Baby’s Dreamchair

First of all, I cannot thank everyone adequately for your words of encouragement yesterday. The emails, messages, phone calls, texts, comments, tweets – everything. I’m surrounded by an incredible group of people and I am grateful for all of you. Things are going to work out just fine in my little world. I see many silver linings to my current situation and am looking forward to what lies ahead!

Okay, now for a bit of a random post… but I know a few future-momma’s read this blog and I feel compelled to share this information.

We’ve made a fairly significant change to a major piece of furniture in our house these days – baby’s highchair.

New is on the left, old is on the right. We’re downsizing.

In all honesty, I registered for this highchair because I liked the color. Give me a break, okay? Highchairs were at the end of the store, after several hours of overanalyzing bottles, diaper genies, and bedding – I was done. I thought, “Meh, I’ll research highchairs later. This one looks good, I can change it later if I want.” The problem was, I never wound up researching highchairs. (There are a lot of things to research, re: babies and highchairs weren’t even close to the top of my list). So, what made this kinda funny – we got this chair twice. Some sweet friends of ours ordered it for us online and had it delivered to our house. Then, some other friends gave it to us as a group gift at one of our showers (apparently, it didn’t get listed as “received” the first time). We returned one and kept the other in the box, unsure if we would keep it too. Until the day suddenly came (out of nowhere) and Kenton was ready for a highchair. So, against my better judgement, we put this puppy together and started using it. Almost immediately, I could tell it wasn’t a good fit.

I’ll spare you the details – but just know that where there are lots of nooks and crannies – there is not a place you want your infant learning to eat solids. Keeping the darn thing clean was next to impossible.

Cue: Ikea and the ‘disposable’ highchair.

While perusing Ikea recently, we noticed this fine specimen: the $25 highchair. (Which caused me to joke about calling it “disposable” – “Ha! It’s so cheap, if I don’t feel like cleaning it, I’ll just buy a new one! HAHAHAHAHAHA!” And then I lost my job. So, that joke’s not funny anymore…).  Anywho, the chair is $20 and the tray is $5. It’s the simplest thing in THE WORLD to keep clean. It takes up no space and we love it.

So, sorry to the fantastic people who bought us the first highchair. But let’s be honest. I don’t think I would have gone for a $25 highchair while still pregnant with my firstborn. But, it has to RECLINE. and a WASHABLE COVER, and a CUTE FABRIC, and a FOOTREST!  Blah-blah-blah. Not one of those things matters in real life. Now I know, now you know. Let’s all have some ice cream.

I know, I know, I’m a terrible mother.  I promise I fed him that before I lost my job when I had no time to research proper infant nutrition. I know better now and will still give him ice cream.

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

5 Responses to Baby’s Dreamchair

  1. Jean Ginn Marvin May 1, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    As a soon to be first time Grandmother I have been pondering this issue. Do I go to Toys-r-Us and buy the top of the line high chair and keep it in my basement for when those little angels come to visit? Do I check out yard sales and buy something used? (really not liking the idea that other children drooled on my little persons tray) But (0nce again) you have given me the perfect solution! IKEA, here I come!

  2. Margarita May 1, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    That’s the same high chair we had with our first – it lasts forever, we gave it to a girl when we were done with it. Now her toddler is too big for it and she gave it to someone else – that’s SIX years of the same highchair, 3 different kids. The best $25 you’ll ever spend.

  3. Heather May 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I love the modern look of the ikea chair, and yay for no nooks and crannies! We have the Boon Flair and we LOVE it. All one piece (no crannies), washable straps, two dishwasher safe tray inserts, one hand tray operation, smallish footprint, and will serve as a toddler seat some day since it is height adjustable. (And it matches our kitchen. Bonus!!) I recommend it in case you want another one for baby #2!

    • The Dreamers May 3, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Great suggestion, Heather! I should have asked you about highchairs. Of course you did some great research!

  4. Carrie May 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Love the chair! We had one for Audrey but had to return it since it didn’t keep her facing one direction … Gave her too much freedom to wiggle :(. But it is super cute!!!!!

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