Updated 25 May 2017

Mother’s Choice

Happy Pears

Snapshot: The Mother’s Choice Happy Pears highchair is foldable and it has a five-point harness. Is it safe and easy to use?

Happy Pears
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$229

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Test results

Ease of use
?/10
Overall score
63
Performance
?/10
Ease of cleaning
?/10

Good points

  • Passed all major safety tests.
  • Foldable.
  • Adjustable seat height (6 positions).
  • Seat reclines (3 positions).
  • Removable and adjustable tray (4 positions) – plus removable tray insert.
  • Four castor wheels with rear brakes.

But

  • Minor safety falures: potential finger entrapment hazards between the tray grip and the armrests.
  • Padded seat and harness are hard to clean.
  • Not easy to unfold – the legs don’t swing open by themselves.

How we test

Our safety tests are based on the Australian Standard for high chairs, AS 4684:2009. This standard also calls for compliance with at least 1 of the international standards, so we refer to the European Standard EN 14988.

In New Zealand, these standards are voluntary, but we recommend choosing a high chair that complies with these standards.

Our safety tests look at:

Stability.
Strength of construction.
Whether there is a risk of finger pinching or entrapment for the child or an adult folding and unfolding the chair.
Whether there are sharp edges, points or burrs.
Gaps and/or holes that could trap a finger, or any small parts that could be a choking hazard.
Whether the chair comes with a five-point harness, back and side protection as well as locking mechanisms to stop the child falling out.

We also look at how easy the chair is to clean. We apply Weetbix and milk, spaghetti and tomato sauce and baby food to different areas of the chair (the tray, seat back and padding, as well as the harness). We then let it dry overnight and rate ease of cleaning for each of these areas on a scale from “very easy” (residue is easily removed using a kitchen cloth) to “very hard” (needs thorough scrubbing or washing). This is then converted to a score.

The overall score consists of 70% performance and 30% ease of cleaning.

We also note how easy it is to assemble and operate the high chair. Highchairs tested since 2016 have an “ease of use” score but it doesn’t contribute to the overall score.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$229
Passed all major safety tests
Yes
Major safety failures
0
Minor and very minor safety failures
2
Safety standard claimed
AS 4684-2009, ASTM F404-10

Specifications

Weight (kg)
8.3
Child’s maximum weight/age
15kg

Features

Harness
5-point
Crotch bar
Yes
Adjustable seat-height
Yes (6 heights)
Seat or backrest reclines
Yes
Padded seat
Yes
Removable seat covers
Yes
Tray
Yes
Removable tray
Yes
Adjustable tray
Yes (4 positions)
Tray insert
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Castors
Yes

More Info

Notes
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Availability
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