We have a high chair that we used with Big Boy. Small Boy is almost ready to use a high chair. The problem is that the high chair has been sitting out in the garage for 3 years and is looking a bit yuck. A quick Facebook poll yesterday showed most of my friends would bin it and buy a new one. There is an appropriate one on a good sale this week: simple, easy to clean, $34.
But, waste is still waste, and $34 is still $34. I'm trying to learn to not buy things just because I want them.
I'm going to use up the last of some generic brand Napisan that doesn't work as well as the real thing and give the chair a scrub, douse it in some vinegar, and leave it in the sun for a couple of hours. I've got a roll of that sticky book covering plastic that I don't need, and that will make a good cover for the tray - the only bit that food comes into contact before going into bub's mouth. If I don't think it has come clean enough for my baby to eat from - and let's face it, in a few months he's going to be crawling around on my floor (gasp!) anyway - then I will buy a new one.
My new motto, which I read somewhere on the blogosphere but can't for the life of me remember where, is Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without. I will only buy new things if I genuinely need it and actually have the money for it! Even high chairs.