Try as we might, once baby arrives, our space is invaded by all of their necessities. Cribs, baths, swings, and highchair are all space-gobbling pieces that mama's buy to keep their lil ones comfortable and happy. But when not in use, the baby items can be space-eating giants that leave little room for mom and tot to play. Manufacturers have taken note of this phenomenon and are creating more products that collapse for easy storage when not in use. Take a look at seven such pieces designed to give families more space.
Looking to bring some green design into the kitchen? Make way for the Kuster K1 Highchair.
The stylish wood chair is made in the UK from German Beech wood and is designed to suit lil ones up to six years old. Its curved wood and high back are designed to encourage good posture in tots, regardless of their age, and its adjustable foot rest can be moved as its user's legs grow. The under-chair mesh storage basket will certainly come in handy for storing wipes, toys and other items needed to entertain a fussy toddler during mealtime. Though the chair looks to be rather large, it is foldable so it can be stored flat when not in use. But such beauty and convenience come at a price – the K1 is $250, making it a bit of an indulgence.
We spend so much time researching baby gear that we often don't see the forest through the trees. Most of the products are used for such a short period of time that before we know it, they are sent to storage until another tot is ready to use it. Silver Cross, the British company best known for its celeb-endorsed prams, is introducing a new solution to the time-sensitive high chair. The Silver Cross Doodle Chair ($220), which is set to hit stores this month, quickly and easily converts from a high chair to a tot-sized table and chairs with little more than a few clicks. As a high chair, the Doodle features a five-point harness system, wipeable cushions, and an adjustable seat. Once transformed into a play table, it has an underneath storage tray and detachable crayon and pencil cups. With its clean modern lines and neutral color options, the Doodle may be the ideal solution to baby gear that grows with your lil one.
Getting a reservation at Nobu or the Waverly Inn may leave mainstream mamas dining at local eateries, but there's hardly a velvet rope when it comes to a child's dining spot. Even Alexander Schreiber seems to eat like the rest of our tots — in a high chair.
Sure his seating may be on the nicer side, but it's not gold plated or bedazzled with diamonds. Instead, his glamorous mama Naomi Watts picked up a Stokke Tripp Trapp for his eating pleasure. Having seen the chair in action, it's a pretty nifty contraption — the adjustable height and footrest allow a child to grow with it. Unlike many other high chairs, the Tripp Trapp lacks the bulky plastic parts, making it eye candy instead of an eye sore, especially when pulling it up to your dining room table.
Can't keep your kid seated at the dinner table? Maybe you should give Tribal Green's Tot-Tye a tug. The organic cotton device ($28) ties children to their seats with two straps.
For parents in a bind, the Tot-Tye may provide temporary relief, but some wee ones would probably still manage to wiggle their way out of the restraint.
What do you think of the Tot-Tye?
With so many highchairs out there in babyland, it's hard to choose one. The chic minimalist design seems to be quite popular these days. And, while highchair makers have taken note, the price tags on some of these bad boys run upwards of $400. We looked around and found two that look similar and serve the same purpose. Both are nicely designed, simple to store, and will complement the decor in any home.
Simple: IKEA has the Antilop chair ($18), which is a simple white plastic chair on four steel legs with a strap. Moms love it because there's no cushion or creases to mess up.
Swank: The sassy Nano highchair ($180) from Giggle has a similar look but lots more features and costs ten times as much. The bells and whistles include a tray, foot rest, and a micro-leather seat available in four fun colors. The chair also folds flat so you can store it in a corner.