OXO  is known for its stylish and affordable kitchen and garden tools.  But when OXO employees started popping out babies (25 in 5 years) they not only drew inspiration from their kids, but first-hand insights as new parents to develop their new product line, OXO Tot.

The innovative manufacturer hopes its Tot line of baby and toddler products (everything from spoons to a high chair) can make your life a little easier.  OXO products are based on universal design, which is the idea that design should fit the broadest range of people of any age, gender or dexterity. Most people don’t realize that their bodies adapt to poorly designed tools until they use an OXO product. Though they may not be able to explain why they feel a difference, they at least recognize that something is different.

The sippy cup set is just one example of making moms’ lives easier. The set includes a removable, ergonomically-designed handle, a sippy lid (with an easy-to-clean valve) and a training cup lid. Other standouts in the Tot line include the toy battery screwdriver, the bath toy scooper, the laundry baskets, the night lights, the flip-top snack cup, kneeling pad for bathtub, the high chair, the rimmed plate and the bottle drying rack. Look for OXO Tot products online.  In Seattle, you can find several Tot items at tottini on South Lake Union.

— Hsiao-Ching Chou