I remembered the 1st time I got Ryan in the kitchen with me. He was 21 months old, 3 months shy of turning into a big 2 year old boy.
We baked an upside down pineapple cake that day. Let’s just say I learnt a lot that day lol. IT WAS A MESS.
Lessons Learnt that day:
- Place him nearer to the sink for ease of washing hands & cleaning up
- Because he was only 21 months and liked to put everything in his mouth, find ingredient substitutes. For example, use applesauce as substitute for oil & bananas as substitute for egg.
- I love baking from scratch but seriously, using a cake mix from time to time just makes your life easier..
- The toddler might eat most of the ingredients so be prepared to have a bit more ingredients than the recipe calls for.
- Prep all the ingredients….every single one of them be it a tsp salt or shredded zucchini or the exact flour measurement
- Place all ingredients in a kid friendly big bowl so it’s easy for him to pour them in
- Have a small bowl of his favorite snacks nearby so when he finishes his baking tasks, you can just bring the snacks in front of him while you finish up the baking. It gives you just enough time to do all that while he is distracted with his snacks.
- Place a big towel on the floor under him and a smaller towel on the chair that he is standing on. Makes for easier cleaning.
- Have all the rest of the items all ready for standby e.g, your spoon, mixer, spatula & etc. The last thing you need is to go find something in the middle of the baking. The toddler ain’t gonna be waiting for you patiently for your to get your shit together. They want to play and they want to play now! lol
- Set up your camera. In my case, it was my iphone. I didn’t have any gadgets then. I only had my iphone but since then, I have been searching for an iphone tripod that will work great for filming Ryan in the kitchen as well as making baking videos. There are many such products in the market but check out this inexpensive iphone tripod that I found at Amazon. It works great and is affordable.
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I don’t know about u guys but just writing & reading all the steps makes me tired already lol. And yes, it is definitely more work when you bake with a toddler & I honestly just rather sit down and watch TV but the rewards for me is tenfold. Seeing Ryan having fun in the kitchen brings me so much joy. Seeing him being excited to eat the food we bake together.
Would so love to hear any other tips you have.