I’ve wanted to get Emma a nice step stool ever since she was able to walk, but just hadn’t found the perfect one yet. Why are these things impossible to find in-store? Or, if you go to a specialty store they can be so overpriced, it’s frustrating!
I completely forgot about the great selection you can find at CSN Stores’ 200+ online specialty stores, or I would have had one long before this. After about an hour of browsing (it takes me forever), I came across the Guidecraft Safari Storage Stool and fell in love! I chose something gender-neutral since I’m having a boy next and want him to feel comfortable using it after my daughter. I think these jungle animals fit the bill perfectly, don’t you? And Guidecraft is a well-known and trusted brand, so I knew that this was a great choice. There are also eight positive reviews at the website which made me even more confident.
Ordering & Assembly
I always receive my CSN orders quickly and this one was no exception – within a week I had the box full of parts sitting in my living room and ready to be assembled.
I considered waiting for my husband to come home and batting my eyelashes at him with a request that he put it together, but Emma and I just couldn’t wait! So I set out to put it together myself. I found the instructions easy to follow and everything I needed to put it together was included in the packet with the exception of a screwdriver – and everyone has one of those, right? :) I hope you do, anyway!
Extensive Testing (by my 2-year-old)
Before long, we had our reward – and Emma was beyond thrilled. First of all, she really enjoyed “helping” me put it together. And then once we finished she explored its possibilities with delight. She sat on it like a chair. She took the two steps and jumped off. She stored her stuffed animal inside the storage compartment.
But it’s when I showed her that she could reach things she couldn’t before that she really fell in love with her stool. And it created a bit of a monster in her, too. LOL We store it in the bathroom (and it really brightens it up, by the way!) and every day and night she washes her hands and brushes her teeth all by herself.
If you have ever had a child 2 years old you’ll know just how much this independence means to them.
I also plan on using this stool to aid in potty training – having her feet on something stable like this stool is going to be a big help!
I was really impressed with the quality of this stool – it’s made completely of wood with the exception for the inside of the compartment, is very stable, doesn’t slide around on the floor, and the details and painting of the jungle animals is even more intricate than I had expected.
Each animal appears to be slightly carved into the stool, making them 3-D. The stool is too heavy for Emma to carry around herself but I don’t mind, knowing that it is so well-made. And if it were too light it wouldn’t be as stable. We can’t recommend the Guidecraft brand and purchasing from CSN’s allchildrensfurniture.com more! I’m so happy with my experience ordering from there. :)
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I would like to thank CSN Stores for providing me with the stool reviewed above (through a CSN gift code) in order that I might give you a thorough review. This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone. I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products and companies.