10 April 2007

Swiffer Carpet Flick puts your toddler to work

All this talk about how toddlers love to clean! It just so happens that Craig's hack on this very topic just popped up in my queue (and he's the third Parenthacker to mention the Swiffer Carpet Flick):

My two year old son Sam loves to imitate our cleaning activities, including vacuuming, sweeping, etc.  He pretends his corn popper toy is a vacuum cleaner. We bought one of those short broom and long-handled dust pan kits and he loves to use that short broom to sweep up, but he doesn't quite have the motor skills to do any actual cleaning.

We just bought a Swiffer Carpet Flick and he immediately wanted to do it "by myself."  It was a little too long for him to actually use it, until I took out two of the middle sections in the pole.  Now it is the perfect size and he runs around on the carpet actually doing work for us, plus he gets to see the crud being picked up inside the Swiffer.  We may have to buy a second one for ourselves.

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We were thinking about this idea but decided the Carpet Flick can get pricey since you have to keep replacing the cartridges. That and I have a hard time finding somewhere that sells the cartridges. Does anyone know of something like this that doesn't use cartridges, that you just dump out. I'm thinking of a small push carpet sweeper, but I don't know where you get them. Has ayone found anything like this that is small enough for a toddler to use?

I just bought a Eureka broom vac (29.99) at Target for my son, almost 2, who is obsessed with vacuums - the toy ones don't look real enough to placate him and the price is almost the same! This way he's actually cleaning too!

It's a bit tall for him but he can do it anyway.

A toy alternative is the Pottery Barn Kids vacuum ($24) - he had that and loved it but it wore out (he literally used it for 5 hours straight the first night) after a few months. Pottery Barn will replace it but it wasn't quick enough and without an outlet his obsession was getting worse (we literally were "visiting" the vacuums at Target with him).

My MIL bought me one of these, but it works for floors and low-pile carpet only. Good for daily crumbs and schmutz on kitchen and bathroom floors.

Cordless Swivel Sweeper:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B0007MWZEK/parenthacks-20

I bought my son a small Dirt Devil vacuum shortly after he turned 2 years old because of his obsession with my vacuum. It is a real vacuum and he has learned to handle it completely independently (he is now 3). He even knows how to take the canister off and the filter out to empty out the dirt, he uses the attachments to sweep the furniture.....I never have to vacuum anymore!! And he is a pro at rewrapping the cord and securing it. He also knows the type of filter it uses. I am glad to hear that there are other toddlers so obsessed with cleaning. I was starting to think there was something mentally wrong with him!!!

Went out and bought the Swiffer Carpet Flick two days ago. My 19 month old daughter loves it! And I love that she's cleaning up her own crumbs. Perfect height for her - and I NEVER would have thought of it if not for this post. Thanks!

Aaah I need to buy one of these, lol. My son keeps making sucha mess in the kitchen! Gotta put that kid to work.

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