Sometime in the last month Dagny managed to turn 1. In spite of all our efforts and examples she is growing up healthy and happy and fairly well adjusted. That said, time for another round of baby products we love (see previous post).
The Boon Flair High Chair
After using a clamp-on high chair for months, we had the opportunity to test drive several high chairs at friend’s houses. One of the things we knew for certain is that we wanted a high chair that was easy to clean! For some reason “easy to clean” is not listed as the #1 feature on every single high chair. WTF!?! Have the designers only met clean babies that never soiled themselves? Did these designers picture all little kids as perfect angels magically born without the instinct to set food free in the air? Believe it or not, we saw high chairs with cushions that could not come out, or trays that could not go in the dishwasher, or impossible-to-clean crevices.
Well, screw those designers. We found better.
In our local baby boutique they had this supreme Jetson’s-like chair. The smooth surfaces were rounded with generous curves and therefore easy to clean. The chair comes with two removable tray liners that can be cleaned in the dishwasher (worthy of a Nobel prize).
Oh, and the chair rolls — so we can wheel our daughter around and she can watch us cook, or clean, or play piano, or go to the bathroom (yes, parents do need to do that on occasion and keep their kids in a safe place…).
Oh, and even better, this chair has pneumatic height actuation so that it can fit under our table completely or rise enough so that the tray is above table height as well. How sweet is that?
Did I mention it was easy to clean? Spaghetti-sauce tested and battle proven, this chair and its base still sparkles like almost new. All that and a price that doesn’t break the bank!
The Ultimate Baby Rattle
Okay, maybe this isn’t really a product, but after more than a month, Dagny is still lovin’ it. That’s about 2 weeks longer than most toys we give to her, so I have to say I’m proud of this little invention.
Let’s call it the BottleRattle (or for you hipsters out there, the ib0TTl3R@TTl3).
Take a discarded 2 liter bottle and strip off the label. Wash it. Dry it. Throw 3 pennies inside and turn your child loose on the thing. It spins and rolls on the floor. It carries like a football. And best of all, it makes a darn loud rattle noise when shaken.
If 2 liters is a quart too much, go for a simple 16oz ib0TTl3R@TTl3 (aka the gP!nTR@TTl3). Except you may want to cut down to a single penny, lest the price to performance ratio get taken out of whack.
That’s it — seriously. She loves the bloody thing!