Genius mum creates 'snack trolley' and padlocks food cupboard to keep kids out

By Luke Matthews

A clever mum has shared the 'snack trolley' she created in a bid to stop her little ones regularly raiding the food cupboards and leaving them bare.

TikTok user @Dinalouann_5kids, who has five children and is currently expecting a sixth, has racked up millions of views on the platform as she gives an insight into her busy family life.

In one viral video, the mum shows the handles of three cupboards in the kitchen secured with a chain and padlock, joking: "The lengths I have to go to so my kids don't eat me out of the house every day."

She then shows a trolley with five trays stacked on top of one another, each emblazoned with the name of one of her children, which she fills with snacks each day for them to pick on between meals.

Get the news you want straight to your inbox. Sign up for a Mirror newsletter here.

In a follow up video, the mum shows how she used a printer to create to name tags, before she fills each try with a balanced diet of food to keep them going throughout the day.

Each child gets a selection of snacks, which includes two pieces of fruit, a packet of crisps, drink, bread sticks dunkers, sandwich meat, and a small bowl of sweets.

The clips have gained more than 88,000 likes as other parents loved the idea and considered using for themselves to ensure the cupboards weren't stripped bare moments after the food shop came home.

Earlier this week, another mum shared a viral hack explaining how parents can make their children feel less anxious as they return to the classrooms for the start of the new school year.

Kat Gurnett stitches two tiny crosses onto the sleeve of her son's school jumper to act as 'kisses', and the mum told him he could kiss or rub the little Xs if he started to miss his family because it would “send a little kiss back home”.

Kat revealed: "When I picked him up from school he said ‘Did you feel my kisses, mummy?’ so it has worked wonders."

You can see the full story here.

What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.