While it's definitely amusing watching my babies create their own furniture out of random objects, I would much rather see them sit on real furniture, for both safety and comfort reasons. I mean, how cozy can a hard plastic bin be? Not very, if you ask me! Plus, sitting on an inverted Lego bin isn't exactly the safest of things. It tends to be wobbly at times, and we don't need any boo-boos if we can help it.
So I started looking for fun, lightweight, and safe toddler furniture. My kids love to carry things around with them, so a big, clunky chair just wouldn't do. I can totally see my 2 year old trying to drag around a heavy children's recliner, too. She thinks she's a grown man in a tiny little body. She tries to move our big coffee table all the time!
While searching the web for the perfect product, I stumbled across a great shop called Hoohobbers! This is a specialty boutique that has been around since 1981. (That's as long as I have been alive!) Hoohobbers is based in Chicago, my husband's hometown, and manufactures a wide variety of compact, highly portable children's goods. Some of their products include rocking chairs, tables, baby rockers, easels, and even adorable little director's chairs! These items can even be customized. You can choose your fabric options and even have your products personalized with embroidery in several colors and fonts. Aside from their great furniture, Hoohobbers also carries some wonderful bibs, art smocks, and even moses baskets.
The nice folks at Hoohobbers sent me their toddler rocking chair for my review. I chose the Denim option and had Xander's name embroidered on it in red. I chose the Curlique font, since it is so whimsical and fun looking. When our rocking chair arrived, all I had to do was unfold it, and viola! It was ready to go! Take a look at how adorable this chair is!
My toddlers both love the Hoohobbers Toddler Rocking Chair. They actually fight over who gets to sit in it! The thing I love the most is that this chair is very sturdy. My daughter, who loves to climb and jump, has been fairly rough when getting into this chair and she has yet to tip it over. My 1 year old son can rock and rock, and the chair never wobbles at all. I don't have to worry when my kids get in and out of this chair since it's so well-designed. This product also features a water-proof frame, eliminating rusting over time and making clean-ups a breeze. And let's face it: When you have toddlers, spills and messes happen!
Another thing I love is that it's so very lightweight. My kids can both carry it around, folded or not, with no effort at all. They love bringing their rocking chair from room to room, all by themselves! What a great way to help build independence and self-esteem! While this product is feather-light, it is also very strong. My 12 year old jokingly sat in it, and it actually supported his weight! (He weighs around 130lbs, as much as I do!) While I definitely wouldn't recommend this seat for adult use, it is definitely able to support adult weights. This makes me feel good as a mom because it tells me that this rocking chair is built to last and can endure any abuse my active toddlers subject it to!
You can check out the awesomeness that is Hoohobbers on their website.
You can also connect with them on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
I am thrilled to announce that the generous folks at Hoohobbers are offering one lucky reader their own personalized kids' rocking chair! Winner chooses color and personalization! How cool is that?!
Please use this easy Rafflecopter form to enter.
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM on April 1, 2012. No PO Boxes. Winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***