This idea comes as a suggestion from multiple moms. Childrens Step Stools are a great way to foster independence.
Most one year olds are beginning to declare their independence and want to do everything themselves. Around a year is a good time to introduce a two step stool to encourage autonomy. Step stools come in especially handy in the bathroom. Pretty soon, Baby will want to wash his hands "all by myself". Of course safety comes first, but there will probably be many uses for a great little stool in just about every room of the house. It will open up a whole new world!
Buy locally or find Childrens Step Stools online.