Being so small Erin did not fit into a high chair very well. They all looked way too big for her and I was always worried that she wouldn’t be secure enough. After a lot of research I came across the Chicco Polly Magic Highchair which, unlike others, stated that it was suitable from birth instead of 6 months. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one for us and I had to have it.
Price and availability
Up until now I have been quite frugal when it comes to shopping for Erin. I have bought most of her clothes in sales and there is not much at all that I have paid full price for. I have managed to get a bargain where ever possible. That was not the case with this product. I figured that if I was going to splash out on something then it was going to be this. The high chair cost me a whopping £110. Before it was time to buy one I was planning on getting a second hand high chair from Facebay for around £15. Ooops.
The Chicco Polly Magic Highchair comes in a choice of colours which was something I really liked. I don’t like Erin to have anything overly girly or pink if I can get away with it but I also want things to look as nice as possible. The choices are a brown and cream combination called Cocoa or Pois which is cream and red. I ended up choosing Pois as it just looked that little bit nicer in pictures and more stylish.
Putting it together
I was so excited when the chair arrived that I couldn’t wait until my husband got home from work to put it together. I’m generally okay at this kind of thing but the box it comes in was massive and a little daunting! However, the high chair is so, so easy to put together and it took me a massive 15 minutes on my own. The instructions are very clear and simple to follow with each piece easy to locate. I have had some instructions before that I couldn’t even read, let alone follow so this was a nice change!
Although the main reason why I purchased this high chair instead of others was because of the age it was suitable from there were also more reasons.
As this chair is suitable for newborns the chair has a memory foam insert to make the size of the seat smaller and more secure. The soft cream material is wonderful and makes a big difference to the size of the seat for Erin. This can be removed for when the child is big enough to fit in the regular seat. With all three bits of material (pattered, red and the cream) the seat is super soft and comfortable.
One of the biggest selling features of this chair for me was the multi height and multi position options. As Erin is only little still I didn’t want this to be used solely for being up at the table. I wanted to be able to have her in this near me on the couch but off the floor as she would be in a bouncer. This chair offers six different height positions and also three different reclines. The highest the chair goes is up to table height while the lowest setting is a little bit higher than my coffee table. The reclines go from being completely upright to being laid back, making it possible for babies to sleep in this chair as well!
Safety is obviously a really important factor when choosing a high chair and the Polly Magic Highchair has a 5 point safety harness which is fantastic. The straps are adjustable so I’ve been able to make this fit Erin really well and I’ll be able to loosen them as she grows. The table tray also has a middle section which helps to keep the child in place while sitting in the chair.
Speaking of the tray, we don’t actually use it yet. Erin sits near the dining table at the minute when we feed her but it is a very thick and sturdy tray. The tray actually comes in two parts, a main tray and a plastic kind of cover. This means you can have the main tray attached to the chair but take the plastic tray in the kitchen, prepare your child’s meal and bring it through on the tray, all while they still have a table in front of them!
The less obvious features about a product are sometimes the best! This high chair has a foot rest with a removable bottom and it’s all adjustable. The chair has added storage underneath in the form of a basket which folds up if you don’t want to use it. The table can be clipped to the back legs for storage! Everything is moveable with soft touch buttons which have not stuck once yet and they make moving things really easy!
Something that this chair has that I haven’t seen on another is a toy bar and it’s a feature I absolutely love. Erin has not been a fan of bouncers etc. much so far so I was worried she wouldn’t like sitting in this chair. She took to it straight away though because instead of freaking out about being in a strange chair higher up off the floor, she noticed the toys and forgot about where she was. The toy bar keeps Erin happy and occupied while I’m sorting out her food. The toys are also really nice! There is a teether, rattle and squeeky toy all of which can be removed or changed if you wanted to. The toy bar is removable and also adjustable. The handles on the chair have different holes for the toy bar to clip into so you can move it either closer to or further away from the child.
How does it work for us
Erin and I absolutely love this high chair. Although it was more expensive than I thought I would ever pay for a high chair it has been worth every penny so far. Not only is Erin comfortable sitting in some kind of chair now but she is very happy eating her meals in it. I love the height options as it means being able to keep Erin higher up and away from the puppy.
Something else I must mention is storage of the chair. The whole thing folds up really well. The seat goes into a completely upright position, the arms fold up and the storage basket also folds up so pretty much everything ends up flat! We do have enough room to keep this out properly all of the time but for people with smaller houses it would maybe be the difference between being able to have this or not having it!
The Polly Magic Highchair is sylish and extremely practical and every part of it works like a dream for us. This is suitable up to about 3 years old so we’re going to get a lot of use out of it for what we paid!