So the first big task was choosing nursery furniture, then a car seat, then a stroller, and before you know it, they are big enough to sit in a highchair. Just like my stroller escapade, I also had a highchair escapade. I had put the Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair on my registry and had not gotten it, so I was left with the dilemma of buying it or borrowing another highchair. There were so many expenses and I was trying to save money so I decided not to purchase it. Big mistake!
Due to the fact that Cubby was very small, we were putting her into the Summer Infant booster seat, which fit onto our island in the kitchen and had a circle around her with fun little toys attached that kept her entertained. It is a great chair, sort of like a seated exersaucer (www.summerinfant.com/Products/Eat/Booster-Seats/SuperSeat®-(play).aspx). Cubby loved sitting in this, but I found that it was taking up too much room on the island and when I was trying to cook, she was grabbing at everything. So we borrowed my nephew’s old highchair, the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Diner (http://global.pegperego.com/babyproducts-catalog/2011/Prima+Pappa+Diner). It looked like a great highchair and we had also looked at it while we were looking at the Boon Highchair. We tried to put her in it at about 7 months, but I found that she was little and shorter and when I put the tray on it, her head was just above it and she had to lift her hands to reach the tray. She hated sitting in it and would start to cry when I tried to feed her in it. We tried working with it until recently to no avail. Cubby would not accept it. So I switched back to the Summer Infant booster seat.
Three of our friends also have the Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair so we would put Cubby in it whenever we went over to their house and she loved sitting in it. She would eat her food, play and interact in that highchair. The tray was nice and small and she seemed to sit upright and higher. I knew that I had to get her one. I started looking online for deals on it, but could not find one in Canada. They had some sales on it in the U.S, but by the time you pay shipping, you might as well buy it here. I happened to call one of our friends who had the chair to inquire where they had gotten theirs and it turned out that she had two of them and she was looking at getting rid of one of them. Fate was on our side, it was meant to be!
We went last weekend and picked up the highchair and this week has been a great feeding week with Cubby. She really enjoys sitting in the Boon highchair. She eats properly and bangs away with her toys. The height of the chair is really easy to adjust and I can move it around quite easily. Some people have complained that the tray is too small, but I like that it is a smaller surface because as Cubby transitions to eating at at table in the future, she will learn that she has a small amount of room to eat at (like the size of a placemat on a regular dinner table). I also like that the Boon highchair does not have fabric with grooves on it that is difficult to clean. Although the Peg Perego Prima Pappa Diner chair could be wiped down, I found that she was getting food into the cracks and crevices of the fabric and it was difficult to clean. With the Boon highchair, I spray it down with my Ionator Hom each time and wipe it clean and we’re good to go. I wash the tray in the sink and it can also go in the dishwasher. I can’t say enough good things about the Boon highchair! It looks cool and futuristic and it saves space. With that said, here are some things to look for when choosing a highchair:
1/ Size: Look at your kitchen area and determine how much space you have to put the highchair. Look at the base size of the highchair and if your space is wide enough so you are not tripping over it.
2/ Fabric: Look at the fabric that the top is made from. Is it easy to clean and wipe off? Will it stain with foods such as beets or carrots? Are there crevices where food and bacteria will collect?
3/ Size of the tray: Are there multiple trays? Are they easy to clean? Can they go in the dishwasher? How big are the trays?
4/ Straps: What is the harness and straps like? Are they easy to get onto the child and clip together? Can they be cleaned easily? Can they be adjusted easily as the child grows?
5/ Adjustable height: Look at where you are going to be feeding your little one. Are you sitting or standing to feed them? Is the highchair height adjustable? Is it easy to adjust? Can it fit at a kitchen counter or island or at a table height?
6/ Storing your highchair: Are you going to keep the highchair out at all times or are you looking for one that can fold up and be stored? If so, is it easy to fold and store?
7/ Style of the highchair: Does your kitchen or dining area have a certain look or design to it? Do you want the highchair to stand out or blend in?
8/ Price: Some highchairs can be very pricey so this may be an issue. What is your budget?
9/ Longevity: Are you planning on having more than one child? If so, would this highchair last through 1 or 2 or more?
Keep in mind that you do not need a highchair right away if you are pregnant or with a newborn. They will likely not sit in it until 4-5 months old and up, depending when they are starting solids. You can always wait and take your baby with you to the store once they are able to sit up and they demonstrate head and neck control. You can try them in the different highchairs to see if they do better in one over the other.
Some people want to conserve room, so they put the baby in a booster seat and this can work out well too. I bought the Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat for my in-laws’ house and it works really well. Cubby likes sitting in it (www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2000&e=product&pid=27475).
As you can see, there are lots of things to consider when buying a highchair for your little one. Happy hunting!