I still like this high chair, but I'm increasingly frustrated with the way our daughter ends up positioned due to its shape. The main problem is the location of one particular retraining strap: the one at the front center of the seat (the one that comes up between your little one's legs). This strap is so far forward on the seat that our daughter's bottom ends up sliding down and forward in the chair so she is in a slouching position. When you combine this with the fact that the tray sits pretty high, she ends up with the tray almost right in front of her face. You can adjust the length of this seat strap, but you can't change the fact that it is attached so far forward on the seat, so I haven't figured out a way to fix this problem. One possible solution would be to put a folded towel or something behind her back so she sits further forward in the seat to begin with, but this might put her chest right up against the tray. Very frustrating!
I will continue to fiddle with different possible solutions and post any useful tips I come up with.
The search for a good portable high chair had vexed me for quite some time. When I researched them I found several models that seemed to sell well, but all of them had issues that were deal breakers for me. Most commonly were:
- too short
- difficult to open and close
- a slanted tray that ends up dumping food in your little one's lap
- leg holes that are too tight
Then I came across this model by One2Stay and decided to take a chance based on the product's description and photos. I'm glad I did! It's not perfect, but it's certainly better than the other models I have seen.
Here's what I like about this chair:
1) Unlike other portable high chairs, this one is NOT too short. Yes, the seat is a few inches lower than the one in our non-portable high chair, but it's nowhere near as short as some others we considered. I included a photo of the chair at a standard 30-inch-high table for reference.
2) The tray is solid and stays horizontal even when you put your little one in the chair. It attaches by sliding over the chair's front supporting poles, and it has straps that secure it to the frame beneath the seat. Your little one is not going to be able to disconnect this tray easily!
3) The tray is an acceptable size. Yes, it's smaller than the tray you'd find on most non-portable high chairs, but the whole point of this chair is that it's portable. With that in mind, the tray is perfectly usable for picnics and such.
4) The chair is easy to fold and unfold. It's nice to know I won't be the star of any "Dad versus the High Chair" wrestling videos at our outdoor events.
5) It comes with a carrying case -- and unlike many carrying cases, this one isn't just an afterthought. You know those cases where you find yourself struggling to cram a chair back in, red-faced and uttering phrases your kids probably shouldn't be hearing? Not so here; this one is sturdy, cinches shut with a drawstring, and is large enough that you can put the chair back into it easily. It even has a separate pouch to store the tray.
6) The foot rest -- well, it doesn't really function as a foot rest because it's pretty flimsy. However, it does prevent your child's feed and calves from bumping into the frame beneath the seat, which could otherwise be uncomfortable.
7) The leg openings are adequately sized - no cutting off your child's leg circulation.
8) It's lightweight - deceptively so. Fortunately the legs angle out at the bottom, giving it a wide base which prevents it from tipping over easily. (But see Tip #2 below.)
Admittedly, there are a few small things I don't like:
1) Although the tray attaches very securely, you attach it by sliding it over the chair's front supports -- fabric and all (see photo). This is a little trickier than I'd like it to be. Also, I'm worried that this is eventually going to fray the fabric on the chair, but only time will tell.
2) The instructions could be a bit clearer. That said, it doesn't require an advanced degree to figure out how this chair works.
A few tips:
Tip #1: Depending on your child's size, it may be easier to put your little one into the chair AFTER you attach the tray. When I try to attach the tray with my daughter in the chair I can attach one side, but then she always pushes the tray up before I can attach the second side, which causes the first side to become dislodged.
Tip #2: Because this chair is so lightweight, you probably want a second person to hold the chair down when you extract your child from it; otherwise you'll usually end up lifting the chair with the child.
I would normally give this item 4 stars, but I'm bumping it up to 4.5 stars because I haven't found another portable high chair that could truly compete with this one. As I said above, all the others I considered had issues that were deal breakers for me.
材料成分98% polyester, 2% neoprene
款式风格Fem One2Stay 2.0 + Dining Tray