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Disgusting Public High Chairs

Before becoming a mom, I never thought about the state of public high chairs. I even used to think the people who used seat covers were a little too germaphobic, though i figured it made for easier cleanup. Now that I need to use them… Yuck.

That’s all I can say.


Have you noticed the sad state of public high chairs? They are often broken and/or filthy. I don’t mean a few crumbs need to be brushed off. I’m talking coated with food and goo that is black and sticky. I wouldn’t accept it if my table or booth looked like that – so why should our kids?

I don’t mind doing a little spot cleaning before and after Rissa uses a high chair in a restaurant, but I shouldn’t have to scrub it. Shouldn’t cleaning high chairs be part of the overall cleanliness expected? And the ones with busted buckles… do they really want to risk liability for a child getting hurt from falling out because there was no way to properly harness the kid in?


Sure, I bring an extra buckle strap with me – but should I have to? I don’t travel with an extra chair to seat myself if their chair is broken.

I’ve been seriously mortified at the state of public high chairs that on some occasions I prefer to just seat Rissa on my knee. I shouldn’t have to do that or consider it.

I do have a cover, but it’s not always with us and doesn’t always fit over the type of seat the restaurant has. The filthiest places don’t matter if the cover is on because the sticky coated buckles are still touched by little hands.

I’ve stopped being nice and no longer put the chair away if it’s at a place where I have to get it myself. Maybe then they’ll take two seconds to wipe it down along with the table.

Have you noticed the sorry state of your local public high chairs?

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  1. Maria July 10, 2011 Reply

    I totally agree. I used covers & table toppers with DD. I hold DS on my lap mostly because a) the cover doesn’t fit on a lot of chairs like you said and b) with 2 kids I have to streamline the junk I carry with me since I have 1 kid to hold & 1 kid to hold hands with (and no more hands, LOL)

  2. Laura O in AK July 10, 2011 Reply

    I’ve occasionally had babe sit on my lap when the high chair was a bit too gross to use. Never bought one of those cover things, though. I do appreciate the grocery stores with wipes at the door to wipe down the carts :o)LauraOinAK

  3. I always brought my own if I could.stillblondeaaty

  4. Michele July 10, 2011 Reply

    The things we learn when we become moms ourselves. I used to think the same things about other people worrying about what seemed like irrelevant things, until I was the Mom and could look at the big picture. I wonder if health inspectors every look at high chairs? I bet they should!savingmichele

  5. Nicole July 12, 2011 Reply

    I work at a fast food place, and I know that we keep our high chairs nice and clean :)IdolFan2890

    • Darcy July 13, 2011 Reply

      I need to visit your place then. Today we went to KFC and saw one of Rissa’s puffs STILL on a chair from weeks ago. (Possibly from someone else but I doubt it.. I left it on purpose lol)DarcyZalewski

      • Sabrina Radke July 16, 2011 Reply

        That is disgusting! I always have our cover that has it’s own straps! And you know what? I have an extra cover if you want me to send it to you so you always have one!Sabrina

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