Chris picked out our high chair. I generally make all the babe-related decisions but the high chair was up to him and I thought he made a great decision at the time. Both of us agreed that the sleek black leather seat resting on metal legs looked cool and was a perfect fit for our modern New York City apartment. We also loved that you could dismantle the seat and run it through the dishwasher. “Brilliant!” we thought. Bug is a messy, messy kid. We couldn’t wait for it to arrive. We just assumed it would work well. I mean, how can you screw a high chair up? Easily, we later found out.
A high chair with a detachable seat is a great idea — if it works. I tried all last week to detach the seat without any luck. Chris finally pried it loose and ran it through the dishwasher, but for 40 minutes last night he was on his knees with pliers, swearing, because he couldn’t get the seat back in place. At 11:02 p.m. he informed me that he had used my meat thermometer to hold the seat in place since the strap that’s supposed to do the job wouldn’t fit back through the slot. Um, not so fast cowboy. I tried to get that strap into place and sliced my hand with the pliers. As Chris was pouring hydrogen peroxide over my cut, we agreed that a sharp object wasn’t the answer to this problem. We used packing tape instead.
Another issue? The distance between the tray and the back of the seat is so roomy that Mason will probably still fit into this high chair when he’s five years old. Perhaps we’d be grateful for that versatility if he were older but now Mason can twist around (even when belted in) and sometimes pull himself into standing (above). Bug loves standing in his high chair but it terrifies us, which means he can’t be in it without one of us hovering over him the entire time. Not cool, especially if there’s only one of us there when mealtime rolls around.
I’m not going to say which brand of high chair we have. It just wouldn’t be fair. Perhaps we just got a defective one or maybe we’re the only ones who can’t figure it out. But it goes without saying that we need a new high chair, and I’d love your advice on one that could be a more serendipitous match for us. Which kind of high chair do you have? Do you like it? Why?