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Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Highchair
(9 Epinions reviews)
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Deluxe? Not in my opinion, but worth taking a look at.
Jan 30, 2005 (Updated Mar 18, 2005)
Review by babydoll21681
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:5-pt harness, 7 height adjustments, 3 position recline, folds for storage, Visually appealing.
Cons:Tray can fall off if not properly latched, Easily UNfolds, Trays can be a hassle.
The Bottom Line: If you want a high chair that grows with your child, has a five point harness, and isn't an eyesore this is it.
When my daughter was about 5 months old I decided to go searching for a new highchair. I originally bought her a second hand Graco Neat Seat but she was just too small for such a big seat. The only way I could feed her without her slumping over was to have it fully reclined, and she tended to choke on the food reclined that far. I decided it was just time to go buy a new seat with all the features I wanted, not just ones I settled for when buying used.
Recommend this product?
I did a lot of online research when looking for a high chair. I didn't want to spend a lot of money but there were features I knew I wanted to have and wasn't willing to compromise on.
The Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair has many nice features. It has seven height adjustments, and three position recline. There is a adjustable five point harness, nice seat pad and an additional head support for smaller infants who still need support. The chair pad is visually pleasing in tan, navy, maroon plaid with a ruffle in tan and navy. All parts of the pad easily wipe clean with a damp rag aside from the ruffle.
There are three snap on trays to maintain cleanliness for baby, or you can just use the base tray alone. The trays are divided with two cup holder areas, a main middle and two smaller side areas. The base tray has a one hand release and traditional side releases that need both hands.
The chair has locking casters for easy mobility. When you want to store the high chair the back legs swing in and the base tray stores on two pegs located on either of the back frame legs. When you want to fold the chair you must first put it in the lowest position (number 7) and then click the release buttons on both sides to swing the back legs in. The base tray has two holes on the side tray removal handles that click onto the pegs on the back of the legs.
With the seven height adjustments this chair easily pulls up to any height table and baby can enjoy dinner with the family. The seat also has a towel bar located behind the seat for hanging towels and bibs.
The biggest draw to this seat for me was the five point harness. I've seen many a child get out of those three point harnesses and stand up in their seats. I don't want to see my daughter end up head first on the floor. This harness is easily adjustable and easy to put on and remove. The clips slide in easily but are too difficult for a child to undo, no worry about your little one unbuckling unless they're a mini hulk.
I like the look of the chair overall. It's not a typical pastel or wild print. The colors of this seat are not obnoxious and fit well with nearly any decor. The pad seems to be very well made, I'm not sure how it will hold up to washing as I have not taken it off to do that yet. The ruffle on the pad can easily become a nightmare if food gets all over it since it is not coated like the rest of the fabric. The removable head support is also uncoated fabric. I, being the bright bulb I am, just put a towel or old t-shirt over the back of the seat if my daughter is going to be feeding herself something that will most likely end up in the ruffle. I think if the ruffle weren't on the pad it would take away from the nice look of the chair, that's just my taste and opinion though.
I really like the fact that it is adjustable. I am on the short side and even to sit in a regular kitchen chair and try to feed her in the highest position of the chair is a task. The ability to lower the chair to a comfortable level where I don't have to stand is nice. I also like that when my daughter is old enough that I can remove the base tray and pull her high chair up to the table and she can eat with us. You can easily see what height adjustment the chair is on. The front frame poles have numbers 1-7 painted on them and when the chair is in a particular position there is a opening that shows the position number.
The three position recline was another feature that drew me to this chair. It doesn't recline quite as far back as I'd like, but I don't tend to put my daughter down for naps in the chair either. I usually keep the seat in the second position as I feel the first is slightly too straight up to be comfortable for a baby. I really don't use the third position much. If I'm busy in the kitchen and my daughter gets fussy I will sometimes put her in the seat fully reclined to give her a bottle since I can't hold her. She's not yet mastered the art of tipping her bottle up and sucks air if she's not reclined so the third position is helpful for that. The third position recline will probably be more useful for the next baby when they are starting solids. They don't have to sit up all the way, but are not reclined so much that they choke on the food either.
The base tray has two slots on either side to snap the non droppable toy into. The toy is also dishwasher safe so cleaning it is a snap. The toy itself is clipped on to a Link*a*Doo that's attached to the seat by a six inch rubbery cord (for lack of a better word!).
I like that this chair folds for storage. I haven't actually stored it but I did take it with me to my dad's for a week to house sit and being able to fold it up made transport much easier.
I haven't really used the three trays much, only because I don't have a dishwasher and they're just too cumbersome to wash in my small sinks. I'm sure if I had the means to easily wash them they'd be used all the time. The concept is a good one anyway.
There are a few things on this seat that I could live without or feel need improvement. My number one complaint is that the base tray is tricky. Occasionally you think it's on securely and when you wiggle to check one of the sides hasn't locked into place. The one occasion I didn't harness my daughter in and walked off for a second the tray fell off. Luckily I knew the instant I heard the sound what it was and ran to get her before she was able to fall out. Unlike the Graco Neat Seat this chair only has a crotch bar, nothing across the top. If a child isn't harnessed in and the tray is off they can easily fall out of the chair. Something I view as a design flaw is that the snap on trays do not completely cover the top of the base tray meaning you'll still have to wash that try if the baby got it full of food (trust me they will!).
My next complaint is the casters and locks. The slightest brush will lock them in place, but because the chair is so light you can still easily move the chair. I'm sure this could easily be remedied by just taking them off and putting the chair directly on the floor. I have gone through the manual and it doesn't say that you must have the casters installed on the seat. I suppose it's a matter of preference. I assume the casters are one of the "deluxe" portions of the chair.
I also wish that the leg rest on this seat were adjustable. My daughters short little legs tend to just stick straight out and it would be nice if she had a little more support under them.
Lastly, when folded this seat has one major flaw. The seat won't go down any further than whatever number height adjustment it's at, but it will VERY easily go up. When I fold the chair I always grab for the seat portion of the chair to carry it and I end up sliding it all the way up the poles. Fisher-Price should have put some kind of lock on the adjustment mechanism to keep this from happening. The legs should also have some kind of lock or a piece like you find on many strollers where there is an attached arm that you clip onto the opposite side to secure it.
My high chair didn't come with the food jar holder, but it does have the towel bar which is located on the back of the seat and is not removable as another review stated. The towel bar is actually part of the plastic seat frame. I don't use it much as my seat is against a wall and I'm not going to pull it out just to put a towel on.
Overall I am happy with this high chair. It's got the features that are important to me, but still leaves a little something to be desired. This seat is a better fit for my petite little lady than most seats are and it's comfortable for her to sit in. My daughters comfort and safety are the most important thing and I feel that she's comfortable and safe in this chair. The casters, snap on trays, and fold are nice features, but I don't think they're up to par on this seat. The chair has a few design flaws, but nothing that can't be improved upon or worked around.
Since writing this review I have taken the pad off the seat to wash it. I was very disappointed to see that when I went to un-velcro the seat pad that the parts attached to the plastic chair were just "sticky backed" and came right off the plastic frame. It did stick back on, but had anything gotten on it I probably would have had to try and glue it back on the seat. After coming off the one time they don't stay attached to the plastic very long, no matter how much I press and smooth them down. All of the velcro halves attached to the plastic frame have come un-stuck at least once and tend to not want to stay stuck anymore. Looks like I'll have to find my own remedy, possibly replacing the existing sticky velcro with the non-adhesive kind and using some kind of plastic friendly super glue or epoxy.
As far as washing, I only hand washed the seat pad as it was not that dirty. I try to avoid machine washing these types of covers because the fabric inside always seems to end up bunching and then the pad looks horrible. I did remove the straps to wash them and it was very simple to remove all the straps and wash them. They all came clean with simple hand washing.
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