November 16, 2020


If a puree-stained high chair wasn’t part of your interior design plan, then these no-fuss tips are for you!

No matter how cute and precious they are, little ones also bring with them a level of mess, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. The high chair is one battle that can feel unwinnable, with your feeble attempts no match for their stellar combination of drool, milk, and yesterday’s lunch. Even though mess is inevitable at mealtimes (hey, at least it means they are enjoying themselves!), clean up doesn’t have to be a complete chore. These quick and easy tips will take the stress out of the mess and restore your baby’s high chair to its former glory.

Be Thorough

Cleaning your baby’s high chair after each use can seem pointless – after all, they’re just going to make the same mess tomorrow! That being said, where there is lingering food, bacteria are never far behind. Ensure that you wipe down all parts of the high chair, paying particular attention to the seat and table, and wash any removable fabric components regularly if possible to avoid the risk of unwanted germs sticking around. For stubborn stains that just won’t budge, the Oates Anti-Bacterial Sponge Scourer is your new best friend, with a heavy-duty scour for removing tough grime on one side, and a soft sponge on the other. We love a product that gives us the best of both worlds.

Get A Bib On Board

Ok, so we’re under no illusions that this solution will guarantee you a sparkling clean high chair, but it will certainly make a huge difference to the level of post-mealtime carnage you’re dealing with! Bibs have stood the test of time as an anytime, anywhere necessity, but things have certainly evolved beyond simple cloth options. A silicon bib is our preference, with a built-in pocket to catch whatever food doesn’t quite make it in your little one’s mouth. For any spills that still find their way onto the high chair, a quick once over with the Oates Anti-Bacterial Sponge Scourer is all it takes to convince everyone that mealtime has been mastered. Nothing to see here!

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Have A Routine

While a thorough wipe down after each use makes all the difference, committing to a deep clean of your baby’s high chair at least once a month will keep it looking good as new. After all, high chairs are an investment that you want to last! By taking the high chair apart, vacuuming carefully in every gap to remove crumbs, and washing each section with warm, soapy water, you can be sure that you have removed whatever nasties might be lurking out of sight. The longer stains are left to settle in, the harder they are to remove! If you’ve been a bit slack with your high chair maintenance, and the thought of starting now leaves you feeling a bit uneasy, the Oates Anti-Bacterial Sponge Scourer will help you get back on schedule. The soft sponge and tough scourer combination are the ideal duo for the ultimate high chair refresh.

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the incredible amount of a mess that can be created when you combine a baby with some pureed veg! While the result can leave you in hysterics, it can also lead to hours of precious time wasted cleaning parts of the high chair you didn’t even know food could reach. Thankfully the Oates Anti-Bacterial Sponge Scourer cleans and scrubs, it also has antibacterial properties to help inhibit the growth of germs and odours so you can sort the mess out in no time and get back to enjoying precious moments with your little one.

Have you got an awesome high chair cleaning tip? SHARE it in the comments!

We are proud to be working closely with the Oates team to bring you this article. We love that Oates is Proudly Australian with quality products and prices that mean all of us can make light work of every mess. Whatever mess you’ve got – big or small – clean up is easy with Oates.

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  • I had a Baby Bjorn high chair- no straps and removable dishwasher safe tray.


  • I usually make sure I have a smock on my child or at least a plastic bib


  • We had a plastic square mat that went under the high chair that could easily be wiped, hosed, or washed. And our high chair was all plastic, so same deal — easier to clean.


  • I really need to get into the habit of a deep clean of the high chair every fee weeks. The straps get extra gross


  • I wish the high chair we have had a removable seat so I could wash it. It’s plastic and I wipe it down all the time but I just wonder if anything seeps through to the foam inside which is what scares me!
    During cooler days I put a thin blanket down which I’ll just pop in the wash after.


  • A quick wipe down after every meal through the day and a good thorough clean every night is the way I used to handle this problem.


  • Bibs do help haha. My boys high chairs get so yuck.


  • I have resigned myself to the fact that favourite meals will strain!. Milton spray does do a good job of getting most of them or though. As does the vanilla spray.


  • Bibs are essential. My darling Gran made a bunch of bibs out of old towels that she had. She gave them to me when my eldest was born. Ive held on to them and will pass them on when my kids had kids :D


  • Ditch the beautiful big padded chairs and invest in one of the IKEA antelope chairs. They are super easy to clean – I have even taken it out the back and hosed it off.


  • Wipe it down so the food doesn’t have time to go crusty….every few days drag it outside and hose it off and sit it in the sun to dry…..the chair, not the baby – they are better hosed off in the bath. Although one winter I did realise I could drag the high chair to the shower and I gave it a hot shower until it was clean!


  • We had a box of cloth wipes in detergent to use after every meal.


  • When my kids were little this is my every day task to do.


  • The best and easy way I found was hiding my high chair once week and quick wipe over after every meal


  • I have come to accept it will always be dirty. I have given up that easily haha


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