Last weekend we introduced our daughter to solid foods, and therefore were finally able to use the Chicco Hook-on High Chair I received for my shower back in October. A lot of things I registered for I wish I didn't (Fisher Price Zen Rocker, the Ergo carrier), and there are somethings I regret not registering for (the list is too long), but this high chair has been a truly pleasant surprise!
I originally registered for it while we were still living in our small condo in South Boston, where we didn't have any room for a normal sized high chair...or for the three of us and dog for that matter. We are now in a much larger house, so I toyed with the idea of getting an actual high chair, but figured I would give this one a go first.
It took my husband all of 30 seconds to assemble the chair and another 30 to hook and tighten it into place at the end of the table in the kitchen. It definitely gets the "easiest to assemble" award for any baby product we have purchased to date. I then snapped the tray table in place, dropped my daughter in and we were off and running.
Because it turns 360 degrees I was able to turn her about 45 degrees and pull my seat right up close to her face. She is still a little small for the seat, so I simple placed a burp cloth rolled up in between her legs so that she sits back and upright in the chair. I don't know whether it was the rice cereal of the comfort of the chair (or both) but she was happy as a clam.
We never had any luck with the Bumpo: every time we put her in it she whined and arched her back in attempt to get out of the torture chamber we call the Bumpo. We actually learned in one of our classes that the Bumpo is in fact not ergonomically correct for babies sitting position, and that it is pretty normal for a baby not to like sitting in one. But my peanut could sit in this high chair all day. If I have dishes to do, or laundry to fold, I just sit her in it and put some toys on the tray and she entertains herself easily. And if I am on the computer I put her in the chair and swivel it around 180 degrees so that she is facing me.
I love that we don't have this big bulky high chair that we would have to move all over the kitchen, and that doesn't get in the way. And the gray and yellow pucci-esque pattern is adorable too.
I highly recommend this product, not only to people looking to save space, but to every one out there!