We often hear inspiring stories of how entrepreneurs were inspired by the birth of their child to create and innovate eco-friendly products. In the case of prolific designer Derek Kistner, it was his niece and his desire to give her a simple, well-made toy that she could spend hours rocking, relaxing, and playing in that caused the light bulb moment. He even named the final product and company after her: the Paloma Co. Teeter Totter! The pizza slice-shaped teeter totter is handcrafted in Los Angeles from eco-friendly birch plywood and features long handle spaces to make grabbing and balancing easier as well as a little seat for rocking. The top of the teeter totter displays the natural grain of the wood, while the bottom is painted with water-based paint in a variety of saturated colors including blood orange, teal, anthracite, gravel gray, bright yellow, and pink. These Waldorf and Montessori-friendly teeter totters are designed for ages 1-6, and kids will come running for a rollicking ride time and again whether they are playing solo or with another friend. The clean, minimalist lines also help transform the Paloma into other uses such as a sail boat, a prime hiding spot for seek-and-find games, or even a spot to rest those rocked out little heads for a moment or two. The teeter totter is shipped unassembled with easy-to-follow instructions, but if you are all thumbs, Paloma Co. offers a pre-assembled option as well. Make some space in your playroom for this heirloom quality toy β€” we have a feeling it’s going to get a good workout from your tot!

Rheanna Martinez