Kids Step Stools

Michele Meleen
Little girl on step stool

Stepping stools help kids navigate the 'too tall' world and allow them to be independent. When choosing the right step stool for your child, consider his age and size along with how you're going to use it and your room sizes.

Kitchen Helper

Kids who love helping with cooking and washing dishes or playing alongside a parent while they work on countertops need the Little Partners Learning Tower. Kids from ages 18 months to 6 years can use the stool thanks to the sturdy wood construction and adjustable height platform. One of the best features of this product is it holds up to 500 pounds and fits two kids side by side. If you have more than one small child in the house, you can all get involved together. The unique design allows you to raise the platform up to counter height so even your smallest toddler can see what's going on. For about $200, you choose from wooden tones or bright colors like pink, green, and red.

Pros

Pediatric dietitian and mom Ashley recommends this step stool over others because of "improved safety, quality of the product, overall reviews and impressions from others, and ability for young kids to use independently." While this stool is an awesome kitchen tool for parents, caregivers, and grandparents it can be used in many other ways like as a puppet theater, indoor playground, or even a way to wrangle kids who have trouble sitting down to eat meals.

Cons

You'll need to make sure you've got plenty of room to store this stool since it is large, doesn't fold up, and could be used by clever kids to get into things they shouldn't when you're not looking.

Foldable Stool

If portability is your biggest concern, the bbluv Kids Folding Step Stool is a perfect option. Costing under $15, this eye-catching stool folds up flat with a built-in handle at the top so little or big hands can set it up then take it down and carry it to the next location. Choose from fun colors like lime and aqua, with a white top covered in nature-inspired cartoon graphics. While the stool supports weights up to 250 pounds, the actual product only weighs one pound so even babies and toddlers can carry it around.

Pros

Mom reviewer Andrea highly recommends the stool for any family and shares her whole family uses it including mom, toddler, and big kid! It looks like a puzzle so toddlers and preschoolers can work on motor skills as the fold, unfold, and carry the stool around to wherever they need it. The stool also serves as a great problem-solving tool to help kids figure out how it works and clever ways to use it.

Cons

If it's not set up properly, it could be less sturdy than other stools on the market. Practice opening and closing it with your kids and show them how to test it before standing on it to help them stay safe and independent.

Multi-Step Stool

There's nothing else quite like the bObles Tumbling Crocodile, a stool, and toy all in one. Choose from graphic colors and prints like marbled or striped pinks and greens for under $140 at Adaptivemall.com. As suggested by its name, the product resembles an alligator with its jagged steps, eyes and, long snout. Kids can use it as a small staircase, simple step stool, or fun active toy.

Pros

Versatility is the name of the game with this stool and toy. Kids up to age 6 can climb, slide, build, or reach new heights with this unique product. Since it's made from foam rather than hardwood or plastic, children can climb, jump, or fall on it without getting hurt.

Cons

Standing only about 7 inches tall, this stool won't give your kids a ton of extra height. If they only need to use it for things like playing at a kitchen set or reaching the paper on an easel, it gets the job done. However, it certainly won't lift a toddler up to counter height.

Potty Training Helper

When you're on a tight budget, a stool like the Dreambaby Anti-Slip Step Stool can be your best friend. For only $10, you'll have an easy-to-use and clean way to help your little one reach higher surfaces. The white plastic stool comes with gray grippy dots on top, and non-slip grips on the base to keep bumbling toddlers safe. Two small holes on each side of the stool make it easy to carry from the toilet to the sink for hand washing after potty training. Customers give it 4.4 out of 5 stars for simplicity, durability, portability, and price.

Pros

Since this curved stool fits snugly against the front of the toilet, it won't seem bulky or out of place when other people in your family use the potty. All the non-slip grips help keep little ones safe and the unique design means you don't have to spend money on toilet seats or chairs. Once your child is big enough to get on the toilet with a stepping stool, you can use the product to help them reach new heights around the house.

Cons

While it holds up 225 pounds, this simple stool is only about 5 inches tall, 9 inches long, and 4 inches wide, so it really accommodates toddlers best.

Personalized Step Stool

Give the kids in your life the gift of independence and family involvement with a simple personalized stool. Pottery Barn Kids sells a high-quality, single-step stool with a basic A-frame and flat-top. Add your child's name to the stool for around $40. The stool comes in one-step or two-step options in black, white, gray, or aqua.

Pros

If you have multiple children in your home, each can have a labeled stool, so they can all reach where they want without fighting over one stool or taking turns. At 8 inches high, the product is great for older kids who need just a little boost to reach the sink or counter.

Cons

There's no handle, it doesn't fold up, and it only has one height so it may see a limited window of use as your kids grow.

Girl on step stool

Give Kids a Leg Up

Children are often surrounded by things that weren't made with their small size in mind. Help your kids feel like part of the action with a stool that gives them the boost they need.

Kids Step Stools