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This is a no nonsense, easy to clean, plastic high hair from the Swedish brand ikea.
Like with the majority of Swedish design, straight lines are important here. The seat unit is angular, with a square seat base and a rounded backrest. They come in a range of colours, ours is red, but they are also available in blue and white.
The seat unit cones with a grey strap which enables you to secure the infant in the seat effectively.
The legs of the high hair are removable which means it is a great chair to take on holiday or for occasional use at other homes. The only problem we had with this is the legs slot into the plastic chair seat unit and then a little metal clip ejects into the slot. One of ours got stuck which made it very difficult to them disassemble, this problem wasn't insurmountable, but meant you did need to use some brute strength to take the legs in and out.
The high hair was stable and with the four legs was level on the ground. I did not have any issues with tipping or collapse as I have had with some other high hairs.
The high hair is very well priced at under £10 which is fantastic value. The additional tray which can be purchased is a must in my opinion. Without the tray, the high hair can be brought right up to the table, but with the tray on this provides an additional surface which is most handy if you take the chair to a relatives for use and their table is too high.
I did find that my son was unable to use the high hair past 20 ,months as his chunky thighs prevented him for sitting in the seat comfortably. I think the leg holes on the seat unit are quite small, so the product is better for those with smaller sized children.
The seat would not be suitable for long periods of time as has no real neck support. The majority of high chairs should only be used from six months, but I would say this one should only be used from 12 months as it is not very comfortable looking as is made of hard plastic.
Our little boy has just started eating in a high chair and we have found this one to be just perfect. It is plastic with metal legs, so is quite bulky, but also sturdy.
From a safety point of view, the harness which straps round his waist stops him from going anywhere, although it would be difficult for him to actually get out of this chair as his legs slot into the deep chair.
The tray is very wide, but at the moment I don't use it to place food on it because my son would simply knock it off. He finds it useful to balance his hands on on those days he's feeling a bit lazy and can't hold his balance very well. It does stain a little if you get tomato based food on it, but not noticeably so.
The highchair doesn't have a cover, which can make it a bit cold on baby's bottom, especially on cold mornings. We had a cover given to us, which sorted this issue. It also doesn't have a footrest, but this isn't an issue as baby is happy for his little legs to dangle freely.
This is a chair you will only use at home, as it doesn't fold down for storage. I think we will get a lot more use out of this, as the seat area is quite roomy and will therefore grow as baby grows. It cost twelve pounds from Ikea and of the many things we've bought for our baby, this is great value.
We first bought the Antilop highchair 4 years ago for our first baby. At £14(including the tray) the value for money was unbeatable.
It is very simple to put together - the poles slot in to the corners and the tray clicks easily on the front.
The downside to this highchair is that it doesn't fold away but it has a fairly small footprint made smaller by removing the tray. Also, as the design is so minimalist I think it looks quite stylish in the corner of the kitchen.
The first bonus to this chair is that it is really great for smaller babies around the 6 month mark who are just starting to wean, especially if you purchase the inflatable support cushion. Until our daughter was about 9 months we got into the habit of taking her highchair with us if we ate out as so many of the traditional highchairs swamped her and put her in a reclined, slouchy position. The antilop keeps the baby in a well supported upright position.
The biggest bonus of all is how easy it is to clean. Once you get used to this if you are ever forced to use a more traditional highchair you will find the nooks and crannies quite disgusting. No matter how messy the Antilop gets it always comes up as good as new. We now have one year old twins and our original 4 year old Antilop is pristine. I have purchased a second one and once the trays are popped off they stack neatly on top of each other - a BIG bonus for us! Also, if you want to give it a really deep clean the trays will go in the dishwasher.
It is very transportable - once you have taken the legs and tray off it is easy to pack around other luggage.
One slight issue is that the tray can be difficult to remove. It is brute force that wins the day here - one hand pushing down on the seat and the other pulling the tray upwards with all your might will do the trick. After a while it gets a bit easier!
I love these highchairs and recommend them to everyone !
Many of the restaurants I've been to recently have this highchair so if you don't own one, you may have sat your child in one.
This is a basic high chair and doesn't come with any special features such as adjustable height or tray, a foot rest or reclining (my daughter has fallen asleep in it, so it must be fairly comfortable). If those features are important to you, this isn't the high chair for you.
The high chair itself is £12 and the tray is £4, totalling £16, which is a bargain considering most others I saw were £50+. It's really easy to put together and only takes a few seconds. The seat is one piece of moulded plastic. It's not very pretty (I've only seen it in white), but it means there are no places for food to get stuck. I've had mine a year and it is still in excellent condition. The legs slot into the chair really easily but would be difficult for a child to mess around with. The optional tray is also easy to fix, although you can't adjust it. My older child is 3 and he can fit into it, so it will grow with your child.
The lap belt is fiddly - I couldn't make out the instructions, but I've managed to secure it in such ad way that secures my daughter. The legs take up quite a large floor space for such a compact chair, but it makes it sturdy so your child will struggle to topple it over.
The tray is also made of moulded plastic and had a large area for eating and other activities (my son loves playing with his cars on the tray). The tray is quite deep so the child will have to pick up items and throw them, rather than being able to roll them over the edge. You can buy it without the tray and use it against your dining table, but I think the tray is such a bargain, it's handy to have one.
Easy to clean
Easy to take apart fir transportation
Not very pretty
It's lightweight and my 3 year old has toppled it over when he isn't sitting in it
I've had this now for about 6 months and it still looks brand new. I bought it when I started weaning at 6 months, but my baby was still a bit unsteady sitting upright and the chair didn't offer adequate support (e.g. the back was too low) so I had to wait a few more weeks before we started using it.
When we started looking for a highchair for my little one, I asked around some of my mummy friends, and the most popular seemed to be the Ikea Antilop Highchair. I had been hoping for a folding one to leave us more room, but costing only £12 this seemed to be perfect.
After the quick run round Ikea we returned home with the Highchair, the tray and the supporting cushion.
When we got home it was easy to assemble. The highchair was in two package which contained six pieces - the four legs, the seat and the safety belt. Firstly you insert the safety belt in to the holes. Then the four legs are clicked into place. The tray which we brought in addition secures easily on top. Once inflated the supporting cushion fits neatly inside the seat.
The chair itself comes in two colours - blue and white with silver legs. The plastic frame is just a small seat with a back rest. It has a central bar running from top to bottom which goes between your childs legs to stop them sliding out. If you are using the highchair at a table it has a bar running around the front of the child. The tray can be easily attached here if needed. It is easy to clean - instructions are to wipe clean with a mild soapy solution and to wipe dry with a clean cloth. The legs have plastic stoppers at the end making it non slip and will also stop it from scratching wooden floors.
The safety straps are adjustable so will suit children of various sizes (the supporting cushion is best for very small children).There is no guidance on the size of baby in which to use the chair, but should easily accommodate all children from when they are able to sit up until they are able to move onto a more grown up chair. My daughter has been in the chair since about five months when we had to stop using the bumbo as she wanted to throw herself out of it all the time. The supporting cushion, costing £5.50, was a great addition to hold our daughter in place until she is big enough to sit in the chair without it.
The dimensions of the highchair are width - 58cm, depth - 62cm, height - 90cm & seat height - 55cm. It weighs 3.2kg.
The chair is such good value for money. It is easy to clean, easy to use and looks stylish. We have brought extras to go with it, as we only have a breakfast bar and the highchair is not high enough for our daughter to eat at the table, so we got a tray to go with it. If you have a table at the right height you would not need this additional piece.
Overall I highly recommend the Antilop Highchair. At £12 this is the cheapest seat I have seen by far, and is more than adequate for the job!
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When my daughter started sitting up and we were baby-led weaning her we decided to include her in our mealtimes properly by sitting her at the dinner table with us. We picked up the Ikea Antilop high chair from our local Ikea store for the bargain price of £12. The chair looks very basic but I decided it was the right one in the store as it looked easy to clean and light enough to move around the house if necessary, ie a 'no-faff product'. This may sound like an exaggeration but I had shopped around for high chairs for a while and couldn't find a simple easy-to-clean one; I either didn't like the tilt of the seats, or the fact that they were covered in cloth which would make cleaning/washing them regularly a pain, or the sheer bulk of them, etc.
The Antilop has not let me down. It IS a very basic design of high chair, made of a simple plastic seat with a high enough back to support little one to sit up properly. The seat has holes in it where the belt/strap is affixed, for strapping baby into the chair and avoiding nasty falls. This seatbelt works well as we have never had any trouble with baby getting out of it and it is easily adjusted as baby grows. You just have to be careful when clipping it in as little fingers would be very hurt if they got in the way- I have clipped my own fingers in them a couple of times and howled with pain afterwards. The seat also has a crotch bar which means there is no risk of baby slipping through a child-sized gap, which is ideal when little one is only just learning to sit up properly alone and there is a risk of slipping into open spaces.
The chair is very easy to assemble - it comes with four metal legs that slot into the four bottom corners of the plastic seat. They slot in easily and are very secure, and the entire contraption is light enough to move around the house when, say, you need to vacuum under the dining table because of the mess little one has made while eating..
The seat of our Antilop high chair is white in colour, and the hollow metal legs are grey. Because it is made of a basic smooth plastic it is very easy to wipe clean after every use and properly clean/sterilise which I do now and again. After over a year of use it is still in good condition, clean and will last at least a few more years yet which means it gets points for durability and quality despite being such a low price. My daughter is 2 now and she uses a proper chair at the table but the high chair suited her up until a couple of months ago, just before she hit 2 years of age.
The high chair stands at about 90cm high and this suits our average-sized dining table perfectly. My daughter could always reach her plate of food, her water beaker and later on her fork from this seat and height. Although other high chairs come with mechanisms that allow them to be tilted etc I have never seen the point of this at the dinner table where baby needs to sit upright to avoid choking hazards. The chair can be used from 6 months of age but my daughter only started showing a real interest in food at about 6.5 months so we started using it then, which is also about when she became able to sit up by herself. We have never needed to use another chair besides this one, and because it is so easy to take apart we have even taken it away with us when visiting friends/family so that baby could still be involved in the mealtime process, and also because it automatically provides a safe seat for baby in houses where there are no children and therefore no child-specific seats.
Although the plastic is quite hard my daughter has always been comfortable sitting in the Antilop and we have never had to use cushions to make it softer, but this would be easy enough to do if you were so inclined. Again you can of course buy a more expensive comfortably padded high chair but it will undoubtedly require more cleaning, and it's not really necessary if you are only using the chair at mealtimes like we did. On the other hand if you leave little one in the chair for long periods of time then you might want to pad this one out or buy a fancier model.
The Ikea Antilop is just as easy to take apart as it is to put together. The legs are easily removed, cleaned and packed away and so is the seat. I have done all this now and it isn't taking up much room in the cupboard under the stairs, and I anticipate using it again when new baby arrives on the scene and is ready for finger foods.
You can also buy a tray that fits onto the high chair, but we never had need for this as baby always ate at the dining table with us. The tray is white in colour and priced at £4. The seat of the Antilop is also available in dark blue, which in hindsight would be easier to clean than our white one, but all the same I am happy with the item we have and I genuinely can't fault it in any way.
5 stars from me and I'd give it more if I could, since we will get another 2 years use out of it yet. Brilliant!
We bought this chair after reading a number of recommendations online, and after watching some in action in Ikea restaurant :)
This highchair is only available in Ikea stores, and is a bargain £16 now: £12 for the seat, and £4 for the tray. (I think it was £15 altogether when we bought it, so it has gone up slightly in price). It is made of a durable white rigid plastic, with metal legs which slot into the seat (other colours are available: you can get red or blue). The tray clips into the seat unit (which means you can mix and match the colours if desired!) There is a very secure lap harness included. You can buy a supporting pillow to put inside the seat, but we did not purchase this. As the seat is rigid there is no option to recline the back of the seat, but as we were not concerned with this being an option we didn't miss this.
Pros: very easy to assemble / take apart
Exceptionally easy to clean and keep hygienic (there's nowhere for crumbs to hide!)
A good safety harness
A good height - it fit comfortably up against our dining table, and allowed our daughter to join in with family meals
Our daughter found it to be very comfortable, and was happy to just sit in it and watch everyone!
The table was a good size, and could easily hold bowl, cup and toy :)
Cons: just one minor con in my mind: the table could be awkward to clip on and get off, but this wasn't too much of a problem, and definitely not one that would put me off purchasing the chair.
We were more than happy with this high chair - so much so, we bought one for both grandparents houses as well where they're still going strong with other younger family members!
~~~ Background ~~~
Regular readers of my reviews will be aware that our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis, and that I am finally in a better position reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
We were lucky to be given this Ikea Antilop High Chair by a friend who'd purchased it as a spare for visiting friends' children. We'd been using a portable "Clip-on Table Chair" and were very happy with that, however it could only be used fixed to our kitchen breakfast bar or to our dining table. We were reluctant to spend silly amounts of money on a high chair, and were also finding it difficult to choose a chair as they all seemed very bulky.
Fortunately this inexpensive Antilop High Chair satisfied all our needs.
~~~ The product and my thoughts ~~~
Like many Ikea products, this high chair requires assembly by the purchaser. I cannot comment on the ease of this, as it came to us already constructed. I understand that this chair is supposed to be portable and that the tray can be removed, but neither my husband nor I were able to work out how to do this.
This is a simple, basic and functional high chair that could match most interior decor. The plastic chair and tray table are white, the legs are silver and there is a matching silver safety belt.
The item's dimensions are described on the Ikea website as width: 58 cm, depth: 62 cm, height: 90 cm, and seat height: 55 cm. The unit is large enough to be robust, but small enough not to dominate the room and to be stored in a cupboard or wardrobe if necessary. The tray is appropriately sized.
We used this chair on most days for over two years. It was very easy to use and to strap Millie in safely with the simple but sturdy safety belt that went between her legs and across he lap. We had no problems with this high chair and we were particularly pleased that no matter how rough and raucous our daughter may have been in the chair, it never tipped over. Finally, the high chair is easy to clean with a dish sponge soaked with dish detergent and warm water. The manufacturer recommends wiping dry with a clean cloth - I don't recall ever doing this.
My top tip: Place this high chair on top of an inexpensive appropriately sized shower curtain to avoid mess on the floor or carpet.
Weaning babies is a messy business! Buying baby equipment, such as highchairs is an expensive business - or so we thought...
A highchair is an essential piece of furniture you have to buy at some point once you become a parent, and the big brands know it - and make such items ridiculously expensive because they know parents feel obliged to pay up, wanting to buy the best for their children. There are some highchairs on the market for a three figure sum, which is more than I'd pay on a dining chair for myself - and they are usually made of plastic (not even gold plated), cumbersome, difficult to clean and simply not worth it for the 18-24 months they are using them for. Ikea have made the exception with the Antilop highchair!
The Ikea Antilop highchair is everything the majority of parents could want - it's easy to clean, compact, simple and sturdy. Oh, and did I mention it's CHEAP as chips?! £12 for the highchair alone, which comes in either white, blue or red, and £4 for the removable tray. £16 for a complete highchair is unbelievable value, and it's far from being cheap rubbish.
The highchair seat unit is one solid piece of moulded plastic, which couldn't be simpler to clean - there's no nooks and crannies for bits of food and crumbs to get stuck in. There's an adjustable waist strap to keep baby secure, but no five point harness, which may be a minus point for some parents for being "less secure" - but really baby should be supervised at all times, and security could only be a potential issue if they weren't supervised. I personally like that there's no shoulder straps to get smeared in food, and the highchair has a crotch bar incorporated into the seat unit reducing the need for a separate strap.
The legs of the highchair are made from sturdy metal, and are easy to pop on and off to make transporting/storing easier. Despite the legs being removable, they are really solid whilst in place. They also have colour coordinated rubber 'feet' to protect your flooring, and to prevent sliding around.
The tray is definitely worth a mention (despite being a separate item), as it clips on really easily and securely, is a good size and has a raised edge the whole way around to help stop things rolling or falling off. It's really worth getting to make the highchair a complete package - as although it is the perfect height to go up to the family dinner table, it's also useful to be able to use it away from the table too, for example to take into the kitchen and let baby play on the surface whilst you're cooking/cleaning.
As always, there are a couple of cons - the main being that it doesn't fold flat. However I personally use the highchair so frequently I'd rarely fold it anyway, if it were an option. I'm sure many other parents are the same. The other con is that it isn't height adjustable and doesn't recline - however (again) I find it to be the perfect height for our family table, so it must be a fairly standard height. Also I wouldn't want my baby to be sleeping in the highchair either, so recline functions are irrelevant to us. Another potential downside is that you have to purchase in store (or pay more than the chair in postage), and for many people Ikea isn't local - my "local" Ikea store is about 25 miles away and I don't drive. It would be nice if Ikea made their website delivery costs cheaper and their products more easily accessible to everyone.
Anyway, for us this is the perfect highchair for an absolutely brilliant price, and I think Ikea are fantastic to make such an inexpensive essential baby item. Every little helps after all!
I have used several highchairs and booster seats for my son over the months/years but it was only when I was leant this Antilop High Chair from Ikea by a friend that I realised that this was perhaps one of the best. The chair is basic in design and doesn't look that comfortable (which is the reason that I had never opted to buy it myself) and is largely made of plastic. There is no outer cushion like there has been on all other highchairs that I have used, which does make it less appealing and childlike than other chairs. An inflatable cushion can be purchased separately, I believe, but this isn't the most attractive either!
The chair sells at £16 on the IKEA website - which is definitely at the cheaper end of the highchair scale - and comes with a tray and safety harness. My son is older now so I don't use the safety harness with him but it is a necessity for younger children and babies. The chair we have is white in colour with silver steel legs. It's measurements are: width: 58 cm, depth: 62 cm and height: 90 cm. It is a nice height for our son to sit at our table with us at so we can share meal times - we currently use it without the tray as it pulls up nicely to our table. The tray with this is well designed though, with raised edges to ensure that all spillages are contained on the tray.
My son seems quite comfortable in this and is content to sit in it. He is two now so he is getting towards the highest weight/size for the chair I would say but he still seems quite comfortable at the moment. It is sturdy and supports his weight well whilst still being lightweight enough for me to move around. It is quite small in size for a highchair - others we had would fold up to store (this one doesn't) but would still be bulkier than this - so it is easy to store.
What I like most about this highchair is how easy it is to clean. You can literally wipe this over with soapy water and any spillages lift off the plastic. I have found with other highchairs, I am constantly removing the cushioning to put it in the washing machine and there is no need for this with this one. It is therefore really easy to keep clean and ensure that it remains hygienic for use.
Overall, this is a pretty good, relatively cheap highchair that is good for babies and toddlers alike. It is easy to use and store and very easy to keep clean. Recommended.
This was the second high chair that I bought for my daughter (who is now 4). I wish I had bought this one first and saved my money on the other one.
== Appearances & Practicality ==
For those without children or for those who haven't used one of these highchairs in 'real life', they can appear to look cheap and uncomfortable. (I was used to seeing the padded brightly coloured highchairs with toys, which recline etc etc). I first used one at a local soft play centre when meeting friends with their babies and this is when I knew I was missing out!
I have the white version of this. It was the white seat unit wrapped in clear plastic and the 4 steel legs which slot inside. At the end of the legs are push in pins which go through the small holes in the seat unit to ensure the legs are held securely in place.
The sizes are Width: 58 cm, Depth: 62 cm, Height: 90 cm.
The materials are listed on the website as follows:
Seat: Polypropylene plastic
Leg: Steel, Pigmented epoxy/polyester powder coating
Foot: Polypropylene plastic, Polyethylene plastic
Spring/ Pin: Steel
Originally I bought this highchair on its own without the tray and used it up to the table. After my daughter had been upgraded to a booster, this was packed up into the loft until baby number 2 arrived. This time around I thought it would be easier to buy a tray.
== Price & Availability ==
This is obviously only sold in Ikea stores but I have seen them if sale on eBay brand new although more expensive than they are in store. The highchair is a bargain at £12. The tray separately is £4.
== My thoughts ==
I LOVE this highchair. Both of my daughters have been happy using this highchair. Itbs extremely easy to clean, and amazingly stays white even though both of them have rubbed spaghetti bolognase into it!
It is so useful, I have taken it with us to visit friends and on a caravan holiday and it is easy to transport.
Thanks for reading.
I wish I'd met you sooner.
You could say that I have been promiscuous with highchairs over the last 12 months, flitting from one to another, not knowing what I was looking for. Now I've met you family mealtimes are complete.
Your hard, shapely plastic body is so smooth and easy to wipe beans and yoghurt off. You have no podgy fabric crevices in which to hide peas or squash banana (or banananana as it's known in this house) for me to find days later.
Your legs are sleek and smooth, and you fit perfectly up to the average dining table because they aren't too long.
Assembling you was a dream, 4 clicks and your legs were on, 2 pushes and the safety harness was attached.
You are so dainty, I can pick you up and throw you around with one hand.
I know some people think you are too cheap to be any good at only £12 but they don't know you like I do. The gadgets and gizmos aren't necessary, no need for 3 different height settings, 5 recline positions and integrated toys. You are simple, and simply beautiful.
I think I love you.
Love thecatsnose x x
P.s. Don't worry about Chicco Polly, she can go to grandma's and sit in the corner where her bulky weight doesn't matter.
Available at Ikea for £12, tray extra at £4, infant booster cushion £5.50.
My husband and I were fed up of taking our full sized high chair to his parents whenever we took our daughter to visit, and we chanced apon the Antilop high chair when in IKEA buying a kitchen! So we went for it, and after a solid year of use this is my review.
**Price and Availability**
The Antilop high chair costs an amazing £11, great value considering how much a high chair can cost these days. The Antilop does not come with a tray, but a white clip on tray with plenty of space on it is only £4, and I highly recommend you pick one up as then you have the option to sit baby in it and eat from the main table, or have their own table space for snacks and play. So in total, £15 for the lot which is brilliant. It's only available instore at IKEA.
The Antilop is available in three colours, white, red and blue, and has on all models silver legs and a black safety strap. It looks sturdy and quite modern. The Antilop high chair is stacking and for that reason it's often used in restaurants and baby play centres (around where I live anyway!)
It's so easy to use - the Antilop is not a collapsible high chair (though the legs can easily be removed in an umbrella clicking style fashion) all you need to do is sit baby in and clip the adjustable strap around them for safety. My daughter has been using the chair from about 6 months and is now 18 months and there is plenty of room left for her legs and the seat and legs are sturdy and well made, so I think she'll easily have another year out of it (if she needs it - she's moved on to a booster seat at home). I actually prefer the Antilop to the more expensive wooden versions at £90+.
Cleaning is great for this high chair, as there are no 'clicky bits', just smooth plastic which you can easily wipe down with a baby wipe or cloth. If it got filthy you could always pop it in the shower! The straps aren't removable, but they're woven plastic so clean up well with a damp cloth. I've found this easier to clean than the high chair we used.
I have to give the IKEA Antilop high chair (and tray) 5 stars out of five, it's amazing value, high quality and looks good, too. If you're looking for a second high chair it's perfect - but to be honest if you have the room and aren't bothered about constantly collapsing down your high chair then this is a great primary high chair, too.
Well done IKEA!
Like most parents, my time is precious and I'd much rather spend it playing with my kids than tidying up after them! It is certainly no coincidence that I switched from an all-singing, all-dancing luxurious padded highchair to this basic no-frills model from Ikea, once my youngest son was a year old. The original Chicco highchair was the bane of my life and a real chore to keep hygienically clean whereas this 'Antilop' highchair can be cleaned in seconds, no matter what my little one subjects it to.
Having three children, I was already familiar with this basic style of highchair as it is a very popular choice with many restaurants and cafes. I had decided to replace my padded highchair with this one before I discovered that the chairs cannot actually be ordered from Ikea online, which was a major inconvenience for me as I don't live particularly close to an Ikea store. Luckily, I was able to source a brand new Antilop high chair from good old eBay, although I ended up paying slightly over the £16 I would have paid for the chair (and tray) directly from Ikea. This was still excellent value for money as far as I am concerned, particularly as it saved the time and expense of a seventy mile round trip to get to my nearest Ikea store! I find it strange that this highchair isn't available for home delivery directly from Ikea as there are so few stores dotted across the country.
My highchair was delivered in pieces as it came via the post but assembly was straightforward and I managed to set it up by myself within a couple of minutes. The seat element is made from a single shaped piece of white plastic and each of the four metal legs just needed to be slotted into position at the base of the seat which proved to be very simple. Once in place, the legs are secure with rounded supports at the base of each leg to minimise slipping and the chair feels stable and robust, despite the very low selling price. Crucially for our kitchen, where space is increasingly limited, the chair has a very small footprint and doesn't obstruct the floor or take up any more space than strictly necessary.
The compact size is essential as this style of chair can't be folded up for storage and, despite the ease of assembly, it isn't really a practical option to keep dismantling the seat between each and every use. It can, however, be taken apart for ease of transporting for holidays or longer trips away, as the separate parts are pretty lightweight and easy to slot into a car boot. For everyday use, this highchair is fairly unobtrusive and fits comfortably at the edge of my dining table. The other main benefit for restaurants needing a number of highchairs (and potentially parents of twins) is that these chairs can be stacked on top of each other for ease of storage between uses.
The tray is classed as an 'added extra' but I feel it is an integral part of the highchair. Unlike pricier models, the height of this chair can't be adjusted or adapted at all, so the tray is essential as it's unlikely that this chair will be at the perfect height for every kitchen table. The tray is simple to slot into position at the top of the seat but, somehow, I always manage to struggle to detach it. It generally takes an amount of wriggling and jiggling about before I manage to get the tray off and then it just pops out easily and I always wonder why it took me so long to do! The tray is fairly basic and quite small but I find it to be perfectly proportioned for babies from one year upwards, where they are at the messy stage of independent self-feeding. A smaller tray helps to keep everything within reach of a toddler - apart from the stuff that they choose to throw on the floor, of course!
From a practical parent's perspective, the tray, like the seat, is incredibly easy to clean thoroughly between uses. There are absolutely no ridges, grooves or hollows where dirt and debris tends to hide and congeal. Instead, the smooth plastic surface of both the seat and the tray almost seems to repel dirt and any food or spilled drinks can be wiped away easily, even if it has had the chance to dry on. I rarely experience dried on substances, in all honesty, as it is so quick and easy to wipe this down after each and every use, whether with moist cleaning wipes or with anti-bacterial spray and kitchen towel. Despite the white colour, the Antilop is surprisingly resistant to staining, even when tomato-based sauces have been dropped on the tray. The tray is small enough to allow for it to be removed and washed in my kitchen sink, if necessary, although I rarely feel the need to do that.
From a safety and comfort perspective, I'd recommend this highchair from about nine months upwards, or at the very least for babies that are able to sit unaided for long periods without support, given the rigid style of the seat and the absence of any padding or the ability to recline the back seat at all. There is a rigid pole positioned between baby's legs and a high back to the seat, so even a small baby wouldn't be able to slide out of the seat, but I just don't feel that the design is supportive enough for the very early stages of weaning. (It is possible to buy a separate padded insert but I still feel that a tiny baby would be positioned too far upright for comfort.)
For toddlers, the seat is adequately supportive and the simple, practical design minimises distractions. The major flaw with this highchair is the lack of a decent safety harness or, more specifically, the absence of any 'D' rings or any other means to attach a separate harness to the chair for added security. The simple lap belt that is included is totally ineffectual and doesn't adjust to a position that secures my son into the seat at all. I dare say it may depend on the temperament of the child - my older boys never attempted to climb out of any highchair- but my youngest son quickly learned that he was able to stand up in this chair, meaning that he can't be left unsupervised in this seat for even a matter of seconds. This is a real safety issue for us and could so easily be rectified - I wouldn't mind purchasing the harness separately- that this is a major disappointment.
Overall, I do love this highchair for its simplicity and practicality, not to mention its low price. I would, however, be happy to pay considerably more for this chair with some shoulder straps attached or the means to attach a harness to the chair to ensure a child's safety. I would still recommend this highchair but with considerable reservations about the lack of a decent system to keep toddlers safe and secure at mealtimes.
My partner works shifts and when he is out on the evening we often go to my mom's for tea. But it was a pain constantly logging our high chair up there as it was so chunky. Because of this I decided to buy a cheaper high chair just to keep at my mom's for when we went up.
I had a look around IKEA as most of our house is furnished from there and it is always well priced but more importantly of a good quality.
I found this Antilop high chair and it was around £15, a bargain I thought as many others we're at least £30!
It is made of a white plastic and had four metal legs which attach to the chair with clips, this makes assembling the chair nice and easy. There is also a tray that attaches to it, however my son is now old enough to just push the high chair up to the table, and this high chair is the perfect height for him to eat at the table with us. The chair also has straps to keep you child in the chair and these are handy as they stop my little boy from wriggling and trying to escape from the high chair when he is getting bored!
As the chair is plastic it is handy as it wiped clean nice and easily. This is a great feature as I have a padded one at home and the padding has ended up stained whereas the plastic just doesn't seem to hold onto any and so it always looks as good as new. However as it is just hard plastic with no padding my little boy does get uncomfortable after a while in it. So I think as a chair your going to use every now and again it is great but if you are going to use it every day you maybe better buying a chair which is a bit more comfortable.
It's also a bit inconvenient that it doesn't fold away but it isn't so huge that it takes up a lot of space.
Overall though it is a great high chair and for the price it is a bargain!