Babyproofing the kitchen

The kitchen can be a dangerous place for children. By taking a few simple precautions, you can protect your child from injury.

The high chair should be kept away from counters and tables because your child could push off with her feet and tip over. Belt your child into the high chair so she cannot slide out or climb over the backrest or the tray.

Keep an eye on your child at all times. Some babies manage to get out of their high chair even if they are belted in.

When you use a portable booster chair, your child must be belted in at all times. Even if she is belted in securely, avoid putting the chair on a table or counter. This will help reduce the risk of falls.

When your baby starts to crawl, you must be even more vigilant. It’s best not to use a tablecloth because your baby could pull on it, bringing everything crashing down on herself. Pot handles should be turned toward the centre of the table, buffet, or counter. Don’t leave utensils lying about.

The risk of getting burned is also highest in the kitchen. Turn pot and pan handles inward on the stove. When you are frying food, keep your child away so she doesn’t get splattered with grease or oil. Also keep her away from the oven when it is on so she can’t touch it. Use the back burners whenever possible. See the Preventing burns section for additional safety tips.