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How to Organize a Toddler-Friendly Fridge

Now that our daughter is old enough to open the fridge and help herself to whatever catches her fancy, I’ve had to rethink and reorganize the fridge to make it convenient for me and safe for her. After all, I don’t want a ketchup bottle or Nutella jar  come crashing down on her chubby little feet!

Here’s what I’ve done to organize a child-friendly fridge that’s organized enough for me:

 Use Reusable Steel or Plastic Lidded Containers

Steel and plastic lidded containers are perfect for storing leftovers. The square ones are easily stackable and if she does reach them, there’s no chance of them breaking and hurting her.

Store Breakables and Spillables at the back

Glass bottles, jars and other containers with spillable contents are all stashed at the back of the fridge, right on the topmost shelf. Out of reach for her, but easy enough for me to get them out.

Easy Access to Kid-friendly Food

Store her favorite foods and drinks on the lower shelf in containers that she can easily hold, handle and use. So, a sippy cup filled with water or juice on a low shelf right where she can see it, a bowl filled with chopped fruit or yogurt are bound to catch her eye as soon as she opens the fridge.

Stash away the Candies and Chocolates

While we don’t buy a lot of chocolates for our daughter, she does get quite a bit as gifts from relatives. So, to ensure that she doesn’t gorge on all of them at the same time, we stash them away in the “keep fresh” section meant for cheeses and butter, since it has a visor covering it and hiding the contents from a toddler’s prying eyes. Oh, and when I find the supply increasing, I give away a lot of the candy.

Always Be Careful

Despite all these precautions, it goes without saying that one has to be super-careful and not forget that a toddler may just get to stuff that is breakable and therefore, dangerous. So, always keep an eye out.

 How do you keep your fridge organized and safe for your curious toddler or preschooler?

Photo Credit: D. Sharon Pruitt


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  1. Hii Prerna,
    This is simple but effective tips to organize a fridge when you have a toddler around. Mine (my toddler) hasn’t grown up to reach the fridge handle but he sure takes a keen interest in the kitchen and the fridge….he finds it as a storehouse of prohibited treasures I think since his mummy is there and up to something without his knowledge.
    You have pointed out some of the concerns that every mom faces when she is in the kitchen with an active and curious toddler around…I give him some spoons, plastic containers and plastic bottles to play with while I am in the kitchen. This helps to keep him busy for a while and when he gets bored I replace them with something new.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Ranjeetha, before you know it your toddler will be opening the fridge, taking out what catches his eye and keeping you on your toes more than ever!! Glad you liked the tips. Hope they help you soon:-)

  2. What lovely memories this post brings back! We used to be very careful not to have short stools around the kitchen, because Vidur loved to climb on to them and reach out for something, precariously perched. We used to have fun letting him play with the results – and ended up teaching him shapes and other stuff. As a two year old, he identified biscuits by their shape. So he’d say – “trangle” “Skayr” “round” “exagon”. :-) The fridge was a favorite place especially in summer – because he liked to hold the door open and feel the breeze. Hmm. And would instantly shut it when we told him to.

    Sweet post, Prerna

  3. Great tips! My daughter just recently started to open the fridge. I have her juice on the bottom shelf.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Anne, thanks for sharing. I agree, keeping “safe” things on the lower shelf is better for both toddler and mom!

  4. I put a lock on the fridge. My daughter would just go and open it and leave it open forever. And also eat cheese every time she could get her hands on it. 😉

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Excellent! I’m sure that must have been very effective. Mine has gotten used to the fridge being open so I don’t think she’ll take to me locking it easily. But am sure many other moms would like to start doing this:-) Thank you for sharing!

  5. ChiMomWriter says:

    Very timely – One of the moms on our site was just talking this week about how her daughter has started diving into the fridge on her own at 2 1/2. I’m dreading the day! We’ll post this is our “What We’re Reading This Week.” Super helpful!

  6. Hey there!

    I loved this write up and can totally relate to reorganizing in order to best fit the reach of little ones. I work for a company that likes to find creative ideas for the home. We also provide insight on different appliances that help assist the every day reminders.

    Would you be interested in speaking for a few moments on how you came up with this? We would love to feature your creative ideas and there may even be a little incentive :)

    Feel free to email me at any time!

    Hailie M

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Hallie! Sure:) Would love more details though.. Could you please email me at contactthemomwrites(at)gmail(dot)com? Thanks!

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