cheap thrifty - sometimes to a fault. We have a budget for almost everything, and we very rarely veer outside of it. Sometimes though, if it's an item that I know we are going to have for a long time I will research, research, research and spend the money to get a quality item. I scour the internet for reviews, we usually go to more than one store, and we think about it for quite a while before we splurge. We also make sure we always have the cash to buy it - I won't splurge if we don't have the money in our account already. And of course, it has to look awesome.
So what did we splurge on you ask? Well, let me start with the back story....
Back when I was pregnant we went to Toys R Us and scanned about a bizzillion things for our baby registry. When it came to a high chair though I really couldn't decide. They all just seemed so blah and kiddish. I know, that sounds ridiculous since obviously we were having a kid. I do try hard though to have Fin's stuff fit in with our style as much as possible. Her room is decorated for her, but the furniture still fits our style and doesn't look out of place with the rest of our house. I also really have a thing about everyone eating at the kitchen table. We eat dinner together every night that we can (except when Fin has a meltdown and I have to finish eating in the bathroom while she has a bath.....please tell me I am not the first mother to do this...). I wanted to be able to have Fin at the table with us, not in a high chair that was off to the side.
So after much debate I chose a travel type chair that would clip onto our table. We received it as a gift and I was super excited for her to try it out (when she could sit....which meant I had to wait about 5 months before trying it out).
It served its purpose. It took up basically no room and she seemed pretty comfy in it. That was until she got big enough to start swinging her legs. Our kid has some serious strength. She would swing her legs so hard that the table would shake and our drinks would slosh everywhere. She also got into a fun habit of chewing food and then opening her mouth up (while still full) and chewing the fabric arms of the chair. The food was totally mushed in. It was gross to say the least. But, the straw that really broke the camel's back was when she figured out how to get one foot up and started to stand up in the chair. What good is a high chair if I can't turn my back for even one second? No good.
So....we started researching. I was still adamant that I didn't want a traditional high chair.
We finally landed on the Stokke Tripp Trapp (great name, right? I call it the Tripp Trapp all the time just because I like saying it).
It was not cheap....not by any stretch of the imagination. It was double what a regular high chair would have been. But we decided to splurge for a couple of reasons. It comes right up to the table, so Fin eats at the table just like we do (minus the dishes and cutlery of course...that girl with a knife in her hand would be a scary sight). It is crazy sturdy. There is no tipping this sucker. She can swing and bounce around and it never even shakes. It has a 5 point harness. Shoulder straps are critical for keeping our kid in place. The seat and leg rests move so as Fin grows the chair grows with her. It's rated for up to 300 lbs, so when she is done with it, the leg rest can be removed and it can serve as a stool of sorts for any adult.
I love, love, love it. Yes, it was a lot of money, but it was so worth it in the end. Fin loves it too and dinner has become much less stressful now that I don't have to worry about her standing up and dancing in her chair. She will even sit in it and watch her cartoons while we prep food.
And to add the craziness in our house, Diefenbaker has now discovered that Fin drops food on the floor all the time. For some reason it took the Tripp Trapp for him to realize this fact. This is the view we see all too often as he tries to nab some chicken.
How about you? Any splurges?