Mostly, when I see baby equipment, I tend to heave a sigh of relief that I don't have to have any of that ugly-ass stuff cluttering up my home any more.
So it was surprising that a high chair - of all things - stopped me in my tracks and prompted a murmur of "I want one of those".
But look at the pic - isn't it fantastic? Looks like it should come equipped with an ejector seat button and built in wi-fi. No dull pastels - just funky monochrome (there's also a range of contemporary colours, with no pastels in sight) . It looks like it would fit right in at a Soho bar, and given that your days of going to Soho bars may have to be put on hold if you've just had a baby, you might as well get the look at home.
It's the Bloom Fresco Loft Contemporary Baby Chair, yours for a mere £320 from John Lewis. Yes, that's not cheap, but consider that you will be looking at it every day and using it 3 times a day and it soon becomes a bargain on a per use basis. This is why my first child had to make do with a bog standard high chair, which soon fell to pieces, and my second had a much more elegant Tripp Trapp, which is still going strong after six years.
Also in the designer range for parents is this beautifully elegant Eames Rocker chair. It's designed to cocoon your body and soothe you with a gentle rocking motion. Perfect for resting during pregnancy, rocking your newborn, or sitting while you're breastfeeding at 3am.
And later, when you've gone crazy through lack of sleep, it'll be the perfect place to rock back and forth and moan "Oh no, I'm not up to this mothering lark". No matter how mad as a box of frogs your children make you, you will still look elegant.
The Eames RAR (Rocking Armchair Rod Base) by Charles & Ray Eames is a classic design from 1950. It's one of a range of iconic designs coming to the furniture floor soon at John Lewis stores, or online from here. It's priced at £357, and delivery is free within seven days.
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