We have a learning tower and my two-year-old loves it! She calls it her little tiny. I like it a lot because it feels safer than a chair. It's very stable and secure and your little one can't fall off without an effort. DD climbs in and helps me cook, and she plays under it in the living room. It's been everything from a boat to a fish aqarium to a dog house, you name it. She has a ball with it.
We have one. It's ok.<br><br>
What I like about it is that two small kids (18mos & up) can stand in it at the same time & I don't have to worry about anyone falling off. I like this b/c I babysit frequently & I've found that other people's kids aren't used to being at the counter & they fall way more often than mine ever have.<br><br>
I like its stability. I like that it's too heavy for the kids to move around. I like kids at the counter, but I don't want them to push the chair over to the stove.<br><br>
I like that we can put a cloth over the top of it and it provides a nice little cubby for kids to hang out in while I work in the kitchen. It works for me b/c we have a convenient spot for it that's out of the way, but still right next to the counter.<br><br>
I don't like that it takes up so much space. I don't like that it can't also serve as a seat for an adult. I don't like that I had to move the play kitchen out of the kitchen to make room for it. I certainly would not have liked its price, but I didn't buy it. It was a gift.<br><br>
I would not have bought it for myself. In fact, I really did not want it at first, but we've had it for 3 or 4 years now & I haven't banished it to the basement yet. The kids really like it, and it does get more use than the displaced play kitchen.
My son started using a Learning Tower at 14 months to hang out at the sink while I cooked and still uses it now at 6. Versus a chair, it is more stable and the height is adjustable and the bar around the edge means fewer tumbles. It is a pain in small kitchens. It is on my imaginary list of things I would get if I could start over again. On that list I also have a Stokke chair that grows with the child and is used for years and years and a really good sling/carrier like the Ergo (these are things I wish I had gotten). What I did not need was the Co-sleeper and the crib and the....
I would never get one because they are so big and bulky and get in the way.<br><br>
I look at it similar to other baby/children's gadgets- why buy a specialized gadget, when I can use something I already have? My kids are too big to use one now, they've always used chairs pulled up to the counter, and it's worked just fine.
They are very big and bulky - that's why we don't have one. I've flirted with the idea of buying one for a long, long time, but even tho my kitchen is fairly large, I do not have the floor space for it. It'd just be in the way.<br><br>
I do agree with the point that two children can stand in it with ease and no worries that someone will fall. I'm not sure what I'll do when both my kids want to help cook - maybe then I'll find something I can move out of the kitchen to make room for it.
I agree with the price issue. I would not have bought one for myself because of that, it's really expensive for what it is. My mom bought it. But, we do like it because it's safe and stable and can be used for several different things, even puppet shows!
We've had ours for 3 years now. It's totally worth it for us. Both kids can stand in it and help with whatever, without me worrying they will fall off. I like that it's adjustable so we will be able to use it for another 5-6 years.<br><br>
We have a relatively big kitchen, so it just gets pushed around throughout the day so it's not in the way. We're used to it by now.<br><br>
The kids really don't use it for anything else (forts, etc)...but I still think it's worth it for something that will be used almost daily for nearly 10 years.
I love ours -- it is big and bulky and did cost a lot, but I have it in our little kitchen and wouldn't part with it. After a few falls off a step stool (one an inch from an open dishwasher that could have sent us to the hospital), we got ours. It's safe and means that DS is cooking, playing, and enjoying being on "my level" at the counter throughout the day.
Absolutely worth it! Yes, it is big, and sometimes awkward to have in the kitchen, but that is its only drawback. Our daughter has been using it since 18 months (she will turn 3 tomorrow) and it has been fabulous. She stands in it to cook with me, she draws at the counter, she paints at the table, she washes her dolls in the sink, she "does science", the list goes on and on. When we have been stuck inside for days sometimes climbing in and out of it is her major exercise! The fact that she can safely get in and out of it on her own is huge. I know chairs/stools work for some kids, it does not work for our daughter, she is a dreamer and loses total track of where she is. The safety factor alone would sell me. And she still fits in there with another friend which is great for having someone over to make cookies, etc.
We received one for xmas. It is nice and sturdy and a good height. However, it is HUGE - the legs at the base stick out an extra 6" on all sides. Thus, it cannot be kept in the kitchen. The fact that we have to drag it (DS can't move it himself) from another room when we want to use it means that we rarely use it. Maybe if we had a larger kitchen w/o an island it would get more use.
I got ours at a rummage sale for 10 bucks. I bought it so I could resell it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br>
unfortuantely my DD loves it. I would never have bought it for full price. It is huge and heavy and really a one use thing that you easily could use a step stool for. Those don't slip and my kids have never fallen off of one *knocks wood* 2 kids? Get another step stool...they are much cheaper and can be folded up and put away. Our learning tower is basically for climbing on b/c our kitchen is muc too small so the thing is in the living room. As soon as i can I am getting rid of it.
I found ours at a garage sale for $15, not sure if I would have paid full price for it, but we love it. The issues I had with ds using a chair at the sink/counter were: 1) our good wooden chairs were getting dings from him dropping stuff on them while playing at the sink (we don't have "kitchen" chairs, only dining chairs) and it made me mad to have water/food/etc spilled all over them, 2) he fell off a chair several times or knocked it over from leaning. The LT is so stable, he climbs all over it like a little monkey. He hates sitting at the table to eat but will happily stand in the LT at the counter for breakfast, lunch & snacks. He can hang out with me in the kitchen without being in my way. Yes, it is huge, so make sure you will room for it first. However, it has been used all day, every day since we got it - I'd definitely recommend it if the price isn't an issue for you!
ours was a gift. i love it. a chair is not as good imo. a chair can easily be toppled, fallen from, broken...the tower is tough! dh has stood in it to clean the highest part of our wall and he's 6'3" and 200lbs! we have a very small kitchen, and we have to lug it in and out--but the same would go for a chair--they're not that much smaller.
We love ours. I'm on a tight budget in a small kitchen, but I am so glad I have it. Big sanity saver. But don't count on it being too heavy for kids to move for long, my 2-year old is quite capable of moving it around the kitchen.
Ds has used it everyday from age 12 months to 3.5 years (still using it. . .). It has been a great investment. He eats at the counter, cooks with me and draws up there. It is incredibly stable. He even climbs up the side of it and sits on top of it (all while I am not looking) and it doesn't tip. I don't have to stand next to him and supervise him in a chair. I can really cook and move around the kitchen. I live in a mobile home and thus have a tiny kitchen, but it is kept at the counter at all times.
We uses ours for 3.5 yo dd and sometimes ds even like to climb into it to get a higher view when watching me cook or just playing around. dd2 is only 13 mos, so I imagine we will have years of use left in ours.
We love ours and DD (4) has been using it nearly every day for two years now. It is big and bulky and expensive. But it is safe and worth its price in gold. I think it is one of the best purchases we've ever made for her (other than her wooden easel).