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If you didn't buy an Antilop high chair, why the hell not?!

(166 Posts)
princelypurpleparrot Fri 31-Aug-12 21:46:36

Obviously this only applies to those who need a high chair!

Other than a Tripp Trapp, I can't see how any other high chair can beat the Antilop in any way. It's dirt cheap, easy to clean, easily stored, and comfy. You can get that little blow up thing to give them support when they are still little, and they last for ages.

Whenever we've been to cafes / restaurants / other homes that have a different style of highchair, my DS's have never looked comfortable.

So, tell me, if you discounted the Antilop, why????????????????


Eskarina Fri 31-Aug-12 21:47:56

Because we were given a nice East Coadt one. Would've bought the ikea one if not grin

They weren't around when I needed one.............

Rubirosa Fri 31-Aug-12 21:49:05

I wanted something that would last a bit longer and look a bit nicer. Got a Red Kite wooden one that is similar in style to a trip trap.

Groovee Fri 31-Aug-12 21:49:30

Because the prima papa suited our needs for ds

MushroomBurger Fri 31-Aug-12 21:50:29

Because I have a Tripp Trapp.

WelshMaenad Fri 31-Aug-12 21:50:48

With you, OP! ours us nearly 2 years old and still looks new. Love love love it!!!

booksandchoc Fri 31-Aug-12 21:50:51

Because I needed something that folded up to fit behind a door. If my kitchen wasn't a tiny box I would have had an antilop.

NurseBernard Fri 31-Aug-12 21:51:20

No idea...

Those HUGE, puffy-seated, primary-coloured, tacky, expensive all-singing, all-dancing (did I mention HUGE?) extravaganzas are horrible.

I got a wooden fold up one from boots because it goes with my table and it looks a helluva lot nicer IMO

The antilope is ugly

ExitStencilist Fri 31-Aug-12 21:52:56

last a bit longer than an antilop? That thing would survive a nuclear winter.

NatashaBee Fri 31-Aug-12 21:53:29

They are great value, but I've seen some that have a harness (over the shoulder) which would have been great for DS when he was smaller, he hated it at first. It would also be nice if there was some sort of pad/ cushion for them to make it a bit more comfortable so he can sit in it for longer while I drink my wine

Because they aren't doing it in white at the moment and the blue one would look terrible in my kitchen!

Really wanted one but can't get one so using a hand me down till ds is a bit less messy than splashing out on a tripptrap.

I am still bitter about this grin

I bought a Bloom Fresco, expensive mistake, went and bought an Antilop a month later.
So may places have them, especially abroad, very suprised (and pleased) to find them in our local restuarant in Turkey.

StormGlass Fri 31-Aug-12 21:55:13

I'd never heard of an antilop high chair before looking at this thread.

That's why we didn't consider buying one.

Iggly Fri 31-Aug-12 21:55:24

I bought a wooden one which was a bastard nightmare to clean so got rid for dc2 and bought the ikea one. It's ok but I trip over the blardy legs and can't get the fecking tray off easily. Great value though.

loveroflife Fri 31-Aug-12 21:55:42

because i couldn't be arsed to drive all the way to ikea for a highchair. besides, i quite like dunking the plastic tray that comes off ours in the washing up bowl and leaving it to dry on draining board, takes all of 5 seconds......

SunAtLast Fri 31-Aug-12 21:55:42

Got Tripp trapp for dc1. Fab but pricy.
Got antilop for dc2. Fab too, easier to clean, but regularly trip up over the sticky outy legs.

Rubirosa Fri 31-Aug-12 21:55:45

Last a bit longer as in, ds wouldn't have outgrown it by 18 months. Antilop is quite small whereas a trip trap style chair can be used as a dining chair til they're big enough to sit on an adult chair.

Iggly Fri 31-Aug-12 21:56:38

Natasha we have a generic highchair cushion insert for ours from kiddicare.

wigglesrock Fri 31-Aug-12 21:56:44

We have the red one, its been brilliant - now being used by my niece grin They are so neat and fit right in at the table.

PicklesThePottyMouthedParrot Fri 31-Aug-12 21:56:54

I have one. The harness won't control my ds though he likes to stand up in it and screech and spit food.

Lambzig Fri 31-Aug-12 21:57:10

Because my sister insisted on buying it as a present. She wanted to buy a Bloom Loft which was way too big, so we eventually compromised on the High-Pod (most irritating product name ever surely?). Not sure I will be using it for DC2. Wish she had bought a Tripp Trapp, but there was a lot of scare mongering about them at the time.

Because we got a Tripp Trapp. Which DS will be using forever. (unconceived) DC2 will also get a Tripp Trapp.

Hopefully Fri 31-Aug-12 21:58:17

Because we bought Tripp trapps, which I love. So pleasing grin

Cannot imagine a sub £100 chair that is better than the antilop, am always stunned by friends' massive high chairs with integral trays/cushions/28-point harnesses/rocket boosters etc.

Rosebud05 Fri 31-Aug-12 21:58:19

Because I wanted one that would fold up.

CouthyMow Fri 31-Aug-12 21:58:48

Because I was given a Graco tearing one for nothing. Though due to the cheapness of the Antilop, it was what I would have bought had I not had a freebie.

Anonymumous Fri 31-Aug-12 21:58:52

Because I have a wonderful fabric seat that screws onto the breakfast bar and can be easily washed in the washing machine after every feed. I would never buy an ordinary high chair ever again!

Olympicnmix Fri 31-Aug-12 21:58:58

Like Iggly, bought a fairly expensive wooden one before I'd heard of Antilopp on MN. It saw through 3 dcs and was very happy to see it go to the charity shop, in very good nick, but still a total bastard to clean.

CouthyMow Fri 31-Aug-12 21:59:24

Tearing = tea time. Bastard Autocorrect.

PicklesThePottyMouthedParrot Fri 31-Aug-12 22:01:07

In thought it was a high chair that cried!


ceeveebee Fri 31-Aug-12 22:01:14

I got a handy sitt for my DTs (well, two of course) as it means they eat at the table, has a five point harness and folds up neatly. I thought would be "handy" for visiting other houses as unlikely to have 2 high chairs. Also can be used on the floor and have done so lots of times in the garden this summer

Iggly I was the same, then I discovered, putting one hand on the seat and wrenching the try upwards with the other worked fine. They can really take some man handling.

WelshMaenad Fri 31-Aug-12 22:03:09

I fail to see how an antilop could be outgrown at 18mo. My 2.5 year old is still using his and has room to spare, we've only just unknotted the harness straps to utilise the full length of them.

BumsyClugger Fri 31-Aug-12 22:03:37

Because I got a pretty much brand new fucking massive Chicco Polly for free and you can't argue with free.

PeazlyPops Fri 31-Aug-12 22:03:47

I wanted one for DS as i've heard good things, but DH was totally against it. I have to agree with him though, they are ugly!

BigHairyFlowers Fri 31-Aug-12 22:04:03

Because the nearest ikea is nearly 200 miles away!

Homebird8 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:04:11

Not available when we were in need so we bought a Tripp trapp. After 2 DSs and endless visiting babes/children, it's now our grownup desk chair which can be easily babysetted if a little one arrives smile

notanotter Fri 31-Aug-12 22:04:18

LOved the brother max scoop!!

ExitStencilist Fri 31-Aug-12 22:04:37

My 3 year old fits comfortably in it. Actually my 5 year old can fit in, though he obviously doesn't use it.
That would have to be some monstrous 18m old that can't fit into it.

I love the Antilop but we eat at the dining table. It would be great if you could get short legs for it.

SillySollySandy Fri 31-Aug-12 22:06:40

It's only cheap if you exclude the cost of the petrol for the 300 mile round trip to the nearest IKEA.

and it's ugly

ExitStencilist Fri 31-Aug-12 22:08:11

do you mean coffee table? confused

honeytea Fri 31-Aug-12 22:08:21

We bought a second hand BLÅMS which is the wodden version of the antilop, it was cheaper than a new antilop but we like the natural wood better as it goes better with our kitchen.

We wil buy a tripp trapp when DC gets old enough to not need the extra support, I don't like the tripp trapp baby option.

TheGOLDCunnyFunt Fri 31-Aug-12 22:08:58

Because my sister gave us her old one. Highchairs are something we never researched when we were looking at baby stuff.

princelypurpleparrot Fri 31-Aug-12 22:10:04

I agree that the Antilop isn't exactly handsome, but neither are some of the other monstrosities around! I'd have loved a Tripp Trapp but we didn't have a dining table when DC1 started weaning so it wouldn't have been much use blush.

Freshletticiaandslugs Fri 31-Aug-12 22:10:15

Because we used DH's family heirloom lovely old oak highchair, which has now gone to my niece and will carry on down the family.

haha, yes, coffee table. Could I saw read as could I get my Dad to saw the legs shorter? Atm DD is in a Bumbo on the floor, but as she outgrows that we will need something.

FIL bought us a big wooden chair/table/highchair majobba but it is the least conmfortable looking awkward high chair ever. Will hopefully be great for DD as a little chair and table when she gets to about 4/5 but naff highchair.

princelypurpleparrot Fri 31-Aug-12 22:11:59

We eat at the table now and the Antilop fits underneath it ok. I also second that they are pretty room chairs so it would have to be one large 18mo to grow out of it!

nannyl Fri 31-Aug-12 22:12:33

because i bought a tripp trapp

TuttoRhino Fri 31-Aug-12 22:13:40

I had a Tripp Trapp and an Antilop but had to stop using the Antilop at 8-9 months as she kept climbing out of it and onto to the table. The harness is quite rubbish at keeping the determined climber penned in.

But I loved how easy it was to clean. She's still using her Tripp Trapp at 3.3. The Antilop lives at Grandma's house.

headfairy Fri 31-Aug-12 22:13:58

Because someone else paid for my Tripp Trapp grin

Bongaloo Fri 31-Aug-12 22:15:00

Weren't the antilops recalled because of babies falling out if them?

StormGlass Fri 31-Aug-12 22:16:04

Spotted this while googling to find out what an antilop was:

Antilop safety alert

Loueytb3 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:18:51

Because we bought 2 Tripp Trapps for DTs. Didn't want the whole of the kitchen taken up with high chairs and they fit under the table so took up no space. Also i wanted them to eat at the table. They are still using them for DTs who are now 5.5 and we now have another Tripp trapp for DS3

honeydragon Fri 31-Aug-12 22:19:28

Because I wanted a Fisher Price Space Saver. Small, height adjustable, suitable for babies from birth so great for dd when she wanted to nosey me being busy. Also sits on any chair.

Vastly superior to any other highchair I've had / used.

DuckSaysQuack Fri 31-Aug-12 22:19:43

Because I want my DC to sit at the table with us, and the Antilop is the wrong height and can't be height adjusted. Also it can't push under the table like a normal chair can so its always in the way.

We have these Fisher Price booster seats. They are the best bit of baby kit I've bought since having babies. Can take them away with us, can use them with or without tray, can put on any chair, has 3 height settings. Love them!

piprabbit Fri 31-Aug-12 22:22:29

I wanted a chair that would recline (sleepy baby after eating) and fold behind the kitchen table.
Mine cost £50. It outlasted DD. It outlasted DS. Then I sold it on Ebay for £25. I think we did OK.

NoComet Fri 31-Aug-12 22:22:57

Because they didn't exist.
Ours was huge, heavy and impossible to clean. We used a folding plastic booster for far longer.

DF brought hers the other day, brilliant device. I didn't realise they came apart so easily. envy

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 31-Aug-12 22:23:23

Because I got a Bloom Nano which does the job. I hadn't even seen the Antilop til my parents bought one for DD blush

griphook Fri 31-Aug-12 22:23:54

I had no idea what one was but if you google it half was down it talks about a recall and children falling out

Meglet Fri 31-Aug-12 22:24:18

Because I didn't realise how good they were until I no longer needed one.

Although I hated our tripp trap (DS was always trying to climb out) and sold it but I loved our polly chicco multi-coloured monstrosity. It was a bugger to clean though.

We wanted and bought a Mama's and Papa's one.

louisianablue2000 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:27:14

We have two Tripp Trapps and an Antilop. But only two childen. The Antilop is the garden highchair, and is taken on holiday since it doesn't take up much more room than a booster once the legs are off.

YANBU, I think there should be a law that all restaurants have antilops.

Noqontrol Fri 31-Aug-12 22:28:26

I got a wooden high chair from mother care, second hand, for £10. It was the best high chair ever. Looked nice, easy to keep clean, and best of all sold it for £10 when I finished with it. Cant ask for more than that. No point spending big bucks on things like high chairs.

TraineeBabyCatcher Fri 31-Aug-12 22:28:53

Because it looks frigging awful.

We had a chicco something or other and then a tripp trapp.

Loueytb3 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:29:04

Ooh - I didn't know you can take the legs
off them. We need a new booster seat for grandparents etc...

1stMrsF Fri 31-Aug-12 22:30:42

The recall was for a particular batch that had a faulty strap - the chairs themselves were safe and Ikea provided new straps for them on request. Besides, even if your child is strapped into whatever chair, you should still never leave them unsupervised, because they are very good at learning new skills in the blink of an eye.

I love my antilops (I had 8 for my DTs, 2 in kitchen, 2 in dining room and 2 at each GPs house - and still spent less than the cost of one of the wooden high chairs that I had planned to buy before I saw the antilop). Also on the subject of space and having two high chairs for twins, they do stack very easily. We now have 'high' chairs from Ikea which were only £30 each so we have the continuing advantage of the tripp trapp too, still at a bargain price!

<gets off one of favourite soap boxes>

BikeRunSki Fri 31-Aug-12 22:32:20

Because we have a breakfast bar rather than a table, and they are not that high.

Got an Antilop for Granny's though.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Fri 31-Aug-12 22:32:58

I have a Tripp trapp.
Intended it for use through many, weaning babies.
Then I had twins! I bought an Antilop 'to tide us over' until I got the 2nd Tripp trapp. Fully, completely was buying another Tripp.

I bought a 2nd antilop! Love that chair. It is the mutts hairy sack grin

We're greedy... my 21mo dd has 4 Antilop chairs and a Tripp Trapp!

The Tripp Trapp is in the kitchen, so we can sit at the table as a family.

One antilope lives in the living room (useful for snacks/painting/messy stuff)
One lives with my Mum, who we see for tea regularly

One lives with her Oma (Grandmother) in Holland
One lives with her Aunt, again in Holland (but the other side of the country)

They are so cheap but practical, that it was silly not to!

5madthings Fri 31-Aug-12 22:33:39

we have tripp trapp chairs for the boys and ds1 who is 13 will be using an adult chair soon, but we needed a high chair for dd but space wise needed one that can fold, the antilop doesnt fold so no good for us, we got a cheapish chicco chair that does the job, is easy to clean etc. dd 20mths will soon be using ds1's old tripp trapp, they are great and if we had the space we would have just got a 5th tripp trapp tho i am a bit miffed at how they have risen in price since we got our first one!

We use a harness for DS in the Tripp Trapp. It was a cheap harness from argos or somewhere. I don't think any less of my Tripp Trapp - Stokke sell harnesses but ours does the job just fine.

hazeyjane Fri 31-Aug-12 22:34:22

We had one, but now ds is 2 and fairly chunky, we struggle to get him in and out of it, and then he starts to fight being in the chair.

Fortunately we had a babydan (bit like a tripptrapp), which we used for the dds, but were going to sell. So we are using that at home, and have bought a second hand handysitt for taking out and about.

HarleenQuinlan Fri 31-Aug-12 22:34:49

We had a booster seat that attached to the dining room chair so DS could sit at the table with us from day 1. Saved money, mess and space!

ceeveebee Fri 31-Aug-12 22:35:11

I just don't like plastic things in the house. We have nice dining table and chairs, why would I put some plastic monstrosity in there?

wherearemyorangesocks Fri 31-Aug-12 22:37:33

I've never heard of an Antilop!

Minshu Fri 31-Aug-12 22:38:33

Because I didn't really know about them on time. Had seen them in the ikea catalogue but couldn't imagine how anything so much cheaper than the alternatives would be better. Oh well...

QuenelleOJersey2012 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:38:57

We had one for DS and it was excellent. It counteracted the crazy money I spent on that god awful Jane carry cot/pushchair.

HOW many times did I trip over those bastard legs though angry

hairytale Fri 31-Aug-12 22:43:13

I didn't buy one. I was given a second hand one. Do I get extra brownie points?

How on earth is a wooden highchair harder to clean than a plastic one? They are both wipe clean.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Fri 31-Aug-12 22:48:05

MrsRhett, it is harder, stuff clings to the wood. It just wipes clean from the plastic.
Not a major imposition for one child but with two its tedious trying to scrub weetabix out of those grooves.

larks35 Fri 31-Aug-12 22:50:32

Because we were given one! Will use it for DD too soon, but I gave the blowup support thingy away, can you buy them separately?

Springforward Fri 31-Aug-12 22:50:44

I would have done if I'd known about them before buying our big Silver Cross one, but I think they're probably not as comfy....

minikimmi Fri 31-Aug-12 22:51:17

Sorry, 5madthings did you just say your 13yo was still in a high chair??!

mawbroon Fri 31-Aug-12 22:52:11

We are done with ours. Anybody want a white Antilop and tray? Edinburgh.

LOVED that it could be shoved in the dishwasher!

princelypurpleparrot Fri 31-Aug-12 22:52:15

The Antilop doesn't have any seems or gaps on the seat so there is nowhere for gunk to get into, which makes it the ultimate in wipe-cleanable loveliness. You can also stick them in the dishwasher if you really want to.

HoopDePoop Fri 31-Aug-12 22:52:17

I love my Antilop.

Along with being a BLWer, it makes me feel lonely amidst my puree loving, pricey high chair buying NCT friends though sad

A tripp trapp is only a high chair for as long as you want it to be. Have you looked them up, Mini?

minikimmi Fri 31-Aug-12 22:54:28

Oh right, I see. Ha, ha. Had an image of a strapping teenager getting strapped into a 5 point harness for his lunch there...

CaliforniaLeaving Fri 31-Aug-12 22:56:31

Because it was a two hour drive to Ikea so i got an all singing all dancing puffy seat monstrosity

Alligatorpie Fri 31-Aug-12 22:59:01

I am thinking about buying one, but I live overseas and we dont have ikea here (yet). How heavy are they and do they pack up small enough to fit in a suitcase? Cheers!

PicklesThePottyMouthedParrot Fri 31-Aug-12 23:00:39

They are unwieldy! That's the downside.

larks35 Fri 31-Aug-12 23:02:27

So do any of you Antilop owners have a blow-up support thingy to sell? <being cheeky> smile

fridakahlo Fri 31-Aug-12 23:03:38

Because I bought a wooden thing that has lasted through both children and can still fit my daughter at the age of six. I've given up on getting out the gunk in the hard to reach places but you cannot tell unless you look really closely.
It's a great chair and I'd do it again, I tell ya!

NarkedRaspberry Fri 31-Aug-12 23:04:17

I was given a hand me down wooden one. Yay [underwhelmed]. It's huge, unfolding and mingy.

I really don't like the tripp trapp. Yes, it's a chair for life, but it's an ugly chair for life.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Fri 31-Aug-12 23:04:56

Larks, unfortunately DS actually bit his blow up thingy and burst it.

I only had one, sorry.

We have one - in the caravan. The harness is crap. Other than that it's fine.

In the house we have the Little Helper Fun Pod High Chair - does more, and as I cook a lot it will be in use for years in it's second form as safety stool, and the seat part becomes a chair. Happy days.

They have the white back in in Germany!

Noqontrol Fri 31-Aug-12 23:06:28

Yeah I ordered a trip trap when dd was little. I absolutely hated it, ugly and not worth the money (imo) So I packed it up quickly and sent it back.

cantspel Fri 31-Aug-12 23:07:44

I have only been to ikea once in my life and did not buy a Antilop high chair.

My high chair was a wooden one from john lewis that converted to a table and chairs for when they got older.
Lasted 5 years and 2 children before it was passed on to the charity shop and is still probably still going strong now over 10 years later.

larks35 Fri 31-Aug-12 23:07:47

Pickles, you could fit them in a large suitcase I reckon. Legs come off and the seat probably could fit in. They are pretty lightweight. link to product.

NarkedRaspberry Fri 31-Aug-12 23:08:36
hazeyjane Fri 31-Aug-12 23:08:39

Ds is going to need to be in a high chair for quite a while yet and I'd rather have a wooden push up to the table one, than the antilop, which takes up more room and looks more 'high chairy'!

Maryz Fri 31-Aug-12 23:09:43

Because ds1 is 18, and Ikea only arrived in Dublin last year.

He would have looked at bit silly, at 17 and 6 foot 2 in an antilop, no matter how good it is.

larks35 Fri 31-Aug-12 23:13:33

thanks raspberry it's weird isn't it, I looked up a link of the Antilop for one poster but didn't think of just looking up for a blow-up support! What can I google for you?

princelypurpleparrot Fri 31-Aug-12 23:14:16

Ha Maryz. I did say in the OP that it was only for people who actually needed a highchair grin

princelypurpleparrot Fri 31-Aug-12 23:15:49

I didn't bother buying the blow-up cushion, I just put one of my own cushions in a carrier bag and shoved that behind the DC's till they no longer needed it as I'm a cheapskate

pictish Fri 31-Aug-12 23:16:57

YY the Antilop rules supreme and I never parted witgh cash for anything else. I had two spanning ten years and three kids.
Does everything you want a high chair to for small pennies. Loved it. grin

1stMrsF Fri 31-Aug-12 23:18:04

The East Coast highchair inserts also fit Antilop very well if your baby is on the small side when you first get one and you don't fancy the blow up one (which I understand does burst quite commonly)

neverputasockinatoaster Fri 31-Aug-12 23:18:33

Because I hadn't heard of them when DS came along and when DD came along I needed something that wouldn't take up space when it wasn't in use.

DS had a plastic monstrosity that strapped on to the dining room chair. I wanted a Tripp Trapp but my SD insisted he could make one just like it. Needless to say it was crap but my mum would have been heart broken if I had then got a Tripp Trapp so I got a plastic one from Argos instead and used the crap one when they were around.
DD had the Handysitt as I liked having DS at the table but preferred the look of the Handysitt. Luckily I didn't tell mum about ti so it couldn't be made for me...
< pushes memories of the clothes rail 'just like the one in Jojomamanbebe only cheaper' and the 'lovely little chair and table just like the ones you wanted but so much less' out of mind >

meala Fri 31-Aug-12 23:23:37

I had a baby dan high chir [ here]]. It is like tripp trapp but nicer IMO as it has more curved lines and no harsh edges and not as pricey.

I loved it for DC and love it now, I always use it when I'm doing fiddly crafts.

meala Fri 31-Aug-12 23:24:55

I had a baby dan high chair (here). It is like tripp trapp but nicer IMO as it has more curved lines and no harsh edges and not as pricey.

I loved it for DC and love it now, I always use it when I'm doing fiddly crafts.

Alligatorpie Fri 31-Aug-12 23:40:06

Thanks larks, I saw the link, but it didn't cover weight ir dimensions. I do gave a very large suitcase, so it may work.

justbogoffnow Sat 01-Sep-12 00:03:22

My sister gave me the mamas and papas high chair I'd bought for my nephew 6 years earlier.

because we bought the cosatto aurora high chair as dd is called aurora, it just had to be done! That wasnt the only reason mind you.

fuckwittery Sat 01-Sep-12 00:30:49

Yes, its a minimum 2 hour round trip to Ikea which really bloody annoys me because I live in HERTFORDSHIRE, i.e. 30 minutes from London, so why why why is there no closer IKEA. There are four which I could go to, taking an hour to each.

fuckwittery Sat 01-Sep-12 00:32:26

And no home delivery of the Antilop or not 4 years ago anyway

Athendof Sat 01-Sep-12 00:34:34

Mine has gone through three babies in 3 different houses, it's still as good as new despite being almost 10 years old.

What I liked the most was how easy it was to clean, no fiddly bits, no nonsense. Even given it a good wash in the sink was possible (not that it ever was needed as it was so easy to wipe clean)

And it was soooooo stupidly cheap too!

Athendof Sat 01-Sep-12 00:35:56

Never had problems removing the only need to lift it from the front...

TooManyDaisies Sat 01-Sep-12 05:38:51

Sorry to go off at a tangent, but my 10mo can climb out of his Tripp trapp. Anyone got any suggestions? I've lowered the leg rest bit but he can still get his feet up to his bottom and wiggle himself up and out onto the table. Wedging him in with things doesn't work sad

BleepingSooty Sat 01-Sep-12 07:00:44

Because I have very active twins and the harness didn't seem like it would keep them in. Didn't want one escaping while I was strapping the other one in. We tried them out in the Ikea restaurant and they kept almost tipping over. Had to eat with one hand holding the high chair the whole time. They just do t seem very safe.

toomany we use a harness. Like the one you get with reins. We also use it in the supermarket if the trolley doesn't have a strap.

Ikea is a round trip of nearly 7 hours here.And delivery costs £75. So the Tripp trapp wasn't that expensive really!

PurpleAndPoppyWearer Sat 01-Sep-12 07:09:19

Because of the no-home-delivery thing. Driving an hour to the nearest Ikea with a small baby wasn't happening, and was a false economy anyway.

And I got a Tripp Trapp for a bargain price on eBay local to me which I later sold for a profit.

MrsKeithRichards Sat 01-Sep-12 07:14:41

My god I got half way through the thread and was thinking what on earth is this amazing product.

Went to google and seen it.

It's vile.

pigletmania Sat 01-Sep-12 07:16:16

Because we used one from we had saved from dd, and it does not look very nice

DontmindifIdo Sat 01-Sep-12 07:25:25

Because we bought a wooden chair so ds can eat at the table with us.

Because ikea trips usually are crisis points in our marriage, dh hates ikea with a passion and it takes a lot to make me drive all the way there (different county)

blackteaplease Sat 01-Sep-12 07:28:39

Because ike a hours drive away and we had mothecare vouchers so got a wooden one from there.

Northernlurkerisonholiday Sat 01-Sep-12 07:31:23

My 5 yr old dd still uses our antilop. It's the right height for her at the dining room table and she loves it. It still looks like new. I agree it would survive anything.

Having seen the video of the tripp trapp falling over on youtube I wouldn't have that in the house.

Bellyjaby Sat 01-Sep-12 07:34:42

We were given a beautiful old style wooden one. But when we started looking at travel ones we picked an antilop up. And when dd started feeding herself the large tray was great. Poor beautiful wooden one sits in a corner now looking sad!

LucyBorgia Sat 01-Sep-12 07:44:16

Little helper fun pod high chair here as well. We have loved it because it's so versatile. Heavy though.... Dds cook with me all the time in the stand, little high chair brilliant for eating in the living Room at same level as everyone else ( so I hear.....terrible habit...blush ) and I think it looks good with the rest of my furniture. No denying the affordable brilliance of the antilop though. I was a very excited first time mummy seduced by shiny things and budget came quite low on my list at the time.

vvviola Sat 01-Sep-12 07:48:17

We were lent a chair for DD1 which was fine. Then we moved country, had to give the old chair back & needed a temporary chair (and a lot of other stuff!). Did an ikea run & picked up the antilop. Only bought the Tripp trapp when DD needed something she could get up & down on herself.

We're using the antilop for DD2. We spotted an incredible sale on the fancy highchairs, but realised we didn't need anything other than the antilop.

New (imported as there is no ikea here) they sell for about $70. I reckon second hand we'll nearly make back what we spent on it grin

findingellywelly Sat 01-Sep-12 07:57:48

I bought one, but my DD climbed out of it (she had the strap on) and had quite a nasty cut on her head! I had to buy a different one.

BeehavingBaby Sat 01-Sep-12 08:02:56

I perceived mine to grow out of the Antilop at around 18mths - they were all heavy and the action to 'thread' them in to the chair was very hard on my back. I always say to people to use an antilop for the first year of eating and then get nicer junior chairs once kids are a little less messy smile.

EdMcDunnough Sat 01-Sep-12 08:04:39

Our Ikea is also miles away, but anyway I didn't really like the look of the Antilop - it looks like the legs might fall out? I'm sure that's not the case but it looked like it from the website. So that put me off.

Also I really liked our Kuster one, not so sure now I have it, it's very slippery and the cushion is rubbish. So I have a Polly as well, but really only for the low setting so I can put the baby in it as a sort of activity chair thing, and it reclines which I really like.

Thought about a Tripp Trapp but cannot justify it. Oh and we have an old wooden one too, which is really nice. We have high chair overload and we don't even eat at the table blush

I love mine and DS has been using it since 6 months. He's only just (at 19 months) shown any inclination to stand up in it. So we have the lap belt on nice and tight. It stops him smile

PeppermintCreams Sat 01-Sep-12 08:08:08

Because we were given a brand new Mothercare monstrosity. sad I wanted an Antilop or a Tripp Trapp, but you can't argue when something is free.

soverylucky Sat 01-Sep-12 08:14:30

Can't remember what it was called but ours folded totally flat when not in use so was great for our small kitchen. That ikea one would take up to much room when not in use.

EBDTeacher Sat 01-Sep-12 08:14:44

Silvercross doodle here. So, so versatile.

It can be used either as a 'pull up to the table' or a stand alone high chair. It can be a low chair that you can 'trap' them in using the tray or the low chair can be pulled up to the toddler table for either eating or doing activities.

I love it. Easy to clean and transport too.

Rubirosa Sat 01-Sep-12 08:14:47

The cheap (£40?) trip trap type one we have has four legs on the floor rather than the Z shape of the real Trip Trap so tipping doesn't seem to be an issue. Used the harness that came with it til about 16 months, and then ds could climb up and down to it pretty much on his own grin

Whenever I have used antilop's in a cafe they have been fine, but tricky to get him in and out of without catching his legs.

PicklesThePottyMouthedParrot Sat 01-Sep-12 09:15:15

Your lucky oo my ds is 18 months and he has been laughing in the face of that belt for over a year!

Quite amusing to watch him bust out but a total pita!

COCKadoodledooo Sat 01-Sep-12 10:34:10

Because ds wouldn't actually be able to sit to our table as his legs wouldn't go underneath. A table bought from Ikea, ironically. And honestly I don't remember seeing them when we needed to buy a high chair for ds1 over 8 years ago. We have a tripp trapp.

MrsFruitcake Sat 01-Sep-12 10:42:45

Because it is so ugly and cheap looking.

Had a Chicco HappySnack for DS, which had a recline and removable, washable covers.

differentnameforthis Sat 01-Sep-12 10:50:08

This Even tho dds are 9 & 4 (so the recall wasn't an issue when they were babies) the Antilop never really looked secure enough to me.

And the fact that they are ugly & aren't easily stored. We needed something that folded away.

Because I would rather shag John Prescott then go into/buy Ikea ever again.
I also hate massive bits of baby plastic tat.

We've got a booster seat thing that attaches to a dining chair.

pictish Sat 01-Sep-12 10:54:16

It's not ugly. It's totally ignorable.
Those big padded, over stuffed, Mamas and Papas type high chairs that dominate the kitchen are ugly.

pigletmania Sat 01-Sep-12 11:08:20

How the heck can a 5 year old fit into an Antilope, it would not be safe and surely their knees are up to their face. At that age they should be abl to sit at the table on a normal chair

ExitStencilist Sat 01-Sep-12 11:10:23

You might want to read the whole sentence piglet. : "Actually my 5 year old can fit in, though he obviously doesn't use it. "

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 01-Sep-12 11:13:10

Whoever was worried about the legs falling off, they click into place.

To get the tray off pull the back (baby side) of the tray up, rather than the front.

and there is no way they can tip,the legs are really far apart making it really really stable,though you do stub your toe on them all of the time.

yes it is ugly,but it goes in the dishwasher!

pigletmania Sat 01-Sep-12 11:13:47

Oh right Exit. My dd5 is tall so could not really, ad as he is ASD would start rocking it tipping t over. No they are not fr me, op they are not everyone's taste, even though you love them

SamuelWestsMistress Sat 01-Sep-12 11:24:40

Ha! I had no idea it was called this and was about to say that I got the best seat ever from Ikea for about £12.

They are great. I've passes mine on now to my best chum. She finds it equally as great!

IneedAgoldenNickname Sat 01-Sep-12 11:53:16

I didn't buy one because I was given a mamas and papas one for free. Plus I needed something that folded up as my house was tiny. And the mamas and papas is height adjustable, and reclines etc etc which was what I wanted.

Id love a tripp trapp as ds 2 (5.10) still can't reach the table properly from a normal chair, and he looks silly in the high chair, but sadly I can't afford one :-(

That said if I ever have another baby id be tempted by the chicco Polly as I love it!

lljkk Sat 01-Sep-12 12:24:00

* Never heard of it

* They seem to only be sold in IKEA; I have never set food in a branch of IKEA; I think the nearest one is 1.5 hrs drive away.

* Still dearer than £8 h/chair 2nd hand off of Ebay.

I might have liked one if it turned up locally in a charity shop.

My friends used their TripTrapp as a spare adult chair at table when people visited. I have sat in it comfortably. Can adult do that with an Antilop?

I wouldn't have bought one, back when we needed a highchair, because I needed one that would fold up - we'd have been tripping over the Antilop every time we moved. But it would have been far easier to keep clean than the mothercare one we ended up with. I have such happy (?) memories of gouging hardened weetabix out of the many and varied crevices on that high chair.

hawaiiWave Sat 01-Sep-12 13:25:03

I bought a cossatto noodle as it seemed more comfortable and has lots of height/angle etc options. Not keen on Ikea tbh.

hawaiiWave Sat 01-Sep-12 13:25:34

Ps very happy with the noodle smile

saltnpepashere Sat 01-Sep-12 13:49:24

grin at people discussing the ugliness of a highchair! Surely with a small child your house is full of loads of platic tat anyway. Personally I think they look a lot more funky that those standard cushioned highchairs.

Was just looking at the the Tripp Trapp website. Do you have to buy all the extras (like the Baby Set etc), separately in addition to the price of the chair? Also, does it come with a tray?

ceeveebee Sat 01-Sep-12 14:00:28

There is no plastic tat in my house once DCs in bed. Toys all go away each night. Antilop can't be put away.

I like beautiful things so no reason to ruin the view just because we now have DCs!

The Tripp trapp does not have a tray - whole point is to join everyone at the table. But you can buy a tray on amazon if you want one.

saltnpepashere Sat 01-Sep-12 15:07:47

Actually you could easily dismantle an Antilop (and store it as it doesnt take up much room at all once taken apart) in less time than it takes to put a load of toys away, but like every thing else, each to their own!

Can you tell I love our Antilop? smile

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 01-Sep-12 15:31:51

AIBU to move this to 'Highchairs and baby seats'?

(Don't answer that)

The new Tripp trapps don't tip. In the videos on YouTube the children are using an older version of the chair.

You have to pay extra for the babyset. That's the only extra bit I'd recommend - you can use any harness with it and the bit for really little babies is pointless. The cushions for the babyset are also not a hood idea - they are not required, and they make the chair more difficult to clean.

louisianablue2000 Mon 03-Sep-12 00:52:05

Agree, only the babyset is a necessary addition to the TT, although we also bought the straps they weren't used much and the cushion is a complete waste of money. But we have two TTs and only one babyset since DD1 didn't need it by the time DD2 did. And we have an 18 month age gap. Considering buying a third TT since DD1 doesn't want to give up 'her' chair to the baby.

Shocked at everyone thinking an Antilop or a TT is ugly in a world where the Chicco Polly exists. Ugly, plastic, expensive and with a recline option?????? Why would you want your child to recline when they are eating?

EdMcDunnough Mon 03-Sep-12 07:09:55

I have got a spare (older version) babyset for the Tripp Trapp, having never had the actual chair it is still in its box.

I know the Polly is large and probably quite ugly, but I do hope no one would be daft enough to feed a child while reclining hmm.

I like the recline function because as I said, I like to use the chair as just that - a chair - it is secure as it has a harness, it's big enough for the child to be well padded and comfortable in, and it has the low setting so you can put it next to the sofa and sit down with them to play, or talk, or whatever at eye level.

And then if they get sleepy you can lower the back, and leave them there to rest.
It's like having a bouncy chair but a bit stronger, bigger and more functional, with a play tray attached.

I do think it will get a lot more use than our slimline, minimalist and rather beautiful Kuster tbh.

EdMcDunnough Mon 03-Sep-12 07:12:19

Oh and it was definitely cheaper than the TT - or I'd have bought a TT! smile

I got ours brand new for £77 I think - ebay seller but still. Or was it somewhere online where they had some old designs in the sale. I can't remember now.

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