Your kids may run the show around your house, but the house is certainly not set up for them. Counters, toilets and shelves are built with adults in mind — and keep many essential things just out of their reach. Step stools are the easiest way to give them a little height (and a bit more control) over their world. The best step stools should be sturdy with no-slip grips, something that’s especially important in the bathroom or anyplace else where things can get slippery. At the same time, however, they should also be light enough for you or your child to quickly and comfortably move around. Thankfully, these little helpers don’t need a lot of frills and can be purchased for under $30. If you are interested in going beyond basic, however, you may want to consider a step stool that can grow with your child and even provide a bit more safety and stability. Designed for use in the kitchen, these taller stools have adjustable heights and include a guard rail to prevent falling. The choice is ultimately up to you and your child’s needs.
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1. BabyBjorn Step Stool
Made by one of the most trusted names in toddler and baby supplies, this step stool has strong rubber grips on the base that will keep it from sliding — even on wet surfaces — as your kid steps up to the sink or toilet. The top is made from the same grippy material, keeping kids stable as they stand. The compact, lightweight design gives your kid six inches of extra height and is easy for both parents and children to move around as needed. Best of all: It comes in five different kid-friendly colors, and you’ll love that it matches the other potty training items in BabyBjorn’s line.
2. Kids Best Friend Step Stool
A bit shorter than our top pick at 5.5 inches, this step stool offers a slip-resistant gripping design on the corners of the base and a textured, grippy top for added traction, as well. It features two handles on either side to make it easy for parents or kids to pick up and move. Plus, the curved shape helps it sit more flush against the base of a toilet — perfect for potty training!
3. Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper Stool
Taller and made from wood, this step stool is designed specifically so kids can help in the kitchen more safely. Tall enough to help kids comfortably reach the counter, it has two adjustable heights: 15 inches and 18 inches tall. Guard rails help keep kids safe, and it holds up to 125 pounds. While it’s designed for the kitchen, it can also be used in any activity where your kid can use a boost, like in a craft room or workshop. The kitchen helper stool folds flat for storage and the adjustable height means it can grow with your child. It also comes with an easy-to-clean, no-slip mat for added safety.