the biggest room in the house!

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12 comments:

  1. You mention child safety lock on your induction hob. I would appreciate any information regarding kitchen safety etc. As I am sure you are aware Child Safety is an important topic / reality. Whilst also this information may be appropriate for Carers. As there has been an increase in the aged population, many individuals remaining at home. With either family, friend (usually unpaid Carers) or paid Carer/s. So their safety is an issue.

    Of course it would also be nice to see modern up to date kitchen equipment etc. Also the results of your labours (yourself and the childrens) baking etc. As great to have new ideas for snacks for the children.

    Rachel Craig

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  2. So many people just don't stop to think about safety in the kitchen. Induction Hobs are great. I love being in the kitchen. It's the heart of any home x

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  3. I try and keep the kettle out of the way and keep reminding my children not to touch it, or pans on the hob etc.

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  4. My son absolutely loves the washing machine. He is forever turning the knobs. I bought him a toy one for Christmas which he loves, but once the real thing is on there is no comparison.

    He is also very attracted to the oven which has a light inside. I have to prop his highchair in front to stop him getting near when it is on.

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  5. theres so many things to think about in the kitchen, it is scary

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  6. I always cook on the back rings I was especially glad of this when my young son managed to turn the key in the back door and lock me out but could not let me back in. So scary.

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  7. After viewing this blog I am peckish. Home baking is lovely. I have a nephew who bakes on occasions :- It is such a nice treat.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. I agree. You have to be so careful in the Kitchen when you have Children. There are so many ways they could be hurt if you are not careful!!

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  9. I also worry about the cooker and I definately agree that the kitchen should be the biggeast room in the house there is never enough room in the kitchen or fridge especially at birthdays and xmas

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  10. I believe Dining Rooms are becoming more popular. Sometimes it may be easier to allow the children to play in the Dining Room, next door to the kitchen. As it can keep them nearby yet safe, as can be seen and spoken to etc. I suppose it all depends on housing accomodation, layout of rooms and age of child / children etc. But I am pleased to know that manufacturers are implementing safety and child safety aspects into their products. As naturally we want to involve our children and prepare them for later life (Adult, and a sense of Independence etc). Yet we want to ensure their safety and avoid accidents as much as is possible.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. Are gas hobs less likely to come with child safety features, then?

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