As I shop for furniture lately, a friend of mine has brought something very important to my attention: It’s not entirely impossible to have a cutting-edge kitchen with a messy baby or toddler. Get yourself some Ghost Chairs and you’re good to go.
They aren’t for everyone. Those who can’t handle hard, plastic seating will hate them. Those who resist futuristic design will run for the hills. (As ‘fab and chic’ as I struggle to keep things around me, I’m not even sure that I can handle ’em…. but they sure look cool in theory.) And there isn’t another type of chair out there that is half as easy to keep clean. Imagine (a totally made-up hypothetical situation): Your baby girl sticks her hand in pureed carrots and splatters them all over herself, you and your kitchen chairs during an inexplicably angry eating experience… just wipe the mess right off. Or, your baby girl pukes up the entire contents of the bottle she just drank because you thought it’d be interesting to test if she liked the taste of a mashed-up avocado (she didn’t… at all)…. again, wipe it right off! Hell, take the chairs out to the patio and wash them down with the hose if you need to. Ghost Chairs seem to be made especially for toddlers who are learning how to sit and behave in grownup chairs. No stains, no fretting, no problem… but they do carry a pretty pricetag anywhere between $100 – $410 (depending on where you find them).
And if you’re really ambitious about doing the ghost thing, opt to start early and get one in baby’s size.