The dinner table is a great place for families to reconnect while sharing a meal. But Circle of Moms member Nicole L. says her daughter Lucy instead is creating mayhem because she goes into hysterics when placed in her high chair. When the high chair create chaos at chow time, Circle of Moms members generally advise it's time to make a switch, but what about when the signs to abandon the high chair are more subtle? Here are three clues that it's time to make a switch, plus a key tip on how to ease the transition.
Phil & Ted's MeToo high chair is a favorite in the LilSugar office. It's won our Editor's Choice award because we love its collapsible, space saving features. I was both excited and skeptical when the Phil & Ted's team told us they were introducing a new attachable high chair. What could they improve upon?
It turns out, a lot. The Phil & Ted's Lobster ($80) is a step up from the MeToo. With a wider and deeper seat, thicker aluminum supports, extra-padding throughout, and a removable plastic tray, lil ones no longer have to eat off dirty restaurant tables when the seat is used out of the house. But did it measure up to the original? The company sent me one to test with my 15-month-old, and here's what I thought.
Who is this product designed for? According to Phil & Ted's, the seat holds tots up to 37 lbs, approximately 3-years-old. Weighing about 4 lbs, it is designed as a travel high chair that can be stored in a stroller's under carriage basket.
Keep reading to see if my son sat still and if I'd buy it.
Fold up a chair and sit baby down! Families looking to raise eco-friendly tots may color their rooms with low-VOC paints, outfit their cardboard cribs in organic fabrics and make their lil one's food themselves. Now they can seat their hungry tykes in the first 100 percent recyclable high chair to feed them. The Belkiz Feedaway ($36) is a cardboard high chair designed to hold children up to 18 months old. With a three-point-harness system, the Feedaway can fold down for storage between uses and has a non-toxic food grade coating on it to protect it from food and spillage.
Would you test it out?
See how far you can stretch that dollar. New parents spend a lot of dough on products that are typically designed to last a matter of months. Some manufacturers are aware of the frustration parents feel when their lil ones outgrow the crib, high chair, or swing that they spent their hard-earned money on, and are designing items that evolve as the children grow. From infant recliners that convert into high chairs to changing tables that turn into homework desks, check out six items that will stay in your home for more than one year and can be used for multiple children.
Some moms try their hardest to have their baby's accessories fit in with their furnishings. The bright-colored plastic of the most well-known baby brands doesn't always complement their aesthetic. When a tot reaches the six-month mark and begins eating solid food, parents looking to blend their child's seating in with their own may turn to wooden high chairs to create a uniform look. These more traditional-looking chairs won't set you back a month's rent.
Simple: The Eddie Bauer Wooden Highchair ($120) is available in two wood finishes and features an adjustable tray table, rubber grips to keep it in place, and a three-point harness.
Swank: The Van Beek Kids Peek A Boost Chair ($350) is made of solid birch, boasts a five-point harness, and comes with a removable phthalate-free plastic tray. $50 from the sale of each chair is donated to one of eight charities benefiting victims of abuse and women and children in need.
Everything is coming up calla lilies in the kitchen with this innovative high-chair design. Aiming for a release in August 2008, the popular Fleurville diaper bag company will take high chairs to a whole new level with its bright yellow Calla Chair.
Designed by Yves Behar, the mod seat, which will also be available in white and red, makes more than a statement by providing an ergonomic structure comfortable for small children and resting easy on adult eyes. No price has been formally announced, but it will be less than $600.
Would you buy one?