Product Type: Ikea kids equipment
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Ikea Antilop High Chair
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Ikea Antilop High Chair
Advantages: Cheap, sturdy, easy to clean, easy to assemble, lightweight
Disadvantages: Tray can be a bit tricky to remove
When I was pregnant with my daughter we were incredibly short of money and when a work colleague of my husband offered us their old highchair for £5 we jumped at the chance. By the time we had been using it for a few months I hated it. It was padded and full of nooks and crannies which filled with food. The table bit in front flipped over the baby's head and once my daughter reached a certain height it was almost impossible to do without bending her double in the chair. This meant it had to be pushed up to the table but it was too high to feed her like that; it was heavy and the metal legs stretched out so far behind it that I was forever stubbing my toe. The metal frame was not adequately covered by the 'padding' so she never looked entirely comfortable. Finally the wooden seat base started to rot away after the cover ripped and water seeped in. It never looked entirely clean and I packed it off to the tip with a merry wave after less than a year of using it.
So when my son reached weaning age I was pretty sure what I didn't want, but the world of baby goods had got even bigger in the four blissful years I had lived without baby toot cluttering up the house. My ideal would have been something wooden and beautifully designed but that was definitely out of our price range, so I checked out parenting forums for ideas. The IKEA Antilop highchair came up again and again in discussions, being highly praised on all sides and best of all it was selling at a frankly unbelievable £10.99. My husband was dubious but we trotted off to IKEA for the obligatory filling the trolley with completely unnecessary, bizarrely named ,Swedish stuff and managed to remember to pick up the high chair on the way out.
The Antilop comes in two pieces; the sturdy, moulded plastic seat unit and a separate bag containing the four metal legs. It comes in three colours; red, white and blue (very patriotic) and you can buy an additional white clip on tray for £4, bringing the cost to £14.99 for a complete highchair. If you have a particularly tiny baby you can buy the Stadig inflatable highchair cushion for an extra £4.99, which even then brings the total to less than £20. Bargain, but only if it does the job!
Assembly is very simple, just slide the metal legs into the holes in the plastic seat. They are held in place by little knobs on the end of the legs which depress as they go in and click in place in the matching hole in the seat unit. The high chair tray then just clips on. This design makes the chair very portable, you can just remove the legs and bung it in the car. You can also place the seat unit on a warm (not too hot) wash in the dishwasher as well. If you have a tiny house or small kitchen then you can put the highchair up and down again as required so you are not constantly moving it around. The seat comes with waist straps to hold the child in place and there are holes in the back of the seat to allow you to thread them through.
My son has now been using this highchair for the last 6 months and everyday it exorcises more of my highchair demons. It is light, it is super easy to clean as it the moulded plastic seat is completely lacking in nooks and crannies. There is a niche at the back to pick it up and move it around, the seat warms up as my son is sitting in it-unlike our old metal framed one. He is a big boy with chunky thighs but we have no problems sliding him in and out and nothing pinches and rubs. The straps remove easily to be washed- the ones on our last highchair were fixed and were quite frankly rancid no matter how many times I cleaned them. We have taken it to relatives houses easily in the car and they have been very impressed with how easy it is to put up and take down; our old one folded, but still took up masses of space and was liable to unfold at random and with an enormous crash, usually in the middle of the night. The Antilop slides easily up to a dining table when the tray is removed, allowing an older baby/child to eat at the table with the rest of the family.
For me there is only one negative and that is that I find the tray quite difficult to remove as it requires quite a lot of force to do. My husband does it easily but I find his instructions of 'Press here, pull there and YANK' much harder to follow in practice. The tray has also become slightly stained by tomato based foods, but is still very easy to clean, being as it is a simple rectangle with an inch high ledge around the outside.
So would I recommend it? Yes, yes and once again yes. For under £15 you get a lightweight yet sturdy chair, which is easy to clean, dismantles easily and is comfortable for the child sitting in it. Ours is used three times or more a day and is regularly completely covered with food. Despite this it looks almost brand new and demonstrates ably that you don't have to spend a fortune to get something that works well. Given the almost overwhelming amount of choice that new parents are faced with its a relief to find something that works, is modern and stylish but fulfils its designated purpose in the best possible way. I love it and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
Summary: Very good, very cheap highchair
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