Mother-in-Law Tip: The Tupperware Drawer


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In honor of Mother's Day, I'm giving a huge shout-out to my mother-in-law, Ellen, who gave me the best baby activity tip as we moved into our new home a few weeks ago: The Tupperware Drawer.

Do you have a lot of Tupperware? Do you have a baby who gets into everything and must chew it, stack it, throw it, and/or put it on his head?

Well, I do. His name is Judah and he won't sit still for more than 30 seconds. That is, until he met the Tupperware Drawer.

My MIL mentioned that when her children were small, she kept a bottom drawer filled with Tupperware, frozen dinner trays, anything non-glass so her kids could keep themselves entertained. I tried this since I do like to cook a lot and, of course, have to clean a lot.

Not only did the Jude Dude keep himself entertained by stacking, arranging, and throwing the unbreakable containers all about, he thought he was getting away with something when I didn't immediately slam the door shut. He sat on the floor next to me for 10 minutes before I had to move him into the next room for dinner.

Seriously, he would've stayed there all night.

Do try this at home.

Thanks Ellen! Happy Mother's Day.

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CherB... CherBearCM

We have a Tupperware (well plastic ware) cupboard!  LOL  It's just all tupperware and other stuff that our son can't break!  He loves it!  He also loves my tea towel/dish cloth drawer!  LOL

RanaA... RanaAurora

Yup, I did this with my son too.  Rather than just saying "NO NO NO!" to everything, it's always beneficial to have a "YES" instead.

"Stay out of the cupboards!" turns into, "THIS is the cabinet you're allowed to play in."

nonmember avatar Madeline

We call ours "the baking drawer" and indeed it has been life changing. Plus, it keeps him from getting into the plastic baggie/parchment paper/aluminum foil drawer which costs a ton to fix after he's had but 30 seconds of manic toddler time with.

sstepph sstepph

We have a tupperware cupboard and my son LOVES it, as soon as I let him in the kitchen that is where he goes. Although the kitchen is off limits, lol

ethan... ethans_momma06

I think it's pretty obvious by my avatar picture that my son is definatly one of these types of kids. :)

Of course I have it all arranged so he can play to his hearts content and I don't loose the rest of my marbles.

cecil... cecillesmommy

we don't have a drawer since our kitchen is a no baby zone (its being fixed and there's dust and tools everywhere) but she does have her boxes. we use those fold-able fabric ones that they sell in target and fill it with all sorts of unbreakable, fun, flexible pieces that she usually doesn't really see. i figure once the kitchen is all done, we'll move it to the bottom of the pantry shelf so she can play with it there.

tonya... tonyalynn

i like this tip

maine... mainemusicmaker

Yup, we have the tupperware drawer as's been a LIFESAVER for me while needing to cook or get anything else done :)

madfoot madfoot

yeah i got this from a pal o' mine -- we have to make sure lids don't get in there though. when we moved we found like 900 random lids slid under everything.

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