How to Childproof your Kitchen

We only live in a small apartment where the living room, dining room and the kitchen are all in one area.  Even though our apartment is a bit spacious for the three of us, its still not safe for my Little Zoie to play especially when she found a clear floor spot to spread more toys next to the kitchen counter.  Also, one of her favorite is when she runs around that area when I’m cooking or simply cleaning the kitchen.

In this instances, she’ll give me heart attack when something bad happens (thank GOD, nothing bad is happening).  Anyway, it’s still best to take precautionary measures to not let anything happen.  Just like a saying…‘Better SAFE than SORRY!’

We need to childproof our kitchen… here are some tips shared by

  • Keep detergents, pesticides, cleaning products, and any other toxic household chemicals locked up, preferably in a out-of-reach storage areas or use a safety gate to keep him out of the kitchen.
  • Consider switching from hazardous chemicals such as chlorine bleach to safer products such as non-chlorine bleach, vinegar, borax, beeswax, mineral oil, and compressed-air drain openers.
  • Buy products (including kitchen chemicals as well as vitamins and medications) with child-resistant caps, and keep everything in its original container. Take note:  Never transfer a hazardous product into a generic container or, worse yet, a food container, as this could lead to a dangerous mix-up.
  • Store knives and other sharp kitchen tools, such as food processor blades, in latched drawers or high cabinets. Peelers, graters, and other kitchen utensils can also be sharp and should be treated just like knives. Even your glasswares and chinas should also be stored high up.
  • Move your electrical appliance such as toaster, rice cooker and the likes, out of your child’s reach. Unplug them and hide the cords when they’re not in use.
  • Never leave glassware, knives, or hot food and beverages unattended on counters or tables, not even for a few moments. Don’t use placemats or tablecloths, because a child can pull them — and their contents — down on himself.
  • Keep fire extinguishers near the stove, barbecue, and anywhere there’s a risk of fire. Make sure you know how to use the extinguishers, but only attempt to put out a fire if it’s small and contained. Otherwise, get your children out of the house and call the fire department from a neighbor’s home.
  • If your sink has a disposal, keep a lid on it when your child is nearby and make sure his small hands don’t get near it. You may want to equip your kitchen faucet with an anti-scald device.
  • Keep a lid on your trash can. Store recyclable cans and bottles in bins or bags out of your child’s reach. Dispose of anything else that’s dangerous — such as sharp metal can lids or broken glass — by taking it immediately out to the trash.
  • Set aside at least one cabinet for your child to open and explore. Pick a cabinet that’s not too close to the stove and oven, and fill it with safe but interesting objects, such as lightweight saucepans, wooden spoons, foil pie plates, and empty yogurt containers. This should keep your child happily distracted, and he’ll probably be less inclined to empty the other cabinets — unless you leave the doors open. Change the contents occasionally to give him a surprise.
  • If you can’t count on your child to play safely while you’re cooking, consider putting up a safety gate to keep him out of the kitchen and creating an activity area for him nearby. That way, he can be part of the action and safe at the same time.

These are great tips to keep our child safe while they move around the kitchen.  Now, I’m searching the net what safety gate should I install in my certain areas of the house.  While I’m at it, I remember I need to compare those life insurance rates I got, better check them before the year ends.

Better SAFE than SORRY!



Reasons Why Babies Cry

I have a neighbor who has a 4-month-old baby boy that cries every morning (sometimes), afternoon and evening… yup, that’s three times a day, everyday.  I remember when my little Zoie was only a month older she has a scheduled crying pattern.  In between 5-7 pm, she’ll cry non-stop for almost 30 mins or so… as far as I know, she’s crying with no reason at all!


Or maybe that’s what I thought… Here are 12 reasons why babies cry:

  1. Hunger
  2. Dirty Diapers
  3. Needs to sleep
  4. Wants to be held
  5. Tummy problems
  6. Needs to burp
  7. Too cold or too hot
  8. Something small
  9. Teething
  10. Wants less stimulation
  11. Wants more stimulation
  12. Not feeling well

If in all of these reasons, you still can not soothe your baby, you might want to try these…

  1. Give them something to suck on. They may feel relaxed when they get something to suck on.
  2. Snuggling and swaddling. Some or most babies like to be snuggled or swaddled.
  3. Music and rhythm. A soothing music, or a lullaby perhaps, may help relax their tiny little bodies.
  4. White noise. If they don’t like the sounds they are hearing, like a dog barking, find something that can help soothe them… perhaps a sound of running water?
  5. Fresh air. Just go out of the house and enjoy the fresh air.
  6. Warm Water. Like the fresh air strategy, your little ones might like to be held under a running warm water.
  7. Motion. Maybe a little swaying will do, you can sit on a rocking chair or a swing.
  8. Massage. Most babies wants to be touched, maybe your baby is one of them.
  9. Look for more ideas how to soothe them.
  10. Give yourself a break. Let your husband, a family member or a friend look after the baby, it can be a really stressful for you, so try relaxing when you are reaching your limits.

Also remember…

babies have their own good reasons. But even the wisest parents can’t read their babies’ mind – and babies don’t have the words to tell us what’s wrong.

Just try to relax, don’t panic, give them these soothing tips we share, you’ll be just okay… Or maybe, they really just wanted to let it out. 🙂


Do Kids Snore?

I sometimes hear my little Zoie snoring, that is only seldom.  If ever she snores, I only thought she just had a very tiring day and I would just tilt her head or change her current sleeping position, maybe because she’s not breathing properly through her nose.

I have read before that people snore (maybe kids too) because…

  • they may had a tiring day;
  • maybe their nasal airways are blocked;
  • allergies that makes your nose stuffy;
  • the tonsils are enlarge or swollen;
  • drinking alcohols
  • or you maybe overweight

There are simple solutions to prevent snoring, here are a few:

  • This includes the position of your bed, tilt the top of the bed upward a few inches, or you can change your sleeping position.
  • Not eating much or not drinking alcohol (for adults) before you sleep.
  • Change eating diet.
  • Remove allergy triggers like stuff toys in your bedroom.

These are just simple solutions for people who snores occasionally and lightly.  But for people with serious snoring problems, they should better see their doctor.

Hi, Mommy Bonz here writing for Little Zoie!