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high chair?

You'll probably be seeing a lot of posts from me about "stuff."

Today's question: high chair.

How expensive? What have you used and liked? Plastic? Wood?

I'm trying to be as sensible about this as possible, so I'm not looking for designer stuff. I need BTDT moms' opinions about what worked for them, and what factors I should take into consideration.

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Hi Eva!! Some things to consider:
1. do you have enough space for a full high chair?
2. do you want something that you can stick in the dishwasher?
3. do you plan on using it for the beginning of solids through to toddler?
4. do you need something portable?

So, I would recommend something with a plastic cover. Seems like it might be less comfy for junior but honestly, the kids don't seem to care and washing a cloth cover is a pain. You can wipe plastic down.

Otherwise I would recommend wheels for easy moving and one that tilts back pretty far. This will allow you to use it when LO first starts solids and needs to lean back. Adjustable hight is nice too because as baby ages you can pull the high chair right up to the table instead of using the tray.

I also got this: http://www.amazon.com/Chicco-Degree-Rotating-Hook-Chair/dp/B002GD4H6M/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1315406573&sr=8-4

it's a little pricey but I LOVE to take it when we go out to eat. So many moms have commented that they wish they had one - it rocks.

Good luck with your seach, all of you! I hope you get exactly what you need!!!

(sorry to bust in like this but you know i love you Eva-girl!!!)

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I have an evenflo booster seat and LOVE it! It just sits right on a regular kitchen chair and doesn't waste space. It has a tray and the seat belt in it and I've put both my older boys in it from the time they were about 4 months old. If I were to get another one I would get the exact same thing.

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Christina my dear, you are welcome to bust in anytime!

Thank you--that's exactly the type of advice I'm looking for. I wouldn't have thought about a lot of that. What brand of high chair do you have?

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"kridda_88" wrote:

I have an evenflo booster seat and LOVE it! It just sits right on a regular kitchen chair and doesn't waste space. It has a tray and the seat belt in it and I've put both my older boys in it from the time they were about 4 months old. If I were to get another one I would get the exact same thing.

Looking into it right now... Thanks!

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I can't remember the brand I have at home but its a booster/chair that can be put on any regular chair. It can tilt back and the tray goes in the dishwasher. I loved that chair because it did not take extra space and we now use it as a booster without the tray at our table for our son. The other advantage to it was that when we were going over someone's house for dinner we would bring it along with us and it was always useful! Good luck with your search!

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I think I am going to go w/ a booster seat style high chair this time around, but one thing I will be looking for is one that will recline so she can fall asleep in her chair.

Babies seem to fall asleep while eating lunch for example & it just seems the ones w/out the head support would hinder the napping. I love my children, but it's just so wonderful when they nap. lol =/

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"kridda_88" wrote:

I have an evenflo booster seat and LOVE it! It just sits right on a regular kitchen chair and doesn't waste space. It has a tray and the seat belt in it and I've put both my older boys in it from the time they were about 4 months old. If I were to get another one I would get the exact same thing.

I'm doing this with this LO. Last time I had a full blown high chair and it was always in the way. It took up lots of room and didn't fit (height) up to the table for DS to join us. So now I am getting a booster that will work from a small baby on baby food all the way to a toddler. Also - it keeps LO at the table with you from a small age and everyone has their own place at the table.

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Lurking over here to just say I agree with the others.

We have a Fisher Price full-size high chair and I HATE it. It's gigantic, cumbersome and such a PITA. We won't even use it for this baby. I am going to stick with a travel sized high chair or booster seat that straps to our regular kitchen chairs.

Depending on how well your baby can sit up when they start solids, you may or may not need one with a 5 point harness. We have the Fisher Price healthy care booster seat which we've used for our kids as older babies and toddlers, and it's awesome. I love that it folds and is totally portable so we've brought it to restaurants, friends houses, etc. But still works great at home too. We got ours at TRU but I'm not finding it on their website right now for some reason.

http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2000&e=product&pid=27475

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This is great--thank you guys!

Seems like the booster is the way to go.

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"clio" wrote:

Christina my dear, you are welcome to bust in anytime!

Thank you--that's exactly the type of advice I'm looking for. I wouldn't have thought about a lot of that. What brand of high chair do you have?

Thanks Smile

Honestly - I have a hand me down! It's really simple and I like it that way. My sister never used a high chair - she went right for the booster too, I know a lot of women who do. That's why I suggested you think about it you have the room for a regular high chair - they take up a lot of space.

Many moms just use the bouncy type seat to start their LO's on solids because it leans them back nicely. Then you don't need the reclining feature of a high chair.

Have fun shopping!!

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We have a wood eddie bauer high chair we got with ds1. It has held up through all 3 kids and still look great. It has a cloth cover, but honestly, I never used it after the kids began self feeding. I don't start solids until 6 months and then its only once a day anyway, so we used the high chair, but they were well sitting by that point. and we have room for a bigger high chair. The wood is easy enough to wipe down when I don't use the cloth cover.

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"kridda_88" wrote:

I have an evenflo booster seat and LOVE it! It just sits right on a regular kitchen chair and doesn't waste space. It has a tray and the seat belt in it and I've put both my older boys in it from the time they were about 4 months old. If I were to get another one I would get the exact same thing.

We have a booster seat too, Fisher Price. We started Nicholas in it around 5 months and he still uses it today to eat at the table (we took the tray off and scoot it to the table).

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Lurker here too....

We got a booster seat for DS, the cover is material and is washable. We got it at BRU. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3687550

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Here is the seat I adore-- we found that we like our little one with us at the table with the other kiddos/family. I also like that it is portable, folds flat and weighs next to nothing. Wipes down easily. Fits nearly every table we've ever tried and is easy to take with you. Also great at grandparents, restaurants, etc.

http://shop.philandteds.com/feed/metoo-high-chair-phil-and-teds

I've never understood the need for "reclining" high chairs. If your LO can't sit up, then they shouldn't be eating food IMO. Wink

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I had the wooden Eddie Bauer highchair with DS1 and found it to be very heavy and it didn't have wheels. I knew I wouldn't want to use it again so I passed it on. This time I am thinking about one that reclines with wheels. After reading everyones posts I may look for a chair top highchair!

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"boilermaker" wrote:

I've never understood the need for "reclining" high chairs. If your LO can't sit up, then they shouldn't be eating food IMO. Wink

For babies that like to nap & eat....I think it's so adorable when they fall asleep in the high chair. They usually have food all over. lol.

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If your dining table is in your kitchen go for a booster. If you need a highchair in the kitchen because you don't have a table then get a proper highchair.

After 3 kids I have been through so many highchairs and the best ones are by far the SVAN(takes up very little space, looks pretty because it's wooden but has a plastic removable cover on the tray, tray goes all around and sits tightly near baby's tummy so you don't get dropped food in their lap, and also turns into a stool when they are older. I got mine off ebay for about 50 bucks and just got a new seat cover and it looks brand new!! It's extremely light so it moves very easily from room to room and the bottom is very small and round to you don't trip over it. I LOVE IT!!! My second fave is the IKEA plastic white one such value for money!!! Super easy to clean and looks great.

My least faves were the wooden ones with the wooden trays because they crack and are super hard to clean and I also didn't like my massive chicco/fisher price one type one. Too heavy/bulky and a nightmare to clean. Hope that helps!

link to the svan:
http://www.svan.com/index.php?type=view&pk=3

link to the IKEA one(you need to get the try seperately on the right of the page):
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30069724

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Another one here that dislikes the full size chair. I have a chicco high chair and it is huge and cumbersome...but I use it b/c I paid for it and this is #3 so I figure at least I am getting my mileage out of it. Smile Once DS was over one and starting to eat more independently I got him a chair that strapped onto our dining chair - one with a pop off tray. I love that but I can see how a baby might not be to comfy in it.

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The only thing I have to add is make sure there is a bar that goes between the legs... I know good moms strap their kids in all the time, but for bad moms like me, the bar keeps them from sliding out.

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I dont really plan on buying an actual high chair. I like those little boosters with the trays that strap to you chair. I LOVE this one..

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fisher-Price-Space-Saver-High-Chair-and-Booster-Mocha-Butterfly/13227368