While I was pregnant last year, I did a fair amount of research on high chairs. I knew we didn’t need one right away, so it was nice to take my time looking at different ones. It turned out, though, that I kept coming back to the $20 IKEA Antilop high chair. So a few months after Brigsby was born, we made a trip to Houston (and thus, IKEA) and bought it.
Almost everything I read about this high chair was great. It’s small and lightweight, so it’s easy to move around wherever it might be needed and doesn’t take up an obnoxious amount of space. It also has a simple, neutral design that looks good with pretty much any decor style.
The one hang up people had with it was that the tray was difficult to take off. I concur. There is no release like a lot of high chairs have. I’d actually be lying if I said I knew exactly how to take it off…I never have. But I’ve never needed to. It’s been super easy to just put my son in with the tray still attached and take him out that way as well. The seat and leg holes are both roomy enough to pretty easily put a child in and take them out and small enough to still be really supportive.
That being said, prior to purchasing the IKEA Antilop high chair, I found a small mama-made business that sells food-grade silicone placemats specifically for it. I’d seen several great reviews about them. So, I decided to definitely get the high chair and order the silicone placemat from Yeah Baby Goods.
The way the silicone mat works is you place it on top of the tray while your child is eating, then fold it up over itself and take to the sink to rinse off when they are finished with their meal. It works like a charm. And you never have to remove the (sometimes) stubborn tray.
I will say that for the first few weeks of using the silicone mat, I was a little disappointed in that it would sometimes roll up off the tray on the sides. I finally decided to look up the directions that came with it to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Sure enough, the directions say to put it back on the tray with it damp. It forms a perfect seal. And doing this also makes it easier to wipe the water off of the top so that there are no water spots. Plus, you don’t have to find a place for the whole thing to dry. (I feel like it’s worth mentioning that the mat is also dishwasher safe. I just prefer to wash it off quick and place it back on the tray.)
I also ordered a cushion cover from Yeah Baby Goods. There are so many cute prints to choose from to fit so many different decor tastes. The cover that comes with the IKEA cushion isn’t what I would call ugly, but it is red and blue and that just doesn’t blend well in my breakfast room. Plus, I love an opportunity to support a small biz!
The cushion was really helpful when my son was just getting the hang of sitting up on his own. It provided a little extra support, which was nice. I’ve also heard of mommas taking the cushion with them to eat out because some high chairs are so big. I had intentions of doing this, but never remembered to grab it when I was leaving the house. It’s a good idea, though!
Now, the cushion mainly serves as decoration because my son is a chunky monkey and babies are messy. Ha. And Momma got tired of washing the cover after every meal. It is wonderful, though, that the cover can be machine washed on a gentle cycle. And it holds up really nicely.
For $70 total, you can get a great high chair with a completely customized and very functional setup. And, actually, you can get it all for less than that until October 17th because I have a coupon code for you! Use KALENALANGFORD15 at checkout for 15% off your YeahBabyGoods order.