This highchair may be a bestseller, but it wasn't the right chair for us. It is designed to be sleek, foldable, and very sturdy. You would think those features would be fantastic but they actually created problems. First, the sleekness: it is covered in a plastic sleeve that looks easy to wipe down, but it is not compatible with wet wipes. You have to clean it with soap and water, which is quite a nuisance. It also has lots of cracks and crevices where food can get stuck and decompose. My baby's thighs have more than enough of those, thank you very much. Next: the foldability. We never did fold the thing. Where were we supposed to store it? And then to put it back together every time we wanted to feed our son? Oh, and I am supposed to do all this one handed? And lastly: the sturdiness. This sturdiness is bought by having extremely wide legs. So an earthquake can't topple this thing, but it takes up half the floor space in the kitchen and it's impossible to avoid stubbing your toes on it!
So off to Albee Baby I went (props to the gentleman who helped me) along with my husband's credit card (props to my hubby for the gift that keeps on giving). I returned home with a walnut Tripp Trapp in a box and mentally prepared myself for the challenge of putting it together.
There were two things that surprised me right away. Only eight screws! After so many years of piecing together Ikea furniture jigsaw puzzles, eight screws seemed like a gift from heaven. Not only that, the instructions were intelligible! There were actual phrases and they weren't Chinese transliterations! I had the chair set up in 10 minutes.
It hasn't been long, but Aiven, dad, and I have fallen in love with the new chair! He can sit right at the table with us and he seems very comfortable. It is also a breeze to clean. It is wood, so we just wet wipe it down. Now, whether it lasts until Aiven moves out of the house has yet to be determined...