I'd love some input from those experienced moms out there who know a thing or two about what makes a really good high chair! Any recommendations on a model that you really love? I have one in mind but since it's a pretty expensive purchase, I want to make sure I choose well and don't end up disappointed.
High Chair Recommendations
This is going to somewhat depend on your table and household set-up. We don't have a table, we eat at an elevated bar, so we use the Phil and Ted's Metro clip-on seat. My 2.5yo still uses this seat and we absolutely love it! I prefer to have the baby with me at the table, rather than in their own seat with a tray.
PIC OF MY DD1 AT 5MO SITTING IN THE CHAIR
I have also used the Ikea Antilop, which is very sturdy, affordable and functional. It's also easy to push up to a table and you can take the legs off for easy storage.
I prefer either a clip on like Abra has, or a booster style with tray. I would recommend skipping the full size high chair style- Waste Of Space. Ability to recline, remove the tray, and to do both of those functions one handed is what you need :-) I'd recommend NOT cloth so it's easier to clean. Simple is better in that regard, or else you'll be chiseling bits of food out of all the little crevices and what not.
I have yet to find one without a million nooks and crannies for them to jam food in that you can't reach to clean. Right now we have a Fisher Price booster-style that attaches to a regular chair. It's supposed to function as abooster, too, but i hate it. This morning DS1 tipped the entirechair over while in it and just now he got stuck trying to get down. We need a real booster, and I need to figure somthing out for Jack when he's bigger. We're about to move, so I'm going to deal with it then. Having had both, though, I definitely prefer one that pulls right up to the table. Baby feels important and included, and the tray is a PITA anyway.
I bought the highly rated Graco high chair with dd and it sucked. It's huge, the tray is huge, it was a pain to clean, etc., etc. So with ds1 we just got a booster seat with clip on tray. It straps onto a regular chair so baby is at table height and you can choose to use the tray or not. It's pretty easy to clean by simply taking it outside and spraying it down periodically. Otherwise I vacuum it out and wipe it down with a rag whenever it gets disgusting enough. You can also take it with you pretty easily when you're going to eat somewhere else. When they get older you can take the back off of it and use it like a typical booster until they are old enough to reach the table in a normal chair.
I have a couple friends with the Ikea white plastic high chair and they like it. I've heard tell of even taking it into the shower so baby can sit in there with you. The wooden Ikea chair is nice, too, when they get a older.
I had been looking at this Chicco Polly High Chair - Cubes design (vinyl - for easy cleaning) http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=10803017&prodFindSrc=search but now I'm liking some of your other ideas much better! Especially price-wise. The Chicco chair would take up so much space and reviews say it's a PITA to clean. I liked that it has so many height adjustments, though, and is on wheels... but we could do without. I like the Phil & Ted's clip-on seat but I don't think either of our tables will allow for a clip-on. They'd make me nervous. I think I'm going to post our dining table on Craigslist to see if someone wants to buy it so we can get a new, more child-friendly wooden one. It's a gorgeous glass-top table but it just makes me nervous with a baby now. The glass is so thin, I don't think a clip-on would work...?
Our other table (in the kitchen) is a square bar-type table with high stools with no backs, so that won't work for anything.
The Fisher Price space-saver might be good. I really like the IKEA one, too. Talk about cheap! I wish the closest IKEA wasn't down in Illinois.
Thanks for the ideas, and keep them coming if you think of anything else!
I agree, that's an awesome table, but not only is it slightly dangerous (we have a glass coffee table and it's really strong, so I dunno), but it will be COVERED in slimy finger prints and probably always look icky once you have a toddler. Our coffee table is always covered in finger prints, which I'm not a fan of.
Joanie... that was the one I had... not Graco. It was not worth it- even bought for $20 used!