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17 Kids’ Step Stools That’ll Take Them to New Heights

Because it’s high time your little one can reach the sink themselves.

Mobility is a huge part of your kid’s growing independence, but learning to walk is only the beginning. Once they hit the toddler stage and start feeling comfortable on their own two feet, they’ll want to take advantage of their newfound freedom, stat. But big-kid tasks like brushing their teeth require more than just getting around—they require getting up and down! Help your munchkin reach new developmental heights with a handy kids’ step stool; they’ll appreciate the boost. And while a toddler step stool doesn’t let parents take a total backseat (always supervise young children to prevent slips and falls), you and your back will appreciate the break from constantly lifting and carrying your little one. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite kids’ step stools, from ultra-practical devices for the kitchen and bathroom to personalized picks that double as bedroom or playroom decor.

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Shutterfly Emoji Rainbows Step Stool

Shutterfly is (well, was!) our secret source for adorable children’s step stools. The brand carries a whole assortment of kids’ wooden step stools, including this personalized one. We’re obsessed with the sweet rainbow graphic.

Buy it: $53, Shutterfly.com

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Red Barn Collective Little Chef Kid and Toddler Step Stool

This is one of the best toddler step stool designs we’ve ever seen. The smart structure features stairs that lead to a railed tower. Simply help your kid walk up, then secure them at the top using the removable dowel. It’s perfect for them to stand on for extended periods of time without worrying they’ll tumble off the ledge.

Buy it: $135, Etsy.com

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Pottery Barn Kids Personalized Step Stool with Storage

Tight on space? This wooden kids’ step stool doubles as chic storage. (The back has shelves!) The three steps make the piece even more versatile, since it’ll let your child stand at different heights. One final bonus: This children’s step stool can be personalized with their name or monogram.

Buy it: Starting from $129, PotteryBarnKids.com

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Mommy’s Helper Step Up Non-Slip Stepstool in Green Froggie Collection

This frog-inspired toddler step stool is super-cute and safety-oriented. Both the top and bottom surfaces have non-slip grips to avoid injury. The stool is also lightweight, making it easily portable.

Buy it: $10, Amazon.com

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Damhorst Toys & Puzzles Personalized Wooden Child’s Name Puzzle Stool in Primary Colors

This personalized puzzle step stool is a classic gift for a reason: It’s playful and practical all at once. The removable puzzle pieces will spell out your child’s (or the present recipient’s!) name in bright, kid-friendly colors.

Buy it: $75, Amazon.com

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Carriage House Creek Personalized Rustic Kid and Toddler Step Stool

This personalized step stool for toddlers and big kids comes painted with your child’s moniker. You even get to pick the base color and text font. How’s that for custom?

Buy it: $50, Etsy.com

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Acko Small Folding Step Stool with Back Support for Children

Want a kids’ step stool you can easily stow away? Look no further than this affordable option—it folds completely flat. Our favorite part? The attached smiley-face backrest. Yep, you’ll get a step stool and a kids’ folding chair all in one.

Buy it: $14, Amazon.com

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Crate and Kids Squared Up Step Stool

This uber-chic metal kids’ step stool is just as decorative as it is functional. It’s made from sturdy steel and coated with the stylish color of your choice. It also works as a seat or even as a nightstand—multipurpose products rock.

Buy it: $59, CrateandBarrel.com

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Craft Carve Personalized Puzzle Stool in White

Meanwhile, this personalized puzzle step stool puts the “fun” in functional. You can customize the toy-slash-stair with your kiddo’s name, but that’s not all. The legs can be carved with the motif of your choosing, from a beautiful butterfly to a cute elephant. (Don’t want the white finish? The seller also makes a natural wood version.)

Buy it: Starting from $98, Etsy.com

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B. Spaces by Battat Peek-a-Boost Wooden Two-Step Stool in Mint & Wood

This toddler step stool has a unique, tip-proof shape and steps sized just for little feet. Better yet, it’s made to match other B. Spaces by Battat decor, so you can work it seamlessly into the rest of your kid’s bedroom or playroom.

Buy it: $27, Amazon.com

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Shutterfly Adventure Chef Animal Heads Step Stool

Ready to bond over baking or cooking? This animal-themed kids’ kitchen step stool is perfect for your little helper. (Or, try a similar Shutterfly style with the text, “Mommy’s/Daddy’s sous chef.”)

Buy it: $53, Shutterfly.com

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Pottery Barn Kids Wood Finish Single Step Stool

This kids’ wooden step stool is surprisingly elegant. It’s made to last well past childhood as an adorable, personalized keepsake.

Buy it: Starting from $69, PotteryBarnKids.com

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Fantasy Fields Wooden Step Stool with Storage

This toddler step stool comes in multiple, equally adorable designs (the fire truck one is simply too-cute). Oh, and the top is actually a lid that opens to reveal hidden storage space.

Buy it: Starting from $57, Amazon.com

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Country Barn Babe Personalized Wood Toddler Step Stool

Who says kids’ step stools can’t have a sense of humor? This funny wooden one is engraved with a rhyme: “This little stool is mine, I use it all the time, to reach the things I couldn’t, and lots of things I shouldn’t.” Get it personalized with your child’s name.

Buy it: $30, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Crate and Kids

Crate and Kids Pivot Adjustable Step Stool

Handles make this kids’ step stool a breeze to carry to and fro. It’s also adjustable based on your child’s height needs. Not to mention, they can use it as a chair. Last but not least, we like its modern look.

Buy it: $69, CrateandBarrel.com

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Shutterfly Nautical Make Some Waves Step Stool

The cute, personalized kids’ step stool designs don’t cease. Here’s a nautical piece with an encouraging message: “Make some waves.” It’s patterned with sea creatures including the ever-trendy narwhal. (There’s also a mermaid version that says “make a splash” instead!)

Buy it: $53, Shutterfly.com

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California Home Goods Dual Height Step Stool for Toddlers & Kids

Raising siblings? Invest in two children’s step stools—trust us, sharing just isn’t in the cards. That said, this affordable kids’ step stool set is also a great if you’ve only got one munchkin but don’t feel like toting a single stool all around the house. Keep one grippy, non-slip device in the bathroom and one in the kitchen!

Buy it: $32 for a set of 2, Amazon.com

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Published June 2019

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