Two-step program

Cool kids' stepstoolsOkay, I’ll come right out and admit it. My bathroom has one of those mass-produced step stool eyesores in it that just about every one of my friends has, too. Yes, it works. My kids can climb onto the toilet with ease, reach the faucet to wash their own hands and climb up to places they aren’t supposed to be, just by moving the step stool into, oh, every other room of the house.

Somehow I think I’d care far less about their step stool overuse if they were using one of the delightful new modern stepstools from Manny & Simon.
The little animal shapes are refreshingly sweet. I kind of can’t stop
looking at the purple lamb, since I know my daughter would love it; but
if you’re looking for something a little less, well, purple, the gray
elephant is equally gorgeous.

Yes, they’re kid-themed but since that’s who they’re for, I’m
okay with it. I think the colors and the crisp, simple shapes of the
animals are perfect. And they’re made in the USA out of recycled wood
residuals and painted with non-toxic, ultra low odor paint. 

They’re so perfect, in fact, that I wouldn’t mind finding one,
say, in the middle of my living room. Would sure as heck look better
than that white plastic one with rubberized blue dots on top. –Stephanie

Find the new modern stepstool from Manny & Simon

Stephanie S.

Stephanie Slate is an Ontario-based writer, crunchy mom, and celebrity stroller expert. And no, she does not say "eh."


  • Great find! I like the elephant one.

  • Reply March 7, 2011


    Adorable! But $90? Ouch.

  • Reply March 7, 2011

    Hilary S

    Ugh! Cute, yes. Pain in the rear? Major yes. I don’t care if they are cute as long as they easy to store in a corner of our tiny bathroom when not being used. Tripping over a lamb at 3:30 in the AM would not endear it to my heart, and at $90, I would really expect it to fold up or something.

  • Reply March 8, 2011

    ali reis

    i agree cute but $90! i love my wooden one from target simple & way less expensive. i also agree with @hillarys looks like you could catch your leg on it and trip.

  • Reply March 11, 2011


    I have to agree, that it is not easy to spend $90 these days on anything…but I did buy the lamb step stool for my daughter and not only does she LOVE it, but my husband and i love it too! It isn’t an eye sore, she can use it in her bathroom, bedroom, the kitchen! It’s just a great piece. The quality is amazing which makes this item worth every penny…and it’s made in the USA!

    @hillarys and @alireis, if you are using the lamb step stool properly, the ears go against the cabinets, or wherever your child is trying to reach too so you can’t trip over it.

    This is a great piece, and it can really grow with the child! It’s recommended for 18 months and up! It is a bigger step stool then what you can probably get at target…this is something that will last a long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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