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Are all those extras necessary on a high chair?



Being broke, young and having our first child, we bought whatever baby products we could actually afford while I was pregnant.  We shopped at thrift stores, yard sales and got stuff as low of cost as we could find.  One fairly necessary thing to get is a high chair.  We could not afford to spend $50-100 on a high chair so we checked yard sales.  My husband picked one up for $5.00.  All it consisted of was a basic plastic frame with a tray.  No seat padding or other feature you typically see on high chairs now.  

We worried my son would be uncomfortable but he was happy and even fell asleep in it a few times.  After our finances turned around some and my son was a little over a year old, we decided to do the Babies R Us trade-in for 25% off of a new high chair.  We were actually little sad to see our son’s first high chair go away.  He celebrated his first birthday in it… we even used it to teach him how to color because crayon was very easy to wipe off of the tray!  We bought a nice new Chicco high chair that folds up, has super cushy padding, straps, an extra removable tray to go on top of the main tray so cleanup is easier and a removable footrest. 

A week or two later, my husband and I thought to ourselves “what did we do?” and felt as though we had gotten rid of a piece of our son’s childhood.  We did not need all of these extra features… heck, we end up leaving the high chair up most of the time so we didn’t even take advantage of the foldability!  Our son did not seem more comfortable – he actually seemed a bit more awkward because of the height of the tray.  We don’t use the extra tray because my son gets fidgety and pries it off.  The only benefit of the new high chair – the strap.  Our son learned how to stand himself up in his old high chair but even that did not require this new high chair – my husband said there was a way to install a strap if we needed.  So this high chair may be a little “prettier” and have more features, but in the end, I honestly miss that old $5 plastic frame high chair.  


The Crayon coloring canvas moms already have at home: the high chair tray

My toddler is 15 months old and starting to get interested in coloring with Crayons.  Unfortunately, when I set down a piece of paper or canvas for him to color on, he thinks it is more fun to rip it up or shake it.  One day after feeding Alex in his high chair, I was trying to let him color and he accidentally marked on the high chair tray.  I always keep baby wipes around while feeding my son because he is quite the mess maker, so I immediately reached over and grabbed one to see if the Crayon would wipe off easily.  To my surprise, the Crayon mark came off with no problem!  I handed my son some Crayons, took away the paper and let him have fun.  Once he was ready to get out of his high chair to run around and play, I used baby wipes and wiped off the marks.  As hard as he pressed and as many lines as he made, I was sure that it would take quite a while to wipe up.  Other than a few spots where there had already been scratches in the tray, it all came off with 3 baby wipes and only took a couple minutes.  

One disadvantage of letting your little one color on the high chair tray rather than a piece of paper is that in order to preserve the artwork you have to take a picture.  Occasionally I buy a poster board or painting canvas for my son to draw on since it is thicker than paper and much easier for a toddler to handle.  As often as he likes to color, that does get expensive.  Having a high chair already, I did not have to spend anything on canvas or paper for my son to color on.  


Experiment a little:

Next to test out will be dry erase markers or washable markers on the high chair tray.  Crayons do not mark on clothing or a child’s skin very easily, so with my son being just 15 months old they are our favorite coloring choice right now.  

Take the high chair outside to your porch or yard for a change of scenery.  My son loves when his high chair is on the front porch and he can watch cars go by.  He can hear the birds and use all sorts of senses all at once!  Once he is a little older, I will point to objects outside and teach him to draw them.  

Create decorations by getting your little one to color all over the surface of a dresser, cabinet, table or other household object and cover it with lacquer or clear coat paint to preserve the art. You’ll have a unique piece that is functional, artistic and a great memory piece!





Review: S1 Aerolite Travel System

Features as listed from the Safety 1st website:



•     Multi-position canopy with airflow mesh panels

•     Ultra-compact, 1-hand fold and stand

•    Child snack tray with cup holder

•    Multi-position recline

•   5 point harness

•   Slide Guard® protection

•   Easy-access basket

•   Parent tray with 2 cup holders and fabric covered storage compartment


Infant Car Seat

  1. Air Protect® side impact technology which reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air.
  2. Base belt lock easily secures your vehicle seat belt during installation
  3. Carry Curve™ Handle features ergonomic design
  4. Customizable insert and low harness slots make the seat ideal for preemies and adjustable for                     growing babies
  5. Extended use from a tiny 4 to a full 35 pounds.
  6. Includes 17% more leg room than most infant car seats



Infant Car Seat accommodates child from 4-35 pounds and up to 32 inches in height.

Stroller accommodates child up to 50 pounds.

Assembled Size: 41.5” H x 25.25” W x 38”

Personal Review:

My little boy was born May 24 so we have gotten a lot of use out of our travel system.

We chose it because we loved the features and as a first time mom, I wanted a travel system that was affordable yet protective for my little boy!

The car seat is cushioned even enough for when my son was a newborn.  It snaps into the car just as easily as it snaps into the stroller.  It comes with a separate car seat base so all you need to do is fasten the base in once, which only takes a few minutes anyways.  Every time you use the car seat in the car, you just snap it in, and snap it right back out when you want to remove it.  It is secure, yet simple and easy to use.    My newborn boy was 7 lbs and the harness was able to secure his little body without hurting him.  As he has grown, the adjustable straps have been a great feature!

The stroller, even while I had a large pregnant belly, folded up with ease and fits inside my car trunk with no problem.  The car seat snaps in and stays in place much better than the other brandsand models I tried in store.  When the car seat is removed from the stroller, the stroller has plenty of space for a toddler. The basket beneath the stroller fits a diaper bag or large purse easily.

The only issue I see so far is the parent canvas storage compartment on the stroller.  The store model had one that would not stay in place, which I imagine could happen after months of use.  Mine has been fine so far but I have been very careful with it.


Image of travel system courtesy of Safety 1st.

This review is in no way sponsored by Safety 1st.

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