**This blog is part of a gifted collaboration with Phil & Ted's, however all words and opinions are my own.
I certainly wouldn't call myself a highchair aficionado, BUT after year and years of using them with my own kids, and working with them back in the old childcare days, I know a thing or two about what I like to see in them.
The first thing I look at is always how easy they are to keep clean. I love the idea of nice cushiony seats, but at the end of the day, they can just add so much extra effort to try and keep them clean.
The second thing I usually look at, is how much time am I going to get out of it? There's no point in investing in something that will only last until the 12 month mark. My older two have been in and out of highchairs until at least 2 years old, so it's important that it's going to stand the test of time.
The third thing I usually look at is the aesthetics. What does it look like? I don't want to sound superficial here, but lets face it. When purchasing an item of furtniture that's going to be on display for the world (or at least the visiting relatives) to see, you want it to be relatively pleasing to the eye... right?
The cleanliness factor...
A hands down winner in this category! Keeping things clean and tidy is a big deal for me. It's just who I am. I don't want something with too many cracks and crevices for food to become squished into... because lets face it, that's going to happen at some point. The seat lining is nice and soft, it's made from something called 'aerocore' and is hypo-allergenic. It's also UV resistant, non-toxic and waterproof! So, keeping it clean is as simple as wiping it down. Every so often, I would find myself taking it apart and giving it a hose down in the back yard if we had something for dinner that was particularly messy. The tray literally comes off with the push of a button, and the seat lining comes out just as easily too.
For a self confessed clean freak, it's made life extremely easy.
The growth factor...
Hannah is an average size for her age, and she fits in the 'Poppy' highchair with plenty of room to spare. I can quite easy put her in and out of the highchair without needing to remove the tray on top. If you were using the chair for a much older or larger child, removing the tray to put them in and out is a great option. It's super easy to put on and off!
As time goes on, the highchair can also be turned into a toddler chair. Which means that you can still use the highchair long term. It doesn't have to be retired to the garage with so many of the other baby things that we invest so much money in.
The looks factor...
The sleek lines of the legs, and the smooth modern feel of the seat makes the Poppy highchair quite an eye catching piece. This kind of look fits in perfectly with our modern home!
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Behind the blog...
‘The Mummysomniac’ is a lifestyle, motherhood and most recently, pregnancy blog, founded in 2015 by Kirsty McKenzie. She’s a mum of three, blogging about the highs and lows of motherhood, with a straight forward and honest approach, as well as a little bit of humour. Kirsty is passionate about sharing the realities of #MumLife, not the cookie cutter, high gloss version