Kid Equipment 101: A Lesson in Assembly
One thing you’ll never have enough of in your child’s early years: gear. There will always be some gadget to comfort and entertain your little one. But sometimes putting it all together can be frustrating. As the new resident builder (aka: editorial assistant) for the lifestyle department, I understand the woes of toy construction. Follow these tips to make your next build less of a pain.
1. Don’t assume.
You may think you know how one part connects to another, but most of the time, you’ll be wrong. I was all confidence when I started building a Learn and Crawl car, only to realize I screwed a side panel together without a vital piece. To avoid repeating your work all over, just stick to the steps. Try reading ahead to make sure you follow instructions in order.
2. Be creative.
There will be times you just stare at the directions with no clue what they mean. When pictures and text seem vague, that’s the time to take a mini break from building. When you return to the project later, a genius idea may hit you, as it did for me when attaching the bouncer seat of this Evenflo activity station. Looking at how the product is pictured on the box can also be a great resource. That’s my go-to trick for inspiration.
3. Use your muscle.
Gear is a lot harder to put together than it looks. Just because parts won’t fit in place doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. You simply need a little more arm strength. Trying to loop a tiny cloth tab through a narrow slot on the seat of this Baby Home high chair seemed impossible at first to me. But with a little force, it gave way eventually. If all else fails, it doesn’t hurt to ask hubby for a hand or two.