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My three year old uses this step to reach light switches, and my two year old uses this while brushing his teeth. Its a very useful peice of plastic with a soft rubber bottom and top to prevent slipping. It isnt high enough to cause injury if the children fall off it, but on the other hand it is high enough to help the little people reach that little bit higher. I find the holes on the sides very handy for manouvering this step especially if you have manicured nails as it can be quite difficult to pick things up with long nails.
One of the things I love about this item is its shape. Instead of it being a square box like your typical toddler steps, this one is slightly curved so it is a perfect fit to go around things like a bathroom sink or toilet.
All in all, perfect useful little item.
I bought this stool for my son a few years ago. At about 18 months, he started to climb onto things like the nappy box, magazine rack and bucket. He'd fallen off these objects a few times and I was worried he would get hurt.
I remember seeing these stools in Ikea and as they were so cheap, I bought 2 to go by his favourite climbing places.
The stool comes in white, with blue raised bumps on the top to stop you from slipping. There is a plastic seal on the bottom which helps to stop it slipping and protect your floor. The stool is curved, which means you can fit it closely to your toilet. The curved shape also means there are no sharp corners for children to hurt themselves on. There are two holes on each side so you can easily pick it up.
It's not a small compact stool, which can be folded away for storage. This means it has a low centre of gravity and is quite difficult to tipple over. It's also very light, but still sturdy and can hold my weight. My son picks it up and moves it from the toilet to the baisin.
One of my stools has broken, but I can still be used. Both look brand new ad they are moulded plastic and so really easy to keep clean.
I bought this for my daughter a few months back as she kept asking to wash her hands or to rinse her toothbrush under the tap.
It cost just £2.50 in IKEA which is excellent value for money.
The stool is made from a sturdy plastic and measures:
The stool is curved and the back of the stool is smaller than the front making it easy for your child to get on. It also has a non slip cover on the top which on our version is green in colour. The stool also has little rubber feet to prevent it slipping on the bathroom floor.
When I bought this my daughter couldn't wait to have a go, I placed the stool close to the bathroom sink and my daughter immediately hopped on. The stool is the perfect height for a toddler to step onto. Once she was stood on the stool she was able to reach the soap and the tap to place her hands under to wash them.
For the money this stool is excellent value it is a really getting its use now we are starting potty training as well as being used when my daughter cleans her teeth.
I have no safety concerns with this stool it is very robust and hard wearing. It can be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth.
I would recommend this step it is ideal for children and could be used in other areas of the home such as the kitchen for cooking.
5 out of 5 from us :-)
I have in the past purchased many things from Ikea, and they have a good range of furniture for children. I have purchased the baby high chair from here before and was very happy with the price and quality so I went back there to buy some other bits and bobs for my nephew, and on my return visit I also purchased the Ikea childrens stool.
== Price ==
I remember buying the Ikea Childrens Stool for £2.50 which is a great low price in my opinion. I have seen other similar stools in other stores for prices higher than this, so I was more than happy to save a few pounds on this item. I purchased the one with the white coloured base with blue dots, but this can also be purchased in a different colour scheme such as blue base with green spots.
== Design ==
The stool is made from tough plastic material, and is has a white shimmery coloured base with blue dots scattered on the top surface of the stool. The stool measures at around L37cm x W24cm x H12cm, and has non slip surface thanks to the blue non slip surface spots which are made from rubber.
The stool has a rubber area near the base to make sure that stool remains sturdy and stays in place, which is reassuring for safety reasons. It also has some handy holes on the side of the stool so that you can hang it up on some hooks if you want, which I personally think is great idea as it keeps it out of the way when it is not needed.
== Experience ==
My nephew uses this stool when its time to brush his teeth and was his face, and he also uses it to play bubbles in the sink. It is basically a very handy stool that allows your child to reach over the bathroom sink, and I am more than happy with how sturdy it is. My nephew has used this a number of times and he has not once slipped off or has the stool slid across the floor, which illustrates the high quality of the non slip surface and base.
Having this available is so helpful as it prevents me from having to hold him above the sink while having to help wash his hands and teeth, as it can be a bit of juggle doing everything at the same time!. So thankfully this stool allows my hands to be free and help be more interactive with my nephew, and enjoy some splashing and bubble time (making bubbles in the sink!).
I personally like the design of the stool due to is nice inclusion of side holes, as it makes it so much easier to grab onto and carry around. It is also lightweight which is also great for carrying around, especially for a weakling like me!.
My nephew is not the only one that has benefited from using this stool, when he is back with his mum I tend to borrow it for reaching some things in cupboards and books that are higher in the shelves. I find it very sturdy and have had no instances where I have slipped or felt unsafe while using it. I also occasionally use this as a foot stool when I am at my desk and would like to rest my feet.
== CONCLUSION ==
Overall I would recommend this stool for adults and for children as it very handy and of high quality. I have had mine for over a year and it is still in great condition, no cracks or missing rubber, the colour is not as white any more but that's not a big issue. Overall I would say that for the price you can't go wrong.
Putting my big grown up foot through our old step stool meant a speedy purchase was needed. I found this step stool in Ikea - for £2.50 I felt it was a bargain. I didn't expect it to last long, but 2.5 years later it's still here.
**How it's used in the home**
The step stool is used daily in my house, for my little boy to reach the sink to wash himself, brush teeth and to get up to the toilet. Also regularly by me, I'm 5'2 so a little height helps occasionally around the house! It's lightweight and the holes in the ends make it easy to grab with your fingers to move around as desired. It's small enough to live under the bathroom sink without being a trip hazard. If you have more than one I believe these also stack if needed.
**Look and Design**
The stool is very basic, it's a squared off kidney shape, white with blue knobby bits on the top to help with grip while standing on the stool. I've not experienced any slipping with this stool, it stays in place well when stood on and puts up with my weight no problem. It's made of robust plastic, it feels pretty firm, certainly not flimsy stuff at all.
**Tricky to Clean**
It's a bit awkward to clean, it has little rims around the edge of the base, as it's white it needs quite a regular scrub down. I have to use my finger nails and a cloth to get out the bits round the edge to keep it looking nice and clean. But for the price I really can't complain, it's very useful to own and can't believe it's survived all these years.
Available in Ikea stores - £2.50 (bargain) it loses a Dooyoo star for the awkwardness of cleaning.
I'm reviewing the FORSIKTIG step stool from Ikea.
It cost £2.50 and measures 36cms wide, 24cms deep ,and 13cms high.
***WHY WE BOUGHT IT***
I child-mind my niece's two toddlers and while they are thankfully nappy free, tending to their toilet needs means full attendance from me during the procedure, which infuriates the eldest one, miss Holly. She is allowed independence at home regarding using the toilet, but I have visions of hearing a scream and finding a toddler firmly wedged down our toilet pan so I insist on hovering while she does her business. Holly hates being supervised like this. Her mother remedied this issue by producing this dinky little item from among the other child-minding needs lodged in her car boot and it is now a permanent fixture in our downstairs bathroom.
**WHAT IT IS, USING, and MY OPINION.***
It is a totally basic plastic step . It is white and I think there is no choice re colours.....to paraphrase Henry Ford on his cars, "you can have any colour you like as long as it's white".
The dimensions are listed above ,but suffice to say it is a perfect height for aiding little ones using the toilet and wash hand basin.
The top is dotted with non-slip material to prevent little feet slipping and there is a strip of this same rubberised non-slip material around the base of both sides making it safe to use on shiny floors .
This has been a God-send, it really has. It's one of those items you don't think you need till you get one and then wonder how you managed before.Previously we had been using an adult one-step stool, but after it shot out from under Holly's feet because it had no non-slip strips we abandoned that as dangerous and supervising her resumed.
Like I said it is just the right height to allow a toddler to step up and hoist themselves onto the toilet seat comfortably . Holly is fine with this and totally independent and can be safely left to get on with things now because I'm reassured that her feet are firmly on this stool and not dangling causing her to lose balance , but Conal, being younger, tends to get distracted easily " oh look Aunty ....a fly on your ceiling!" .....like he'd never seen one before .....and all thoughts of holding onto the toilet or aiming carefully are gone . So while I still supervise him he has at least some degree of independence at the start .
Ours has been named "Daisy"....due to the traditional cry of "Ups-a-daisy !" when the toddlers step onto it.
Teeth brushing after lunch is easier for both children now too, because the step stool puts them in a nice position to reach the taps safely. My wash-hand basin is quite low though , so it may not be as helpful in this mode if you have a high one.
It is light enough for easy moving around and stores neatly in the gap between our bath and toilet pan, but if strapped for floor space it could be stored in your bath upside down . This is where I store it when I'm washing my floor.
In my opinion being white also makes it unobtrusive in a bathroom with white fixtures. I don't think I'd be enamoured of a bright yellow one with pink dinosaurs emblazoned on it , so white suits me just fine.
I've not had to wash it yet, but it looks like a damp cloth and detergent will deal with any grubbiness that occurs.
I wouldn't use bleach on this item in case the bleach makes the non-slip dots and safety strips deteriorate.
I couldn't believe this was only £2.50 and thought my niece was telling me that to pacify my thrifty mind, but I checked on the Ikea site and it is indeed just £2.50.
So, would I recommend it ? Yes. Cheap as chips (in fact cheaper than the chips where I live), useful, and can be passed on to another family member or stored in the loft for future use when the child out-grows it.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful~~~myloh.
I decided to get a stool for my toddler when she started showing signs of climbing up onto chairs and trying to climb other things that aren't really meant for climbing, like onto toys and stacks of books. So we took another trip to Ikea, as although I know the quality of the products can be hit-and-miss they do sell some good bargains and the budget children's products seem to be of good quality generally.
As with many of the products Ikea sells the Forsiktig children's step stool is a very basic design. It is basically like a washing bucket turned upside down, made of plastic, white in colour, and curved at the edges. The top is covered in light green dots (also available in blue) which are non-slip, to give little one some grip when s/he is standing on it. Although the product is lightweight and easy to move around, it doesn't slide around on the carpet or create any similar cause for concern, because it has a rubber ring around the bottom edge that prevents it from doing so.
This step stool stands at about 15cm high which in my experience is perfect for little ones who are starting to climb, and also for toddlers who have well-established their climbing abilities! My daughter was not shy to try climbing it when we brought it home, although it did take her a little while to get used to the elevated height. I was much happier letting her stand on this stool though rather than the chairs she had taken to climbing as the stool is just low enough for her to get down easily without hurting herself, and she has never actually fallen from it but if she did I would not be too worried because of the low height.
We use this stool for a couple of main things in our house. One is for little one to brush her teeth at the sink in the mornings and evenings. The other thing is to reach the kitchen sink to wash her hands before mealtimes and throughout the day when she gets them sticky which is fairly often. Although I allow her to climb on this stool when she feels like it I never leave her unsupervised with it, and we keep it on a table out of reach when she has no need for it. This is because she will try to use it to climb into the bath and similar dangerous things that I would prefer she didn't do. On the other hand, I do leave it out for her when she asks for it as she likes to just practice climbing up and down it and trying to move it around the room, although it is not easy to shift along on carpet because of the rubber lip on the bottom of it. The stool has two small holes on the side of it to make it easy to pick up, which is a very simple but very helpful addition to the design - if only all buckets came with this feature it would make my life a lot easier! (I am pregnant at the moment and trying to avoid bending as much as possible.)
As with the Antilop high chair the plastic of the Forsiktig children's step stool is very easy to wipe clean or give a proper wash in the bath and it is still white in colour after some months of daily use now. It is quite a strong plastic so I'm not worried about it not being able to take her weight or falling apart any time soon. We are potty training my daughter now so I envision this stool being useful for helping her to climb up to the toilet - with supervision - in due course.
Now to the best part - this stool only costs £2.50! So even if it doesn't suit your little one, you can give it away without breaking the bank. If you buy it online however you will pay more due to high postage costs, so you do have to pick it up from an Ikea store. I highly recommend it for small children and I anticipate getting many years use out of it. Another great product from Ikea which gets 5 stars from me.
Ikea Forsiktig Children's Stool
~~~ The Back Story~~
Our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I am now in a better position to reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
This Ikea Forsiktig Children's Stool was given to us when our daughter started to show an interest in toilet training.
~~~ This Product ~~~
This is a lightweight stool manufactured as one piece of molded plastic: perfect for easy cleaning! It is 13cm high, 24 cm deep and 37cm wide, hollow and has an anti-slip layer on the top surface. There is also an anti-slip protector on underside to reduce the chance of the stool sliding.
This white stool with blue spots is produced by and for Ikea, so is therefore only available there. The current price is £2.50 (as at June 2013).
~~~ My Experience ~~~
Like many Ikea products, this is lightweight, affordable and useful. This cute, simple stool is mainly used by our daughter to get up onto and off the toilet. She also uses it occasionally to try to make herself taller so that she can see what we are reading or writing when we are standing at our kitchen bench. However as she is just 98cm, she still prefers to use a taller chair or seat to stand on.
This stool seems to be very safe and sturdy when our three-year-old daughter uses it; it always stays in place and the platform doesn't demonstrate any signs of strain. I've used it just a couple of times and felt safe enough, but prefer to use a kitchen stool or dining table if I need to attain increased height around the home.
This stool usually nestles nicely between our toilet and the bath, and is moved to the required location as and when needed. We find that this stool is too large to be stored in our bathroom cupboard, obviously this is more because of the style of our bathroom storage than the size and shape of the stool itself.
A nice to have item that wont break the bank.
NB This review or an amended version appears elsewhere.
I purchased this Ikea stool a few months ago as I was buying things to prepare for my son to start potty/toilet training so I planned to use it as a step up to the toilet. It was one of those spontaneous purchases as we were in Ikea at the time and it was very well priced so I purchased it there and then as we don't live very locally to an Ikea.
The stool has a slightly curved design which is perfect if you are using it for toilet training as it sits closely to your toilet. It has finger holes in the ends so it can be quickly and hygienically lifted. It has a slightly flared base so it is very stable and also has small thin blue rubber grips on the bottom to avoid any slipping, so it really is very safe to stand on.
It is made from white plastic and on top it has dozens of small blue rubbery dots which add further to the anti slip features. It measures around 35cm x 25cm x 12cm. It is easily cleaned and easy to store as it is not too big.
It can be used for other things aside from toilet training, for example we also use it as a step up to our trampoline, as it is only a small one so does not require a ladder but helpful for my 2 year old to have a small step up. I do use it around the house too as I am quite short so its helpful for reaching to the back of kitchen cupboards!
If I remember correctly we paid just £2.50 for this, which is a huge bargain and I wish I had bought two of them! They are very useful and good quality with a range of uses. Worth having one in every home.
I purchased this stool when my daughter was 2 so that she could reach the sink during potty training. It is great value at £2.50 as similar step stools elsewhere are more than double. It is the perfect height for kids to use to reach the bathroom sink (obviously depending on individual kids and sinks!), and has non-slip dots all over the top of it. It has holes in the side so you can carry it easily, and the bottom is ridges so it balances and doesn't slip on the floor. It is great for making kids independent and doing exactly what it says it will. Just don't ask me to call it by name!.... "Forsiktig" - less catchy than "Billy" methinks!
Now for the negatives - although it is sturdy enough to do a short-term stint as a kids step stool, our one did crack after a couple of years of use - not in a dangerous, dramatic way, but certainly in a "we need to bin it" way. This was a bit disappointing as we have younger kids we could have used it for. Also, it is a complete dust trap - every time I cleaned the bathroom, I would have to painstakingly wipe the dust off between the little raised dots, around the rim of the base, etc. Maybe this is just because my bathroom is dustier than most, but it was a slight downside for me.
Overall, I would recommend this stool as a short-term solution e.g. for toilet training age kids, but not for long-term due to the fact that mine did crack.
We bought this little step from Ikea to help our grandchildren to reach higher places. It only cost a couple of pounds and so was worth the money as it's proved to be very useful.
The step is white with holes on the side which make it easy to pick up and carry. It is quite wide so that your little one has got lots of space to stand without them toppling off! It's wide and not too high off the ground which makes it as safe as it possibly can be. There are little raised parts on the top which are blue, this makes it easier to get a good grip which again makes it very safe to stand on for little people.
My grandchildren use this step for a few purposes. They use it to get to the toilet so they can reach and also to reach the sink to wash their hands. They have also used it to help get higher up to help me with baking or washing up. They really like using it as it makes them feel grown up and independent and also helps me as I don't have to keep lifting them up all the time. I also think they quite like stepping on it and feeling taller!
It's all plastic so it's easy to clean which I think is important especially as it is often kept in the bathroom.
It's light weight so easy to move from one place to another but has little rubber bits on the underneath of it which makes it not too easy to move so should stay on the floor fine as it grips.
My eldest daughter had a pink step when she was little to help her be able to reach things which at 5 years old she doesn't need to use anymore however we noticed that when our younger daughter who is 2 began using the step our eldest wanted to use it so to keep the peace it was easier to buy another one.
I am currently working towards being a childminder and so wanted a new toy storage system so we went through to Ikea to buy one of their Trofast systems and saw this step in the store, I decided that this step was ideal since not only did I want a second step in the house but thinking ahead to the chilminding I though getting one in this colour way would be a great idea since we already had a pink one in the house.
Obviously you can buy this sort of step in many places especially those shops which deal with baby and toddler items such as Mothercare and Toys R Us but this particular step is only available from Ikea.
The step is made of white plastic and is about 8 inches high, the step is slightly curved which makes it great for using against a toilet although Emily hasn't got to needing it for that use just yet. The top of the of the step has lots of little rubber circles in blue which are to help provide grip for your child to stand on.
Emily thinks her step is fantastic and the 2 girls love to stand in the kitchen on their steps and wiggles theirs bums to One Direction which is really funny to watch. Emily love to watch me while I prepare food although it allows her to be high enough to try and grab the food from the bench too. This step gets used also for Emily to b tall enough to stand at the window and wave goodbye when her Daddy goes to work which she thinks is great too.
The step is really sturdy and has holes in the sides to make it easy to carry the step around, Emily uses the step upside down and puts toys in it to carry them around using the holes. The step being mainly white does get a little grubby however it is very easy to give a wipe over and aslong as you keep on top of it it does stay pretty clean.
The step is really good and very cheap too, I think it was about £3 but we did buy it with some other items so I may be wrong but of course Ikea item are always decently priced. The step is practical, easy to clean and helps to make Emily a little more independant.
Before we bought one of these we would struggle to get Hope to do things, now we have one I have no idea how we managed without it! For just a couple of pounds this little step has served us very well and continues to do so. It is well worth what we paid for it and is perfectly practical for a variety of tasks.
Being small must be fun, you can do so much, get into small places, run around without being spotted... yet there's also a lot of things you can't do too and we found that when Hope reached about 18 months old she needed a bit of a help to do things but sometimes wouldn't want my husband or I to help her. She wanted to be independent and do it all by herself so a little step like this proved to be a perfect answer.
It is a little plastic step which is about 20cm off the floor and is quite wide so it is sturdy. It is really important that it's sturdy as it is little people who are using it and so it needs to be able to withstand them jumping on and off it without giving much thought to their sense of gravity! It has little blue raised bumps on the top of it which make it look attractive as though the blue circles are a pattern but actually these serve a practical purpose- they make it so that the step isn't too slippery and it gives a surface area for feet to grip. On the side of the step are two holes on one side and two on the other this is for moving it around, you can simply put your fingers through the holes and carry it or move it which is quite useful. On the bottom of the step is rubber which means that when it's on a floor such as tiling or wood it isn't likely to be able to slide which again is really important as this is often used on the tiles on the bathroom.
The step has a small curve on one edge which makes it possible to be put against the toilet so that a little person can use it to help get onto the toilet. Everything about the design of this step is very practical aimed with safety as well as usefulness at the forefront.
It is all plastic except for those few rubber bits and so it is easy to clean which again is important seeing as it is often kept in the bathroom. I spray it with an antibacterial spray about once a week and give it a good clean to make sure that it isn't harbouring any germs from having been in the bathroom.
It is really so useful. Hope (and now our baby too) use it to do tasks which they couldn't before. Hope can now brush her teeth by herself by just standing on this she can reach the taps and her tooth brush with no problem. She can also step onto the toilet too and feel safe knowing that the step is just beneath her to step onto afterwards.
It is really practical and has helped us massively, Hope has been able to carry out little jobs which have made her feel as though she is a big girl without mummy and Daddy helping and it's meant that it's freed us up to carry on with things whilst she is a big girl. It is really practical in it's design and so we're really happy with it.
We have one of these little stools for use in the bathroom, and for switching on lights! When we began potty training our twins (which was a long and arduous process), we would help them to sit on the loo or potty. As they grew and got better at the whole toilet thing, they needed and wanted a bit more independence. This step is really handy, and very good value. I think they only cost about £4, and they are robust and long-lasting. The step is sturdy and stable - because it's wider than it is tall, and pretty solid, it won't tip over - even if you try!
My children use it for getting on to the toilet, and they pick it up and move it around for switching on lights (they are only three feet tall!). It's very portable, safe and easy to store. It's one of those items that we cannot imagine not owning - if your children use one of these, you'll know how essential it is.
We don't have an IKEA store near to us, which is a great shame as I love browsing the store and ordering anything online tends to cost a bomb in delivery. So, when we made the hour and a half trip to the nearest store recently, I made a list of everything that we needed and on that was a foot stool or step for my son to use to reach the sink when washing his hands.
I had read great reviews about this stool so I knew that I wanted to purchase this one before I had even seen it and, at £2.50 it was great value. The stool is like a white plastic step - almost box like but curved so that it can fit neatly around the base of the sink (if you have a sink designed like this - we don't so I can't comment on how well this fits!). On the top it has lots of blue spots that are raised. These feel like a rubber texture and are designed to make the stool non-slip. On each side, there are two holes cut out of the stool big enough to fit fingers through so that the stool can be picked up and moved easily.
Although lightweight, the stool looks and feels quite sturdy - it is made from quite a thick plastic. It certainly makes you confident that it will easily support your child's weight. It is also very stable and sits well on the floor without any rocking and has non slip feet so stays put well even on our tiled floor. In use, it is a good height - my son can easily get himself on and off of this but at the same time it provides enough height for him to reach the sink. This gives him much more independence as he is now able to wash his own hands - so this is great for his confidence and development.
For £2.50, this really is a bargain. It is basic looking but doesn't look cheap. For at least half the price of other stools I have seen with character designs, it is fantastic value. It also sits neatly in out bathroom, blending in with our white suite. Practical, functional and safe - it really was a great purchase and I highly recommend this for toddlers.