My partners mother got this highchair for our little one once we had started the weaning process. She got it at a bargain for £10 second hand. I believe they go for around £40-£50 online.
Its quite a big highchair with a wide base. Its not particuarly heavy as I have found with some highchairs but if space is an issue this probably isnt a chair for you. You can fold it down flat but using it for 3 meals a day is there much point!
The tray for the higchair is quite large (which is a bonus for me really) and wipes clean very easily. It can also be taken off (you'll need both hands for this) which essentially means you can bring it up to the table to your child can eat with the rest of the family. This would depend on your table though, for us it wasnt low enough. Heighwise though its perfect for me to pull one of my dining room chairs up to to sit in whilst I feed him. The tray also has a small hole which I would assume is for a drinks cup to placed in.
There is a basket you can have clipped underneath but I soon got rid of it. I've read some mums like to store feeding bits in such as bibs and bowls but once your baby is mobile if the highchair is accesible he/she will be throwing them out. The problem for me was food was constantly getting thrown in there and i was having to clean it out and if i didnt notice it and it was a bit of banana it was pretty disgusting a few hours on! Its easy to remove with a couple of clips though.
I was suprised on reading these reviews that a few people mentioned the seat was very easy to clean. While its not hugely difficult i wouldnt say its very easy either! The pale blue straps stain very easily as do the creases in the seat. You can wipe it clean to an extent or take it off to wash it but sometimes food does sit stubbornly in the creases. Im not sure if anyone else has found this but I also needed to take the fabric off to sweep underneath it more than once a day as somehow a lot of crumbs gather there. I've taken to using the hoover as the crumbs get stuck in a small gap at the bottom of the seat base.
Harness wise its a secure 5 point harness which my 17 month old is still unable to get out off so its great for keeping him in place and I have used it a couple of times to position him infront of his favourite film while I attend to washing up the cutlery and utensils from mealtime.
The seat does recline which Ive had to use a couple of times when little man has fallen asleep (when watching film not while eating) and i havent wanted to disturb his nap so thats feature I'm quite keen on!
Age wise its suitable from 6 months to 3 years. The straps are adjustable as is the tray so it in a sense grows with your child. Its also a unisex design so suitable for a girl or a boy.
Im quite happy with the chair, just would prefer an easier to clean seat so Id have to knock off one star for that and give it 4 stars.
I bought a highchair when my 1st daughter was about 3 months old as I wanted to get her used to it before I started weaning!
The reason I chose it was because it:
-had a large storage basket underneath it for storing toys/bibs/wipes etc
-looked lovely and wipe clean
-seemed reasonably cheap compared to some on the market
My daughter sat happily in the high chair and as a high chair it did what it said on the tin, so to speak. But the wipe clean element is fantastic for the first few weeks when you are feeding them and the purée goes a little on the seat. When they are older and are feeding themselves spaghetti bolagnase, the food will get EVERYWHERE! And under the seat, in every nook and cranny imaginable, and there are lots of nooks and crannys with all the reclining mechanisms and so on. Also, the storage basket is really a very lovely idea, but again, when they start feeding themselves it just gets full of bits of banana and raisins and toast etc. Not so good!
Also, the reclining bit? What's that all about? Not sure I would want to recline when eating my dinner?? If your baby is too young to sit up straight, maybe they aren't ready to eat?? But that's what happens when you are a first time mum.....you get sucked in with gadgets and gizmos and fancy things!
I did also use the high chair for my son, I had really gone off it by then, but didn't want to buy another, but he was hardly in it very long as was soon in a booster chair at the dining table with the rest of us.
I visited my friend a few weeks ago who has a 7 month old daughter (her 2nd child) she also had a fancy contraption high chair for her 1st and also felt the same as me. She was less tight than me and decided to go and buy another one for her 2nd child. She paid £15 for a basic looking basic high chair from IKEA. It's fab. No nooks and crannys, no silly storage basket. If I were you I would go to Ikea!!
I started to wean my son when he was nearly 6 months old, so we quickly needed a highchair. I would usually conduct quite a bit of research before making a major baby purchase, but on this occasion I was offered a second hand Chicco Happy Snack. Having now used a number of different highchairs, I recognise how lucky I was to have blindly purchased it. Let me explain why I would thoroughly recommend the Happy Snack to other parents.
**Dimensions and Price**
The Chicco Happy Snack highchair won a Practical Parenting Best Buy award in 2007. It is suitable for babies from approximately 6 months (7.5kg) to 3 years (15kg), so it has quite a long lifespan for a baby product. This highchair is available in a number of different styles and colour combinations. I did a quick search of the internet and found that it is available for around £50 to £60 depending on style and retailer.
The Happy Snack is quite a large highchair. When open it has a height of 101 cm, a width of 54.5cm and depth of 79cm. You can collapse it quite quickly by simply pressing in 2 buttons on the side, and it folds almost flat. You can also remove the bottom half of the legs, if you want to make it even smaller when folded. It weighs 6.3 kg, which I think is quite heavy. However, this is not an issue for me as we seldom collapse or move the highchair.
The Happy Snack has a broad base, which makes it very stable. This is major bonus, now that my toddler has taken to climbing up the highchair when I'm not looking! However, if space is of a premium, you may find that the Happy Snack takes up too much room.
**Secure Seating and Harness**
One of the key things that I look for in a highchair is a secure harness. The Happy Snack has a 5 point harness, so it fits over the shoulders, around the waist and between the legs. You can easily alter the straps both at the shoulder and waist, to ensure that you have the right fit for your child. The straps are attached to the high chair at the shoulders, on both sides of the waist and also by the strap that fits between the legs. This means that baby is well secured into the chair. I think one of the best design features of the Happy Snack is the way in which the seat is moulded to fit between the child's legs. This prevents your child from sliding down in the seat, which I have found to be a real problem with other highchairs. This feature means that the Happy Snack is also suitable for smaller babies, who can easily sit upright even if they are not yet supporting themselves.
The Happy Snack also has 3 reclining positions. These may be useful in the very early stages of weaning, although I did not use them myself. You could also use the recline to lie your child down flat if they fall asleep whilst eating.
The Happy Snack has a large plastic tray, which you can remove completely from the highchair. This makes it easier to put your child in and take them out. It is also easier to clean the tray, once it is removed from the highchair. You need two hands to fit or remove the tray, but it is simple to lock into place. Despite my son's best efforts, he has never come close to removing the tray in 15 months of use. You can fit the tray into 4 different positions, so again the highchair can be adapted as your child grows.
The Happy Snack has a large net basket that fits under the seat. I find this really useful for storing bibs, bowls and other feeding equipment. However, the basket is a real food trap. I constantly need to clean out the dropped bits of toast, banana, baked beans etc that gather in it. However, it is easy to remove the basket, and as the base is plastic you can quickly wipe it clean. You could also remove the basket completely, if you got fed up of cleaning it out.
**Ease of Cleaning**
Feeding a baby or toddler can be an extremely messy business, so it helps if the highchair is easy to clean. The Happy Snack comes with a padded plastic seat cover, which is easy to remove and to wipe clean. Our Happy Snack is in the Hawaii design, which is bright and suitable for both boys and girls. However, I can never understand why Chicco chose to give it pale blue straps. One toddler with bolognaise for dinner, very quickly messes up the straps. However, they can be easily removed and will come up clean when soaked in stain remover before washing.
If you have sufficient space, I think the Happy Snack is a good, practical and reliable highchair. My son is now 21 months, but the Happy Snack has sufficient room for him to continue growing for another year. Our Happy Snack was in excellent condition when we got it, despite having been used for two years. It is still going strong, and would definitely cater for another child. I think that makes it excellent value for money. Chicco well deserved the Practical Parenting Award for the Happy Snack. It comes with my firm recommendation too!
**This review also appears on Ciao**
Well I'm giving this high chair a three star and I have my reasons for it.
The Good - The highchair itself is very modern, great range of colours to choose from. Most colours are unisex so would be good to reuse with siblings. It folds down quite flat so its very easy to fit into boots to take to nan's etc. With that, it's very easy to fold down, although you do need both hands to do it.
The tray is nice and large and easy to clean. There are no little ridges that I've seen on some trays that allows bits of food to get stuck into. It's very easy to fit the tray onto the chair.
Cleaning the actual cushioning of the chair is a breeze. A few little slits to prod the straps through and a few clips at the bottom to slide through is all you need to get the completely lift and remove the cushioning. All I do then is shove it in the machine & give it a good wash. Puting it back on is just as easy. You just prod it back through the slits.
The straps are very safe and easy to adjust. They look fairly comfortable too.
The not so good - Well there's not much I can say is bad about this chair, only a few little pointers.
Well when we'd had this chair a few months, the mechanism for putting it up and folding it down broke. So only one side of the chair would stay clipped it..... very dangerous! When researched this problem, we found that quite a few had the same problem. Obviously, they would replace it if you had the receipt. But if not, well you're a bit stuck.
Other than that, the chair takes up quite a bit of room when it's up.... but there aren't many that don't.
Saying that, I have bought another one for my youngest son as I find it very good value and one of the best on the market. I have kept the receipt though.
Well i will start by saying i love this high chair, with my first child i just bought a cheapish high chair so i thought as that one wasnt good when i had my son i would buy a decent one, after looking through various shops i found this one in mothercare, and i love it!
The good points about this is the fact it lays down!, a lot of people used to say to me 'well why would you need a high chair that lays down your meant to be feeding' well i found this very handy as my son had a tendancy to fall asleep inbetween feeding or as i was getting his juice or pudding, rather than disturbing him i would let him rest a little while and he also liked to lay back while he drank his juice so its very handy.
The material is also good as its all wipe down, saves the washing machine always going on!
And it has a realy big basket underneath where i put baby wipes and bibs and things ready for feeding time.
It also looks realy comfy and my son seems to love being in there.
I think the only bad point is, the size of it, even when folded its big so you cant store it away easy, luckily my kitchen is big so i leave it stood up but i wouldnt recommend it to someone who doesnt have much space.
I love this highchair, and i would recommend splashing out and getting this one over a cheaper one, if you look around you can get this one cheaper than most places, and it also comes in some realy nice designs, just be careful with the basket underneath as food does tend to drop in there!
After having just a cheap, basic highchair for our two oldest daughters, I decided I wanted to have one a bit more luxurious for our third daughter. After doing some looking around and asking for recommendations, I decided to go for a Chicco Happy Snack. We chose it in the Pois Pink design, which is a very girly, but modern design, the cover is light pink, with dark pink, white and brown circles.
I ordered from Mothercare, who at the time had a sale on so we only paid £35, which was a bargain and well worth the money.
The seat cover is a nice padded one, and there is an easily adjustable safety harness. When the highchair is up, its quite wide, and with the tray on it looks quite big. But when you take the tray away, and fold the highchair down, it folds up quite compact and is easily moved out of the way. Being able to fold the chair away was a bonus for me, as we needed the space!
The seat has a 3 point recliner, which comes in handy when baby is first being weaned, as you can still have them in a highchair, but lay it back so baby isnt sat bolt upright. As baby grows you can move up one, and now my daughter is feeding herself quite happily, we have it set on the top one so she is sat upright.
Underneath the highchair is a basket, which at first I thought would come in very handy as a bit of extra toy storage space. It soon became apparent that was a no-go, as it seems to do nothing but catch dropped food!! We regularly find food there, so if toys were in there too we would be finding some not nice things! So I find this the only downside as it seems a bit of a useless thing to have on there.
Its also easy to keep clean. The tray is easily removed for washing, and the material of the seat cover is wipeable. I also give the chair a bit of a hoover every few days, I just lift the seat cover to catch any crumbs that have gathered.
Im very pleased with our Happy Snack, it was worth every penny and gets used 3 times a day, sometimes more as my daughter will someimes sit in there and have toys on the tray while I am cleaning! I wish we had bought one for our other daughters too!
We purchased the Chicco Happy Snack highchair when our son was five months old. We'd looked at a lot of different high chairs, but as we weaned him before he was sitting unaided, we needed a chair that was suitable from 4-6 months, rather than something where he'd need to be able to sit for a longer period without support.
The chair is well designed and attractive looking. The plastic seat covering is wipe-clean and looks good. The basket underneath is useful for catching bits of food, or for storing meal-time equipment. The tray is fairly large, and is removable so that you can push the chair up to the table so your little one can join in family mealtimes - however, the bit between the babies legs is a bit high for it to actually fit under our table so we haven't really been able to use it in that way, although it was an important consideration when we bought the chair.
The chair was great for the first year that we had it. Our son always seemed to enjoy sitting in it - although it became an inevitable battle when he hit toddlerdom. He would still fit comfortably in it now at nearly 2.5 but refuses to sit there. The large tray is very good (some high chair trays are far too small) and it is benefical to be able to remove the tray for easy cleaning.
The main reservations I would have is that it takes up a lot of space when open - you can fold it to store it, but if you're using it three times a day the reality is that you probably won't bother. The base is deceptively wide in comparison with the seat - this makes it very stable, but also easier to trip over it. The major issue is that is is very difficult to clean the plastic seat cover thoroughly as food gets trapped into the creases and the straps also get very dirty. You can remove the cover to clean it, but this is very difficult to do and it still does not get completely clean along the seams.
Overall I would recommend this highchair, especially for younger babies who need the support that it provides, but be warned about the cleaning issues.
I bought this highchair for my little boy wen he was 5 months old, as I wanted to have it ready for when he was able to sit in it. The age range states it can be used from 6 mnths although I found that because my little boy couldnt sit up on his own at this point, he kept slouching to the side.
I dint have the hawaii design, I had the pois blue (cirlcles), as it matched by baby walker. I chose this highchair because of the disign and also its value for money, I paid £49.99 which i thought was a bargain for such a good highchair.
It has a removable seat cover meanin you can wash it easily. Has 3 position recline which I thought was brilliant as my little boy had a habbit of fallin asleep whilst eating, the recline mechanism is very simple and did not disturb my sleeping child. This highchair also has 4 positons in which the tray can be placed.
A 5 point harness aids the safety of the child. And last but not least this highchair comes with an underneath storage basket to keep toys/nappies or what ever else you would like to keep in it.
The highchair is very stylish-looking, with a nice bright design on the seat, which can be removed and washed, and is suitable from 6 months to about 3 years (depending how long they will sit in the chair!). It has a removable tray, which you could just wash in the sink or wipe over, and which can be placed in four different positions. The chair has a 5-point harness, and the seat itself can recline into three different positions, good if you are using it from an early age.
The seat is positioned on two frames of legs, with a large basket underneath. I bought mine for £40 from Argos, but the price may have changed, so it's worth to shop around for the best price.
The seat is very well padded, which was what I wanted mostly from a highchair, as I didn't want my son to be uncomfortable while eating.
However, there were a few points that begun to annoy me after a while. Firstly, the food would fall down on the seat and get trapped under between the fabric and the plastic parts, which was difficult to remove, and also the food would get in the creases of the fabric part of the seat. It is possible to wash the seat, but I was worried that it would become ruined if it was washed too often. The legs really jut out from the chair, so if you have a small house, you will probably find that you stub your toe on it a few times!
However, the tray was easy to clean, and the basket was really big, so I could store some toys in there to distract my son with whilst I was putting food in his mouth!!
For £40 it is a very padded chair and does the job, so I might forgive the few niggles it has with the cleaning!
I looked around for a high chair for a long time, we found quite a few we liked but none of them seemed to be perfect until we went onto Mothercare and found this one.
Its nice and roomy, very comfortable the seat also lays down for when your little ones decide to fall asleep in there dinners!!
It comes in quite a few differnt colours and designs but i love the hawaii one.
The tray comes of very easily to be washed and the seat unit is easily wiped down aswell not like some high chairs that are cloth seats!
The basket underneath is a realy good idea aswell, an extra place to store the too many toys children have it also tends to catch food when the child drops it making it easier to clean up rather than all over the floor.
The only thing we struggle with is the folding mechanism its not as easy as most and its quite bulky when folded but other than that its perfect.
My son's first highchair was a very simple one, the Jam and Jelly range from Littlewoods featuring a rather cute zebra motif. However after a spillage which could not be rectified with a damp cloth I discovered that the seat cover could not be removed for washing. So the search began for a replacement.
I already had my eye on a few designs before the incident though thought it would be too much of a dent to my finances to upgrade when my current highchair was in full working order. Now however I had free reign to research these other highchairs and choose one suitable.
I had set my sights on Mothercare's Verona highchair only to find that after deliberating with my husband in the store that evening on whether or not the design looked good enough, in stepped a pregnant woman (not a woman with an already weaned child and no highchair) and snapped up the last one from stock. I was slightly put out to say the least.
It was then that we ventured to Toys R Us and quickly spotted the Chicco Happysnack highchair in two designs. The first was the 'Seventy' design priced at £82.99. The seat cover was green and decorated with blue and pink spots. I was none to keen on the amount of pink in this design despite it being otherwise quite boyish in appearance and so decided against it. The second was the Hawaii design priced considerably lower at £59.99. The seat cover had a blue background and large flower motifs in red, blue and orange giving it the look of a Hawaiian shirt. Being a fan of bright and colourful things this is the design we decided upon.
When we reached home my husband set to work on settling our son to sleep while I set to work in another room setting up his new highchair for the following morning. This highchair was not pre-assembled. It was boxed in eight parts, being the seat and top half of legs, two sets of bottom legs, tray, two plastic tray adjusters, footrest and under storage bag.
The front set of legs attached by sliding them over the top on the upper half whilst carefully pushing in a pin type clasp on each leg, as the legs slid up the pin type clasp then appeared through a hole in each leg holding it in place. The back set of legs were attached in the same way however these slid under the top half so there was no misunderstanding which set was which. I am not keen on this type of assembly as I found this exact method on an activity arch a while ago and got rather frustrated with how fiddly it was. Sure enough this was fiddly too and although I managed to slide the front legs on with relevant ease, the back legs caused more of a problem. It seemed that the legs were slightly misshapen and therefore did not fit correctly. I eventually rectified this by covering the bottom with a tea towel and hitting it with a large wooden rolling pin, much to my husband's amusement!
Once the legs were attached the other parts were very straight forward. I did find however that the instruction manual only gave very simple diagrams and no useful information as to how to assemble this product.
The Chicco Happysnack Hawaii has a removable seat cover, something which I now find invaluable. It has a safety harness which fastens around the waist and over the shoulders. The backrest has three settings which are easily selected by lifting an orange handle at the back of the seat and sliding the backrest into position. The food tray has four different positions, the first being closest to where baby sits and the fourth being furthest away. This is adjusted again relatively easily by holding in two handles on the underside of the tray and aligning them with your desired setting. You may however need to peer underneath in order to align the tray correctly.
To fold the highchair down there are two orange handles either side of the seat, these must be held in and the backrest pushed back, taking it completely off the settings. When closed down the food tray protrudes and you may therefore wish to remove it. I initially found it rather difficult to fold this highchair down.
I personally find that the food tray on this high chair does not sit well with the design. It is a cream colour with an opaque finish and looks like it has faded in the sunlight, although this was the colour it was intended to be. With the pure white in the flower motif I find the food tray colour clashes somewhat and would have looked much better if it had been white instead.
Overall I do like this highchair, the seat cover design is bold and modern and the highchair itself, although much chunkier than my previous one, is very sturdy and secure. It's removable parts make it easy to keep clean and its under storage bag is ideal for storing a few highchair toys which work well as a distraction when my son is being a little selective with his food. I find the price very reasonable, in fact it is very cost effective in comparison to others with the same features. This is a product I would certainly recommend.
I bought this high chair when my little boy was approaching the time for solid food and he had his first sit in it at 22 weeks and he loved it! I found it so much easier to feed him in it than his floor seat that I was using.
I bought it from Mothercare and it has a slightly different colour seat. I got it inthe sale for £40. If this is the seat you want definately shop around as you can usually pick one up in the sale.
Ths chair is very comfy as it has a padded seat cover which can be removed and washed. It has three reclining positions so enables your baby to relax and feel comfy when they are little. Now we just use the upright one. The tray is really easy to remove and clean. There is a recess to put a cup in which I guess I might use when they get older. Be careful with the harness clasp as you could get nipped when fastening your child in. I like the plastic bit between their legs which stops them from slipping down. It can be folded up but we tend to leave it out. It is not height adjustable but it fits at our table and is it really worth paying £90 quid for an adjustable one? There is a big bag underneath which I use for storing toys, bibs etc at the moment. A good sturdy chair with a wide base.
When i found i needed a highchair i really didn't know which one it was i wanted, alls i knew was that i wanted a highchair that was suitable for a girl and a boy. I found that Toys R Us had the biggest range of highchairs, the Chicco Happy Snack High Chair was the one that caught my eye it was a reasonable price and very stylish.
I find the highchair very easy to clean and is always stain free as it has a removable waterproof seat cover that can be put in the washing machine, as parents know children can be very messy so the easier the item to clean the better.
The highchair has three reclining seat positions i don't tend to use the third position as the baby is practically laying down, it has four pull out positions for the tray which is also removable but again i only use the first or second position if you move it out any further the child has allot of room to move around and can be frustrating whilst feeding, it also has a five point harness which can be machine washed.
The highchair is free standing when folded so is great if you live in a two bed apartment like me and are stuck for room, it also has a storage basket on the bottom which is pretty big i just tend to use this for catching food that my daughter drops.
The only problem some people may find is that the highchair does not have different height positions; i don't find this to be a problem at all as it is at a good height for a dining table.
The highchair can be found in Toys R Us for £59.99 and is suitable from 6 months; i did start using the highchair at 5 months and found it to be very safe.
Equipped with a luxurious deep padded seat with brightly coloured fabric. Featuring: 3 reclining seat positions, 5 point harness and a 4 position pull out tray. Suitable for children 6 months to 3 years.