“ Brand: Chicco / Nursing Aid: Highchairs „
We bought a Mothercare high chair when I was pregnant with our daughter in anticipation of her needing it when she was ready for solids. She lasted approximately 2 weeks in it before I got so annoyed with it that we went in search for another. The problem we had with the Mothercare one was that she was held in by a 5 point harness, but the harness point between her legs started from under the seat quite far away from where she sat so she kept slipping down until her crotch hit that point. This got highly annoying when I was feeding her and had to keep stopping to pull her back up again to sitting position.
We came across this highchair on ebay for £10 and chose it because of the bar on the seat pad of the chair which comes up between baby's legs to keep them sat up better. It is available from Mothercare, Kiddicare, Argos and similar baby shops for between £40 and £50. There are alot of different designs and colours to choose from, we have the 'pink scribble' design which is a baby pink colour, with dark pink scribbled writing over it with foody phrases such as 'feed me' and 'yummy'.
The seat part of the chair is padded and very wide compared with other high chairs. My daughter always looks comfortable when she is sat in there. The draw back of the padded seat is that some crumbs and general grimeyness go under the padded seat cover which means having to pull the cover off every couple of weeks to get rid of them (not an easy task). Whilst the padded part is mostly wipe-able, the edging of it is material which results in it getting very grubby when items get spilt.
The seat is recline-able, operated by a button on the back of the seat. This is handy if baby falls asleep during feeding but I have personally never had to use this function.
The harness is a 5 point design which secures the baby absolutely fine. It is also material so does get grubby but I wash it every other week when I take the cover off. It fastens with squeezy clips so you have to be careful little fingers don't get caught.
The tray it comes with is lovely and large. It pulls off the highchair completely which is a really handy function that I didn't realise I needed until I had it! Instead of having to wipe it down after every feed I slide it off and pop it in the sink to wash it up. It has 4 positions when on the highchair, depending on how close you need it to your baby. I tend to have it on position 4 when putting my daughter into the highchair, then move it to position 1 for when she's feeding herself.
Another feature of the highchair is the big basket it has underneath. When I first bought it I used the basket to store baby toys in. However, I have found that a lot of food ends up in there when thrown over the edge of the tray. This would be nice if all the food ended up in there however some lands on the floor so I still have to mop the floor and also clean out the basket. Nowadays, we use the basket to store wipes in for wiping her fingers and face after she's eaten, and also for bibs so we don't have to hunt for them. It is worth mentioning here that the basket it attached to the chair by poppers so can simply be unpopped if you don't require it.
In general, it is very sturdy and well made. I have no fear of my child being able to topple it over if she gets particularly fidgety. It does not wobble or bend due to its legs which are wide and thick. It is designed so that instead of standing on four legs, it has 2 bars on the floor at the front and back which makes it so much more robust than those with 4 legs.
After using this highchair for about 8 months, I am quite happy to continue using it for this baby and any other girls we might have. I have no doubt that it would last for numerous children considering it is on it's second child and is showing no signs of wear and tear. However, in hindsight if I knew what I know now there is just one thing I would change for my 'ideal' highchair. I don't like the padded seat design, I would rather have one that is all plastic so it is easy to wipe clean and no food stuffs get jammed in the nooks and crannies. Other than that, this was a great purchase and if you can put up with having to 'deep clean' it every couple of weeks then I would recommend it.
When I originally wrote this review for a different site it was based on a highchair that my mother in law owns, however, since baby number 2 has come along we have been given this same highchair so now we have had 3 years' experience with it. Although it is a good highchair I do believe that there are better ones out there but considering we were given this for free I don't think we can really complain!
When we bought our highchair we couldn't believe just how many different choices there were out there, every shop which sold them had so many different ones yet they all looked pretty similar. Since we have got used to using a highchair every day we can see now how various aspects of a chair can make it really useful or just really awkward and so writing a review about the various abilities of a highchair should hopefully help others when they find themselves in a similar position to us. When it came to needing another high chair for baby number 2 we had the choice taken away from us seeing as a friend a gave us this instead.
This highchair is a unisex one as it's not just blue or pink, instead it's neutral with grey legs, a black basket, white tray and a multicoloured seat. I must admit that it is a pretty vibrant look as the seat is so very bright with flourescent squares all over it. If you're looking for a subtle highchair which blends in nicely with your room then this is not the one for you!
One of the most important aspects of a highchair in my opinion is just how comfortable it is for the baby. If your baby is going to be sitting in it for some time then it needs to be comfortable. This highchair gets a full five out of five in terms of comfort as far as I'm concerned. The seat is well padded so provides great support for your baby's back. The seat is also quite high which means that if your baby throws it's head back or leans backwards then the padding of the chair will stop your baby from banging it's head or straining it's neck. There are some highchairs that don't have padding that is as high and I think that it's worth investing in a decent sized padded seat. The straps are also adjustable so that your baby can remain comfortable, you don't need to squash the straps over your baby's tummy as they are very easy to extend and are good lengths.
Obviously when considering all baby equipment safety is of paramount importance. This highchair for me is very safe but a little awkward. Your baby's arms fit through the straps which then slot into a buckle between the baby's legs. This then keeps your baby fastened in so stops any accidents happening.
I find it rather stiff though and fiddly. Often when trying to get the clips into place in the buckle it takes quite a bit of force and if you don't keep your other fingers out of the way you can trap your skin in it too which is not a very nice experience! When you are trying to get a baby in or out of the chair you don't want to be fiddling around unnecessarily, unfortunately, with this highchiar you do have to mess around a little with the catch. Getting the clips both in and out of the buckle is not easy.
Also the straps are pale in colour, they are pale blue. This would be fine if all baby food wasn't bright orange! It seems like our baby is always eating orange food or dark coloured at least. Often she will pull the straps of the highchair and chew on them. This often leaves food stains on the straps and if you don't wash them right away they stay on. I think the straps could do with being darker in colour so that any stains don't show up quite so dramatically!
This highchair reclines into 3 positions. This is fairly easy to do as it doesn't involve much fiddling and it can be really useful to have this. It means that you can lie your baby back a little. We often do this when trying to encourage baby B to drink her juice. We have found if she is bolt upright she often finds it difficult to drink juice and chokes but if we lie her back a little she finds it easier to drink.
As well as reclining this chair also has height positions. There are 7 different height settings which is fantastic as it means that you can adjust it to suit which table heigh you are at. This is straight forward to do but a little heavy so not the smoothest of motions.
There is also an adjustable foot rest. This is a great idea and something our own highchair lacks. This means that as your baby gets bigger you can adjust the foot rest so it's at the right height to suit your individual child's needs. This isn't an essential part to a high chair though and not one which I would put on my 'must have' list if I was to make one again.
The tray moves too and this is something that I find extremely useful for a high chair and would definitely require. The tray moves to 4 positions so it can be moved right upc lose to your baby. I use this setting a lot as my baby is only small so can't reach far but I imagine once she gets bigger having it on the setting furthest away may be used more often. It also means that it makes it easier to get your baby in and out too, you simply pull the tray forward and then you have more room to lever with on getting your baby out.
This tray really lets the highchair down. I think it's important to have quite a large tray so that there is plenty of space for your baby's various equipment; bottles, beaker, bowls and the odd toy etc. However, this tray is large but not practical. The tray is very deep which means if you have the chair up against a table it seems a good few feet away as the tray gets in the way. It also means that if you are sitting in front of it and want to feed your baby you have to virtually stand up to be able to reach your baby. This is a definite design flaw as far as I'm concerned. Often Mrs B has to reangle her chair so she can reach the baby without straining.
A tray would be more useful if it was more wide, so it stretched out around the baby more without jutting into the room.
This highchair is very bottom heavy. It means that it makes it safe so that if you knock into it or the baby has a good session of kicking around it doesn't cause the chair to wobble and in danger of toppling over which is obviously very important. It also means that it is quite awkward to move, if you want to just move the highchair to another part of the table you have to lift it to be able to move it and not just push it.
This highchair has a big flexible basket underneath it which is a good use of space. It means that because the legs stick out quite far it doesn't just leave a big useless space beneath it, instead there is a big basket suitable for storing various baby items such as toys. This is a really useful part of the highchair which I think some models really do lack.
Collapsing the highchair is fairly easy to do although does take you a while to understand how to u se it. We don't often fold ours up now but just leave it up. When it is folded up it is fairly narrow which is useful for storing away or putting in the car.
The tray itself can easily be cleaned with hot soapy water as it's plastic. The straps are awkward to clean due it's material and so it can be pretty awkward. They are now pretty stained despite being used quite often. The seat padding is easy to clean as it's wipe clean. This means you can wash it down with a hot soapy cloth and dry it with a towel no trouble at all.
This is a highchair which sounds like it does everything with it's various positions and storing abilities. It is however not very practical. You will find that you will usually just use a highchair in one position and the only element that really matters is how adjustable the tray is.
The tray isn't practical though in terms of how deep it is. It makes it awkward to lean over and feed your baby which is really the main purpose of this chair!
I think when looking for a highchair it's important to look at how well padded it is and how you think it will fit in with your life. Do you often have dinner at different tables so would benefit from moving the chair up and down? Would you really make use of the recline position? Do you want your baby to have extra support behind it's head?
I wouldn't buy this again but only because the highchair that we have was cheaper than this and much more practical.
This highchair is available from John Lewis' at £84.99 and is suitable for babies from 6 months plus. In my opinion it is not worth the money. I think you would be better off with one from Babies r Us which also recline and have adjustable trays.
When Hope was in a highchair we had a Toys R Us one which we were very happy with and we were intending to buy a similar one for our new baby as we didn't think we would be able to compare it to anything else but our neighbours offered us theirs which was this Chicco Happy Snack Highchair. We thought seeing as it was offered to us for free that we would give it a trial and see what we thought of it. I am glad we did as it is a great highchair.
I am unsure of how it comes when you buy it as we were given this second hand but it had all been taken apart. I hate having to spend lots of time putting things together to be able to use it but this was very straight forward. The padding was fairly easy to slip over the seat and secure into place and it only took a matter of seconds to open it up and adjust it into a position that we were happy with. This is something that you want in a highchair, you don't want to have to spend lots of time constructing it. Folding it down is easy too and it can fold up quite neatly which would be useful if you are wanting to take it in the car. We keep ours up all the time so there is no need for us to collapse it.
This chair is comfortable which is one of our main priorities with a highchair. Our baby doesn't just sit in it for his meals but also to play in or to sit in whilst we are busy cooking so he can watch us safetly. The chair can recline so that your baby is at an angle which is best which makes it a decent chair in terms of comfort but the main part is the padding on the seat. It is very well padded so your baby will be able to sit against it without feeling as though they're just sitting directly onto a hard plastic like several other highchairs on the market do. It has a foot rest further down which is for older childen which will help to support their legs and the tray can be positioned so that it is close to the baby or further away, again this adds comfort and practicality too. This chair does seem very comfortable and well designed in this respect which we are very pleased with.
Another important aspect of a highchair is how safe it is. A highchair is no good if it isn't able to ensure that your baby is as safe as possible. This highchair is rather heavy and has rubber grips on the legs. This makes it very difficult to move no matter what type of flooring you have. This is essential so that if you knock into it, baby kicks around frantically or another child tries to push it it will be sturdy enough to stay upright. Infact it doesn't even budge at all! To be able to move it you need to lift it up off the floor and then carry it. This is quite cumbersome but at least it means it is safe which is very important. The legs oen up quite wide which help to support it but the chair itself is quite large so that it covers the area which the legs open up to so there is no danger of tripping over a leg. The straps can be adjusted so that they can be the right length and height for the baby as it grows. The only down side i find with them is that they're a little stiff- this may be because this is a second hand highchair in our case so perhaps usually they aren't. I do sometimes struggle to get them to clip together but perhaps with practice I will get better at this. In terms of safety then I really do rate it highly.
There is an under chair basket which clips between the two legs giving you place to put various items- toys perhaps or baby's bowls. We have taken this off as we had it with our old chair and found that it ended up just being a place where crumbs fell and it would harbour germs so wasn't actually all that practical. Another feature is that the tray can be removed completely and it also has a solid plastic insert so you can remove just this part if you need to. This is very easy to do. The tray also can be set to different settings so that it can be close or far away from the baby. It is quite a large tray so it is difficult for our baby to even reach half way across it at the moment but at least it means there'll be plenty of space for him to have his toys and things when he is bigger.
I am very happy with this high chair which has surprised me as I was so pleased with the brand we had prior to this. It is definitely comfortable which is vital as I want my baby to be able to eat his dinner and play whilst being as happy as possible. It is quite a cumbersome chair but I think that this adds to how safe it is, I would much rather have a chair which takes up lots of room and is very safe rather than the other way round. It is easy to clean as the padding is wipe clean and can also go in the washing machine if needs be. The tray comes away so you can wash it thoroughly. The only difficult part to clean is the straps just because of the nature of the material. In my opinion this is a great highchair which is very durable, comfortable and practical as well as being safe.
My little girl started before Christmas on her 'proper' food and we needed a highchair for her to sit in! I really didn't want to spend much money, after all, it was going to end up covered in all sorts of food when it was used and wouldn't look brand new for long. My three main things I was looking for (apart from cost) were that it was sturdy, easy to put up/down and that it could be easily wiped clean. I also preferred one that would be stored in a small space but this wasn't a deal-breaker, it was just something I wanted if possible so it didn't stick out like a sore thumb when not in use.
We went to Mothercare and Babies R Us to have a look at what was available. My husband had seen one for £29.99 that he was set on getting but I really preferred the look of this Chicco one. Because we couldn't decide, we asked the lady in the shop to show us the two together so we could compare and choose one of them between us based on their sturdiness and ease of putting up and down. As soon as she started to show us, my husband had changed his mind to this Chicco one too. We paid £44.99 for it, so £15 more than the one he wanted originally - the amount of extras that came on this one were worth the extra money.
The highchair in general fits all three of my main needs - it's very sturdy, easy to put up and down and can be easily wiped clean. It even fits my 'bonus' of being very easy to store and folds into a compact unit. Ours fits in a small gap between the dining room table and the wall when not in use and it really tucks in nicely so it's not really that noticeable. The greatest thing is that it is designed to be freestanding. The highchair dimensions are 58cm x 101cm x 82cm when unfolded, 58cm x 41cm x 92cm when folded.
Putting Up and Down
I find it extremely easy to put the highchair up and then afterwards put back down. It is operated by two buttons underneath the rests of the chair by pressing both in at the same time. When putting down the first time, the highchair did make me jump as it really does fold down quickly and I wasn't expecting it to be so fast! When putting the highchair into it's storage position, the food tray needs to be removed but this is easy to store in the basket underneath. There is also the option of folding down even further than it's usual folded position incase of having to transport it somewhere, although this is not something I've ever had to do.
The Food Tray
The tray comes off completely if desired and because of this feature, baby can be fastened in with complete ease without the need of having to 'slot' them between the tray and the seat before fastening the straps. The tray can also be moved towards or away from baby once it is placed on to use, which will come in handy as my daughter gets bigger. There are four different settings for the tray to move to - there's two buttons on the tray and when these are pressed in, the tray glides along the rests of the chair and clicks into each position. At the moment we have it on the closest setting as she is still quite small. The tray has a drinks space and is a smooth surface so is really easy to clean. It has a lip all the way around it so it isn't very easy for baby to knock things off it. It's great that the tray comes off completely as it makes it so much easier to clean as if it gets really messy, you can just take it to the sink to wash.
There is a very handy basket underneath the frame and I find this really good for storing all sorts of things in - in ours at the moment are the food tray itself, baby wipes, cotton wool balls, a storage box with weaning spoons, weaning coverall bibs and there's plenty of room for more things if I need! It is so handy to be able to keep everything in one place and not have it all over my kitchen. The basket can be removed from the frame completely if you don't fancy using it or if you want to remove it to clean inside - I find that ours picks up all sorts of crumbs even though I try so hard to clean everywhere after every use so it's also a great design that this can be removed because I often have to wipe it clean. The basket is half mesh and half material, although it is all made of material that is easy to wipe clean.
The seat has a lovely spotty design in greens, pinks and blues - I would say that the pattern is suitable for both boys and girls as it is quite neutral. The seat is quite padded making it comfy for baby to sit on, my daughter regularly likes to stay in it for a little bit after eating and play with toys on the food tray. It can easily be wiped clean with a cloth to remove all food stains. I find that crumbs from rusks etc are also easy to clean off. There are straps that are part of the seat that hold baby in place by going around their arms and then clipping into a t-bar between their legs. There is also a plastic section on the chair that fits in-between their legs too. The only thing I find a little bit of a pain is the material that the straps are made of - they get covered in food (my baby seems to like putting them to her mouth as she's eating - in fact she did this during the very first use of the highchair!) and they aren't made of material that is easily wiped clean so the stains can be quite stubborn to remove, especially with the orange stained foods. The straps are adjustable to a growing baby. There is a footrest too for bigger babies. The seat also has a handle on the back of it that allows you to adjust the seat position. There are three settings on it that allow you to recline it back for baby to whichever makes them feel most comfortable. I have to say though that this isn't a feature that we've used yet - I get a bit worried she might choke if I put the seat back for her so always tend to leave it in the upright position. The baby should never be left unattended in the chair and it should only be used from when baby is able to sit up, at least 6 months.
Height of the highchair
The height of the highchair I find is perfect - it's just right for me to either sit on a dining room chair to feed her in it or to sit on the sofa and feed her in it - in the shop, the lady showed us other highchairs made for use when sitting on the sofa - they cost a lot more (and I mean a lot, some were £150!) and their main feature was the height adjustment feature. Even though this highchair doesn't have that feature, I find it perfect height for whichever type seat I sit on anyway so would have been a waste of money paying more for that.
I would really recommend this highchair - it's a great price for such a well designed model that has been fantastic for us so far. I was in Mothercare and Babies R Us the other day and both still sell this model at a similar price. For the amount of uses that a highchair gets, this to me is such a good buy - the settings on it for the food tray and adjustable straps means that we'll get a lot of use from it in months to come, with the babies maximum weight for this model being 15kg. I rate this 5 stars - I think we made a perfect choice.
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When it came time to buy high chairs for my sons, I did a lot of research into different models. The Chico Happy Snack High Chair won for a variety of reasons, but the main one was the solid bar between the legs which stops the baby from slipping out. As my sons were very premature, and very small for their age, they needed this extra bit of support, rather than the simple fabric strap that some cheaper models have. We bought the chairs for around £45 each, and they arrived in several pieces but were easy to put together for one person. Folding the chair up can be quite tricky - there is most definitely a knack to it. In theory, you simply compress two buttons at the side, and fold it up, but in reality, it would sometimes get stuck. More than one babysitter struggled with it, only to give up. Similarly, sometimes when putting the seat up, it wouldn't quite click into place properly, and the only way to sort it was to fold it up completely and start again. This wasn't really a problem, as long as you noticed it, but again, when we had babysitters of family taking care of the twins, I did have to make sure to point it out to them.
One of the great things about this chair is the comfortable looking seat. It is well padded and reclines to three positions, which was especially useful when my sons were drinking from sippy cups, but hadn't quite figured out how to tip back their heads. I just quickly and easily moved the seat back a little, and they could drink with ease. It has a five point safety harness, as most high chairs do, which is easy to clip and unclip, though once or twice a wriggly baby did get his fingers nipped in it. The seat cover is removable to make it easy to clean, which was a life saver, as there are a fair few corners and creases in this seat where food and dirt can build up. In fact, I was forever washing the chairs, but I suppose that would be true of any high chair. The waterproof material means that it can be machine washed or even rinsed off in the sink or with the hose (if your kids have been particularly artistic with tomato soup perhaps.)The straps did get very grubby too, and I put them in the washing machine on 30 a few times to really get them clean.
The tray is fully removable, making it even easier to get a baby into the chair, and to wash the tray. It is adjustable too, so you can make it tighter for little babies, and move it out a bit for older children. It has a cup holder, which is ostensibly for sippy cups, but my sons used it to try to hide food in that they didn't like. I don't think they ever once used it as a cup holder, and to be honest, I don't think it's really necessary on a high chair. The chair also has a large storage basket underneath, which originally seemed like a great idea for storing wipes, extra bibs etc. but in reality, it simply filled with food that was thrown overboard. In the end I got so fed up of removing it to clean it (and actually, in the process of removing it one of the metal snaps tore out of the plastic) that I just removed it all together, and never once missed it.
The only other downside of this high chair is that even when it is folded up, it still takes up a fair amount of space, as the arm stick out quite a lot. We have a limited amount of space, and two of these high chairs just dominated our kitchen for years. All we could do was prop them up against a wall, and they had an alarming tendency to fall down, especially when disturbed by our cats. In saying that though, they did go through an awful lot of abuse, and had nothing in the way of structural damage. We used one of these for our third son too and noticed no problems due to wear and tear, so you really are getting a good quality, well-made product for your money. It has some niggles, and it probably won't match your dining table or kitchen décor, but for durability, ease of use and safety, it more than makes up for it.
As my baby was approaching the 4 month mark, I thought it was about time to look for a high chair. I was looking for something specific - Able to fold, easy to clean, easy to store and long lasting. This high chair offers all.
Let me start with it's features:
- Padded soft PVC seat which is removable by un-clipping the clips on the underside of the chair, enabling easy clean
- Reclines into 3 positions
- 5 point harness
- Tray comes of completely and can be adjusted to be further in whilst your baby is smaller (locks into place)
- Circular dip in the tray, for bottle/sip cup
- Foot rest
- Bar to go between legs to stop your little one sliding out
- Huge basket underneath
When looking at cheaper high chairs, I decided that this one was the best as the table tray comes off completely, which is good for when your little one doesn't want to get into it, and it also makes it easier to clean the tray itself, and to be able to see where food has landed on the seat. The fact that the seat completely unclips means that you can flat it out as much as possible and sponge it down properly, getting into the crevices which you perhaps wouldn't be able to get to whilst cleaning in position.
Space is an issue for us, so we needed something which would fold away and stand by a wall. This is perfect. Whilst the handles stick out slightly, it folds well, and the tray can be put into the basket. The legs can also be taken apart for if you need to transport it, e.g. going on holiday.
Another reason I chose this one over some of the less expensive ones was due to the huge basket underneath which is perfect for storing wet wipes, bibs, etc. Although depending how messy your baby is, sometimes when it comes to cleaning, food can be found down there.
The five point harness adds to the safety aspect, and along with it's sturdy stance, it enables you to be sure that your little one cannot get out or rock the chair over.
The best thing for me, is the bar which goes between the legs. Most of the high chairs don't offer this, but as my baby was premature, he was quite small and I was worried about him slipping out. He's fine in it now, but when he wasn't so confident at sitting up, it gave me reassurance that he was fine.
I paid £44.99 for this high chair. Initially I was going to get a cheaper one, but on reflection, I am really pleased with my purchase. Had I have gotten a cheaper one I feel that it wouldn't have been so easy to clean and that I wouldn't have so much storage to go with it. My boy loves it and so do I.
When I was pregnant we compiled a list of things that we knew we would need in the first year of our baby's life. We did this so we could spread the cost of buying all the bits and pieces that are necessary for a baby. One item that we had in the list, which we eventually bought in a local baby shop was this Chicco Happy Snack High Chair, which currently retails on the likes of amazon for £42.99. We paid around the £40 mark for this chair, which I think was good value for money, given that we now use it everyday for our daughter, and when she is at home, she uses it for breakfast, lunch and tea, as well as to sit in when I am trying to get dinner on etc.
Chicco is a very recognised name in the baby world and so I was confident in its value for money. I may be easy pleased, but to be honest, I was attracted by the brightly coloured spotty washable fabric that lines the seat of the highchair. It doesn't exactly match my kitchen, but I do love colourful things and this would be suitable for boy or girl, and thus is a good buy if you are planning more than one child, and you don't have to worry about colour.
This chair is suitable for children from 6 months upwards, but we did have our daughter in it at the five month mark and she would perfectly secure and stable, but then she is quite a sturdy baby. Like all highchairs there are straps to secure baby with a leg divider in the between so baby can't slide through. Now, that my daughter is older, she hates being restricted anywhere, so we don't use the straps any longer, but pull the tray in so she would be unable to slide, plus one of us is always in the room when she is in the chair. The chair also comes with its own adujstable tray, which is a good size to let baby play with some toys at as well as we finish our dinner
This highchair is able to be folded up which makes it easy to put away if you need more space at the table. To be honest, although we have practiced folding it when we got it, just to ensure it worked, since we have had it out in our kitchen, and since our daughter has been using it, we haven't folded it away, but it is a good feature, and makes it easier to transport should you need to.
There are two big things that I particularly like about this seat. Firstly, there is an extremely handy net pocket between the legs of the highchair which is deep enough to hold toys to keep baby entertained, wipes, bibs etc - all the things that are needed when feeding a baby. I think this is a great feature of this highchair and not one that comes readily with other highchairs. It means you are not piling up these things on the kitchen table an they can be put away neatly when not needed but are at arms length when they are needed.
The other big feature I like about this highchair is the seat. Compared to other high chairs I have seen, firstly it is well padded and comfortable lookin (also offering 3 recline positions), but it comes round further around the sides, which is great for younger babies, who might slump in the chair more. It acts as extra cushioning for a child, when they aren't quite able to full support themselves, but are nearly there.
All in all, I think this is a great seat with great advantages, and no negatives that I have discovered so far. FOr the money you are gettinga bright, colourful, comfortable high chair, that will suit boy or girl, and keep baby happy, and store all the items you need when feeding a baby/child.
This highchair we have had for 2 years and it is still going strong and is very good quality. The padding on the seat differs to the picture here, the one we have has bright squares with letters of the alphabet in.
It folds up so you can store it and transport it although it doesn't make it extremely small, it is still quite bulky but it is nice to have the option to be able to make it smaller if you don't use it on a daily basis like us. We tend to fold it up and then hide it behind the sofa.
It is easy to use, even I got the hang of it very quickly! The tray slides off so that you can remove it to give it a proper wash and it can also go in the dishwasher too.
The straps lengthen so that it can grow with your child.
The chair can recline depending upon what is required, we tend to keep it in the most upright position as this is most practical to us.
Underneath the chair is a basket which makes good use of the space as you can store things in it. You have to be careful though as food crumbs can fall off the tray and into the basket so it can harbour germs if you do not clean it regularly.
The legs of the chair fold out quite a way so it does take up a lot of floor space, it isn't the most compact of highchairs that is for sure but this also does mean that it is very sturdy and solid which makes it very safe, if you bang into it you're not likely to be able to move it.
One thing I don't like is that the fastening of the chair can be a bit stiff and I struggle sometimes to release it without a few attempts.
I like that the tray isn't too deep so that your little one should be able to reach everything without having to lean forward too far for it.
I am pleased with the purchase as it has lasted well and it is comfortable as the seat is well padded. Because it's all plastic or metal it's easy to clean and wipe down too which is important in a high chair.
We paid £50 for it and bought it from John Lewis, 5 stars from me.
My Mother-in-Law bought this for my little girl when she was around 7 months old and it has had a lot of use since then. The first thing that I noticed about it was not only the attractive modern design on the seat cover which is suitable for either a boy or a girl so will last you if you go on to have other children, but the fact that the seat cover is padded for comfort and is wipe clean and can be removed if you need to give it a really good wash down. I am not sure if you are supposed to but I have put mine in the washing machine along with the harness when it has got a bit too grubby and it came out looking brand new. The harness itself is a 5 point one so you can rest assured that your baby is safe and secure whilst in the highchair and the tray can be easily adjusted to move closer to your baby while they are eating and moved further away to make lifting them out easier. The actual seat can also be easily reclined to three different positions for baby's comfort which I have found to be a great feature as it means when my daughter (now 14 months old) is eating I have it in the upright position, if she just wants to chill out with some milk I recline it slightly, and on the odd occasion that she has fallen asleep in it, I reclined it so that she was nearly in a lie down position.
The highchair as a whole is quite light and easy for me to lift and it is rare for me to find something like this as I am very petite and not exactly the strongest person in the world. It has I bar across the front so that when baby is a bit bigger, they will have somewhere comfortable to rest their feet and the storage basket underneath is very handy. I tend to use it to pop nappies/wipes, etc so that they aren't lying around and spilling out of the packets.
The one problem I have with this highchair is that I can't work out how to collapse it down for storage so if we have stayed anywhere overnight I have had to leave it at home. This is more my own fault though as I lost the instructions manual and I'm sure it is actually quite simple to do.
We did alot of shopping around when looking for our first highchair both online and visitng alsmost every baby shop there is and i was very surprissed at how many different makes and types of highchair exist not to mention how they varied in price. I had seen a few of this particular make and they seemed to start at about £40 and go way up to over £100 pounds. We didn't have alot to spend and i didn't want to spend to much either so when we came across this one online for about £50, and after reading some positive reviews we decided to get it.
It was very easy to put together and took only a matter of minutes to set up. It is made of a good quality plastic that seems very durable. The seat reclines to 3 different positions so the child can lay back a bit or sit bolt upright. The food try has 3 different settings and is detachable so comes of easily for cleaning.
It has a 5 point saftey harness that is easy to use and pretty easy to adjust (you just need to take the plastic seat cover off) so i am confident my child is safe when she is in it.
It looks quite bulky but it is still lightweight and easy to move about for cleaning or eating in a different room. It also folds away nicely to take up less space. The handel to do this is on the back and was a bit stiff at first but now it has been used we have no problem at all with it.
The seat cover is nice and padded and made of a thick plastic which also comes off without much fuss to be cleaned and seems to be holding up well with the constant washing machining. (my daughter is a messy eater). There is a large bag underneath ideal for storing bibs, wet wipes, highchair toys etc. It is just held on by poppers so again comes of eaily to clean (you will want to check it regularly for food debris as my daughter is a food dropper and alot seems to end up in here).
My daughter is now 22 months and still fits in it with space to grow so should get another 6 months out of it before the new baby will be needing it. I would definatly reccomend this highchair.
As my son approached six months, we started to think about what sort of high chair to buy and were initially attracted to the wooden variety which would fit in with our décor (oh how I laugh now, surrounded by a sea of brightly coloured plastic!) However, after some online research I found myself more and more attracted to the Happy Snack due to consistently good reviews and a reasonable price. We managed to get hold of one for £49.99, but they do often come up cheaper in the sales.
Once we got it home, my husband managed to set it up easily within 10 minutes and we had a little play with the various functions. Folding the chair does take a bit of practice, but as with any baby product it gets easier the more you do it. The back of the chair reclines in several positions (very useful if your child falls asleep in the chair) and this is very easy to operate by pushing in some yellow levers on either side of the chair back. The tray can be put on and off and adjusted to different settings very simply, again by pushing in two yellow levers which are underneath it. The chair itself feels very robust and sturdy, yet is very light to carry and can easily be moved to different rooms in the house or outside in the summer (I can manage this even without folding it.) We have now had this chair for about a year and it's still in excellent condition and has survived knocks and bumps and a toddler who likes to kick his feet on it and whack the tray at every meal!
The actual seat part of the chair looks very comfortable and provides plenty of room for a growing baby. The seat padding covers pretty much the whole seat, which is important as Elliot can take a fair amount of time over some meals. The five point harness is easy to adjust and clips into place with 'squeezy' clips, which can sometimes pinch your fingers but you very soon get the knack of it (just make sure your baby doesn't try and stick their little fingers in the clip when you're doing it up!) As the main body of the chair is made of metal and plastic and the seat cover is plastic too, it's very easy to wash and wipe clean. The harness, seat cover and storage basket can all be removed with no trouble and popped in the washing machine. On a few occasions, Elliot has been ill whilst sat in his high chair and I've just hosed the whole thing down outside!
In practice, there are a few things which niggle me about this high chair. We found the harness was way too big, even adjusted to the smallest setting, when we first put Elliot in the chair at 6 months. We got round this by pulling the excess straps through the back of the seat and tying a knot in them, however at this age you do want your baby to be secure, especially as they can't always manage to sit up that straight. The colour of the harness is also a little annoying- the light blue shows food stains straight away and it soon starts to look quite grubby. Elliot also had a habit of sucking on the straps so I found I was forever washing them- in the end I just took the harness off altogether as he hasn't yet showed signs of escape attempts (touch wood!)
Although the chair is generally easy to clean, there are nooks and crannies around the edge of the padding where bits of food can get stuck so it's not the type of chair where you can get away with just wiping over after meal. I normally find I need to give it a good going over every few weeks to avoid mouldy bits.
The chair also comes with a very large storage basket, which attaches underneath. In theory, this seems a great way of storing various baby bits and bobs. Unfortunately, in practice I have found the size and position of the basket means it becomes a receptacle for any bits of food Elliot throws overboard. This would be great if ALL the food ended up in the basket and saved me from hoovering and mopping, but of course only some of it does, so I have to clean the basket as well as the floor. Again, not so bad if only dry food and crumbs get in there, as you then only have to take it off and give it a shake outside. Elliot however, like most toddlers, is a dab hand at creating USO's (Unidentified Sticky Objects) which means the basket spent a lot of time in the washing machine. Eventually I gave up and took the basket off and I can't say I've missed it!
One last thing which sometimes bugged me is that you really need two hands to remove and reattach the tray. When we first started using the chair, I found it easier to put Elliot in without the tray attached, which meant I would often go to put him in, realise I needed to take the tray off, and then have to go and put him down somewhere whilst I removed the tray- quite a faff! Having said that, once he got older and started to gain more control over his limbs, I soon found I was able to pop him in with the tray still on so if you do have the same issue, it won't last for long.
Overall, this chair might not be the trendiest or smartest looking around, but does the job well and is sturdy and practical.
My mum baught us this for our son roughly a year ago. He is now eighteen months old and still fits in it perfectly- with plenty of room for growth.
Ok, where do i start! I am so impressed with this product, its nothing like the usual flimsy highchairs on the market- the frame is sturdy and the chair is padded and of top quality.
* Storage basket underneath
* Foldable for storage
* Foot rest
* Removable tray that can be attatched at various distance from child
* Reclining seat
* Five point safety harness
* Removable washable cover and straps
Ours still looks brand new, every now and again i remove the seat cover, which is easily done. You just unclip in from underneath and undo the safety harness. I pop it in the washer on a thirty degree cycle and it comes up like new!
Most highchairs on the market these days just dont have the quality of this one, i will get more use out of it for a couple of years to come- then wash it and store it away for future babies.
It is lightweight without been flimsy too, so easily can be moved from room to room if needed.
I bought the Chicco Happy Snack Highchair before my youngest son was even born. I liked the fact that it was bright and also that it was so cheap!
I bought it from Next and it cost £50. You can still buy it from Next but it is now £60. You can also buy it from Argos at a lower price of £44.99 reduced from £49.99. I think this is excellent value for money.
The highchair is lovely and bright and has cirlcles all over the wipe clean material. It is suitable for either boys or girls.
It has a wipe clean, removable tray that has a rim around the edge and a space for a cup.
The seat is lovely and padded which makes it very comfotable for baby.
This highchair also has 3 reclining seat postitions for extra comfort and is super safe as it has a 5 point safety harness (like in a pushchair) so that baby cannot climb out or even slide out.
There is also a large net basket underneath which can hold many items such as toys, bibs, wipes etc. and can also be wiped clean easily.
This highchair is quite bulky but it does fold up slightly to save on space and the tray comes off. I personally found this better as my son was a rather large baby! He fit in the highchair nicely and as the tray moves it was easier to get him in it.
I am no longer using our highchair as my son is 2 years old and can sit unaided at the table on a chair but I will be passing this on to a friend very soon and I am sure she will be as pleased as I was. It is still in excellent condition which shows how good quality this product is.
I would definately recommend this highchair and only wish I had had it when my eldest son was a baby.
We bought this particular high chair as it received good reviews from some parenting sites and was particularly suitable for smaller babies.
When we first got it our tiny 6 month old looked like a pea on a drum in it but she was well strapped in (we had to use freezer clips on the back of the straps to make them fit) and seemed comfortable. I found the high chair itself to be excellent but seemed to spend my life trying to clean nooks, crannies and crevaces as it wasn't easy to clean. The "wipe clean" cover has fabric edges which need to be washed rather than just wiped. The centre support, although an excellent safety feature, meant that food often ended up falling through the hole in the cover around the support and under the cover.
The chair has a removable tray which means your child can sit right up at the table if you prefer. There is a handy storage bag underneath to store bibs, wipes etc.
The chair folds really easily and can stand unaided if necessary.
Overall, I would say it is a very good high chair, just a bit fiddly to clean if you have a particulalry messy child.
When the time came to get a high chair I had no idea what one to get because there was so many choices available so my mum got fed up listening to me and went and bought the chicco happy snack high chair and I am so glad that she did. I am not sure exactly how much she payed for it but after a quick look it seems to be around £45-£50 which does seem rather expensive I think but we used our from the moment we started weaning my son off milk until he was too big for the high chair and able to sit by himself at a table, so we certainly got our moneys worth.
This particular high chair comes in an assortment of colours and patterns and we got the one which is blue with circles on it. It was fairly easy to assemble and is made from steel and plastic which make it very sturdy and safe. Another factor which makes this high chair very safe for young children is it features a 5 point safety harness and in the centre of the seat (between where child's legs would be) there is a stopper to prevent young baby from sliding out which I think is great as when my son was younger we went for lunch to our local pizza hut and this feature was not on their high chairs and my son slide right down and nearly fell out, luckily I managed to catch him and they have now upgraded to decent ones.
The seat has a 3 position recliner which is great for when you are first starting weaning and then when they are full able to sit up the seat can be moved to a more upright position. Also the seat is padded for extra comfort and removable so it can be washed. The tray can be set to 4 positions and can be fully removed or locked into position to stop the event of it falling off or being moved by your child. There are buttons at either side of the high chair which are used to fold it away for storage so it doesn't need to be kept out constantly. Other features are a foot rest which prevents kids feet from dangling and a large storage basket which is beneath the seat and is great as we always kept bids in it as my son would go through loads because he was so messy so it was easy to get them and I didn't need to leave him sitting himself to go and get them. Overall a great high chair which can be used from 6months to around 3years and is very easy to clean. Would definitely recommend it as a safe, sturdy and compact high chair!
Happy Snack is the new Chicco Highchair it is both practical and light, while being comfortable and functional. Happy Snack is modern and unique with a stylish and modern design it comes in attractive patterns, in colours that co-ordinate with the kitchen. When closed, it occupies very little space and weighs only 5. 9 kg. It is ideal for car transport. The backrest can be reclined to 3-positions.