We have the large island in our kitchen that seats four and a dining table. My 2.5 year old has been sitting in the stools at the island (for the record, it was not me who introduced that habit) and it makes me uneasy with how unsafe it is.

I think I may need to get rid of the stools and we will all have to eat at the dining room table. Or find some new, safer stools. The dining room is separate from the kitchen which is unfortunate.

How can I protect the table from spills, dents, etc? I was thinking of getting one of those foam table pad protectors and putting a wipe able table cloth on top? Do those table protectors protect against dents and scratches?

Any other ideas?