Highs and lows

Up until recently, we’d been getting by with a handed-down high chair. It did the job ok, but it was broken on one side, and was far too big for Devin – the tray was too high and he always loosened the harness to the point of redundancy.

We found a high chair we wanted to buy months ago, but by the time we had the money to get it, they’d sold out. Everywhere. And I was pissed, because it was a high chair. That’s all it was. Just a plain old high chair.

I didn’t need it to have multiple height settings and multiple seat back positions.
I didn’t need (or want) it to have toys.
I didn’t need it to be brightly coloured, or have pictures all over, or be in the latest fashionable colour scheme.
I didn’t need it to have mounds of cushioning. Or in fact, any cushioning.
And I didn’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money for something my messy kid was going to use for another year, maybe.

My choices were severely limited. Funny how the simplest designs are the ones that cost $400.

But then the Zuzu Luna came along, for $55, and stole my heart.

Look at it.
It’s simple. It’s a seat. It’s elevated. It has a tray. It has a harness.

That is all I goddamn wanted. It’s all Devin needs. Padding? He wears terry cloth nappies; his butt is the padding.
We would’ve bought the Ikea Antilop if we lived anywhere near a store, but we don’t.

Finally, last week, when we’d had just about enough of the old high chair, the Zuzu Luna was back in stock.
We bought it, we took it home, we put it together in two minutes, and I am still stealing little appreciative glances at it.
Added bonus – you can easily halve the height of the legs and remove the tray and footrest to make it a regular seat for toddlers.

It might seem like such a simple thing, but these little triumphs feel so good.

There’s a lot of crap to sort through in parenting, and that includes the choices you have with products. I am constantly bewildered by the vast amounts of unnecessary/ugly/overpriced things that are available for babies and children, and by the lack of simple, tasteful, affordable and useful items.
It’s nice when you come through something, however trivial, feeling accomplished rather than frustrated and defeated.

(Devin had a little something to add here – wwwwQQQQQQQQQQQQQQqqqqqqqqqqqqqssSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSWWWWWWWWW2 – which I think we can all agree adds tremendously to the discussion.)

All over a high chair. I know!

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