First, it was Natter. He couldn’t crawl – or toddle – past the oven without yanking down off the dishtowel and leaving it on the floor.
Once he outgrew that phase, it was Rosebud, who would not only remove the towel from the bar but from the kitchen entirely. I would discover this just after washing my hands, and look in vain, dripping, for the missing cloth.
I took a bunch of towels and sewed in buttonholes and buttons, but really, who has time for that? Plus, they yank it hard enough and the button pops out anyway.
But no longer! Now that I’m on towel thief #4, I have found an answer.
Towel, block (or small toy too large to fit between the towel rack/handle and the oven), and ponytail holder (or rubber band, but the ponytail holder lasts longer.)
Wrap the block in the towel. I do it in the corner to have as much towel as possible left hanging. Fasten securely with ponytail holder.
Feed the towel up through the towel holder so that the block is trapped underneath.
Let the towel drape over the front of the bar.