Our kids love to help (sometimes a little too much), especially in the kitchen — and that’s where toddler step stools (aka, “kitchen helper stools”) come in. With counters (and our favorite kitchen gadgets) just out of reach for little hands, it quickly becomes an insane arm workout trying to hoist our LOs up to counter level. Or better yet, when we bring the mixing bowl down to them and the family dog thinks she’s being treated to homemade meatballs it quickly spells DISASTER. Investing in a sturdy step stool for kitchen helping is one of the best purchases we’ve made this spring. The kids are safe and actually helpful, plus as an added bonus— when they help make food they’re more likely to eat it (yup that’s right spinach pesto here we come!).
Step stools aren’t just limited to the kitchen though, we know more than a few mamas who have accumulated quite the collection around the house. LOs need to step up in the bedroom, bathroom, and playroom to reach their favorite things and definitely to brush their teeth (and wash their hands). Different stools can be great for different situations. Foldable options are great to avoid the clutter, but smaller two step stools with handles can also do the trick. After all, who can be bothered to lug those heavy things from room to room? That’s the last thing we need – one more excuse to delay going to bed because we’re looking for the stool!
With so many choices from handcrafted cutsie stools to sturdy gate like creations, it’s hard to know what to pick. We’ve found 8 great options in a variety of sizes that are both cute and secure. So go ahead mama let them brush their teeth by themselves!
Best Toddler Step Stools 1 Step
Whoever designed this Simplay3 Two Child Step Stool clearly had two kids fighting over the sink. Designed for two pairs of little feet to stand on at one time, (each at varying height – think 2 and 4 year olds) everyone can brush their teeth at the same time. The adorable little footprints tell our littles exactly where to stand so it’s safe and that this stool is meant for them.
Our favorite part is that this isn’t just for the kiddos! Mamas flip this thing over at bath time or bedtime and presto you have a seat or stool for you too. The supportive sides transform into a stable frame meant for sitting or standing adults up to 300 lbs when it’s flipped over.
One reviewer wrote, “We used to have two seperate stools for both of our children, 5 and 3. We have one really small bathroom and having this one stool has made one aspect of the clutter in the bathroom disappear.”
Casafield’s 9” Folding Step Stool is perfect for when things are just a little bit out of reach for tots. Easy to maneuver from room to room and fold up to store beside the sink, this one step wonder is both budget friendly and cute. The different color options can match either your bathroom decor or your LOs mood, regardless there is an option for everyone, even a basic black.
Made of lightweight plastic, the jigsawed designed sides give this stool its strength. This children’s step stool may look basic, but it can hold up to 300 lbs, making it as much for the mamas looking to get that platter down from the pantry as it is kiddos wanting to brush their teeth. The top has a raised anti-skid pattern to prevent slips and it folds up nearly flat for storage anywhere. This is the one that belongs in every room (or at least one per floor).
Best Toddler Step Stools 2 Step
This Little Partners Toddler Step Up Stool comes in 9 different colors to match any bedroom decor. We love how this wooden step stool style matches the look of a ladder style bookcase for classic bedroom style (we wouldn’t be opposed to storing books on the deep steps either when it’s not in use). The sturdy railings make gripping this mini ladder super easy and fun for toddlers, especially for climbing up to bed or the potty.
The second step has an adjustable height feature that can grow with your LO. As an added safety feature, the included nonslip grips have us breathing a little easier watching our tots going up and down over and over again. One of our favorite features is how this transitions to a parent step stool and is secure enough for adults up to 150 lbs.
Kids step stools take up precious real estate in our already overcrowded rooms (seriously who knew kids had this much crap?!). This new Dinosaur Step Stool from Walmart does double duty – step up ability for the kiddos, storage capacity for the mamas. The slow hinge lid opens to reveal storage space for books or toys, reducing the room clutter and providing a safe option for kids to get their gear themselves.
We also love that not only can it be personalized with your child’s name, but there are 20 colors and fonts to choose from giving our kiddos choice in the design. Sized right for the bedroom, bathroom, or playroom, this stool is a cute addition to any kids themed room without being overly designed. The best part, the side handles make transporting their new personalized gear from room to room easy without having to be dragged across our floors!
Beautifully painted in a variety of colors to match any bedroom or playroom, this Adjustable Height Growing Wooden Step Stool from Little Partners is a no brainer. We love the wide set steps and the adjustment lock for shifting stair heights for added safety. Plus the rounded corners and smooth construction prevent damage to our wood floors! The quality design makes this stool sturdy enough for adults too. One mama we know uses it to put her daughter in her crib because she’s a little too short to reach.
One reviewer shared this thoughtful feedback and genius idea, “This is a high quality, durable, and easy to assemble stool worth its price tag. Our toddler now climbs up this stool independently to brush his teeth, floss, wash hands, and smile at himself in the mirror. Prior to this, we would have to awkwardly lift him up many times a day to the sink and he was dependent on us to facilitate each of these self-care skills. So glad we purchased this and a faucet extender. The combination is a dream!”
For all the Disney-obsessed, non-stop princess dress wearing kids that need a boost: This 2-step stool is the one! The Disney characters featured are five of the OG Princesses (from Ariel to Snow White). “Our granddaughter loved this stepstool. She loved the princesses!!! It is very sturdy and just the right height!!!” said one happy customer. “It’s light enough for my 3year old to carry and sturdy,” another reviewer mentions.
Best Step Stools for Kitchen
The Explore N Store Adjustable Height Kitchen Step Stool for Toddlers from Little Partners is built on the principle of helping hands in the kitchen. This tower safely brings kids ages 2-6 to counter height without the fear of slipping off or back. We love the adjustable height feature so that this can grow with our littles and provide just the right amount of support for cooking and crafting.
While the idea of an entire tower in the kitchen may seem overwhelming, (we know we’re not the only mamas working in small kitchen spaces) this stool is designed with small spaces in mind. The entire thing is under two feet wide and comes up to exactly counter height, meaning you won’t lose precious counter space working around the “helpers”. To make it even more functional the bottom step easily folds up for storage and the entire tower can quickly be tucked away under the breakfast bar to be out of sight when not in use.
Talk about a multitasker! This versatile pick from ComfyBumpy is so much more than a step stool. First off, it’s great for giving your kiddo a boost to the counter while keeping them safe and contained with three sides of rails. Second, it’s equipped with a chalkboard and doubles as an art easel. Third, it’s a desk when it’s laid on its side, chalkboard side up; there’s a plank between the bottom legs that functions as a built-in seat. Needless to say, your LO will get tons of use out of this triple threat, plus lots of hands-on, educational experience, both as your sous chef and an esteemed chalk artist.
Okay, this has got to be one of the cutest toddler step stools out there! Your tot will love climbing aboard their tall giraffe friend in order to help you out at the counter. It features three height adjustments, no-slip feet, and safety bars to keep your kiddo contained on all four sides. Sure, this design is super kid-friendly, but its sleek wooden silhouette means you won’t mind keeping it in your kitchen. Be sure to check out the brand’s equally adorable elephant step stool, too!
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