This is the second of three posts outlining my top three highchairs. As I said before, highchairs are a weaning essential, and choosing the right one can make your life a lot easier.
My first great highchair was the Stokke Tripp Trapp. My second takes us to the other end of the price spectrum – the Ikea Antilop.
Number 2: Ikea Antilop
If the Stokke Tripp Trapp was pricey, the Ikea Antilop is cheap. It is currently retailing at US$19.99, over $200 less than the Stokke. If you’re shopping for twins you’re almost $500 better off!
In this case, however, the low price does not mean a shoddy product. The Antilop is sturdy, deep enough to contain a child well, comes with straps, and is a dream to clean. It is so light and easy to assemble that you could easily take it with you on a driving holiday. When Grandma’s imitation Stokke failed miserably, the Ikea Antilop swooped in and picked up the pieces.
Of course, for $19.99 there are going to be some downsides. With a choice of white, red or blue, this isn’t a highchair that is going to blend in with your decor. It’s splayed legs make it sturdy, but also take up a fair amount of floor space. It is not height adjustable, so if it doesn’t happen to match your table height you’ll have to use the tray (a bargain at $5, but means your child cannot sit up at the table with you). Lastly, it is very much a highchair, once your child is no longer a toddler, it’s usefulness will end.
Nevertheless, it is significantly better than many mid-range highchairs on the market, mainly due to the ease of cleaning (no crevices! no cushions!) and its built-in crotch bar. It is a perfect extra to keep at Grandma’s house. It is $20 that will not be wasted.
Part 3 to follow soon!
*I have no connection with Ikea or Stokke.