Rearrange Your Kitchen Cupboards

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If you’re having trouble making meals (or cleaning up after them) with a baby around, then it’s time to rearrange one of your cupboards!

When Travis was little, I used to keep an entire bin full of Tupperware and other safe items (small loaf pans, spatulas, various gadgets) that I could pull out for him.  Today I made a simplified version of that for Veronika, clearing out one cabinet and filling it with our motley collection of food containers.

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She was thrilled! You could just tell she was so proud that she got to rifle through mommy’s kitchen.

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There was immediately lots of reaching, bouncing (which is how you know she’s happy), and tapping the items against the cabinet.

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This is also a quick opportunity to use language about putting things in and taking things out.

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She gazed at me as if to say, “Mom, I’m helping out in the kitchen today!”

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Don’t be surprised if big siblings want to join in (although Travis preferred metal items to plastic ones).

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I also filled a small cardboard box with a few items for her to scoop up, including pom poms and soft balls.

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This little busy box added fun variety.

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In sum, having a child-safe cabinet will keep your whole crew busy while you cook!

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