She wants to stand on her step stool and rinse her raspberries herself. She wants to spin the salad in the salad maker and spoon rice onto everyone’s plates.

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Cooking has always been my escape — an activity that could transport me from my tiny little kitchen to places I’ve been and hoped to visit. There is something meditative about chopping and slicing, kneading and stirring. When Matt and I started living together, it became something we did together; we’d take on elaborate cooking projects and fuel our evening with wine. I knew when I had a baby things would be different — at least for a while, maybe forever. But we’ve done it. We’ve managed to continue to cook (and enjoy it!) despite the fact that on most occasions, cooking is no longer meditative or as methodical and time-consuming as it used to be.

Making the kitchen fun and safe for the family

With our changing priorities, cooking changed, too. As a mother, I became more aware of creating a safe and clean environment where our entire family could get involved. I’ve started buying produce that is mostly organic. And I’ve also encouraged my daughter to see cooking not as a chore, but a family activity to be enjoyed. As a result, we have amassed not only an outrageous amount of wooden and plastic play food and mini aprons, but we’ve made our kitchen a safe space for her to explore. Not infrequently, she’ll ask to be perched up on the counter so she can peel garlic into a bowl — and garnish it with cilantro stems. She wants to stir the soup (with mommy and daddy’s help, of course).

Making the kitchen fun and safe for the family

She wants to stand on her step stool and rinse her raspberries herself. She wants to spin the salad in the salad maker and spoon rice onto everyone’s plates. And I am grateful to be able to share this joy with her. To share something I love so dearly. To watch her enthusiasm for eating a blush-pink spring apricot or to exclaim, “This soup is GOOOOOOD, mama.”

Making the kitchen fun and safe for the family

I adopted a more natural approach to cleaning and bath products around the time she was born and we’d long been fans of the Honest Company’s baby line. More recently, we’ve been enjoying their household cleaning products in our home. Ensuring a safe space for play and exploration means outfitting our kitchen in ways that make cooking (and cleaning) safe and fun for the whole family.

Ways to make your kitchen a safe place for the whole family

Making the kitchen fun and safe for the family

Over the last 2+ years, I’ve become more aware of ways to ensure that harsh chemicals and bacteria don’t get in the way of cooking, and found easy ways to store kitchen gadgets in places where they won’t cause anyone harm. Here are some things I’ve been doing:

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I’d love to hear how you’ve made your kitchen a safe and fun place for your entire family.

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Oh, I’ve long been a fan of Honest but didn’t know they had a baby line! I’ll be gifting that to my sisters pronto!

  • Katie

    Turn pan handles to the side so little hands can’t come and grab them off the stove. I always designated 1 low shelf for kid-friendly cooking/plateware so when my kids were little, they had stuff they could rifle through rather than getting into every other nook and cranny in the kitchen.

  • Such a good tip! I always try to put pots and pans on the back burners and turn handles on the side, too. Kids love going through the bottom shelf 🙂

  • Yes! So many cute diapers, and I also love their shampoo and body wash — it makes Neko’s hair so soft, and smells delicious.

  • Heather Christo

    I’m with Katie- I always have one eye on the stove, and making sure that no handles are sticking out. But I also think teaching some skills at an early age is a good way to learn as they grow- like starting with supervised carrot peeling and grating, an then graduating to being able to do it on their own. I am so inspired to go all honest- I use their bath products, but maybe I am going to try cleaning as well-
    cool post!

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