Review: Little Tikes tables

Tender Heart Table and Chairs SetTender Heart Table and Chairs Set – While Mom was still pregnant, I bought this table at a garage sale. I’m a sucker for a good deal, but Mom looked over this premature purchase and gave me the ol’ stink eye. So undeserved! [Mom's rosy preg-adled hindsight has her telling a different story. She
claims the table was the first sign I was really excited about having a
daughter.]

When Little Miss began crawling, it was Mom who jumped to transform the table into a peek-a-boo blanket cave in the playroom.

A short time after Miss began walking, she had a her-size dinner table for her toy plates and food. At first she needed help lifting her derriere onto the chair, a task largely dependent on her height. By 14-months-of-age she mastered sitting in the chair, but cried when she would accidentally knock it over. At 16 months she merely gets flustered and then picks it up.

All-in-all, the table is nice. The legs and tabletop are thick plastic and unscrew. The chairs are one piece of molded plastic, very sturdy. But a pink table and blue chairs? Why would Little Tikes brand a table and chairs with gender stereotypes?

Easy Store Jr. Play TableEasy Store Jr. Play Table – Last weekend my garage sailing netted a Little Tikes picnic-style table that most closely resembles Tikes’ Easy Story Jr. table. Mine is cast in a cooler red, green and yellow, and presumably has been discontinued. All good stuff is retro, don’t ya know.

Miss loved the table at first sight. It is very similar to tables at our community play center where the toddlers sit down for a snack. She walked over to her new table, sat down, and patted her hands on the tabletop with a smile. A number of times in the few days we’ve had it, she has sat down at the table uninitiated, wanting to do something there.

So far we’ve used the table for eating snacks and attempting to draw with crayons. (I sit on the floor and draw at the edge of the table while she steals my crayons. Possessing crayons is apparently more fun than using them.)

A neat feature is that the table seats four toddlers, so it’s great piece of furniture if your kid is popular.

Comments

4 Responses to “Review: Little Tikes tables”

  1. Kevin says:

    I read your reviews everyday and the only thing that comes to mind is that you must have a huge house, a cluttered house or simply dispose of things as quick as you get them. Where do you put all of this stuff AJ? Inquiring minds want to know.

    You are always seeming to find good items at garage sales. What type of families are putting up these garage sales? Lower class? Middle or Upper class? Around my area many of the lower/middle class folks put their junk out for me to browse through. Higher/middle class tends to have HOA which causes them to have neighborhood sales like twice a year. Share your secrets.

    October 13th, 2005 at 8:47 am

  2. AJ says:

    We bought a four bedroom 2000 sq. ft. house in a rural area before housing prices went crazy everywhere. It was way too big for us, until Little Miss arrived.

    We have our bedroom, a small sleep room for Little Miss, a changing/play room and a storage/guest room. We have minimal furniture and regularly expunge clutter (unlike our neighbors, we use our garage for car storage). The entertainment center is in our bedroom. Book and display shelves are in our storage room (part of our babyproofing plan). We replaced the cardboard boxes in our closets with 12 gallon heavy duty plastic stacking bins. That drastically increased our storage capability.

    When we hosted our first mommies group we heard a few comments that our place looked like a daycare center.

    The family and living rooms have been taken over by Little Miss. We just split our large playpen into in two, one for each room, though the playpen doors are usually left open. The family room has the small picnic table. The living room has the Mambo Combo play tent (the Combo has three play pieces that are impossibly large if used together, so we just use the tent right now).

    We sell older baby toys to a local baby thrift shop for store credit. Because I buy a lot of like-new toys at garage sales, I often turn a small profit. Yesterday we sold a plush zebra rocking horse for $12 that I bought for $5. The zebra looked really cool, but was also large and redundant because Miss ended up preferring a hokey wooden horse someone made from a build-it-yourself kit.

    (Thrift shops are a great resource. They have so many parents trying to unload their stuff that the stores pick only the best of the best to sell to you.)

    I’ll write a separate post about your garage sale question.

    Playpen:
    http://www.thingamababy.com/baby/2005/07/review_little_p.html

    Play mats:
    http://www.thingamababy.com/baby/2005/07/preview_foam_pl.html

    Mambo Combo:
    http://www.thingamababy.com/baby/2005/09/review_mambo_co.html

    I’ll write up a response to your garage sale question as a post for tomorrow. Garage sailing is serious business.

    October 13th, 2005 at 9:20 am

  3. Christy says:

    Ah AJ. I have once again come across Thingamababy while researching a product for our family! Just another reason I love you guys!

    (We’re looking for a picnic table for our daughter.)

    July 8th, 2009 at 8:41 am

  4. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    In our house, we found that the Little Tykes plastic stuff didn’t work. My son could lift it and turn it over and it basically was never used as a table, but rather as a step stool (As were the chairs)

    We got rid of plastic and use wood now.

    July 9th, 2009 at 8:38 am