Don’t Blame Me for Buying a Blames + Meet Jessica!

Our Baby Gizmo family has been growing so it’s time to meet another  new Baby Gizmo writer!  Jessica is one of our newest Baby Gizmo Team Mamas! She lives in DC with her husband and two darling girls.  Let’s give her a warm welcome and get ready for her fun sense of humor!

Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did important things as a very “important” writer who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with the pursuit of a graduate degree in English. Now she’s a stay at home mom who fantasizes about minivans, the perfect double stroller, and sleep. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about motherhood, the tough and sweet spots of raising children, and life on her blog MOMMYHOOD NEXT RIGHT.

We thought her post “Don’t Blame Me for a Buying a Blames” would be a great way to introduce her to all our Baby Gizmo friends!

I didn’t start thinking about a high chair until I absolutely had to, or when my first daughter was around 10-months-old and absolutely couldn’t fit in her Bumbo seat anymore. And, when I did start looking for high chairs, my standards were mostly low. I just wanted something that was reasonably priced and that looked good in my kitchen. I know. Bad standards. But, I promise I didn’t know any better.

The first high chair that I saw that fit that bill was the Blames.

We “locked” eyes on a trip I made to IKEA one night and it was high chair love at first sight. I didn’t buy the Blames in our first meeting, however. I bought it after reading maybe three positive reviews online. I didn’t do a more extensive check because I didn’t need to. I was in love and that chair was beautiful and I needed it in my kitchen.

Some of its most attractive features are that:

  • It looks and feels sturdy with its classic, Scandinavian wooden exterior (only the tray is plastic).
  • It looks like a real piece of furniture that you’d actually want in your kitchen.
  • It is available in black or red and is smaller than most traditional American high chairs (Product dimensions: Width: 20 1/8 “, Depth: 21 1/4 “, Height: 36 5/8 “, Seat width: 11 3/4 “, Seat depth: 9 1/2 “, Seat height: 22)
  • It is easy to assemble. It took my husband and I all of twenty minutes to put the chair together.

The Blames looked perfect in my kitchen. But, our love affair began to become, well, iffy whenever my daughter got involved. Yes, it was then that I realized that while a beautiful chair, the Blames does not work for the average, mealtime resisting toddler.

Some of the specific issues that I had with the chair were that:

  • The “removable” tray of the Blames does not remove as easily as it should, making clean up more stressful than necessary.
  • Rather than a chest harness, the Blames features lap straps that are adjustable on both sides. I hated that these straps could not restrain my toddler. Even at the lowest/tightest setting, my toddler was able to escape within seconds of being in the chair. And this, along with her unwillingness to eat anything but lint and Walmart receipts, made mealtimes a nightmare!
  • There is no cushion or pillow on the headrest to restrain the blows of chair-head-butting toddlers.  Maybe my child is exceptionally violent, but without a cushion or pillow or anything at the headrest, meal times would always end in a lot of tears.

Would I recommend this chair to other moms and dads?

The Blames is a beautiful chair. It’s the kind of chair that will easily win the hearts and minds of parents who hope to show that, even with kids, they still have an eye for style and haven’t compromised all of their pre-baby home’s aesthetic. While beautiful, for mobile toddlers and weary parents, it’s not the best option. So, for this reason, I would not recommend the Blames to other moms and dads.