It’s 5pm. And without fail, the first trembles of a Lucy meltdown start to brew. By 5:30, if the dogs haven’t had their supper and Lucy isn’t sitting in her high chair, the family starts to crack around us. Lucy wants to know why we’re not yet eating, Jack whimpers by his food bowl, the timer on our oven lets us know that the water is boiling, and we’ve somehow lost the lid to the sippy cup. (Again.) Truth be told, it has taken us far too long to realize that many of these dinnertime woes (and breakfast time and lunch time and any time, really) could be avoided with one simple addition to our kitchen: a learning tower!
To DIY or Buy?
I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to be so small and unable to see all the really cool(!) things that mom and dad are doing on those kitchen countertops. When it really boils down to it, Lucy just wants to be near us. She wants to be involved. It had been on our list for months to DIY a learning tower for our Goose, but time was not on our side. And for the sake of choosing family togetherness over yet another DIY on our plate, we bought one! This one.
I love how much Lucy loves it. Ours has an adjustable step, so as she grows, we can move it down a rung. Here, she’s helping me make pumpkin mookies, and during dinner prep, she happily listens as a narrate my every move – I’m chopping the broccoli and mincing the garlic, so yummy, right? – and she munches on a snack. In the mornings, she hops into her tower and reaches for the bananas while I pour her a cup of milk. She can’t help but grin, she’s independent. It has added a blanket of calm to our routines, and I can’t believe it took us this long to make it happen.
We found so many great ready-to-go options during our own hunt, and I wanted to share them here in case you’re in the same stage of life! Many of the options below come in several colors and finishes. (But if you’re in the DIY mood, I’ve always loved how Happy Grey Lucky perfected this IKEA hack!)
11 (Other) Learning Towers To Love
1. naomi white step stool | 2. classic kitchen helper | 3. mother’s helper in grey | 4. white adjustable | 5. black learning tower | 6. natural wood step stool | 7. convertible bear tower | 8. learning tower w/table + chair | 9. black + natural tower | 10. high rise step stool | 11. rabbit tower with chalkboard