To go along with all the weaning posts and videos I am doing at the moment I thought I would do a quick post with some highchair advice. Mainly because we made a big mistake with the first highchair we had for our eldest. It looked great, it had a comfy padded seat that was wipe clean and a removable tray so I thought I had ticked all the boxes and was pretty chuffed with it for the first few months.
What you don’t realise when first buying a highchair is the extent of the abuse they will suffer from your little darlings 🙂 so, although the chair we went for had all of the above good points it also had some massive negatives and these are common pitfalls of a lot of highchairs so I thought I would share them with you.
Look for straps that are DETACHABLE; the straps take a lot of abuse in the form of mountains of food often in pureed form falling on them so a wipe down clean will literally not scratch the surface. The replacement chair we went for had detachable straps and I just bung them in the washing machine!
Look for seats that are EASY TO CLEAN, now the seat on the first chair was wipeable and I thought I was winning but actually again if you can’t detach it from the highchair frame then a wipe clean won’t do the job, especially if there are thick cotton seams in the corners as these get very grubby after a while!
So what sort of chair would I recommend? A very basic looking one, as you will very quickly realise that some of the prettier ones in the shops only last a few months before they are so disgusting you want to bin them. The chair we went for second time around was the Mothercare MiHi Highchair (good point maybe to note that the first chair we had and were now chucking out, was also a Mothercare highchair but completely different design). The other highchair we would have got second time around was the Ikea Antilop highchair with tray as that has all of the same positive features. Both of these highchairs are cheap as chips but trust me they are the best on the market!
We have also very kindly been given a second hand Stokke Tripp Trapp chair for our eldest (no attachments just chair) which I do love, although I have no experience of the attachments for younger children. But if you are adamant to splash a bit more cash on your highchair then maybe look at the Stokke Tripp Trapp or similar chairs.
Please note: I am just a mummy giving my opinion on products I have purchased and used.