We had been using a Chicco Hippo Hook on Chair that was working pretty well for us, but there were some challenges that we needed to address that a 'real' high chair would fix nicely.
Namely, the chair is made of fabric, which meant we spent a lot of time taking the whole thing apart and tossing it in the washer. Because no matter how laid back you are, there are only so many days you can go with food-encrusted fabric surrounding your baby.
Another issue we had was that we only had one place for the hippo chair to go, the dining room table. Which on one hand, was great, because that meant Little G could actually sit AT the table WITH us when we had dinner every night...but it quickly became a hassel to not be able to put him elsewhere...like in the kitchen...since every time he eats he makes a HUGE mess and then I have to climb under the table to clean it up. Every. Time. He would still make a mess on the floor if he wasn't in the Hippo chair, but at least I wouldn't have to crawl under the table six times a day to clean it up. Once is enough for me.Continuing in the subject of mess...those handy dandy hook on hippo's? Yeah, they get food all encrusted in and around and underneath them as well...which means taking the darn thing off to clean it every time so you can at least get the worst of the crusty stuff off.
So, if you're paying attention, here are the things we needed a new high chair to address:
- No fabric; easy to wipe down
- Able to use at the table, but also away from the table with a tray
- Needed to be big enough to accomodate our behemoth child who already is the size of a small two year old
You would think that would be easy to find, but turns out, there were only two options that fit the bill for us.
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, we found something that met all of our needs but it just happened to be the chair that I so desperately wanted to avoid because of its trendiness and subsequent cost. I hemmed and hawed over it for a while. I even scoped out imitation versions of this chair and read awful reviews on them. So eventually, we sucuumbed to the inevitable and purchased a Tripp Trapp Highchair from Stokke with an add on, after market, Play Tray.
In a word, it's awesome. He can sit at the table with us when we eat together at dinner, and during the day he can eat in the kitchen while I get stuff done. It is easy to clean up and he won't out grow it (which was the biggest issue with most of the high chair options out there...he's already too big for them!)
Of course, I just went on and on about his being able to eat at the table with us for dinner and the pictures below show him with the tray while we eat outside, but mostly that was because the outside table is too dirty for him to be eating off of. But isn't it nice we had an option?!
So what baby items have you resisted purchasing that you ended up with anyway?