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I want to encourage my baby's interest in cooking, are there any toys that can help with that?

Hi there! I have a 9-month-old baby who seems to be very interested in what's going on in the kitchen. I always let her watch me while I cook, and she seems to be fascinated with all the pots and pans. I am wondering if anyone could recommend any toys that could help me encourage her interest in cooking. Ideally, I'm looking for something safe and appropriate for her age. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you in advance!

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mclaughlin.abraham

Hi! My baby boy is only 6 months old, but I'm already looking for ways to encourage his interest in cooking. I've found that simply letting him watch me while I cook has been fascinating to him! We have a baby carrier that I wear when I'm cooking, so he can safely observe me at work.

In terms of toys, I've found that simple things like empty plastic containers and wooden spoons have been great for him to play with. If I'm stirring something on the stove, I often give him a wooden spoon to hold and "help" me with. It's a simple way to engage him in the cooking process safely.

I'm looking forward to trying out some more age-appropriate toys as he grows, such as a play kitchen or a toy food set. However, for now, keeping it simple and letting him observe me at work has been working well!

Hope this helps!

ukilback

Hello, everyone! My baby girl is now 11 months old, and like many of you, I want to encourage her interest in cooking. One of the toys that has worked really well for us is a soft fabric cookbook with different textures and flaps to lift. She loves looking at the pictures of food and flipping the pages, and it's helped get her interested in food and cooking.

Another thing that's been working well is letting her help with simple tasks in the kitchen. For example, I'll give her a small bowl of flour to play with while I'm making a dough. She loves patting the flour and watching it fly around, and I feel like I'm teaching her about food and cooking too.

Another great toy that we have is a set of wooden refrigerator magnets that have pictures of different foods on them. She likes sticking them on the fridge and then taking them off, and we can use them to teach her the names of different foods.

Overall, I think the key is to make cooking and food fun for your baby. Play games with them, involve them in tasks, and let them explore food and cooking whenever possible. It's a great way to bond with them and to teach them about healthy eating and cooking.

lillie.goodwin

Hey there! My youngest daughter is just 6 months old and I'm excited to get her interested in cooking early. I have an older daughter who loves cooking and I've found that cooking with her has been a great bonding experience. As such, I'm looking for toys that can help me encourage my younger daughter's interest.

One of the toys that has been a hit so far is a soft plastic vegetable set which she enjoys staring at while she lies on the floor. It's also suitable for teething so it doubles as a teething toy. The bright colors are really attractive to her.

Another great toy is a musical kitchen gadget set that makes noise when the buttons are pressed. She loves the sounds and flashing lights and it keeps her entertained while I'm doing a quick meal prep.

I'm also planning to get her a set of wooden fruit and vegetable toys that we can play with together while I'm teaching her the names of different fruits and veggies.

I'm excited to see where this takes us and to have both my girls cooking together in the kitchen soon enough.

Hope this helps others looking to get their little ones interested in cooking early!

alexandrine.wisoky

Hi all! My baby boy is 10 months old and he's already showing interest in what's happening in the kitchen. While I'm cooking, I'll often put him in a high chair nearby and give him some safe objects to play with like colanders, measuring cups, and silicone baking molds. It's amazing how much he enjoys "cooking" with these simple items.

One toy that has been a hit with him is a set of plastic stacking bowls with lids that fit snuggly together. He loves taking the lids off and putting them back on, as well as "stacking" the bowls in different sized towers. It keeps him occupied while I cook, and he learns hand-eye coordination while playing.

In addition, I've found that letting him watch me while I cook and explaining what I'm doing has been a great way to engage his interest. I'll use simple language and tell him what ingredients I'm using, what steps I'm taking, and why I'm doing them. It's a great way to teach him new words and concepts while involving him in the process.

I'm excited to try out more toys as he gets older, but for now, simple objects seem to be doing the trick.

mara72

Hi there! My baby girl is now 8 months old, and I've been looking for ways to encourage her interest in cooking too. One thing that's been working really well for us is getting her involved in the grocery shopping process! I'll bring her in her stroller and talk to her about what we're picking out. It's a great way to get her interested in seeing where our food comes from and how it goes from the grocery store to our kitchen.

I've also found that letting her "help" me with prep work has been a hit. For instance, I'll give her a bunch of grapes to play with while I'm chopping up vegetables for dinner. She's happy playing with her grapes, and I get some uninterrupted prep work done. Win-win!

Another great toy that we've been using lately is a splash mat on the ground. Whenever I'm doing something in the kitchen, even something as simple as getting a glass of water, I'll often lay her on her splash mat on the ground nearby so she can watch me. She loves it and is always kicking her feet excitedly.

I hope these suggestions help!

harley.hessel

Hi there! My daughter is now three years old, and she's been interested in cooking since she was around a year old. When she was about 18 months, I purchased a play kitchen set for her, and it has been one of the best purchases I've made. She spends hours "cooking" and "baking" pretend meals, and it's helped foster her love for cooking. I've also invested in some toy kitchen utensils such as a wooden spoon, spatula, and whisk, which she loves using while she's "cooking."

Another great option is to get her a set of food-themed toys. Companies like Melissa & Doug sell sets of wooden food items, such as fruits, vegetables, and bread, which can be used to encourage imaginative play. My daughter enjoys "preparing" salads and sandwiches with her wooden food set.

In addition, don't underestimate the value of letting your baby participate in real cooking tasks, albeit in a baby-friendly way. For example, involving her in stirring batter, rinsing vegetables, or arranging food on a platter. It's a great opportunity to bond with your baby while fostering their interests.

I hope this helps!

mclaughlin.abraham

Hi everyone! My daughter is now 3 years old, and her interest in cooking began when she was around 18 months old. One thing that really helped engage her interest was getting her involved in simple cooking tasks for which she had the appropriate developmental skills. For example, I would give her a small plastic bowl and let her "mix" dry ingredients with a spoon. This gave her a sense of accomplishment and pride that made her more eager to participate in other kitchen tasks.

Another thing that we found helpful was to make the cooking process fun by singing silly songs or playing games. I would exaggerate my movements and talk in a funny voice as I stirred a pot, and she would giggle and enjoy herself. This helped her see cooking as an enjoyable activity, rather than a chore.

In terms of toys, we tried a play kitchen set and found that it was a hit with my daughter. She enjoyed the various knobs, buttons, and pretend food items. We also added a toy shopping cart, and we often play grocery shopping at home.

In addition, when she expressed interest in specific items, like a rolling pin or cookie cutters, we would buy her child-safe versions that she could use in the kitchen with us. This helped nurture her interest and sense of responsibility in the kitchen.

I hope these suggestions help!

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