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Think carefully before you buy
on 29 October 2010
I should start by saying I am a BabyDan fan - stairgates, travel cots, lamb fleece stroller liners - fab. However, we are really disappointed in this product for reasons mentioned by a few other reviewers.
Firstly - if you are considering a highchair like this where your baby sits up to the table then you should check whether there is something under your table that your baby can launch themselves backwards from (like the side of the table, for example). We have to push the baby away from the table, which given now he is starting to feed himself means it's rather tricky for him to reach the food on the table.
Secondly, even pushed away from the table the baby has worked out with enough gusto he can rock himself back on this chair and we can not leave him alone in the chair incase it should topple over. Our brother and sister-in-law also had this problem but at the time we thought it must be our over excited little tike nephew - not so as we've learnt ourselves.
Incidentally we were recently on holiday and the hotel had scores of Chicco highchairs with play tray attached. We thought the Chicco version wouldn't look so great in our home when we first chose the BabyDan Dan Chair, however, he was unable to rock at all in this chair (and we had 3 meals a day in this hotel for 5 nights) and having a fully wipeable chair (seat and tray) made eating with him on holiday a pleasure, not a trial -not just because someone else got to clean up.
In summary, we are considering selling the Dan Chair and buying a Chicco one, for safety, rather than aesthetics. If you do buy one, also think about the insert - it gets grubby in an instant, harbouring all the bits of crumb, banana, rice cake and basically anything your baby drops, and it is not easy to clean - comes up okay in the wash but spends so much time in the wash he's actually fine without it. Hope this helps someone considering this chair for their little one.