12 June 2007

Let toddlers pour beverages over the open dishwasher door

Rebecca prefaced this hack with, "I swear someone must have already sent this in, but just in case..." Yet again, a tip one parent figures everyone else knows and I find myself slapping my forehead at her brilliance!

When kidlets want to pour their own milk or juice at our house but cannot be trusted not to spill, we open up the dishwasher and let her use the flat door surface as a table to pour on..  If she spills, no big deal, it can just be closed and the next time I run the dishwasher, it is cleaned up for me.  Another benefit is that it is the right height for the kidlet, so they have an easier time balancing the milk or juice container over the cup.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Let toddlers pour beverages over the open dishwasher door:

Your comments

Feed Follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

FABULOUS HACK! Thank you, Rebecca! :-)

I also use my dishwasher door for spraying pans with nonstick spray -- just rest the pan on the door, spray like crazy, and all that slimy extra stuff just goes on the door instead of all over your kitchen sink.

So brilliant.

When learning to pour we also have bought the small clear Dixie cups and somewhere in the middle we draw on a "fill" line. The concept is, the child can then fill the cup to the line thus hoping to prevent those overflows.

What a GREAT IDEA!!!
We had a big brother banned from pouring for himself and had to endure little sister pouring for him (is that humbling?)
He always seemed to rest the top of the milk jug on the cup and tip the cup over. You hint takes care of the mess and the original problem- not being tall enough.

Great hint!! I never would've thought of using the dishwasher door for anything!

This is a GREAT hack!! My 5 year old often spills, but I think it's because she gets help pouring from her 2 year old brother. ;) I will now tell her to do it on the dishwasher door! Thanks so much!!

How 'bout we let toddlers pour *inside* the dishwasher? Mine has a baby rack.

umm....aren't there dangerous things in the dishwasher, like knives?!? and breakable dishes? Seems like a bad idea to me.

I'm with Kenneth! Add the gunky dishwasher powder that sometimes sticks in the dispenser along with the food splashes that gather on the inside of the door as we fill it.

I think Rebecca has shown us an excellent way to teach her kids a wonderful independance! Thank you for the tip!

I want to find good pop music. Help me please.

I think i've seen this somewhere before…but it's not bad at all

duh!!!! why have i never thought of this!

I read your article with great pleasure. Thank you.

Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback

We close comments after a month to guard against spam. Want to talk about this hack? Join us on Twitter and Facebook!


Free updates

  • Subscribers are my VIPs. My weekly newsletter includes a personal update, the latest from Parent Hacks, interesting links and news.

    Subscribers also get priority event invitations and occasional surprises via snail mail.

Asha's Book

  • At Amazon: Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

    Find out why doing less is the key to resourceful, thriving kids, and a calmer, happier YOU.

    Minimalist Parenting is an encouraging roadmap for decluttering your schedule, your home, and your vision for family life. Reviewers call it "a much welcome alternative to the usual parenting advice."

    Learn More at Amazon

    Also available at Barnes & Noble or your favorite local bookstore.

New Book Coming Soon!

  • Coming soon: Parent Hacks Book

Start Amazon shopping here