How products come into being has always fascinated me. Often, they evolve as a solution to a problem. Two teachers from Dripping Springs, Texas, had a friend who wanted her child to participate while she cooked, creating a learning experience and bonding at the same time. The teachers, familiar with small children and their need for safety, developed the True Tot tower. It also helped that woodworking was a hobby. They wanted to offer a product with additional features, safety tested, yet attractive enough to fit into a home.
The tower, made from New Zealand pine, allows a child to reach counter height to see what’s going on or to “help” in the kitchen. It also provides independence to brush teeth or wash hands. Small children need an adult close by, but being able to “brush” on his own, empowers and saves mom’s back. As a child grows, the platform can be easily adjusted providing years of use. I have six grandchildren, so I can adjust when each child visits.
Perhaps one of the best features is that it can be collapsed for easy storage. Choose from raw wood finish if you wish to paint, or varnished natural wood. The instructions say it requires easy assembly by inserting 12 screws into predrilled holes. I am not so sure about the “easy” part. It took some time and effort for us to assemble, but when it was completed, its structure and “foot grippers” made it impressively sturdy. It is also CPSIA compliant which means it complies with government children’s product safety rules.
Nancy Pride owns Morgan Fitzgerald’s and Merle Norman located at 3800 South Texas Avenue, one mile north of University Drive, Bryan. www.fitzyou.com 979 268 0608.