Pish Posh Baby sent the ciao! baby portable high chair to review this fall, and it’s become one of the handiest things we own. It’s ideal for restaurants, picnics, vacation, camping and even just visiting friends and family.
Here are the basic specifications:
- Weighs about 8 pounds
- Dimensions are 23x23x32
- Opens and folds just like a camp chair
- Includes a drawstring carrying bag with shoulder strap
- Wipe-clean eating surface
- Adjustable lap belt and leg guards to keep your child from sliding down or forward
- Includes a hanging mesh cup holder
- Legs lock into place
- Rated for ages 3 months to 3 years and up to 50 pounds
- Retail price: $65.75
The first time I used the portable high chair was at our parish picnic. The bright orange seat really stood out, and there were many mothers who came up to ask “Where did you get that seat?” Several people told me they didn’t know there was such a thing, and that the idea of a portable, washable high chair was brilliant. I couldn’t agree more. When I look back at all our activities and travels over the years, something like this would have really come in handy.
The clear plastic covering on the main food tray is ridiculously easy to wipe clean. The canvas fabric on the seat – not as much. It takes a hot, soapy rag to scrub food away that gets smashed into the fabric. The same thing applies for the hanging mesh cup holder. It’s a great feature and one I use all the time for Erik’s sippies. But it can be tricky to clean if pureed or soft foods get down there.
This chair is very secure and stays put; never once has it moved or tipped and it’s best tested on multiple surfaces like hardwood, grass and even gravel.
Because the ciao! baby chair is not rigid like a traditional plastic or wood chair, the fabric has some give to it. That means the food tray isn’t perfectly flat, and if you put a lot on it, it will sag slightly. You can adjust the food tray by sliding the grommets up and down on the back bar.
Erik (22 months and 26 pounds) was my main tester and fits in it just fine, but since it’s rated for up to 50 pounds, I tried Susanna in the chair, too. She’s 3 and about 37 pounds. Her shoes are bigger and her legs longer, so she gets “hung up” in the leg holes sometimes when we’re trying to pull her out. Therefore, I would say the chair works best for infants and young toddlers.
Here’s a quick summary of my thoughts on the ciao! baby portable high chair:
What I Like
- Fun colors – 11 to choose from!
- No assembly required. It takes about 10 seconds to pop it open and lock the legs (just like a fold-up stadium chair)
- The fabric is very sturdy and durable (including the hanging mesh cup holder)
- Food surface is very easy to clean and doesn’t stain.
- It’s lightweight and easy to pack and carry; my older children have no problems toting it around.
- It’s very secure.
What I Would Change
- It can be difficult to get a large or chunky toddler in and out of the chair.
- I don’t know if it would be possible to cover the entire chair with clear plastic, but that would make cleaning the rest of it even easier.
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