I have a friend who is about to be a first time mom and I tried to come up with some bits of wisdom on mommy products. Of the few I had to offer her one was my feelings on highchairs. To high chair or not to high chair, that is the question?
I’m thinking not to high chair. With Drew, we registered and received the Graco Contemporary High Chair Birkshire. We wanted that one because it was one of the few that had neutral colors plus it was given pretty good reviews.
We used it until Gabby was born in which time we registered and received the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair. We originally thought that Drew would transition to the booster, which he did, and Gabby would stay in the actual high chair. And although that happened for a short time, ultimately Drew moved up to the Cooshee Booster & Travel Bag and Gabby took over the Fisher-Price.
So this walk down high chair memory lane is my way of setting the stage for my feelings of not getting an actual high chair. Unless you live in a mansion with an enormous kitchen, and even then it’s unnecessary, a high chair just takes up space. And who wouldn’t love the opportunity to have one less piece of baby equipment lying around?!?
When you have an infant, they usually are in a bouncy seat or something. Once they transition to a “high chair,” there’s no reason they can’t be in a high chair that is attached to an existing chair. The only downside to transitioning the older child to the Cooshee booster is that they can’t be strapped in. The duck tape we have had to use to keep Drew in the seat is less than attractive but at least we don’t have to have an extra piece of furniture, i.e. free-standing high chair!
The only thing is if you have cloth chairs like we do. My son is in a Euro chair now – just because we don’t trust him on our fabric chairs. He was in a high chair before that.
I totally get that about the fabric. Too bad we didn’t realize it until our microfiber chairs were totally ruined. Thanks for the comment!
Sophia would fly out of that booster…she moves a lot and needs the straps! How does Drew know to sit still???!! Plus, Sophia leaves back…bloody skulls aren’t too appetizing!
Agree 100%! We started out with a traditional high chair and now we just use the fisher price space saver plastic high chair (with tray). Best $25 ever spent!
Thanks for “seconding” the space saver! It’s one of those things that I wish I knew then…
Give her a year and you may feel differently. Plus, the space saver has a seat belt…so maybe that’s a better fit for her 🙂