The Swiffer Sweeper hit the stores right around the time my son was crawling, and I LOVED it. It made the constant job of cleaning the floor a lot easier.
What I didn't love was buying the expensive and wasteful refill pads.
Katherine's found a quick, reusable Swiffer pad replacement that you can throw in the washing machine and keep using for years:
Gerber prefold cloth diapers fit perfectly onto a swiffer sweeper, so you can use them instead of the expensive disposable sweeper wipes (although they're really awful as actual diapers).
Bonus for not having strong synthetic fragrances on the floor, which my kid eats off of if I don't watch her!
You can also cut up old, stained dishtowels and use them as Swiffer pads.
For quick floor cleaning, I use highly diluted all-purpose cleaner (my favorite is Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day in Lavender…the smell is lovely and non-toxic).
Anyone else have a reusable Swiffer pad idea?
Also: "Swiffering" the floor is a great "first chore" for toddlers.