Little O has started eating solids, which is a great adventure. I didn’t know it could be this much fun. But something I’ve been procrastinating is finding the right high chair. For the first week or so, I’d just feed him in his Bumbo on the floor of the living room—until I realized how quickly apple sauce can spill and get all over the carpet.
Here’s what Mike and I wanted in a high chair:
1) Not bulky. As compact as possible. We are running out of space in our home and don’t have a basement or garage to store things.
2) Clean and modern looking. No frills or lame designs.
3) Tray. Since our dining table is on carpet, a chair that just pulls up to the family table isn’t a very practical option. I wanted something that we could keep in the kitchen where we have tile floor.
If you’ve launched a search like this yourself, you know how difficult it can be! Here are some chairs that we found.
Ultimately, for affordability, it came down to the IKEA choices (surprise, surprise—will I ever stop singing IKEA’s praises?). Although I preferred the foldability of the spoling, it doesn’t come with a tray option. So we settled on the antilop. At $25 for the chair and tray combo, the price cannot be beat! Better yet, once I started reading reviews, everyone seemed to say that this is the best high chair because it is easily cleanable since all the surfaces are completely smooth and there is no fabric and no small crevices. WIN!
Mike and I purchased our new chair, and we’re all thrilled. Little O likes to sit there while I’m cooking, too, and he’s happy to play with measuring spoons and measuring cups. Although I would prefer a folding chair, I do like that the legs come off of this easily (no screws–everything just snaps and locks into place) so when it’s time to store it, it won’t be too bulky.