Now that Arya is mobile she has started to follow me around the house throughout the day.
She gets particularly interested when she sees me repeat an action over multiple days. Since I unload the dishwasher everyday, she decided she wanted to “help” with the dishes as well.
As a result, I got to see baby playing with the dishwasher this week.
I try to stick to the routine of loading and running the dishwasher at night and unloading it in the morning. I’m not sure if I gain much from a time-efficiency standpoint, but I do feel like it’s more productive for me to use dead kitchen time from waiting for the microwave or toaster oven to unload the dishwasher.
Arya sees me unload the dishwasher every morning so she jumped at the chance to try to unload the dishwasher as well.
While brushing my teeth I unlocked the dishwasher and unloaded a few baby bottles from the baby dishwasher basket. I went to finish up in the bathroom as Arya was busy cruising around the kitchen against the cabinets. Since I was intending to return in a few minutes I didn’t bother to close the dishwasher.
When I got back I saw baby playing with the dishwasher. She had pulled the bottom rack all the way out, opened the utensil basket, and placed the forks and spoons around the kitchen floor. She looked very happy with herself as she leaned against the door with one hand and grabbed the utensils out from the basket with the other.
Thankfully we don’t wash steak knives or other dangerous objects on the bottom rack and the top rack is still too high for her to reach. Even though is was relatively safe, it was a little annoying that Arya’s version of unloading the dishwasher was to pull out everything she could grab with one hand and spread them across the floor. Luckily she wasn’t able to pull out any of the plates or bowls before I caught her.
It’s not a great idea to let baby play with the dishwasher since we can’t always assume that only safe items will be within her reach on the bottom rack. It was also a pain to pick up and re-wash all the no-longer clean utensils that she dumped on the floor. But it was also cute to think that my little girl wanted to help unload the dishwasher since she sees me do it everyday.
I can’t wait until she is old enough to actually help with the chores. Until then we’ll just laugh at the though of baby playing with the dishwasher.