All around the Internet right now, other bloggers are discussing some serious hot-button issues. Politics. Religion. Honey Boo Boo. Then there’s the mommy war posts: working moms vs. stay-at-home moms, breastfeeding moms vs. formula moms, and the great circumcision debate.
Over here on the Salty Mom blog, my own personal mommy war is raging and it is shaping up to be one of the most time consuming decisions I’ve made as a parent so far. More difficult than choosing a brand of formula or the time I had to pick out a safe convertible car seat. And I’m running out of time because Betty’s first birthday is in only 25 days. OMG.
My big *first world mom problem* today is:
Which of these kitchens do you guys like best?
The fact that I have it narrowed down to three (or really two because Options 1 & 2 are the exact same kitchen in different colors) is nothing short of a miracle. My brain has been all-consumed with this for about a month now. Did you know that there are about 11 billion varieties of miniature kitchens out there right now? Because there are.
My personal preference is wood – or wood-esque – over plastic, so I first looked to Melissa & Doug because I generally love everything they have produced ever. Then a well-meaning friend who apparently has exorbitant amounts of money to throw around pointed me in the direction of the Pottery Barn Kids kitchen collection, which as a set costs more than pretty much every piece of furniture in my house combined. It is gorgeous (as one should expect for that price tag), but I want Betty to have more than just a sink to play with and that’s about all I could afford to get her.
So after I was done balking at that, I discovered KidKraft and their prices didn’t make me want to hang myself. That’s where I found the kitchen that you see in Option 1. Let me tell you about why I like Option 1:
- It is built with a corner, which to me seems more stable. I wouldn’t need to mount it to the wall. I have a probably-not-too-irrational fear of Betty pulling things over on herself.
- It looks like it has a fair amount of storage space.
- It comes with the hanging utensils that you see there.
- The price is REALLY reasonable and I can get free shipping.
- It has everything she would need in a play kitchen, plus the fun extra feature of a laundry area. Teach ‘em young.
And the cons of Option 1:
- It’s 36″ high and Betty was already 30.5″ tall 2 months ago. I guess she could pretend to be a giant chef later on.
- It’s mostly a noxious shade of Pepto pink. I do like pink a lot more now than before I had a little girl, but I still try to keep it at a minimum when I can.
That brings us to Option 2, which I like for almost all the same reasons as Option 1 with the added bonus of it being fabulously lime green! The downside is that the lime green is considered “Limited Edition” and will cost me about $40 more. Do I really like lime green that much? I better decide right now because it seems to have suddenly sold out almost everywhere in the past 24 hours. A lot of other moms must be birthday kitchen shopping right now too.
Moving right along, we have Option 3, which came as a recommendation from a couple other moms I know. Here are the pros:
- It’s got a sweet urban vibe. You know, if you like that kind of thing.
- It’s taller. I think this kitchen has about 5″ on the other two.
- There’s a place to hang paper towels.
- 4 stove burners instead of 2. I didn’t put this as a con on the other one because I doubt she would care that much or at all.
And the cons:
- I wish there were more color options. This is the biggest hangup I have over it. The brown really isn’t doing anything for me.
- I’d have to bolt it down. I was told that it didn’t seem tippy, but I’m not taking any chances.
- No laundry or bonus utensils.
- It’s the most expensive of the three.
As you can see, I have had my work cut out for me though looking at my pro/con lists right now Option 3 is seeming less and less attractive. What do you guys think? Any other suggestions or recommendations? God this would all be so simple if one of these came in purple.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!