Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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I Hate My High Chair

At least someone likes the high chair.

I am really tempted to take advantage of “The Great Trade-in” that Babies R Us is offering right now.  I hate almost everything about the high chair that I have and want a new one so badly.  Despite this great opportunity, I can’t justify spending money on yet another baby item when I already have one that has only been used by one other child.

Here is what I want in a high chair (the one I have was a gift, but I probably would’ve picked it myself since I didn’t know any better at the time):

1.  Washable seat cover.  Yes, it sounds like a no-brainer, but my high chair’s cloth seat cover cannot be machine washed.  It’s made of absorbent fabric yet can only be spot-cleaned.  It’s disgusting, to say the least.

2.  Minimal nooks and crannies.  My high chair is strong and sturdy, but has too many surfaces that I can’t reach to clean.  The arm rests and other hinges are just impossible to get to.  Instead of a quick wipe-down after each meal, I have to spend more time than I would like cleaning the high chair and all it’s parts.

3.  Bigger is not always better.  At first I loved it’s size, especially the extra large tray.  Now, I loath it and want a smaller chair.  The high chair is cumbersome and bulky.  No baby needs the size tray that this chair offers.  No wonder why there’s such a problem with obesity in America today; it starts with our babies and the size of their high chair trays.

If I do succumb and cash-in on the trade-in event at Babies R Us, what high chair do you recommend?  What do you look for in a high chair?

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4 Comments on “I Hate My High Chair”

  • Mamta Singh February 18th, 2011 2:05 pm

    What is the trade in event you speak of? I’ve not heard of it but also hate my high chair! Saioa doesn’t think highly of it either. I’m thinking about a booster seat to save room but haven’t gotten one for the sake of good budgeting. Bah! =)

  • Sadie February 19th, 2011 11:39 pm

    Sarah,
    Sorry for the late comment, but I LOVE my Fisher Price Space Saver highchairs. The covers vinyl-like so they can be wiped down (and they say they are not machine washable, but I still through them in occasionally on the delicate cycle). They sit in a regular kitchen chair so I don’t have three extra chairs in my dining room. I think it would definitely be worth the trade in b/c I think you’ll get more use out of it since it converts to a booster seat for toddlers.

  • Sarah Boyle February 20th, 2011 8:35 pm

    Babies R Us is offering a “Trade-In” event where you can bring in a used baby item and receive 25% off of a new item. The offer ends tomorrow, Feb. 21, so hurry in!!

  • Sarah Boyle February 20th, 2011 8:37 pm

    Sadie,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I like the idea of having the highchair sit on a regular chair. I can’t stand the extra space a huge highchair takes up around the dining area.

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