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?
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