Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The only high chair you should ever purchase

In the second of my 10 Minute Topics (my first one can be found here) I thought I would post to Crash Test Daddy. Having started the blog over one year ago, I haven't paid it any attention at all.

Onto the topic - the only high chair you should ever purchase.

Like most pieces of equipment directed at being a parent, there is no end to the variety of high chairs. You can spend quite a lot of money on these things. And I should know. We own four at last count. But we only use one, the Antilop from IKEA.

Antilop is probably the cheapest and most simple high chair out there. It is this simplicity which makes it a key piece of kit for the family. We use this chair a minimum of twice a day every day. And so we clean the chair a minimum of twice a day every day. Cleaning. Yep. That is why I love this chair. The tray pops off entirely and so can be cleaned in the sink. The chair has no nooks for food to hide in, so you can get the entire thing clean in moments. We have even put the chair through the dishwasher before! The legs are simple, and again have no places for food to hide. A simple wipe down usually suffices.

The chair is reasonably portable. The legs clip off and lie in the bottom of our boot quite easily. The tray and chair are separate and so can be placed in the boot or elsewhere around the car. It takes moments to reassemble. We have a travel high chair which clamps onto a table and while this chair takes up slightly less space, it is a lot more complex, and so takes longer to assemble, and longer to clean. The latter of these is not what you want to be doing when you are out and about at friends or on holiday!

There you have it. If you are losing the will to live at meal times because it takes so long to clean your high chair, or you are a soon-to-be new parent wondering what you will need to buy, the answer is simple. Head to IKEA, and spend £13 on an Antilop with tray. You will thank me.

Monday, 20 January 2014

The List

I don't make New Year resolutions. it's too easy to make resolutions and break them. Then there's the whole guilt thing around that. So I make a list of things I would like to do in a year and try and do them. If I get an item on the list done, cool. If not, still cool. Maybe next year. The main aim 

tuesday to-do list
Photo credit: Stacy Spensley, on Flickr
Below is the list for 2014:

  1. Start this blog
  2. Take more photos and take better ones, even if it's just with my phone
  3. Make mead
  4. Make more beer
  5. Learn to code
  6. Make a computer game with my son
  7. Bake more bread
  8. Have more braais / BBQs
  9. Teach more people to pronounce rooibos correctly
  10. Contribute more to local societies
  11. Increase my fitness level through running and playing sport
  12. Run or present at the odd meetup about tech, career, social media, or being a dad
  13. Make at least one audio or video blog entry
  14. Show some love to my other blogs
I am not elaborating on them in this post as I will probably blog about all of these over the year. 

What items are on your list? Should I add anything to mine? 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Silent Sunday 19/01/2014


Welcome to Crash Test Daddy!

While preparing to become a dad over four years ago I thought I would start a blog to record all the fun of being a dad and pass on any tips to other dads. Four years on, I have finally decided to take the plunge and start this blog!

My second child is currently brewing, my four year old son is a micro whirlwind, and life is pretty hectic in general. Oh, and we're looking to move house. And that's just when I'm not at work! 

Now is the perfect time to start a new blog! Right?

So, why am I doing this? In short, just for fun. I love being a father. I'm also a bit of a geek. When I do something fun, learn something, or think something is cool, I want to tell other people about it. So here, dear reader, is where all of that will be recorded for ever more.

One final reason for writing this, I told my son I was going to start writing down all the fun things he and I do together so others can read about them. He said "Go for it daddy". Encouragement enough!