We keep buying more dishes for Owen. We think how nice it would be if he had bowls that he could drop on the floor without breaking them, and the next thing you know, we have a whole stack. In 2 sizes. He has cups and sippy cups, silverware and snack traps, and they’re starting to take over our cabinets. So, Cole and I decided to move them into the pantry. There is a shelf in the pantry that is already Owen’s domain, because he can reach it. This means we can’t store anything there, unless we want to risk it being taken out, opened, lost, or possibly recycled (Owen is an excellent recycler).
Putting his dishes out where he can get at them will help us teach him about responsibility. We can ask him to bring us a cup for a drink, or to help put his dishes away once they’re washed and dry. For a while, they will be new toys that he’ll get out, strew around the house, stack, throw, etc, but I’m ok with that. Especially because he now loves helping wash dishes in the sink, and none of his are breakable.
There’s still a lot of space on that shelf in the pantry, so I’m going to add a basket full of rags that Owen can use anytime we make a mess, including sopping up the water on the floor after we wash the dishes. 🙂 And, once he’s old enough that he’ll listen when I ask him not to walk around with a spoon in his mouth, we can put his silverware in there too, giving him even more control of his own things.