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Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Highchair
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The Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair, worth a few extra $
Feb 13, 2005 (Updated Feb 13, 2005)
Review by some_guy5
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Lots of features and easy to use
Cons:ruffles, tray a bit heavy
The Bottom Line: I am not sure the definitively great high chair exists yet. This is a good stab at it.
I did a lot of research before finally settling on the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair. I found researching high chairs in general to be a lot harder than most other baby gear. There doesn't seem to be a consensus choice that everyone seems to like. For a car seat you have Britax. The only thing people don't like about that is the price. On high chairs people seemed to have bad experiences with every single model and at all different price levels. I finally settled on the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair because it had a lot of features and not a lot of people saying that their child Houdini'd out of it or got the tray off. We have had 3 children in this high chair (mine and two visitors) of varying ages and haven't had a single problem to date.
Recommend this product?
The Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair comes packed with features. The 7 adjustable height levels are really useful because they accommodate children of different ages, and they also accommodate the parents. You can move the high chair to different parts of the house and raise or lower the high chair depending on what you are sitting in. Speaking of moving the high chair, the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair has casters on all four legs and locks for each one. I am not sure how a child would move around from way up in the high chair but breaks are always a good idea where a baby is involved. This model also features a tray that can be removed with one hand. You can use two hands and squeeze the handles on either side or you can remove the tray from the front with one hand by squeezing the logo at the front of the tray. You also get 3 trays, and all are dishwasher safe. The Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair also has three adjustable recline positions. These are great for children of different sizes and adjust easily with the squeeze of a handle. When your child is in the chair they are secured by a five point safety harness. Every piece of baby equipment I own has a five point harness. It doesn't take many horror stories about a child wriggling out and falling to make you appreciate the extra two points and put up with the trouble of buckling all those clips. The Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair comes with removable, wipable, machine washable vinyl fabric. This model also stows away better than I would have thought. You can collapse the height all of the way and fold the legs in to make it actually fit in a closet. It will not stand on its own while collapsed. Finally, the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair has a couple of little toys that attach to the tray. I guess it is up to you whether or not you want your child playing at meal time.
EASE OF USE
For the most part the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair is easy to use and functions as it should. The trays go on and off easily. The height adjusts very simply. The seat changes recline positions intuitively. I have only two criticisms about this chair and how it is used. First, why are there ruffles on the fabric? The easy answer is aesthetic reasons. Lets face it, high chairs aren't pretty to look at, and these ruffles don't solve that problem. What the ruffles do is provide more opportunity for food to get all caught in them. They have the additional feature of being harder to clean. Try wiping food out of a ruffle. My other criticism is in regards to the tray. The one handed release is presumably so you can hold your baby in one hand and remove the tray with the other. Now when it is time to remove the tray there is usually going to be something on it that you don't want to spill. The tray is a bit heavy in one hand, especially with a baby in the mix. These drawbacks merely keep the high chair from being perfect. I don't think they are important enough to keep you from buying it.
I am not going to try to give you detailed instructions or even tips on assembly. Putting the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair is way too complex to try to describe here. My general experience in putting this together is that it wasn't easy, and it wasn't rocket science. I think I spent about an hour while also watching TV. I am sure I could have shaved off 20 to 30 minutes had I given it my full attention. I am not a super handy guy and I seem to have to fight my way through directions on nearly every item I assemble. That being said, this wasn't one of my more challenging projects.
Overall I recommend the Fisher-Price Deluxe Healthy Care High Chair. It isn't perfect, but I never could find one that was, not at any price. The features are plenty and the drawbacks are minor. I consider this money well spent.
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