I know that I’ve slacked in the department of product reviews since getting busier, but I am hoping to fix that in the near future and trickle out reviews of some of my favorite things or at least compile them into the TRIED and TRUE posts.
This is going to be more of a story of how our life evolved with the product than an actual review, but in so writing about it, you will get a good idea whether you might enjoy this product as much as we did or not.
This particular item has sneakily made its way into our life in more ways than I anticipated. We had featured a Kitchen Helper on Daily Mom, right at the time when I was struggling to keep Lexi occupied while I cooked. I had also heard good things about it from MULTIPLE people. So I thought it was a worth product to try and see if it solves our little problem. Our first test was Easter Cooking out of all things. I took an egg nest recipe from Daily Mom (of course), Lexi and I put on our favorite Mommy and Me aprons and we started cooking.
Up until that point, I had attempted cooking with her, but it’s a little bit unsettling wielding knifes and working on a hot stove when your barely two year old is balancing on a chair. So I quickly gave up, not wanting to make cooking even more complicated and stressful than it was.
Fast forward to later, and with the Kitchen Helper, one thing was OFF my mind – her safety. Even near a hot stove I can put the Kitchen Helper far enough away that she won’t reach it, though at this point it’s not necessary as she understands danger better.
So back to Easter cooking, we spent quite a long time cutting butter, mixing things with our hands, measuring, stirring, assembling. It was kind of wonderful, to be honest. Our egg nests turned out horrible. I can never follow recipes well, but that wasn’t the point. It was really fun. Then we tried making homemade dough together. Over and over again. At this point, Lexi knows the recipe so well, she can make it herself if I bring out all the ingredients.
We have cooked together many times since, especially when I needed to keep her occupied. She has always done it with joy and that busy toddler look and moves that are just so endearing.
Soon the Kitchen Helper evolved into a hand washing tower, dish washing stand, produce washing stand, fruit juicer stand. It has become a true kitchen helper.
There have been multiple times when Andrew and I would talk about how great of a product this is and how much it helps us. Friends who come over and see it r always say something along the lines of “OMG, this is awesome!”
The truth is our kitchens are created for adult height (obviously) and it’s hard for little ones, even with a step stool, to get anything done.
At this point, I can easily move her up to the sink in the Kitchen helper, turn on the water and let her wash her hands for as long as she wants. I know she is safe. And I have a few minutes to get her food ready or clean up. And we wash hands A LOT. Multiple times a day she runs to her painting table and paints. She gets paint all over her hands. She then runs into the kitchen and says “Mama, I’ll be right back to wash hands! Good Bye!” in this really business-like tone. And when she is done, she climbs into the Kitchen Helper and washes her hands (I still have to turn water on for her as she can’t reach the faucet yet).
The other day, we had to make some vegetable soup, and that takes a long time with cutting and washing veggies. So I gave her the task of washing them and, oh my, how much she loved washing, shaking water off and then cutting veggies with me. So yeah it’s pretty amazing!
I’ve become really picky what products I accept for review, even more than I used to be, since time is at a premium now but the last few I blogged about and the next few I will be blogging about, along with this Kitchen Helper are really worth taking the time to write about them to me. And hopefully help my readers find products that they will fall in love and that will make their lives easier. Tell your husbands you NEED this for Christmas 🙂