Time and time again, I find high chairs to be one of the tougher pieces of gear to recommend. There are plenty of great models out there but I am not sure any single one is quite perfect except maybe, just maybe, the Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair. There are several considerations when choosing a high chair and for me, easy to clean has always been priority one. We loved the Baby Bjorn high chair for Eloise (and still do) however, it wasn’t the right fit for Margaux as she couldn’t seem to get adequate support when we first started solids. I turned to the Fisher Price Space Saver and have absolutely loved. Love it so much, that after sending it to storage when we moved, I missed it so much I bought another one.
Here’s what I love about this chair:
– it provide great support. The high back provides support in the early days of little one’s still mastering sitting up and in the “wild” days it provides a high back to keep your little one secure. This is especially great for Margaux who gets a little wild when she eats – wiggling around, having fun. In boosters with lower backs, she can contort herself to hanging off the back (if that makes sense – she is in no danger but she is bent over the back because it is at mid back level). She seems to think this is really fun! But it is not conducive to eating. The FP Space Saver doesn’t allow her to do this and helps her sit more still and upright which is ultimately safer.
– the five point harness. Building on the above, the 5 point harness adds additional security, helping keep Margaux in a proper, upright position. She fidgets much less in this char than any with a three point harness. On the rare occasions Eloise uses this chair , mostly for art projects, we can just use the three point harness.
– it is durable. Margaux is the messiest eater I can imagine. I don’t know how she does it! But meal after meal I am able to get it clean and looking like new.
– price. At around $50 the FP Space Saver is an exceptional value compared to others on the market. In fact we featured it on our budget friendly baby gear post.
– speaking of value, the FP Space Saver grows with your child. The three position incline allows you to begin using the chair in early days and with a weight limit up to 50 pounds you can use it well beyond the toddler years. The top portion of the back actually comes off and allows you to convert the chair into a toddler booster seat!
– portability. As mentioned, the chair easily connects to just about any chair and it is easy to stow away. Both my parents and in-laws have one of these chairs at their house because of this fact (and the price). It is super lightweight and you could easily throw it in a car for road trip or dinner at a friend’s house.
I was reluctant to buy this chair because my major concern was CLEANING. I am usually not a fan of chairs with nooks, cranies and fabric cushions BUT the FP Space Saver has surprised me and is actually pretty easy to clean. The fabric cover is easily removable and machine washable. It also nicely wipes clean so you don’t have to machine wash after every messy meal. I wash it about once a week with a normal load of laundry. You will be pretty amazed at the amount of food that gets underneath the cushion but that too, is a easy to wipe up and I do this almost daily. The straps are also easily removable and clean nicely with simple soap and water. While this may no be quite as easy to clean as the Baby Bjorn High Chair I was surprised at how simple it is to keep this chair clean.
One other gripe is the tray is pretty large. It is dishwasher safe but doesn’t fit in our dishwasher however, this really isn’t a big deal for me as I don’t run the dishwasher after every meal so am rinsing with soap and water anyway. The tray is a little tough to wash in our small, NYC sink but that is more do to my living situation than anything else. If the meal wasn’t that messy, I will wipe off with my favorite Babyganics High Chair cleaner.
This chair does not fit under our dining table with the tray removed. However, it does fit under both my parents and my in laws. This isn’t really an issue for me because Margaux still uses the tray and I scoot her closer to me for meal time anyway.
Lastly, the FP Space Saver isn’t the chicest looking chair on the market. The fabrics that it comes in are less than decor friendly but they are certainly bearable (Target has a few more neutral color patterns). I guess you could it is more whimsical than something more sleek like the Stokke Tripp Trapp. We live in small apartment and our living and dining room are connected so as I type this from my couch I can see my owl print chair. But I can also see our exersaucer, toy piano and stroller soooo the high chair isn’t really sticking out like a sore thumb, after all.
At the end of the day though, I can whole heartily say, the Fisher Price Space Saver is one of my favorite chairs based on its functionality. It is a great chair from the first taste of solids and into the toddler years. It is safe, relatively easy to clean and portable. All around the FP Space Saver is an absolutely fantastic high chair option.
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