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The Ikea Antilop Recall… important news(ish)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

It’s a sad day for us Antilop-lovers… there’s been a recall.

Information and link below, seemingly the belt is coming open on some of them (which is why you need to check the product number) and small children are escaping their bounds. To which I say oh dear that is a shame BUT let’s face it, guys, the belt has always been pretty rubbish.

Sure enough, mine always held fast but given that it didn’t go over the shoulders of my Houdini-esque children it was never enough to hold them if they wanted to mount a serious break-out. Which I liked, rather controversially, as I always figured if they were keen to get out of their seats, let ’em out, they were probably done with eating. Very BLW, har har.

Everything depends on circumstance, of course, and had it not been for the fact that they only used the highchair for eating so I was watching them anyway, I might have been less relaxed about it. Or indeed had my children been less greedy.

Anyway, chisel the Weetabix off the bottom of your highchairs, look for the product number and call Ikea if you’re in the relevant group, but the message is… don’t get too complacent even if you aren’t. If your child is inclined to lurch suddenly in a bid for freedom and your reflexes aren’t up to it, consider getting some kiddie reins like these Clippasafe ones and threading them through the chair. Don’t fret, they’re washable…


“IKEA recalls ANTILOP children’s high chair belt

IKEA kindly asks customers who have an ANTILOP high chair from supplier #17389 and production date 0607-0911 (YYMM) to immediately contact Customer Services.

The high chair belt can open unexpectedly in use, creating a fall hazard. IKEA has received eight reports of belt opening, including three resulting in minor injury when a child fell from the high chair.

Only ANTILOP high chairs from supplier #17389 with production dates 0607-0911 (YYMM) are affected. The supplier number and production date are moulded into the underside of the seat:

Customers with an ANTILOP high chair are asked to check the supplier number and production date. If the supplier number is #17389 and the production date is 0607-0911 (YYMM) customers are asked to visit IKEA or contact IKEA Customer Service on 0845 358 3364 to receive a replacement belt, free of charge.

No other high chairs are affected. IKEA apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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How long in the highchair?

Friday, December 29th, 2006

A poster called Chilledy has just asked how long it takes to feed the babies in the BLW stylee, which rather got me thinking. I'm pretty sure that I remember my mother complaining in the early days that it was dragging on, and that if I would just shovel some food into Babybear's mouth then it wouldn't take so damned long. Yeah, thanks Mum.

I reckon that it usually took about half an hour before she signalled that a meal was finished in the traditional manner, ie by casually dropping any remainders off the highchair tray, tipping up her cup and splashing her hands in the water and making a soup out of whatever crapola is left there. I now look out for the first signal and remove her immediately. If she was enjoying herself and if I wasn't in a hurry then I'd leave her in for longer if she wanted to fanny around. Remember, it's for fun more than satisfying any major nutritional craving.

One big change that has taken place with increasing age, however, is that Babybear has discovered how to extricate herself Houdini-style from her and every other highchair we've encountered. Even a five-point harness is no match for her super-collapsible little body. It's very annoying, not to mention terrifying, to turn your back for fifteen seconds and  find her surfing on the tray.

If she spends as much as ten minutes eating by herself nowadays we are in luck, but if we're all having our meal together then she sticks it out for maybe twenty or so minutes. Her appetite also ranges wildly… she loves a big breakfast and a snacky lunch and when it comes to dinner either wolfs down an incredible amount or nothing at all. It's utterly dependent on her teething, the poor wee soul.

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Buying a Highchair

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

 …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.

Please see Finger Food: Broccoli.

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