Several months back Caitlyn noticed that her "average height" friends could turn on the light switchs all by themselves. She tried moving one of her stools over but still couldn't reach. I did some research online trying to find one that would reach far enough down - there was nothing out there. So I posted a question to my LPA friends on MySpace and had a mother message me back. Here is what she sent me:
"If you're particularly handy, you can even cobble one up yourself using a wooden dowel and some electrical shrink tubing, both of which you can find at your nearest hardware store. You can also use one of those plastic rods that control the slats of any standard mini-blind unit. All you have to do is find shrink tubing that's just big enough to fit over both your rod and the light switch. Fit the two pieces together and then apply heat with a hair dryer until the tubing is tight and the rod secure. Easy as pie. A complete home improvement project, done and finished in under two minutes--doesn't get better than that."
Here is the link to the website she found it on:
Our newest piece of furniture is a step stool for the bathroom so Caty can get up to the sink and wash her hands and brush her teeth all by herself. Well about 75% by herself - we still keep an eye on her as she likes to also use the cabinet door to boost herself up to reach the faucet. We found this step stool (it's actually called the Pup Step Plus) at Bed Bath and Beyond. It's made her a little more independent.
My dad, being the handyman that he is built Caty a step stool for getting onto the couch. She's had this particular one since she was maybe 1 and half. She just literally flies up the stool to the couch. She calls it "Papa's stool"