They say, once you have a child, you see things in a different way.
They are right. Long gone is the time when going out for dinner was a matter of picking the cutest, quaintest restaurant, with the most delicious food. With our now 18-month-old in tow, top priorities are lack of perils (stairs, fountains, candles) and comfort (a booth will nicely “trap” the kid for a while, or a comfortable high chair will do).
Most restaurants and public venues have this type of high chair:
Simple, functional, and arguably comfortable, this common chair meets the industry standards, satisfies the basic requirements, and will do the job. But… can something better be done? For example, what about maintenance and cleanliness of the chair?
There comes the Rubbermaid high chair. Its Microban® antimicrobial protection helps prevent the growth of stain and odor causing bacteria. Thumbs up for this heavy-duty, durable molded plastic chair (also guaranteed not to chip, dent, or rust).
Ah, there’s one more benefit, it stores pretty easily:
Back to the Standard high chair, and on to another issue, can something be done about that hard, uncomfortable seat? And perhaps, the rough crotch strap?
The Monte Design Group and I are definitely on the same page, check this out:
Design wise, the Tavo high chair is most definitely a step up product. The upholstered seat comes in white, black or brown bonded leather. Once in, the child is safely secured by means of the permanent T-bar.
Here’s another stylish version of the chair, white leather and espresso finish:
Being an integral part of the design of a restaurant, high chairs demand the same attention as dining chairs would. Color-wise, a wide selection comes from the Designer high chair by Koala Kare:
When space is what matters the most, how about the Baby Bjorn high chair, foldable to just 10 inches for easy storage:
Thumbs – and the whole hand – definitely up for the Minui HandySitt, a portable high chair that can be strapped onto almost any size chair, or placed onto its own base. It is said to be found in most Starbucks an TGI Fridays in the United Kingdom.
Hey, wait, what is this?
It’s the Maartje Steenkamp high chair manufactured by Droog. This white birch “companion through childhood” is provided with notches on the legs, where they should be sawn to adjust the height. It is not a joke, in fact, when purchased, the chair comes with a handsaw and sandpaper.
And if you think you’ve seen it all, check out the Blekiz Feedaway:
…a cardboard portable high chair to be used for temporary situations, while travelling or just for fun. Made from recycled cardboard, the chair is provided with 3 point safety harness and comes with its own recycled cardboard carry box strong enough to withstand the rigors of travel by car, train or airplane. Too good to be true? Witness with your own eyes…