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When I had my first child, I decided to purchase items in the same range and fortunately I was able to purchase the Fisher Price Healthy High Chair in the Animals of the Rainforest design.
I had looked at purchasing the highchair at full price from Argos at £89.99 but really could not justify paying that price and set about looking for a second hand version at a cheaper price and managed to pick one up in mint condition for £25.
The highchair was already assembled when we collected it so we did not have to assemble but looking at the instructions it appeared pretty straight forward.
Our son was sitting upright from an early age but I wanted a recline feature on the high chair and this high chair offered that. By pressing in a button at the back of the seat unit you could recline the chair into 3 positions.
We found this a very handy feature when he fell asleep and we could then recline the seat easily without disturbing him.
The chair has 7 height adjustment levels, to adjust we simply press in the two yellow buttons found at the side of each leg and slide it up and down to the required height. Once we have the required height simply hold in place and release the buttons and the height is set and confirmed with a click, we find this ideal as we only have a small house we carry the chair into our living room so he can watch the tv so we do not have to have an alternative chair for him taking up more room.
Easy to fold;
When it is not in use we simply fold it up and it stays in our kitchen at the table. To fold up the highchair it simply involves pressing in the lever underneath the hinge and pushing inwards, nice and easy.
5 point safety harness;
The harness is easy to remove and can be adjusted to two heights and the straps are fully adjustable to offer maximise safety and comfort for your baby. The straps can be a little distracting to your child when trying to feed as my son has a habit of grabbing them and putting them in his mouth just as I am about to give him a spoonful of food.
The harness is one of the easier child harnesses to use with a central crotch clip and two clips that go over the shoulders and secure into the crotch pad ensuring that the baby is secure.
An excellent feature is that is can be removed from the highchair easily by pressing together the clip on the back of the seat unit and sliding the harness off allowing it to go into the washing machine to clean easily.
Surface Washable Vinyl Seat;
The seat is easy to keep clean and very easy to remove, however I have found it will go in the washing machine fine as long as it is on a cool wash and it drys very quickly. I have had to put it in the washing machine a couple of times when my son has been sick and it has gone on the underside of the padding.
The seat unit is easy to remove as it is secured in place by small clips around the seating area and is easy to fix back into place.
Suitable from 4 months;
Our son started on solids just before he was 5 months so he was in this highchair from a young age. It is stated that it is suitable from birth but although it is possible we would not have liked to have used it from birth and used it from 4 months as our son could sit up and support his own head.
He really loved the highchair as he could look around and be part of the dinner table with my husband and I.
Removable Dishwasher tray;
Although we did not receive the food tray with our highchair we did still receive the highchair tray and we do not miss the tray insert although I can see how ideal it would be for baby led weaning.
To fix the tray onto the chair I press the Fisher Price logo at the front of the tray and click the tray onto the highchair frame until it clicks into place. Even when it is on the frame by pressing the button you simply slide back and forth into the desired position. It is important to ensure it clicks on securely as my son has kicked it off on several occasions when it has not been secured properly.
I just love this highchair, the only downside for us is that it is quite big and the legs take up a lot of floor space when open but I wouldn't have any other chair as I know that this is safe and secure for my child. When it is collapsed it doesn't take up any more room than most other highchairs and the seat unit is nice and deep and the recline feature is ideal.
The fact that you can easily remove the seat pad and harness and wash them is a great feature and despite wiping down the highchair after each use, inevitably it can get very dirty and needs to have a more thorough wash.
My son took to the highchair very quickly and loves being put into it whilst I am in the kitchen especially because we have purchased the highchair toy for him to spin around and play with.
Despite only paying £25 I think even if we have paid the full price I would still be saying that this highchair is worth its weight in gold. I know I don't have to worry about my son tipping it over as he rocks in the seat as it is so secure and the wide legged frame means it isn't going anywhere.
The tray is easy to keep clean and it even comes with a teething tiger toy which can be positioned on either side and keeps your baby occupied whilst you prepare their lunch or complete a task.
I don't think I could have picked a better highchair.
I begun weaning my daughter onto solids a few weeks ago, initially I had to feed her in her bouncy chair as I had no alternative. I was under the impression that a highchair was only for baby's who are able to sit up unsupported. After looking around at highchairs I was pleased to see that some were suitable from birth. I decided to buy the Fisher Price healthy care highchair in the Rainforest design to match my daughters jumperoo, mat and bouncer.
The highchair is available in Argos and cost £99.99, which initially I thought was an awful lot of money. However I was reassured to see that the highchair has a maximum weight of 50lb or 23kg so I knew it would last my daughter a good year or two.
The highchair is easy to put together it took me about 10 minutes you only need a Philips head screwdriver.
When it is assembled the highchair is rather large and it does take up a lot of space. It isn't much smaller when it is folded even though it folds flat for storage. When folded the measurements are (H)99, (W)50, (D)45cm.
The highchair features a removable tray this simply slides onto the front of the highchair and can be moved forward and back depending on the age/size of your child. There is also a removable feeding tray with individual sections to place food, this is dishwasher safe, I haven't used this feature yet as my daughter is still on purees.
The highchair has seven seat height adjustments and three positions for the seat including a reclined position for younger baby's.
To adjust the seat is really straightforward behind the padding is a red lever you pull up and move the seat until it 'clicks' into position. To adjust the height you simply push in a white button on either side of the seat and slide it up or down. The height levels are clearly numbered on the side of the chair.
The seat itself is covered in rainforest animals, it is really bright and colourful and appeals do my daughter who is quite taken by the tiger! the seat is made from a wipe clean material so if my daughter spills any food I can simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
My daughter first started using this seat at about 4 months, I use the middle seat setting and adjust the height depending on what we are doing. The seat has a really good harness which you put your baby's arms through and then clip across their front. The highchair also has a piece of plastic in between the legs to prevent your baby slipping out. There is also a plastic footrest on which would be suited to an older baby. My daughter looks really comfortable in the seat as it is well padded. Attached to the tray is also a tiger teething toy which rattles when shaken, my daughter loves chomping away on this. When I put my daughter in the chair she gets excited and starts kicking her legs she is one of these baby's who loves being able to see the world and what is going on, this highchair is perfect as it allows her to be upright enough to see but not too upright so she is slumped in the harness.
I would recommend this because it allows you baby to sit at the table with you because you can adjust the height to suit your dining table. I also use it in the living room if my daughter wants to watch a little tv. The chair has rubber feet so will grip to any floor surface without damaging it.
Why I wanted it
My eldest was a dream baby and the second he popped out I was broody again so he was only 4 monhts old when I got pregnant again. He was a hungry baby so I started him on solids at 4 months but had to feed him in a bouncer as he couldn't sit up. I had been given a highchair by a friend but although it had starps he just slid down and under the tray! I was looking for a new one and as this one said it was suitable from birth I chose this one as I thought I could use it for the new baby as well.
You can just about see a little red bit on the picture where there is a hole in the seat. This is what you must pull up to get the seat to recline, I didn't use it fully upright to begin with it was reclined by one nothc.
On the legs there are holes so you can adjust the hight of the seat. Although I had it fully up for my eldest because he was eating with us by the time I got it when my middle one was born I moved it to the lowest so I could use it easier sitting in the living room with him.
The blue bit you can see at the front of the tray has a handle behind it, you pull that forward while holding the front and it just slids off, ever so easy and smooth. It also has a tray that slots in the main tray. This is separated into different sections (as you can see in the picture)
There are 2 slots on the tray on either side where you can push is a toy, this is a teddy with a ring for a belly that has a couple of other rings through so essentially a teether. The tray is also dishwasher safe although i haven't got a dishwasher so I'm not sure how well it works. I will say my hubby get very excited with the scrubby side of the spong and he hasn't manged to damage or scratch it (unlike my non-stick pans!)
It has a soft plastcic coated cover for the seat with a 5 point safety harness to strap in little one. This is safe and easy to wipe but if little one does fall asleep in there I wouldn't recommend leaving them in, although perfectly safe, especially if you recline it if they are anything like my kids they'll get very sweaty!
It has a solid plastic bit that goes between your childs legs. This is great at keeping baby in position and as it goes right up to the tray none of my kids have managed to pull their legs out and get tangled up like they have in other highchairs. the one disadvantage of this is that the cover has a hole in it to accomodate this. This means that when baby gets a little older and a little smarter they manage to post food through these gaps as well as down the side and even the back! Unfortunately the inside of the cover is not covered in any kind of plastic so is hard to clean. I can't remember if it says its machine washable but I have put it in the washer on a 30 degree hand wash and its come out fine. The only thing I would say in regards to cleaning is the hoels where the toy goes, this get really clogged with stuff and is awkward to get out. If however you can put it in a dishwasher its probably fine.
It states it can be used up to 23kg so my eldest could still go in it and he is now 4! In regards to durability I am a childminder so I have used this now for 3 of my own children, as well as 3 different childminded children. It still looks practically brand new and I must admit I'm rubbish at maintaining stuff and my hubby is heavy handed and this still looks great.
It is now set-up in the living room again for my youngest who is 4 months old and I have a selection of suction toys I attach to the tray. He loves it and I know its a place he is already comfortable with when it comes to introducing solid food.
I must admit whilst I love this highchair (it is one of 3 and is by far the best) storage could be an issue. If you have the space to leave it up all the time great but the main seat doesn't move/tilt or anything when its folded up so even when folded it prob about a foot wide still. To be honest I was happy to sactrific ease of storage for how sturdy and reliable this is.
I can't remember where I got this from but knowing me either Littlewoods or Boots, I have looked it up and its currently on boots for £86.99. This is a lot compared to most highchairs but I can honestly say if I knew what I do now about this highchair, and how good it is I would have paid 2 or 3 times that amount.
Bought this new from Boots. It was easy to assemble and seemed very stable and sturdy. The best features are the removeable trays and the reclining seat. My son is always falling asleep when he eats so it is great to be able to recline him to make things more comfy for him. The trays lift off completely so it is easy to get a child in an out of the chair and easier to clean the trays. One tray sits inside the other which can be used in place of a plate with it's different sections for food. Both trays are branded dishwasher proof, yet they are both too large to fit in my full size dishwasher! The trays can be released by using just one hand from the front (which is easy for my husband, but a bit trickier for me and my tiny hand) or by two hands from either side. This chair is really stable my son has frequently flung himself around in and against it in a paddy, but it hasn't so much as wobbled. On the downside the chair is still rather bulky when folded up, no good for a small kitchen. The tray can be attached to the back legs for storage, but this knocks/falls off so easily that it is a pointless feature.
I bought the Fisher price healthy care high chair in the aquarium design. I bought it second hand but I think they still sell the same basic seat just with different designs/colours.
The high chair is brilliant for younger babies and we used it from when our daughter was about 8 weeks old with a seat liner in. The seat reclines in 3 positions so our baby was able to lie in the seat and still be part of our family a meal times (which incidentally was her crying time ! ) This helped her settle and us to eat together.
The chair has a 5 point safetly harness which is very easy to adjust and fit. The harness can be used in 3 different positions to allow for a growing baby. The recline position was very good if an older baby falls asleep at meal times.
The seat has 7 height positions also so can be adjusted to suit your needs.
My daughter found it to be a very comfy seat and the material it is made from is waterproof so theoretically easy to wipe down.. the only downside is the seat has lots of folds in the seat are which food inevitable gets stuck in so as soon as our daughter was old enough to start finger food we had to replace the seat with a less "fussy" one and have opted for a simple wooden seat instead.
Another good point for the Fisher Price Healthy Care high chair is the removable plastic feeding traly that allowed me take it off and wash in the sink !
In all a very good starter high chair with lots of features but we found it just too hard to keep clean once baby started finger food.
We bought this in the Rainforest design, and it cost £84.99 from Boots online. It was not too difficult to put together, we managed it in about 30 minutes and the instructions are simple to follow.
It is sturdy and easy to clean, as it has a tray insert in the tray meaning that if baby makes a huge mess you can just pop the top tray out to wash and leave him with the bottom one to play on.
The tray is huge which is excellent as it means there is plenty of room for a cup and toys, or cup and finger foods. It also has different sections for a cup, pudding bowl and main dish which I great, although you can remove this if you prefer one big space.
It folds down easily and the tray is easy to push in or out (just press one button in). It reclines back which is essential with early weaning if your baby cannot sit up independently. This is apparently also useful if baby falls asleep, although I have no experience of this as my son never just drops off when sitting up.
The height can be adjusted to put him level with the table if we are eating as a family or lowered if I want to sit on the sofa and feed him.
The bright colours are what originally attracted me to this highchair as it is bright enough to attract my baby but as the seat is the only coloured bit I find it is still fairly inoffensive in my neutral dining room.
It also has a lion rattle toy attached to the tray and while this is nothing particularly exciting I must admit my little boy loves playing with it when he sits in his chair.
--- Healthy care high chair ---
I bought this highchair from Argos and it cost me about £70, my children will happily play in it, watch telly in it as well as eat in it. Because the highchair is hight adjustable they can sit at the table with us when we have our tea which they think is great!
The assembly was fairly easy, it took me around half an hour to put the chair together, there is easy to follow instructions with pictures.
-Removable dishwasher safe food tray
-7 height adjustments
-3 position recline
-teether toy fits on either side of tray
-5 point safety harness
-surface washable vinyl seat pad
-folds compact for storage
-sturdy steel frame
-tray snaps on back of legs for storage
-age from 3months
---SECURING YOUR CHILD---
Place your child in the seat, pull crotch belt between their legs, put arms through the belt and fasten waist/shoulder belt to the sides of the crotch belt. You will hear a click on both sides when the belt is properly fastened.
The base tray fits to the seat armrest by pushing down until it snaps into place. To adjust the tray to your baby's comfort either push the release bar on the front of the tray or squeeze the latches at the side of the tray and push back or pull forward to comfort. To remove the tray you can either squeeze both the latches on the side and lift the tray off or push the release bar on the front of the tray and pull towards you until the tray comes off. To fit the food tray you just press it down onto the base tray.
---ADJUSTING THE SEAT---
Press the leavers on both seat hight adjusters and lift or lower to desired height - there is 7 hight positions.
Squeeze the handle at the back of the seat and push the seat back or pull it forward to desired position.
The seat pad, toy, frame, and base tray can all be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The food tray is dishwasher safe.
--- What I think ---
Overall I would recommend this highchair to anyone, my babies always look safe in this highchair even if the tray isnt on, they are always comfortable in here too and will even go to sleep in it. I think it is definately worth the money I paid for it.
I first bought this chair when my son was four months old and he couldn't really sit up but because of the way it is designed he could sit comfortably as it is shaped at the back and the best bit is the plastic bit between the legs stopping them falling even if the straps are not on!
It is so easy to clean as it is plastic at the back and the tray comes off also the inner tray goes in the dishwasher, although I never have done (takes up too much room).
It does fold down however, it is still quite big. Great if you have room to keep it up as it is very sturdy and the adjusting height is very usefull.
My son is now 2 1/2 and is just growing out of it and after all this time I think the only problem I have had is that the writing on the front of the tray has come off!
Well worth the money I'd say.(if you have the space)
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Fisher Price Healthy Care High Chair
Now that Jack is starting to eat puréed food I thought that it was about time that we forked out and got him a high chair. It was quite a decision to make, as there are so many different ones available on the market.
The first thing we looked at was the clean ability of the high chair and the main factor in this is if the food tray can be removed. As my partner works in a restaurant he knows how difficult to clean these high chairs can be especially if the trays do not remove. The second factor is if the seating cover can be either machine-washed or easily wiped clean. The best seat coverings are the PVC ones that are very easy to wipe off any spills or splodges.
Now because Jack is still fairly young and not yet entirely able to sit up unaided we were looking for one that is suitable for younger children. One that is able to give added support where needed or even one that can tilt back slightly enabling Jack to sit easily in the chair.
This Fisher Price Healthy Care High Chair really did tick all of the boxes and far more besides. There is also the added bonus of it being blue checked in colour which is better than it being in pink for a boy, even though getting it for a girl would still be ok.
We bought this high chair from Argos for £64.99pence because we had a £5 voucher from a previous purchase that we had made so the catalogue price is £69.99p and because we spent over £50 we received another £5 voucher so you could say that we in a round about way got £10 off the chair. A totally bargain I thought. It is however one of the more expensive high chairs available in the Argos book but this is of course because it has far more things going for it than all the others.
Setting up the high chair out of the packaging was as all things you have to put together a nightmare. The instructions were clear and had good diagrams to got with them and all the right things were included but personally I cant stand having to put things together at all and wished it was already done for me. It probably took about 45 minutes from start to finish and wasn't as bad as most things are to put together.
The chair itself can be made lower or higher depending on what it is that you want. This I find is very helpful if you are feeding at table height as this can be adjusted to suit the height of your own table or if you are feeding standing the highest setting is perfect. There are seven height settings to choose from in total. The ease of changing the height could not be simpler as there are two handles down each side leg that can be pushed in and then the seat can be dropped or raised safely, although much safer and easier to adjust before you sit your child in the high chair.
There are also three seat settings giving you the option to have your child sat bolt upright, slightly reclined or more reclined. This again is so simple to change either with the child in the high chair or without them in it. There is a large red handle set into the head part of the seat that once lifted up released to clips allowing you to move the chair forward or backward. You just have to make sure that the two pins either side of the chair are safely and securely in the chosen holes.
The seat covering as I have said before is coloured in blue and white check. The cushion is not totally PVC but it does have a sort of plastic coating over the whole thing that makes it totally easy to wipe away any mess. It is also very comfy well I cant say that from personal experience but Jack does look comfy in it and the extra padding on the chair along with the extra head support really makes it look like a chair fit for a king. It says in the catalogue that it is machine washable but you are told on purchase that this is not the case but because it is so easy to wipe clean that doesn't really matter.
The harness that this high chair is fitted with is made of a dark blue material and this is where food loves to get stuck. The harness is a five point one meaning that there are two separate belts that come over both shoulders and clip into a separate buckle that comes up from in between the legs. All these parts came come off easily and be washes with a brush in the sink.
The food tray comes in two parts and the top part, which has the sections where drinks and food can be placed, is dishwasher safe and can be easily removed from the bottom part of the tray. These two parts sit easily on to the two arms of the legs and together they have a one hand quick release mechanism which is absolutely perfect when having a child in one arm and trying to get them into the chair as this can often be pretty tricky. The white tray also comes with a teether toy. This toy comes on the end of a plastic rope like part that clips nicely and neatly into a second on the bottom tray and can be bent round out of the way or round into the mouth of the child. The toy is a rubber yellow bunny and Jack seems to love this as much and his spoon!
All in all I really thing this high chair is top class and well worth the money I paid for it. It is so easy to clean and take apart. It can be folded away and put into a cupboard neatly although still stays pretty large. The fact you can recline the seat makes it ideal for weaning babies before they can sit on their own.
I can really find no problem with it absolutely and would recommend this particular chair to anyone thinking of buying a high chair for the first time.
5*s Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Well done Fisher Price you have really done a good job with this product. And to think i though Fisher price were just for toys.
Features: Detachable tray / Easy clean / Reclining seat / Height adjustment / One hand tray removal and removable serving tray that protects the base tray from mess and is dishwasher safe / Machine washable and wipeable polycotton pad / Suitable for a max