Using a Learning Tower
You know how our babes are constantly asking to be held? It's because they want to be involved and see what's going on!
The learning tower has been a game changer for this. Instead of having to hold her or have her by my feet, she can stand in the learning tower. This way, she can be where I am and I just make sure that everything around her is safe and accessible.
We actually have 2 learning towers. One, I got from a friend around her 1st birthday. I love when you can rotate things with friends that. Because when she started walking and crawling, I knew she would want to be up by me.
Then we went to friends house and they had a kids table and she loved it. But, our house isn't big enough for a kid's table AND an adult table AND a learning tower!
So, I found a 2 in 1 learning tower that also converted into a table! (And am now an affiliate)
We really do like both of these, but for us, the one that converts into a table helps a ton with our limited space. I also try and be pretty minimalistic so I also like that it means we have to have less stuff.
When we're doing things like unloading the dishwasher, I will pull it up to the counter so she's close to the same height and will help me. At her age (1.5 years old), she really wants to help with all the things, which is great! But it also means I have to slow down and things will take a little longer.
This one can be adjusted as they get taller and you don't want them to be so high. I thought this would be a huge feature for me but so far, I have never moved it. It also has a built in bar as a safety feature to keep them from falling out.
Like I said above, I prefer this one because of the ability to turn it into a table. You just unsnap the sides, fold it over, reclip it (so they can't flip the table back up), and you're done. It's great for eating, coloring, and lots of other activities.
You can also get a “safety net” to attach to the front of it (especially when they are smaller) to keep them from falling out or leaning too far forward.
It comes in a few different colors. Natural wood (which is what I have), white, black, and a green. They're not super bright or an eye sore which is another benefit.
This brand also has lots of other Montessori items and typically have free shipping, another huge plus.
I would highly recommend getting a learning tower if you want your kids to be able to get involved in what you're doing. It just makes them a little more included. And, they're not so whiney because they're at your level and can be doing things along side of you.
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