Things I Wish I’d Known: Highchairs
This is the third post in my Things I Wish I Had Known Series, where I am sharing some of the things that I have learned on my parenting journey which would have been helpful to know before giving birth to Ellie.
I Wish I Had Known that fancy shmancy highchairs with all the bells and whistles aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
James and I researched, we contemplated, we made lists of the top contenders with the right colour schemes, multiple height positions (we had five), the ability to recline, lockable wheels on the legs, five point safety harness… The best and safest was what we searched for and what we bought.
Cute as a button, safe as houses, foldable, adjustable.
When you have a child like Kahlei you quickly learn that a highchair with all the bells and whistles also has a whole lot of nooks and crannies in which to push your grapes, smoosh your unwanted veges and hide saltanas.
As a busy Mumma I didn’t realise at first the mess she was truly making. I would wipe it down, wash the cover and wipe out the seat but soon enough it became apparent that there was some mess I had missed.
Soon enough I was taking the chair out for a hosing weekly, toothbrush in hand to clean all the hard to reach places, which were numerous.
Even with deep cleaning, our lovely you-beaut highchair started to look worse for wear and during winter became a real pain. A wash wouldn’t dry in time. Or it would rain for weeks on end. With two young children and eventually another on the way it was too much.
When I fell pregnant with Jasper I decided that enough was enough and our expensive do-everything highchair was replaced with a simple, easy clean Ikea option – which I distinctly recall dismissing in the very beginning.
It does nothing special. In fact, there isn’t even a try attached (though we could buy one if we needed). The strap is a simple one, which was my biggest concern with this choice. However, a highchair is not meant to be a place we leave baby, so I am OK with that now. I take the necessary precautions and it doesn’t take me hours to clean the thing. Win.
Have you bought a super-dooper baby necessity only to discover life would have been much easier with the simple option?
Interested in what else I wish I had known?
Part One: Parenting Books
Part Two: Parenting Philosophies
Part Three: Highchairs ←
Part Four: Routines