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Author and instagram influencer, mum-of-one, Liv has just bought a wall climber for her toddler. And the 26,000 people following her have had SO many questions about it.
Livs Instagram following @livsalone (opens in new tab) is about her parenting trials, tribulations, wins and her toddler son, Herb's epic wardrobe choices. And also her story; of how she wanted a baby, was single, so went and got some donor sperm and had Herb.
Now, three years on and people are always asking her advice on books for toddlers, where she got Herb's latest camo jacket, and was her new wall climber REALLY worth it? Well, find out...
The wall climber
"As a first time Mum there have been many, many questionable purchasing decisions. All made in order to try and find the mythical ‘easy life.’ A baby fart reliever definitely taking the 2.30am dubious Amazon basket crown.
However, like sifting for gold, eventually there was be a shiny beacon of brilliance amongst the ill-advised baby wipe warmers... yes, a wall climber. As top Christmas toys (opens in new tab) go, I reckon this could be top of the lot.
Well, my son is 3.5 and I finally found our holy grail of play. Granted, it is the most expensive piece of kit I have bought, by far. But just three weeks in and it has been worth its weight in sifted gold.
It’s called a Swedish ladder. Which is essentially a wooden climber mounted to the wall. It has bars attached for swinging, a slide to climb and hoops to help climb down. Essentially a small playground on a tiny bit of wall at home.
While I would love to say I bought this purely for the twinkle in my son's eye, there is actually a little method in my possible madness.
Since he was a baby he has been fearful of heights. When I lifted him above my head - as seems so normal when they are tiny - he would instinctively put his arms up over his face.
Well, that fear has grown and many park trips have ended up with me wedged into a space specifically formed for toddlers trying to coax him down a seemingly innocuous slide.
Method to my madness
My hope is that if he can play, learn, fall and grapple in the safety of his own home, without the pressure of understandably impatient kids at the playground, we may just be on to a winner.
At first timid, the slide is already a couple of rungs higher up the ladder for a steeper incline. The initial ‘I can’t do it’ has turned into endless (and I mean endless!) ‘Mummy look at me’ epiphanies.
As I restlessly wait for the inevitable fall, I take a leaf out of the Germans play handbook. They have started to build their playground apparatus higher. This is to teach the children the joy of problem solving and the nuances of risk.
Well that is what I tell myself, when I see the woefully small crash mat I bought to try and cushion any missteps!
So as his gross motor skills are being exercised, hopefully his fear of gravity is becoming lessened. Plus I get time to drink a hot cuppa. I think that's called... Bingo!"
Wall Climber - Buy Liv's exact one
Wooden Swedish Ladder Workout Wall
Age suitability: 3 years+ | Batteries required: no | Price: £191.80
A stylish, Skandi vibe, this wooden wall climber is sold as a Swedish Ladder Workout Wall and child's home gym. It boasts easy 'DIY' installation and hours of fun for your child.
VIEW AT EBAY | £191.80 (opens in new tab)
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