Buying a Play Kitchen? Some Quick Thoughts

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Your child is becoming a toddler, and it is time to graduate from baby rattles and teething toys. You want something that is educational. You want a toy that your child will play with for more than a minute. A play kitchen is a good choice.

Here are some things to consider:

Where am I going to put a play kitchen? – This is important. You need a space for it. Some of the kitchens are big. How much space do you have? If you have very little space, a portable toy kitchen would be a good choice. If you have wall space, choose a single unit multiple appliance kitchen. If you have space in the middle of the room, choose an island kitchen. If you have lots of space, and the money, buy your kid a multi-piece pretend kitchen play set.  
How long do you plan to keep it? – This affects everything, especially the price you are willing to pay. If you are moving soon, or just want to see if your child likes it, find an inexpensive used unit from classified ads or a yard sale. If you are someone who can get rid of toys after a child is through with them, buy a plastic or “ready to assemble” wooden kitchen. On the other hand, if you like fine furniture and good craftsmanship, there are many great hand-crafted wooden play kitchens available.  
How much storage is available? – Play kitchens beget play food. They also beget other toys, such as, play pots and pans, play dishes, and pretend counter top appliances. Be ready for that. The various play appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and under sink cabinets make great storage areas for all the extras.

So, when you have:

Thought about where to put a play kitchen,
How long you plan to keep it, and
Your kitchen toy storage needs,

You are ready to buy a play kitchen.