What Maddie Loves – Little Helper Stand | Made by Grandpa

If you have been a follower of ours you will know that one of Maddie’s absolute favourite things is to be in the kitchen with us. From baking with me to cooking with dad… whether she is helping Brett pack the veggies into the steamer or air fryer or mixing up a bowl of cake batter with me, being included in the cooking process is something Maddie absolutely loves (we have found it also helps her eat better if she’s involved in the food preparation…).

One of the worries with having Maddie sitting on the kitchen counter or on a small step ladder is obviously having her fall off the counter or have the unsteady ladder bail from underneath her… not ideal, adding unnecessary worries and frustrations to our time together in the kitchen.

After searching, and searching, and searching… I finally found the solution AND it’s LOCAL… in my hood too!

Made by Grandpa (a newly launched family company based in Ballito, on the North Coast of Durban) have bought the most incredible innovative product to the market and I for one am SUPER EXCITED to share it with you as it has truly changed our lives! Maddie’s especially!

When founders Carryn Smith and her husband were enjoying a family holiday in the  berg earlier this year they noticed how their little one wanted to see what they were doing in the kitchen, all the time – especially when it came to prepping and cooking meals.

“He used to cry until one of us took him away from the kitchen and distracted him (which didn’t work too well – he inevitably found his way back as little kids do) or we picked him up so he could see what we were doing (which made it difficult to try and prep and cook meals one-handed.) We improvised and put him on a chair – the danger with that, however, is that one of us had to be standing behind him at all times. When we came back from the berg, we asked Grandpa if he could make a stand for us that would make it easier for our little one to be involved in the kitchen. He then scoured Pinterest, and after seeing many pictures, came up with the design for it,” says Carryn.


And the Little Helper Stand was born!! (Insert angel bells here). A secure stand for your little one to be included in and around the kitchen with minimal fuss! Standing at 900cm high, the stand is the perfect height for Maddie to be more involved in the kitchen while we have piece-of-mind. The stand is height adjustable, which means that it will grow with Maddie and they are equipped with a safety bar at the back to prevent accidents. It is made from locally sourced plywood, is painted with child-friendly, water based lead free paint, varnished to deal with spills and are sturdy enough to hold two little ones! Bonus for siblings!

As easy as in: 

And out: 

All by herself, safely, securely and with no fuss!

One of my favourite things about the Little Helper Stand is the fact that it is actually made by ‘Grandpa’. Carryn’s father-in-law, Richard Wisdom is the mastermind behind the product development while their manufacture in Verulam, Charles Sukhraj, is also a Grandpa. Incredibly special! 

Other than these awesome Little Helper Stands, Made by Grandpa have two cute chalkboards (a butterfly and a tractor) available to order and are hoping to bring out a wooden slide, rocking horse, as well as height rulers and customised toy boxes with padded seating. Word is Grandpa is also working on a new product to add to these, but he is keeping very quiet about it – so like me, you’ll just have to wait and see!

Made by Grandpa are offering my readers 10% off either the the natural Little Helper Stand which retails for R1200 or the white stand which retails for R1500. Use the discount code: beingmaddiesmom to purchase the natural wood for R1080 or the white stand for R1350. The discount code is only valid until Monday, 12th of November. Shop the stands by clicking here!

NOTE: Lead time for the stands ranges between seven to 10 working days from date of payment.

Made by Grandpa are offering one of my readers the opportunity to win themselves a natural wood Little Helper Stand valued at R1300. To stand a chance to WIN simply click here to enter! Competition closes on Thursday, 8 November at 14h00. The winner will be announced on Friday, 9 November! Good luck!

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Thanks for reading! Until next time…


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