Some might argue that I’m a bit OCD when it comes to highchairs but its one thing that I just can’t stand, it literally turns my stomach. When I used to eat out with Little Bean I would carry a pack of Milton Wipes wherever I went because, let’s face it, highchairs in cafes and restaurants are never as clean as you would like them to be!
But its not just out and about that i like a clean highchair, I’m always attacking the highchair at home with the antibacterial spray, for one thing I love the smell!! When Little Bean used a highchair we had the usual straps which are on most and I hated that the food would get mushed into the fibres of the straps. In the end I used to combat this by always having Little Bean in long-sleeved bibs over the top of the straps. Her highchair also had lots of nooks and crannies where the food would get stuck and once she was old enough to sit on a booster seat I jumped at it and threw the highchair out because I knew that I wouldn’t want to use it again.
As time was approaching for us to get a new highchair for Beanie Boy I was offered a new Easy-Clean Highchair from Fisher Price to review. The title in itself sold it to me immediately. When it arrived I actually felt excited about putting it to the test, something I never thought I would hear myself say as I hate mealtimes with my children – too much mess to contend with! Within 15 minutes I had built the highchair without having to read the instructions it was so simple. The highchair is very adaptable as it has 4 height adjustments and the seat can reclined for younger children, all done very easily with buttons on the side of the chair. The tray is nice and big which gave Beanie Boy lots of room to play with his food and explore what was put in front of him. It can be removed from the seat with two hands using levers on either side of the tray or just using one hand with a lever at the front of the tray which is ideal if you have your little one in your arms, it also has a lift off top tray which can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The fabric of the seat is wipe clean and in a unisex material of jungle animals in bright colours. The best part about the highchair though has to be the 5-point straps as they are made from a rubberised material which is totally wipe-clean and has nowhere for the food to get trapped or mushed. They are easily adjustable by opening and closing clips on the reverse of the chair. The seat has a nice high back and deep sides for comfort. For me the only downside to the highchair is that the base is rather large and so it needs space to be used but it does fold up quite well for storage.
Priced at around £100 I think it is very fairly priced in the market place too.