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Buying a Highchair

 …doesn't really matter which one you get, so long as you can stand it in the shower or bath and hose it down when it gets unbelievably filthy. Because it will.
Oh, and try to make sure the tray has a lip on it round the edge. Seems terribly obvious to me but we were in a cafe today and the highchair tray was completely flat, so the baby just nonchalantly flicked everything onto the ground. It was an East Coast one, very stylish, like a tribute to (rip-off version of?) the Stokke Tripp-Trapp. We had considered buying it but am very, very glad that we went for el cheapo white plastic Ikea one now.

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19 Responses to “Buying a Highchair”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wish I'd known this before I splashed out on the fanciest most expensive one I could find just because it reclines.. Seriously though we needed one which could be adjusted down so Archie could be on our level when we were on the sofa and only the expensive ones do this I think!?

  2. Anonymous says:

    You're probably right about the adjusting thing, ours is very basic. But then Baby A is so very inclined to lob foodstuffs around the room that I wouldn't dare put her near our faun-coloured sofa. Which, when we bought it THREE years ago, my mother warned me about.
    For as long as I can remember my mum has counselled me against buying anything pale 'in case a baby comes along…' and now, frustratingly, she is being proved right. It's everything wipe-clean for us from now on…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I second the choice of an ikea highchair, although I don't use a tray, I prefer F to join in at the table with the rest of us – he has 2 big brothers and a sister and is lovely to watch him join in and gabble n gobble away. Some does go on the floor/in our labrador but a good pelican bib helps!
    When we are on our own *health and safety alert* I have been known to put his bumbo seat on the sofa – both sofa (leather) and floor (laminate) being wipe clean is essential!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh, if only the site wasn't so basic i could employ a suitably judgemental emoticon at the very idea of putting a bumbo on a sofa!
    I'd be delighted to use the Ikea chair without the tray, she's very good in them if we are in a restaurant, but unfortunately our dining room chairs are covered in fabric so we banish the poor baby to one side. I hardly need add that my mother advised me against getting the chairs covered in a pale fabric, do I? Gad, that woman's right about everything.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have 4 kids now and a 35 kilo labrador – all our downstairs surfaces are washable/wipeable now after years of trying to get the smell of vomit out of feather cushions!

  6. Anonymous says:

    We had an expensive highchair loaned by my sister in law, we were using it since the baby could support his head.
    Then, at about 6 1/2 months we visited my parents and didn't have room in the car. We got the cheapest booster seat style highchair from Argos (about £12) which just straps on to any chair.
    It is brilliant – there's a tray, it's completely plastic, easy to take apart and clean. Only grouse at the moment is that I can't remove the straps to clean them, but the whole chair fits in the sink anyway so not too difficult…
    I have just recovered my dining chairs, but we wanted to keep using this chari rather than the expensice one as it was so much easier to use and baby was much closer to sitting at the table with us. So I just split open a bin bag and used masking tape to stick it round the chair, then fitted the bosster chair on top…
    No problems… So there are ways to save your furniture..

  7. Anonymous says:

    a bin bag… of course… ugly, god knows, but effective. cheers.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I haven't yet got one, money being a big issue, but Tinkerbelle is tiny, she's nine months and less than a stone, still in 0-3 clothes! Whenever I have sat her in a high chair she falls over because there is no support for her. I generally feed her in a baby walker that has a tray and of course she is so tiny she can't run away in it yet. HV hates the idea, says meal times should have some routine, if I can't put her in a high chair, she should be in a car seat. Not sure what that has to do with routine, she eats meals with us and is far more involved than if she was in a car seat!
    Anyway, my plan is to buy a Trip Trap and also there is a roll up place mat you can get that is like a catch all (don't know what the proper word for them is) bib for a table (if you get me). I can't remember who sells it, but I mainly dribble over baby things in JoJo, Blooming Marvellous and Perfectly Happy People, so I know it is one of those.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I recommend the Svan. It looks like the Tripp Trapp, but it has a tray (removeable) which is really really useful. You may want to use it somewhere other than at a table one day!
    Also, I buy plasticized fabric by the metre from John Lewis and cut lengths to put under the chair. You can chuck iit in the washing machine, it's inexpensive (and comes in a range of funky patterns) and when it's really too far gone to wash – check it and cut another bit off!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I got the tripp trapp, having tried three other various sorts of boosters, chairs, attach to table type things etc etc and none worked with either the baby or our table! I can see the advantage of a tray (although I know you can get trays for the tripp trapp on ebay – no idea how good they are) but the outrageously expensive Stokke does the trick for us. IzzyMouse is on the small side (although not as wee as Tink) and it's the only thing she doesn't slide around in. You do have to be disciplined about keeping up with the adjustment though. Madame almost managed to launch herself out of ours a couple of weeks ago because I hadn't noticed the footplate needed lowering a little.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Should have also said that one of our local park cafes has the Ikea ones and we think it's fab, but its footprint was too big for the very small space around our table. It's particularly good for catching debris, although sometimes you find most of the meal attached to your child's behind.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We've got the Tchibo wooden adjustable chair – no tray – basically a much less stylish rip-off of the Tripp Trapp at a fifth of the price! Works fine for us so far, although now I'm looking for a folding booster with a tray for holiday trips.
    Re HV and car seat prescription; the more I hear about other people's health visitors (especially that jawdropping comment about purees expanding the stomach) the more I realise I'm really rather lucky to have one whose answer to everything is “do what works for you”.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi there,
    Just to say the roll up tray thing is Blooming Marvellous which is quite handy. Oh and we also have a Tripp Trapp which I love because it takes up so little space, had a decent footplate so pumpkin is comfortable in it for quite a while and she can eat at the table. Luckily it was a present from my Mum because it is a bit on the pricey side….
    Oh, and I also don't get how a car seat would help your mealtime routine!

  14. Anonymous says:

    FWIW I really like our Kids Kit Hi-Seat for travelling. All the bits pack inside the seat bit and while its a bit of a food magnet its very easy to wash.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I think the fact that mine has only just come back of maternity leave makes her worse as she is the authority on everything baby, she knows how she did/does it and that's the right way!
    Tinkerbelle has just come out of hospital – she had a cold that went out of control – the HV called me yesterday to see how she's doing and used it as a chance to ask about her eating! “Well actually, she's hardly eating anything at all right now, she's only just managing to breathe!”

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you I have been going mad I knew I had seen those table tray jobbies I had slowly convinced myself I was going mad and had dreamt it and I was going ot make my millions designing them and selling them but seems I have been beaten to it! Why a bloomin hippo though!? Perahps there is still a market for boring rectangle ones.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I've got the Safety First Booster Seat – very similar. It all folds up neatly and the straps wind up inside – the only nuisance is the tray clips on to the side for transport but falls off quite easily if knocked. But the whole thing slides nicely into a standard large carrier bag, from Debenhams or BHS etc. which makes it easier to carry about anyway.

  18. Anonymous says:

    We went for the Fisher-Price booster in the end, and it's been really good so far. Seems comfy, and all the adjustable bits do what they're supposed to.
    (Not so pleased with the Tchibo chair though. 5 months in use and the varnish is coming off the wood at an alarming rate.)

  19. Peg says:

    So true. I would recommend getting one that the tray and other parts come apart and can go in the dish washer.

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