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Highchair that attaches to a table.(22 Posts)
I'm starting to think about weaning (sob sob my baby is growing up) and we live in a house with seriously limited space and storage. I was therefore thinking that a high chair that attaches to the table might be my best bet. Like the Phil and teds lobster. like this Most of the ones I've seen will only attach if there is no lip on the table. This is fine for my kitchen but not my dining table. Are there any out there that I've missed that are more adaptable? Or am I going about this completely the wrong way and there is a far better option I haven't thought of? Help wise mnetters!
I have never seen one that can cope with a lip. We also didn't find ours that stable. And useless once they can move around more and might climb out.
TBH, I would make room for a normal high chair if you can. You can get ones that fold. Having a tray means you can serve food onto it before they can have plates.
I'd also go for a folding one.
The lobster looked really flimsy when there was one at a holiday house, and after the first meal, we didn't use it, as it didn't feel safe.
We moved pretty quickly onto a booster seat on the adults chairs - from about 12 months.
We've got the mountain buggy one and love it, don't find it unstable at all, but I don't think it would cope with a lip I'm afraid. I love the fact that DD is actually sitting at the table with us rather than slightly separately in her high chair.
I definitely don't have space for that counting! Although it does look nice and appeals to my minimalistic side!
Interesting that the lobster seems unstable. I'd like to see one in action really, or the mountain buggy one. The table lip thing isn't the end of the world, the kitchen is where DS will eat most of his meals anyway. I was just wondering if I'd missed one that fits both a lipped and non lipped table.
I'd rather avoid a folding chair, we really really don't have the space unfortunately.
Are there any of these chairs that have tables as well to avoid the plate issue I wonder?
I don't entirely get the space thing tbh. The right chair will take a similar space to an adult chair.
We had a tiny space with DD1 and still found a folding chair better.
Oh, or one of those boosters that strap onto the chair?
Ok so to try and explain the space thing... In our kitchen we have a breakfast bar type table but at ordinary table height. It has stools rather than chairs to save on space (these can stack underneath when not in use). So an ordinary high chair would take up floor space.
But, I suppose I could use one of these attaching chairs in the kitchen and then a booster in the dining room. That might work. I hadn't looked at boosters because obviously they don't work on stools and I envisage most of DS's meals to be in the kitchen at the bar/table.
Ah, I see. Yes, you might find you need different things for different rooms.
An Antilop in the dining room (if there is space there) would save pennies? Or a booster seat on an existing chair if space is an issue.
I have to say though, that I thought we'd put the highchair away after each use for the space issue. But the reality is it's a massive pain. You come in carrying the baby and you then have to ptu them somewhere whilst you get the chair out. And whilst you put it away you have to put them somewhere again. Plus, to be able to fully use that bit of floor, you have to have properly wiped up underneath, whereas sometimes you just want to grab the breakfast lumps and head out the door. We found pretty fast that we ended up working round the high chair. Lots of friends found the same. You might be more conscientious, but worth considering.
The mama and papas booster. Only on chair though not stool
Honeybear we don't use a plate yet for DD at 14 months, I bought a wipe clean mat thing from Ikea (they have quite good weaning stuff for babies) and sort of trap it under the clips for the high chair so it doesn't move, and her food goes on that. I love ours and recommend them to everyone over a normal high chair.
That's a good idea gottobe. Love a drop of ikea! Is the chair easy to clean? I've seen aomw reviews that the cover doesn't wash very well.
If I had the attaching chair then I wouldn't need to put it down, I do see what you mean penguins. If anything that encourages me to get such a chair because a permanently up chair would just be in the way. It's not about using the floor space as such, but being able to get easily around the kitchen.
I think I will need something different for the dining room though. I'll look at that booster art.
Have to say the mountain buggy one is a pain to clean. My dad bought the iSafe baby fast fit booster for when we stay at his, and that one has removable covers so they can be easily washed. I would actually recommend that one over the mountain buggy one.
Oh look at the Stokkr highchair also. It simply will replace a chair in dining room and tucks under table so not in the way. It adapts so can use all the way up to adulthood if needed
We always used a bowl or plate and have cutlery from 6 month though. Far easier imo as then just put in dishwasher. Neither tipped them over after a few attempts and us saying no
Could you get a trip trapp or something similar? Because you push it up to the table like a normal chair, they save a lot of space. Easy to clean too. I gave up with plates and trays this time round and just put an oil cloth over the whole table. I just put finger food straight onto that and clean it afterwards.
Hi honeybear we used the P & T until my son was just over two, never had any problems with it, and despite him being a climber, he never climbed out, i loved the fact it was light weight and folded so i could put it in my change bag and take it to cafes, avoiding the manky ones you tend to find. I agree with another poster up thread that cleaning is a pain, so in the end used a two large muslins over it each side which kept worst of the grot off. I also used a wipeable place mat under it, so i new DS was eating off a clean surface. Gracco also do a 'clip on' high chair, which can take you up to three years of age, the down side though are clips are very big and a real pain to clean. Having said that i just used to shove it under the shower once a week to clean it properly.
If you are worried about stability, you can always put a chair underneath it, i'd do that when attaching to an unknown table. Never had had problems or injuries.
Just a warning about booster seats, never have them where your child can push off on the legs of the table, or put on lightweight chair, as its easy to tip the chair backwards....DD soon learnt why swinging on the legs of chairs is not clever!
Sorry that was the p & t lobster, realised post not very clear!
We have this which we use at relatives houses or cafes that don't have highchairs. It folds up extremely small as it doesn't have a booster seat - you would probably want to sit them on something to make them the right height for the table though. It wouldn't work on a stool unfortunately.
I have one of these...
It's great, I have it clipped onto the kitchen counter and it also fits loads of tables. I have fitted it to several tables with lips but there has been the odd one I haven't been able to use it on. The material comes off and can be put in the washing machine which is so handy.
candy you may be onto something there!
Thanks for all comments so far, please keep them coming.
Last December I bought 2 Baby Travel Luxury Safe Booster seats for our daughters twin boys, seemed ideal as they attached to the dining room table, early October the top of the supporting T which secures the little one gave way before I was able to fit the straps and baby fell right through, the fault was easily identified as defective stitching, I emailed Amazon with a picture of the chair, told to contact Baby travel, I phoned the company, shocking lack of customer service, I was told the child's safety was my responsibility and that by this time should have replaced the seat. I most certainly would not recommend this companies product.
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