It’s hard to find nice kid furniture in Manila.
When DD turned 2, we started shopping for a toddler’s bed because she was getting too big for her crib. We also wanted to get her a nice table and set of chairs so she can do her activities in her own area.
We only saw a few options, most of which were those Disney-branded furniture, which were actually pretty flimsy-looking (if DD jumped on them — which had a high probability — those things would collapse). What’s worse was they were soooo expensive. A toddler’s bed (which she would outgrow at 6 yrs. old) was almost Php20,000 (about $450), if I remember right. The table and chairs (priced at Php12,000 or $270) were so thin, they made Winnie the Pooh look like Timone.
We were about to give up until my good friend forwarded me an email about her cousins’ new business – TwoTots. TwoTots is run by two of the nicest and most O.C. moms I know – Liza Robinson and Bea Ilusorio. When DH and I went to their showroom (which is actually Liza’s house in Dasma — very entrepreneur-like to turn your home into your bodega), I wanted to buy every single item (it was the possibility of being jailed under the bouncing checks law that controlled me). I felt like I was in Pottery Barn Kids.
We invested in a twin-sized bed for DD (which she will use until she’s 35 and still living with us, if DH can help it) and a nice table with different colored chairs for our living room/ her play area (maybe I’ll post photos someday. I’m still trying to perfect my photography skills. I have O.C. performance anxiety!!). The pieces are made of hard wood and will most likely outlast me and my DH. They are also made beautifully. If you check the corners and edges (which are rounded for safety), you’ll see that they are pulido and made with excellent quality control.
They also have accessories, room decor and cute painted storage bins. Recently, we also bought some storage bins made of recycled materials, which is also a livelihood project for mothers. These are perfect for holding DD’s toys and teaching her to pack away. Each one is light enough not to hurt her if it falls on her.
Visit the TwoTots website to view all the other stuff I haven’t bought yet, but will someday. In case you have other furniture in mind (not necessarily for kids), they also accept custom orders.