Before we had kids, I genuinely thought I knew what was best for children. Now (after having three kids) I realise that I didn’t have knowledge, I had ideals. For example, before kids I would flip through the catalogues (sipping coffee, uninterrupted) looking at fancy highchairs with all the bells and whistles and think “yes, my children will look adorable in this padded, upholstered, reclinable highchair … nothing but the best for my future spawn”. Luckily, someone who actually had children pointed out that it is nearly impossible to wipe clean a padded highchair and that we’d be better off getting a simpler style that’s easily washable.
As luck would have it, another friend was getting rid of her old IKEA highchair just as we were in the market for one. As a lover of all things free, I gladly took it off her hands.
This highchair had been around the block a couple of times already – it had endured two children and somewhere along the line my friends had superglued the removable tray in place so that it was now a fixed feature. And I’m telling you now, this is the best highchair ever made. All three of our children have used it over the past 6 years (#3 is currently still using it) and it is still going strong. I love the simple design and how easy it is to clean.
The only thing that I didn’t love about the highchair was that it’s hard plastic feet scratched our wooden floors. For a couple of years I tried using sticky felt furniture feet but as the highchair has rounded feet the sticky pads would just fall off after a little while. In frustration, I scoured the internet for a better solution. And that’s where I found the $2 highchair upgrade.
1. Buy a pack of tennis balls.
3. Squeeze a ball over each foot of the highchair.
This is such an easy way to protect your floors. I’ve been using this method for years now and it’s so great being able to drag the highchair around without worrying about the floors. Does it match my decor? No. Do I care? No.
So there you have it. For those of you who own one of these highchairs – try the $2 tennis ball upgrade. Your floors will thank you.
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