Shopping for baby gear can be overwhelming. Everywhere you turn there is another baby blog gushing about the latest “Top 10 Must Haves for Baby”. Before you know it you are swirling down a black hole of consumerism, trying to talk yourself down from buying that $200 high chair.
Whenever I’m purchasing something I love, love, love to do my research. I’m always looking for that balance of cost & quality. How much should I reasonably spend on a good high chair?
Bells & Whistles vs. The Ikea Bargain Buy
With ours I didn’t need to choose as we were gifted a pretty nice one, the Chicco Polly Magic. It wasn’t until recently when I purchased the Ikea Antilop for my mother-in-laws home that I got to do a first hand comparison. At the time of this post, my current chair the Chicco Polly Magic (sold for $159.99), and the Ikea Antilop chair (sold for $19.99).
I’ve seen the Ikea Antilop high chair pop up frequently in my news feed with moms wondering at the quality of such an inexpensive chair. Here was my experience.
1. Doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy.
One concern I’ve seen brought up is that it looks flimsy. This wasn’t the case at all for us. It was very sturdy and held up well especially considering I bought it used.
2. Simple and unintrusive.
If you are looking for something more subtle and small that blends in with your kitchen, this is a good pick. It’s not nearly as clunky as my Chicco and is easy to move out of the way. The legs disassemble for travel and storage.
3. Easy, easy, easy to clean.
This was my favorite feature. With this chair there are fewer creases and crevices for food to get lost in and cleanup is a breeze.
What I Like Better About My Expensive Chair
Infant inserts and a chest strap. These were useful when we were just starting solids at around six months. After my son was about eight months old however, we no longer needed them. The tray on the Ikea Antilop can also be a bit clumsy to remove. My Chicco has a clip on topper to the tray that comes right off, which I love.
Would I Spend $160 For My Current High Chair?
No Way. In my opinion, you could find a great quality chair with infant inserts and an easy to remove tray for around $70 if you wanted to buy new (less if used). If you are looking for something with just a few more bells and whistles than the Ikea chair, this is my favorite pick:
Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair: http://amzn.to/2cYxNY3
This has two trays that separate, the cover is machine washable (hallelujah!), it reclines, and separates into a booster and high chair. Great for play dates.
The Bottom Line.
Would I spend $20 for the Ikea Antilop chair?
Yes. Even if you had to purchase the insert separately (at the time of this post, sold for $5.99) for the Antilop high chair, it is still such a great buy for so little cash. If you are a mom who is on a tight budget and want something easy to clean this is a great little chair. Hope this helps!
Have a beautiful day everyone!