Raising a child with life threatening food allergies means walking a fine line between safety and increasing independence. Almost everything in my kitchen is safe for The Kid, but that doesn't mean that every item in the pantry is always appropriate or even within his reach.
My solution has been to create a designated snack shelf at my son's eye level that contains safe and reasonably healthy foods that he can help himself to without requesting assistance. (There's a bowl of fruit in the kitchen, too, but he usually ignores it.) I've also moved his old toddler dishes and cups onto the shelf, so that he isn't trying to get breakables out of a high cabinet.
We do ask our child not to eat while both my husband and I are sleeping, just in case he has a reaction. Sometimes he'll forget if he gets up early on Saturday morning, but for the most part, the snack shelf has worked well.
Now for a little tease....
We had a couple of wonderful guests for dinner last night, Kyle Dine and his dad, Steve. Kyle was kind enough to perform a few songs for us and I managed to get some of it on video. I'm looking forward to sharing them...just as soon as I can figure out the video editing software!