House of L & G: Ode to Our Ikea Highchair

House of L & G: Ode to Our Ikea Highchair

Maxwell Ryan
May 6, 2005

You cost 14.99 You are stylish You are mine You are plastic We thrash you We eat and play And don't think about it too...

O.K. Enough. I'll stop! But after reading House and Home yesterday and seeing all those coveted highchairs on display, I was proud to be the owner of two Ikea highchairs – the Antilop (spruced up with the Samaskig pillow). This beauty is modern and sleek without the big price tag.

I have been a mother for over 11 months now, and, let me tell you, eating is a big contact sport. Whether it is at the breast, bottle, or highchair, L&G are as active as ant farms and they make a mess. Of course, I am in charge, but they insist on feeding themselves.

Back in the first blush of motherhood, I imagined how beautiful my sons would be sitting majestically in their Svan highchair, ergonomically secure, happily eating whatever I gave them. The chair curtailing the mess.

One part came true; they eat with abandon, rubbing green beans over their new teeth, sucking the juice out of a piece of papaya, and, yes, mashing everything in sight and throwing their food down on the floor. By the end of any meal, their "area" looks like the kitchen floor of a greasy spoon.

If I had two elegant Svan chairs, which I do think are amazing highchairs, or the lyrical Zeus (do you notice how all the names are so suggestive?) – I would have paid over $600.00, and I think I would care if they got trashed.

Though the emphasis in our house is on exploring the sinews of a mango or the seeds of a kiwi and not on the lines of a beautifully made highchair – we did want a highchair that we liked looking at. With the Antilop, I have it.

In my opinion, all the Ikea highchairs look wonderful - much better than the Italian Peg Perego, which looks like it should have a transmission.

The Antilop is also easy to clean. Pop off the tray and scrub it in the sink and wipe down the rest of the chair with a damp cloth – and you're done. It takes about 7 minutes. And, yes, they are comfortable. No complaints of lower back problems yet.

I used to crave the Svan highchair and still think it is ingenious. Is the Antilop the perfect highchair? No, but it works beautifully, and it left us with enough money to buy a wonderful double stroller – that's a whole other topic. LMD

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