I know I mentioned it before (such as HERE), but Little A is very maternal and can be very girly. She loves her babies, has about a million of them. She loves the little high chair she has for them, as well as her little doll car seat.
So, when we were walking through the Wal-Mart toy department a few weeks ago (also known as "the worst place on Earth), we saw this "My Very Own Nursery" by American Plastic for $19.99 (LINK):
I was a little wary at first of buying this just due to the company name. "American Plastic" does not sound particularly geared towards children, so I was a tiny bit worried about the safety of it. A quick Google on my phone didn't find any recalls or safety issues, and it didn't look like anything could eat a preschooler finger or anything, so we got it.
The box said some assembly was required. What that actually means is, "Yeah, I hope you've blocked off about an hour, because this thing comes in about 40 pieces." And, true to its name, it was entirely plastic, so there were a bunch of those little plastic connectors that you have to bend back and forth to snap the item free of it. I was doing pretty well at putting this together by myself, until I got to the parts that required a screwdriver, I needed some help holding the two parts together so I could get the screw in there. At that point, my husband J came in and said, "OH, that's the same company that made A's vanity. Yeah, that's gonna suck to put together." He tagged in at that point and did the bulk of it. It still took about an hour with me helping, but was better than it would have been if just one of us were doing it ourselves. You first assemble most of the crib, then comes the sink part, and then the high chair thing off to the right in the photo above. It comes with a little mobile, a sippy cup, plate and silverware, and some powder.
For the most part, it's fairly sturdy. Even after taking them off twice and putting them back on, the doors are a little jacked. They're just not quite even and don't close entirely. It's not a big issue, and it still works really well.
Little A played with this for approximately three hours straight after we built it, went to sleep, and played with it for four hours straight the next morning. She loves to put her babies to sleep and then direct us to shush all talking so we didn't wake them up. Most standard dolls and stuffed animals fit in here, so it works well. She would use all of the play food from her kitchen to make the baby healthy and delicious treats, would use several of her blankies to keep the baby warm, and actually even used a toy cleaning set she had to clean the sink like Mama cleans the "big" bathroom.
Overall, I'd say this was definitely worth the $20 we paid. It's not an heirloom piece or anything they'll be keeping for decades - but considering the price of Legos and Barbies these days, it's a pretty inexpensive toy that will keep an itty bitty mama happy for quite a while. If a giant dog or something sits on this and breaks it, I wouldn't feel like I'd broken the bank or anything if we had to get a new one or something different. It is a little larger than some toys, so it may not be the most convenient if you are very cramped for space - I'd estimate wildly that it was about three feet wide, 2.5 feet tall.
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