Upgrade your $30 Ikea high chair with these accessories

It's no secret that Ikea is a great place to buy affordable baby products. But here's one way to customize one of their most popular items.

The iconic Ikea high chair is ubiquitous. You can find them just about everywhere, from restaurants to daycares to your friends’ houses. It’s no secret that Ikea is a great place to buy affordable baby products, and at $29.99, the Ikea Antilop high chair is tough to beat. It’s easy to clean, the legs come off and if you have more than one, you can even stack them. But as great as the Ikea high chair is, it’s admittedly a bit basic—and the same goes for the Ikea-made accessories that go with it.

Enter Yeah Baby Goods.

ikea antilop high chair on blue patterned background

Ikea Antilop high chair

Frustrated by Antilop’s hard-to-remove tray, overly roomy seat and the fact that none of the Ikea accessories fit with the decor of her home, Ohio-based Katie Kruithof decided to give her chair an upgrade. She designed dishwasher-safe, food-grade silicone placemats to fit perfectly into the existing tray, which can be removed for easy clean-up. Next came designer fabric covers for the plain white Antilop seat insert (which isn’t currently available from Ikea Canada, unfortunately, but is on the US Ikea site for US$6). In 2016, she opened an Etsy shop and started selling the goods to other Ikea-loving parents. In 2019, she added adjustable footrests in bamboo, maple and cherry wood to give the chair the perfect finishing touch. (FYI, occupational therapists say that that high chairs without footrests can be uncomfortable for babies, which can make mealtime difficult.)

While lots of other hacks of the Antilop chair exist on the internet, Kruithof easily has one of the most aesthetically pleasing approaches.

Take a look at some of the products below (Pinterest moms, you’ve been warned!):

A social justice-themed cushion cover.

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All the preorder are shipped so I can finally list our extra Social Justice covers! Just like last time, 100% of the profits go to @bethebridge, a non-profit dedicated to racial healing, reconciliation and equality! They are listed first on our cushion cover product page. I have to warn you, there is a VERY small number of extras so they may go fast. Are these Social Justice covers something you would like us to get more of in the future?  🍎 AUGUST GIVEAWAY 🍎   Comment on our August posts for a chance to win a free cushion cover ($34 store credit). We’ll announce the lucky person on August 31st!  Pictured here: our Human Hands cushion and Pale Terracotta placemat 📷: @slambien

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Cute legs showing off the bamboo footrest.

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Before launching our adjustable wooden footrest last fall, we did a TON of research! One of my favorite sources was @babyledweanteam. 💗 Here’s what Katie from @babyledweanteam shared today:   Did you know that having a flat surface where your baby’s feet can rest at a 90 degree angle helps stabilize the baby’s core & promotes a safe swallow? 💕 I heard from a mom recently that when she removed her twins’ footrests for travel, “I noticed a difference in their behavior. They were fussier and pushed the food off their tray (something they never did before). First meal with footrests back on was so peaceful! No cushions pulled out, no food throwing on the floor, no squirming in their seats. This high chair needs the @yeahbabygoods footrest!! A total game changer. Next time we travel we won’t be leaving the footrests off!” 😍    Feedback like this makes all the work so worth it!   Pictured here: our Cream Beans on Orange Rust cushion and Cherry footrest 📷: @featuringthefulchers

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A Pinterest-worthy set-up.

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