But you know what’s cuter? Letting the preschooler vacuum while you kick up your feet with a cuppa.
You know what they don’t put in parenting handbooks? The fact that after every single mealtime, the area under your dining table will look like a warzone.
At breakfast it might be crusts from toast or lumps of porridge, at lunch it might be a flurry of filo pastry flakes from spanakopita or a squashed banana courtesy of the baby.
More than Baby Bjorns and baby shower baskets full of nappies and wipes, people should be gifting new parents Dyson cordless stick vacuums. And for the kids? The mini version by Cadson toys.
The description for the toy reads “makes playing pretend so realistic!” That’s because life doesn’t get much more real than crawling around on your hands and knees under the table vacuuming up food.
Future helpers-in-training. Photo: supplied
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Pint-sized, working dupe
The Cadson mini Dyson is a pretty convincing dupe. It’s pint-sized, but it has three attachments in case your five-year-old wants to do some upholstery cleaning or vacuum up the huge container of tiny beads he dumped all over the floor.
It’s cordless, sounds like an actual vacuum and has a clear compartment containing coloured balls to simulate that cyclonic action Dyson is so famous for.
The best bit is that it actually vacuums things up, and there’s an easy-release hatch to rescue any toys accidentally sucked up during a cleaning session.
The barrell opens easily to rescue any vacuumed-up toys. Photo: supplied
Read about Kmart’s $17 cleaning dupe and the ALDI dupe that has everyone queueing without fail, every year.
“Little helpers will love doing the housework”
Have you ever watched Marie Kondo’s kids fold clothes? They’re not even in school yet and they already do a better job than most adults.
We reckon it’s the same principle with this Dyson dupe. Get kids vacuuming early and by the time they’re in year one, they’ll be vacuuming the whole house, cleaning the bathroom and doing the laundry.
OK that’s never going to happen, but a parent can dream right? And for $49.95, the vacuum makes a pretty cute toy.
It looks almost identical to the real thing, except tiny. Photo: supplied