When it comes to baking with my toddler, I should probably step up.
This time last year, when I was still a work at home mum, I managed to get at least one baking session in every couple of weeks. Now, we’re lucky if we have one baking session every couple of months.
It’s a shame really, because Frog LOVES it.
She enjoys the feeling of the icky flour and dough between her fingers, she loves to stir and pour in water and see the mixture come together. She loves to spoon the runny consistency into pots, or roll it out into a flat shape she can beat with her rolling pin. Basically, she loves to bake.
One of the things that has put me off is time. As a busy working mum, juggling working from an office with working from home, time is something we don’t always have much of. Another obstacle to the baking saga is space. Or rather – the right space.
Frog likes to be beside me when we’re baking. That means her little toddler table doesn’t cut it. And seeing as she’s only about 2ft tall, she can’t quite reach the kitchen countertops yet. Often, a baking session will end in tears of frustration, when I can’t be beside my two year old at every stage of the process, or if I refuse to let her sit unaided on the counter to watch the bits she’s not capable of doing.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out the Funpod from Kiddicare. The enclosed structure keeps wobbly legs secure in a raised space, so toddlers can get involved in the cooking without the chance of falling off a counter or toppling from some kitchen steps.
It’s gone down rather well. Guess I better get the flour and eggs out now then.
It’s not all mess though.
We also chose to try out this retro beauty – the Tomy Megasketcher Colour Doodle from Kiddicare. Drawing without bits of crayon all over the carpet or paint up the walls?
The Funpod costs £79.99 and is available at Kiddicare. The Tomy Megasketcher Colour Doodle costs £16.99 and is also available to buy at Kiddicare.
Disclosure: We were sent both products featured in this post for the purpose of review.