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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.
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.
27 May 2017, Jimy
Product use: 6 months or more
- Easy to clean
- Caters for multiple age groups right up to adult
- Secure and safe from an early age
- Extremely well designed and beautiful quality
- Designed with sustainability in mind in terms of long term usage and quality build
- Fits in visually with the rest of your decor and doesn't scream "I'm an ugly baby chair!"
- Now been through 2 kids with it, no impact to the product, just some paint scratches and rubbing.
- Secure even without feet extensions. In fact not sure why they have them... I guess again a legal thing. We never installed them.
- To adjust seat and foot platforms it's not quite "quick release and move". You have to undo 2 allen keys bolts, slide them out and slot them into the next rung. Personally I found this easy and you only have to do it every year or so as they grow, but I'd imagine it could annoy some people, or if you were switching from one sized kid to another regularly.
- Forget the straps, they're fiddly and we found completely unnecessary; it's secure enough as is we found. I think this is probably a legal/ "make paranoid parents feel easy" marketing step.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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