I said in a previous review that the material used by Messy Me would be much more suited to something like a splash-mat, bib or highchair insert than a changing bag. Well, since we’re currently giving three meals a day to Isabelle, and therefore need something much easier to clean, I’m back here, writing a review for their highchair inserts for the IKEA Antilop.
Pros of the Messy Me Insert for the IKEA Antilop
As you can imagine, with the oilcloth material that Messy Me uses, it is very easy to clean. And cleaning up is something you will quickly get used to when you get into the full throngs of weaning. I used to like Weetabix back in the day. Not any more.
The best part about this insert, however, is the fact that it actually fits the Ikea Antilop better than the insert it comes with. This one sits just under the edges of the tray, meaning that it’s a little bit harder for your baby to get food on it in the first place. Don’t panic, they’ll still find ways to smother it in mash potato and gravy, but at least when they do, it will be much easier to clean. Then you can focus all your attention on the fact that there’s somehow one mushy pea stuck to the back of their head.
On a side note, if you want to give your baby a nice little pedicure then this highchair gives you a great chance:
I’ll be honest, the above photo has very little to do with the actual product I’m reviewing, I just really like the fact that Isabelle is having her feet done whilst being fed. Talk about the life of luxury.
The Downside to This Highchair Insert
My only criticism of this product is its size. With the insert in place, it doesn’t exactly come with a lot of room. Isabelle is a rather small baby so the lifeline of this product isn’t exactly going to be massive. When we first had this highchair insert she was around 8 months old. Now that she’s 13 months old we don’t even use it. We simply let her sit in the Antilop without any cushion. Don’t panic though, she’s perfectly comfortable like that.
The IKEA Antilop Itself
This highchair is literally the highchair you see everywhere. If you ever go to a restaurant or a cafe, the chances are that they will stock the Antilop highchair. And they do so for two very simple reasons: it’s cheap, and there’s nothing wrong with it.
You can buy this highchair for £14! That’s it. Spend five minutes browsing the selection of high chairs on Mothercare and you’ll easily find ones that literally go up to £550. Seriously. Someone at some point has literally spent half a grand on their babies high chair. If that’s how you want to do it, then that’s fine. But I want something cheap to get covered in mushed carrot, not something more expensive than the TV.
I don’t have to tell you that it’s pretty basic. It’s just a plain white plastic high chair with very little going on. But this isn’t something you need to complicate.
Combing the IKEA Antilop with Messy Me
When you combine the price of the IKEA Antilop and the Messy Me insert, you’re effectively looking at £39 for a very efficient, easy to clean highchair. When you put it like that, it’s extremely good value! Will you be able to use this for years to come? Probably not. But you can always do what we’ve done and just take the insert out and use the high chair without it. It’s probably fine when they get a little older, but I imagine a 6 month old would much prefer something comfier to sit in.
Overall, I’d give this product 4/5.
*Disclaimer* – I was sent this item in exchange for this review. But the opinions are entirely my own. Obviously.