What was I looking for in a High Chair?I am still on the fence on whether we will be traditionally weaning Baby G or if we will be practicing baby led weaning. However, I knew I wanted to follow the AAP guidelines for food readiness.
General Guidelines for Food Readiness:
- Baby should be sitting independently or with minimal support.
- Your child should be interested in food. This may mean he watches his caregivers and looks interested in their food.
- Baby has lost his tongue thrust reflex.
I also wanted a high chair that best supported my child’s body mechanics while eating.I was introduced to this concept by KC, a pediatgric physical assistant and owner of the instagram account, Milestones & Motherhood. However, I found what I needed to know on the Feeding Littles blog. Feeding Littles is a blog run by a registered dietician and an occupational therapist, both of whom focus on feeding therapy in children 3 and umder. From an OT standpoint, a high chair should:
- Have a footrest so that the child can have added stability by their joints being in a series of 90 degree angles.
- Baby should have core support. If they are slouching or leaning to one side, they recommend placing a towel roll in between baby and the chair.
- Make certain that the baby can reach the tray, of course!
Mothers all Agree: Get a high chair that is easy to clean!I heard one sentiment over and over again in facebook groups. It was that moms wanted an easy to clean high chair. The advice given was to look for something that had a clean design with minimal nooks and crannies for old food to get into. I read a lot of mothers complaining about how tough it was to constantly clean their fabric chairs.
I Narrowed My Choices Down to the Ikea Antilop vs. the Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair.My family is a middle-class, now single-income household. I knew that I did not want what many thought of as a traditional highchair. I did not want a foldable, cushioned and fabric, pain-in-the-ass-to-clean chair. I wanted something that was ergonomically supportive. However, I did have a budget. The Abiie Beyond is similar to the Stokke Tripp Trapp. This class of high chairs are wooden and simple in design. They are also able to be adjusted to grow from an infant seat all the way to an adult seat. However, the Abiie was the budget-conscious design at $200 and I just couldn’t convince myself that was worth the price (even though all the reviews said otherwise). Because of its glowing reviews, it stayed as an option for me in terms of functionality, aesthetics, and safety.
The Ikea Antilop High Chair Had Everything I WantedWhen you look at my list of wants in a high chair, the Ikea Antilop met them all, for $20. It is one of the easiest chairs to clean. Many moms mention hosing it down outside, or you can even dissemble to and put the components in the top rack of your dishwasher! Of course, my husband and mother both asked, “Is it really safe for $20?” I replied, “Don’t you think I researched that as well?” (I had even asked in this Baby Led Weaning and Combo Feeding Without the Woo group for opinions. Several members shared pictures and videos of their dogs and toddlers versus chair to prove its sturdiness.) As far as support, the cushion is only an extra $5, although it is not necessary if they are big enough or stable enough to sit without leaning to the side. Finally, I already knew that Yeah Baby Goods made foot rests for the Ikea High Chair for only $25!
Yeah Baby GoodsYeah Baby Goods was going to make all of my instagrammable high chair ideas come to life! I already knew that I was going to purchase the Bamboo footrest for my son. But, Yeah Baby Goods also makes custom cushion covers for the Ikea High Chair. I was stalking their Instagram stories the Sunday before restock Mondays, and even then I was having a difficult time choosing a high chair cover! I did settle on a cute cacti print for our first cover, since we live in Arizona.
I Highly Recommend the Ikea Antilop
While we have not begun our feeding journey yet, I feel comfortable in the decision I made in a high chair. I feel that after reading so many blogs, facebook posts, and the like, I made the best decision in getting my son ready for his first bite.
Until next time!