Some Oxo Tot to look forward to

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The OXO brand began with a dozen kitchen tools in 1990 – the underpinning design philosophy was to create products that were easy to use by the widest spectrum of users. They have now expanded their range to include their youngest users with the OXO Tot collection. Like all fabulous designs, the OXO Tot collection was inspired by necessity – in the past five years, twenty-five babies have been born to OXO’s fifty-four employees and with that experience came a lot of passion and ideas!

Mandi had a chance to look at the cups and fantastic highchair at the Las Vegas ABC Kids Expo, however the collection holds plenty more practical delights that must be shared.

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For anyone who’s had a bottle-fed a baby, you’ll know how many bits and pieces there are to be washed, dried and assembled on a daily basis. When I had my first baby we were living in a small flat with a tiny kitchen – needless to say, all the available bench space was given over to the bottle production line. Things would have been a lot simpler if we’d had a bottle drying rack like this one from OXO. It accommodates up to eight bottles (or lots of other kiddie-sized bits and pieces) and most importantly keeps pieces raised for a quick, hygienic dry.

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Ever melted a bottle teat on the element of your dishwasher? The OXO Dishwasher Basket is for you: it holds up to eight bottle teats but is also extremely useful for those hard to clean straws from sippy cups.

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Also in the collection are some handy fixtures for the bathroom. I love the Whale Pail – a toy storage that has a handle to scoop the toys from the bath and holes to drain the water. It can also be used to gently stream water at hair-washing time (surely preferable to the torrent of water my kids get dumped on their head from the jug that I use!).

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Finally, OXO has created a number of night lights: there’s the cute Tooli design, the rocket-shaped Zoom and the Roomi/Guardian combination. OXO has incorporated a particularly clever feature into their night light designs. Essentially, they are made up of two lit components; children can take one light with them for any middle of the night trips while the other stays in their room – a beacon guiding them back to bed!

Some of the OXO range is now available at Urban Baby.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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