Paying $15 For A Highchair Temporarily Made Me Feel Like A Bad Mom

antilopI’ve been going through a cycle of furniture and toy buying for my son, who is now five months old. Once I identify that he needs something, I do a bunch of OCD research and find one really expensive item that I decide to splurge on. Then I wait too long to purchase it and end up either skipping the purchase entirely (hello awesome, modern Glider/nursing chair for $900) or buying a non-child version that works just fine.

This happened with his baby bathtub, where I researched 5 million options that would work in our kitchen sink (because I live in an NYC apartment that has a tub that perfectly doesn’t work for the one usage where we actually would want to have a tub). I finally found the perfect adorable, simple and aesthetically pleasing one, but when I went to Bed Bath And Beyond, the tub ninja, or tub genius or whatever they’re called there, told me it wouldn’t work in my sink. Dejected, I went back to the Google and ended up buying a $12 rubber tub that is made for feeding horses.

Seriously, it is called a Tub Trug  and it arrived in a box that said HorseLoverz on it and my husband made fun of me for a month for washing our baby in a feeding tub.

But, it works! And it cost $12. And I was proud of the purchase.

So when I started looking for highchairs, I did my monthly Google dance, where I search for ALL the items that exist in the world for a situation and looked at that pretty Stokke high chair and tried to figure out if it would fit in my teeny apartment. And then I glanced at Ikea and scoffed in the general direction of their high chairs. HA. What kind of parent buys their kid a deathtrap from Ikea for $25?

Except… a lot of parents do? This mom is super excited about it.

And when I went on Apartment Therapy to see what all the expensive moms were doing about high chairs, all sorts of commenters were talking about how much they LOVE the Antilop chair. Meanwhile, once I mentioned this chair to other moms I know, I got TONS of positive responses about it.
OK, great! I was getting a cheap chair that weirdly even looks like the child’s version of my kitchen chairs.

Except when I went to Ikea, it was on sale, for $15. For a minute, I got nervous that I am actually a bad mom and that the thing would disintegrate once in my home. A friend on Twitter suggested that it is actually made of kindling, hence the price.

If it is intended to be kindling, I’m hoping that because it’s from Ikea, it won’t actually function to start a fire.

Because so far, it’s been amazing. It’s compact and easy to wipe down. And, confusingly given it’s place of origin, it was EASY TO PUT TOGETHER. And take apart. I could stow it away easily if I so wished.

Honestly, this little chair is perhaps the one piece of Ikea equipment that was gifted from the gods.

Oh, and PS: I put my son in the chair last night to try his first solids and he LOVED the thing. He got so excited to sit in it and chomp on food that doesn’t come in a bottle, it was crazy. He loved it so much that my husband got super motivated and made this video about the whole experience.

 

Granted, we’ve owned this chair for two days, which leaves plenty of time for it to collapse with my son inside of it and make me an idiot for writing this post. But for my own sanity, let’s pretend like that’s not going to happen.

I honestly felt like a bad mom for only spending $15 on a chair that my son may be using for the next two years. Buy Buy Baby, you win!

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    • keelhaulrose

      I do everything I can on the cheap, and a lot of my stuff is second (or more) hand (except car seats, that’s my baby splurge). I’ve heard it all about buying someone else’s problems, but I’ve had mostly good luck so far. Cheap isn’t bad, and I’m not fretting about how I’m going to pay off the thousands I spent on my credit card getting the top of the line everything like some moms I’ve met.

    • keelhaulrose

      I do everything I can on the cheap, and a lot of my stuff is second (or more) hand (except car seats, that’s my baby splurge). I’ve heard it all about buying someone else’s problems, but I’ve had mostly good luck so far. Cheap isn’t bad, and I’m not fretting about how I’m going to pay off the thousands I spent on my credit card getting the top of the line everything like some moms I’ve met.

      • Ptownsteveschick

        I am with you. The only thing I spent a lot of money on was her car seats. Everything else was either used handmedown (aka free) or cheap. We got $400 baby’s r us crib and changing table for free because I don’t care if it has teeth marks already on it.
        The baby is going to ruin everything anyway, not matter how well you clean. I swear there are crumbs in places I didn’t know crumbs could reach. Spending a lot of money on something that is going to look disgusting soon anyway isn’t my idea of a good time.

      • Ptownsteveschick

        I am with you. The only thing I spent a lot of money on was her car seats. Everything else was either used handmedown (aka free) or cheap. We got $400 baby’s r us crib and changing table for free because I don’t care if it has teeth marks already on it.
        The baby is going to ruin everything anyway, not matter how well you clean. I swear there are crumbs in places I didn’t know crumbs could reach. Spending a lot of money on something that is going to look disgusting soon anyway isn’t my idea of a good time.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      He is so so beyond flipping adorable

    • Julia Sonenshein

      A star is born.

    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I have this highchair. I used it for two of my kids for a total of four years and no spontaneous combustion, lol!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Best video, ever.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Best video, ever.

    • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

      Best video, ever.

    • that_girl_again

      It’s a great chair! We actually bought an expensive wooden one before our son was old enough to use a high chair…what a waste of money! We ended up going to Ikea and getting the antilop after friends saw us struggling with the wooden one.

      The antilop chair is awesome! It’s portable, easy to wipe down, and tucks him in under the dining room table so he has the same dining experience we do. AND the detachable table is awesome! He plays or eats finger foods while I’m cooking dinner in the kitchen. He can see everything I’m doing on the counter, and I narrate the whole process so I feel like he’s already learning to cook(plus it means he’s not crawling around trying to eat the dog’s food). Also a bonus: last weekend we started letting him use baby cutlery to feed himself spaghetti bolognese….needless to say there was red sauce EVERYWHERE. My husband just lifted the whole chair, with baby, into the shower, showered the whole package off (baby LOVED that), and everything was clean as a whistle! Wiping it down would have taken ages! Much, much love for the antilop! (Also, because it’s so cheap, we bought an extra one as we have so many friends with babies that now when we invite them over for dinner we can all eat together!

    • that_girl_again

      It’s a great chair! We actually bought an expensive wooden one before our son was old enough to use a high chair…what a waste of money! We ended up going to Ikea and getting the antilop after friends saw us struggling with the wooden one.

      The antilop chair is awesome! It’s portable, easy to wipe down, and tucks him in under the dining room table so he has the same dining experience we do. AND the detachable table is awesome! He plays or eats finger foods while I’m cooking dinner in the kitchen. He can see everything I’m doing on the counter, and I narrate the whole process so I feel like he’s already learning to cook(plus it means he’s not crawling around trying to eat the dog’s food). Also a bonus: last weekend we started letting him use baby cutlery to feed himself spaghetti bolognese….needless to say there was red sauce EVERYWHERE. My husband just lifted the whole chair, with baby, into the shower, showered the whole package off (baby LOVED that), and everything was clean as a whistle! Wiping it down would have taken ages! Much, much love for the antilop! (Also, because it’s so cheap, we bought an extra one as we have so many friends with babies that now when we invite them over for dinner we can all eat together!

    • personal

      I bought this chair 6 years ago because a friend had just had a baby and that way she could bring her to our house. I had my first child 4 1/2 years ago and never bought another because the IKEA one was just so awesomely easy to clean, comfortable, easy to take on vacation … perfect! My youngest child is 10 months old and sits in it every meal.
      The best money ever spent. AND, so far at least, it has shown no signs of collapsing!
      Honestly, now I wonder why parents buy those awful things with padding where food particles to get caught …

    • personal

      I bought this chair 6 years ago because a friend had just had a baby and that way she could bring her to our house. I had my first child 4 1/2 years ago and never bought another because the IKEA one was just so awesomely easy to clean, comfortable, easy to take on vacation … perfect! My youngest child is 10 months old and sits in it every meal.
      The best money ever spent. AND, so far at least, it has shown no signs of collapsing!
      Honestly, now I wonder why parents buy those awful things with padding where food particles to get caught …

    • betsybetsy

      oh no, there are so many other things to stress about. please don’t feel guilty about a $15 high chair! i actually bought almost all my kids toys used on ebay last year. and they couldn’t have been happier!

    • betsybetsy

      oh no, there are so many other things to stress about. please don’t feel guilty about a $15 high chair! i actually bought almost all my kids toys used on ebay last year. and they couldn’t have been happier!

    • betsybetsy

      btw: i think i totally know which glider you’re talking about. i was this [] close to buying it on gilt several times and ultimately took a freebie glider from a friend that we never used and ended up passing on to our elderly neighbor.

    • betsybetsy

      btw: i think i totally know which glider you’re talking about. i was this [] close to buying it on gilt several times and ultimately took a freebie glider from a friend that we never used and ended up passing on to our elderly neighbor.

      • keanesian

        Honestly, I spent four weeks thinking we desperately needed a glider. And then I forgot to purchase one and now I have no idea where I expected to put it.

    • Carinn Jade

      We have it in blue, white and red and all over my in-laws houses. It is the best! Best parenting move, ever.

    • Elisianna

      I learned about how awesome this high chair was only after I spent $150 on one at Babies r us. I don’t feel like a good or bad mom because of it, but I feel a bit like an idiot!

    • guest

      You know rice cereal has no nutritional value and has high levels of arsenic?

      • keanesian

        Thanks guest! Maybe I’ll start dipping the high chair in it so my son can reach maximum arsenic levels ASAP.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        You are the best mom ever

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        You are the best mom ever

      • keanesian

        I try!

      • Tinyfaeri

        The arsenic’s where the flavor is!

      • CMJ
      • LiteBrite

        The gif that keeps on giffing. :)

      • LiteBrite

        The gif that keeps on giffing. :)

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        i love this. I’m going to go feed my child some arsenic now, brb!

      • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

        i love this. I’m going to go feed my child some arsenic now, brb!

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        That’s what the pediatrician said to feed the baby, but I’ll surely change my ways now. Thank you internet person!

      • JLH1986

        but it’s FDA approved arsenic. so its totes fine.

    • Paul White

      Goodwill thrift store, 10 bucks, done. And no guilt :p

    • Paul White

      Goodwill thrift store, 10 bucks, done. And no guilt :p

    • G.E. Phillips

      That Ikea highchair is adorable, as is–OMG–your sweet little baby, so applause all around! I’m both frugal and broke, so I buy everything cheap/used. Buy an expensive car seat if you have to, but a high chair is just gonna get covered in goo anyway, so who cares?

    • G.E. Phillips

      That Ikea highchair is adorable, as is–OMG–your sweet little baby, so applause all around! I’m both frugal and broke, so I buy everything cheap/used. Buy an expensive car seat if you have to, but a high chair is just gonna get covered in goo anyway, so who cares?

    • Sybil Keane

      Not only a great mom but a dad who put the greatest music to the video! Max is such a CUTIE!!!

    • Sybil Keane

      Not only a great mom but a dad who put the greatest music to the video! Max is such a CUTIE!!!

    • Kim

      HAHA, we have this one too. To be honest, my daughter also has an ikea crib, an ikea change table, and ikea wardrobe (her room is actually a study, so no in-built wardrobe)…

    • Chrissy

      I’m sorry, I can’t remember anything in the article because he is super freaking adorable.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        We need to do a poll and let people vote on what Max eats next. I vote ice cream!

      • JLH1986

        YES!

    • telepanda

      We love the Stokke chair for 18 months and up. (My 3 year old is still using his and we have no plans to move him off of it any time in the next several years.) Your Antilop will do great until then. If you live in an area with a Craigslist, buy your Stokke chair used. They last forever and there is no question they’re worth $50-100. I don’t think i could ever stomach list price for one, though, and I think the infant contraption is kind of silly. For the early feeding months, hose-compatible is the way to go!

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