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Ikea Antilop Highchair - £15 for a highchair!
Ikea Antilop High Chair
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Ikea Antilop High Chair
Date: 08/05/12, updated on 08/05/12 (127 review reads)
Advantages: A bargain! Easy to use, clean, take apart and travel with
Disadvantages: A couple of safety issues, not very attractive
- Why We Bought -
I knew before my baby was even born that I wanted an attractive wooden highchair after seeing a friend's, so when my parents asked what they could buy our son for his 1st Christmas I suggested a lovely highchair from John Lewis. My son was going to be six months at Christmas but by the time he was five months we realised we needed a highchair straight away as we had already started the weaning process. A few of our friends had recommended the Ikea Antilop Highchair as it is such a great price, is simple to use and easy to clean. I thought this would make a great second highchair as it is much more lightweight than our wooden one and therefore is ideal for taking with us when we visit friends and family.
- The Highchair -
The seat of the highchair is made from plastic. Ours is white but it is also available in red or blue, although this seemed to be in selected Ikea stores only. The seat is very simple in design but it seems to be comfortable for my son. It has a curved back which fully supports his head and back. There is a slim plastic bar across the front and then a piece of plastic coming down from this which divides the baby's legs into the two leg holes. The bar is handy as it stops my son from leaning too far forward and also means that the highchair can be put right against the table, great for encouraging baby to get involved with family meal times. There is also a thin lap belt which is grey in colour with a black plastic buckle and size adjusters, this is easy to adjust. There are four grey metal legs with white plastic feet. These slot into the base of the seat with a spring pin mechanism, like you get with tent poles. It is very easy to insert the legs and also dissemble them but not so easy you could do it accidentally. Overall it is very simple in design and not particularly attractive but more functional in appearance.
- The Tray -
There is the option of separately purchasing a tray to go with the highchair. This is made from plastic like the seat and is only available in white. This slots onto the seat reasonably easily but it is a bit of a fiddle to take off again, it is easier if you can remember how to remove it but I never can!
- The Supporting Cushion -
You can also buy a white plastic supporting cushion but we didn't bother with this.
- Everyday Use -
We have been using this chair daily since my son was five months and because it is so easy to use we actually use it more than our wooden highchair. I have found my son sits quite awkwardly in the wooden chair so I think it will be better as he gets bigger and fills the chair. With the Antilop my son always looks comfortable and it is very easy to get him in and out by unclipping the buckle. This has proved useful as on one occasion we had a minor choking incident and I was so pleased to be able to grab my son out of the chair quickly to make sure he was ok. He is not able to undo the buckle himself which is good but I imagine some babies would master this and then the chair could be quite dangerous. I find the chair is the perfect height for putting it at the table so my son can be involved with the meal and it is also a comfortable height for me when feeding him. It is light so it is easy to move the chair around the house as required. The tray is a decent size and my son enjoys eating bits and pieces of this. The only issue we have had with this chair is that my son likes to rock back and forth in it and as it is light he can actually move it across the wooden floor by doing this! It is a bit of a concern but it has never tipped over. Overall I find this highchair very easy to use and it has been safe for us so far.
- On the Go -
We have regularly taken this chair to other people's houses as it is very easy to dissemble, it is light and fits easily into the boot of our Vauxhall Astra. It is very easy to put together again and doesn't take up too much space in other people's houses.
- Cleaning -
This chair is very easy to clean. After each use I wipe it with a cloth and there aren't too many nooks and crannies for food to get stuck in. I have also put it in the shower occasionally for a more thorough clean and I know that a friend who has one sometimes hoses it down in the garden. It is a very low maintenance highchair.
- Safety -
As I have already mentioned my son rocks back and forth which moves the light highchair, which potentially could be a hazard. I have also mentioned that the buckle is reasonably easy to undo, and although my son has not managed this yet I can see it could be an issue with a baby who is very keen to escape! I think there should be a four or five point harness to secure the baby rather than a simple lap belt. It seems other people have had problems with the lap belt as a certain batch of these chairs were recalled a few months ago. I think the problem was that the size adjusters were slipping resulting in children being able to free themselves of the lap belt. Our highchair wasn't affected by this fortunately. There are certainly a few issues with the safety of this highchair and I definitely wouldn't leave my son unattended in it.
- Age Range -
I can't find any information on an age recommendation for this highchair. We used it from five months. If we had used it when my son was younger than this we probably would have bought the supporting cushion but at five months my son could sit up fairly well so didn't need this as an aid. My son is now nearly 12 months and we are still using this highchair. I will continue to use it until my son works out how to undo the buckle.
- Price and Availability -
The Antilop Highchair, tray and supporting cushion are all available at Ikea. Personally I really wish it was possible to order from Ikea online instead of trekking all the way to our nearest store. The highchair costs £10.99, the tray £4.00 and the supporting cushion £5.49. I think this is an absolute bargain. I have seen them second hand on Ebay but they don't seem to be much cheaper than this.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this highchair as it really is such a bargain and on the whole we have been very pleased with it. It works well as a second highchair to cart around when visiting people but equally it is fine as a main highchair. It is very easy to use and clean. My only reservations are that there are a couple of safety issues, which although haven't been a huge problem for us could be quite a hazard for others.
Summary: A brilliant bargain highchair but with a couple of safety issues