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I absolutely love this high chair! I wouldn't usually spend this much on a high chair but I had ordered the chicco happy snack and hated it. I ordered this high chair in rose and straight away loved it. I have to be honest I can't reveiew the baby seat as I didn't order this until I needed it for weaning so I am only revewing the highchair not the baby seat. My baby is 5 and a half months old and is quite small, she can sit up unaided and she loves sitting in her high chair for food, its great that the high chair can recline and that it has the extra padding for while she is small, the harness on its smalest setting fits perfectly and holds her in place while she is eating. The tray is fantastic as it is nice and big for when she is older and wants to play in the high chair and also has a layer that can be taken off to wash which I think is fantastic! The only issue I have with the high chair is that the storage basket is tiny! I know it is good that it has one but there is no reason it couldn't be a bit bigger, and I can't really say that is a big problem! Great high chair, if you're willing to pay this much this high chair is a must!
I hadn't planned on buying a big, bulky highchair for my youngest son but, when a colleague offered me one that she didn't need anymore, it seemed rude to refuse. The highchair in question was this Chicco Polly Magic chair which costs anywhere up to £150 from retailers such as Mothercare and Kiddicare. It is available in a range of colours and designs, with ours being a retro style yellow and grey design.
===Use from Birth===
One of the main reasons why this chair is so pricey is due to its 'unique selling point' of being suitable from birth, as the seat features a number of reclining positions and adjustable height positions as well as being incredibly well padded. I must admit that it struck me as being a rather strange benefit for a highchair, particularly now that parents are increasingly being encouraged to delay weaning as late as possible. My son was around three months old when I first got this in preparation for weaning and from my very first attempt at setting this up, it was clear that this is a very comfortable chair, even for tiny babies, as he immediately dropped off in this seat and slept for over an hour!
In spite of my initial reservations, I did come to find this chair invaluable during those early months prior to weaning. My little one could sit with the rest of the family at mealtimes and be at the same level, rather than slightly out of things in a bouncy cradle. This encouraged him to interact with us and take an interest in the food we were eating, helping to set the foundations for weaning. There is also a detachable soft toy bar with a few hanging soft toys which proved useful for distraction and entertainment. My son would quite happily sit there whilst we ate and, because he was so comfortable and slightly reclined, he would usually fall contentedly to sleep after a while, leaving the rest of us to enjoy our meals in peace. I also found it handy, for example, when I had my hair cut at home. My son was able to watch the proceedings with interest and was comfortable enough to eventually drop off without me having to try and placate him mid-hair cut!
===Design and Safety===
The comfort is created by having three separate layers of padding. There is the main waterproof cover which fits over the back of the chair along with a removable padded insert which helps to cushion and support younger babies who aren't able to sit unaided. This also comes with a woven fabric newborn cover which can be machine washed and dried fairly quickly between uses. I only used the newborn cover in the very early stages, as this was white so not a particularly practical colour for weaning! Despite being suitable for machine washing, this does involve unclipping and reattaching the straps to remove the cover, so this isn't a job that can be done in seconds. This element has relatively limited usage, although it does make the seat warmer to the touch and less inclined to cause sweating as the plastic backing can do.
Sadly, despite being so comfortable for baby this seat is incredibly large and bulky. Our kitchen is fairly small and I found the sheer size of the seat a major inconvenience. The footprint extends even further due to the design of the supporting slats at the base, which stick out and present a trip hazard for other toddlers or clumsy adults in the house! The chair can be folded up between uses, which is relatively simple to do, but this isn't particularly practical as both the folding and unfolding mechanism requires two hands, so not something that can be done whilst carrying a hungry baby around at the same time. Even when folded, this is a bulky and cumbersome beast which is heavy and difficult to manoeuvre around easily and inconvenient to store.
Safety wise, this is very well designed. All that weight makes for a reassuringly solid, robust seat and it comes with a five point harness that keeps baby safely in place which can be adjusted relatively easily to accommodate a growing toddler.
Like everything about this chair, the plastic detachable tray is very generously sized. Whilst parents to be might mistakenly believe that 'bigger is better', that's not necessarily the case and, here, the large tray merely creates a larger area to clean after mealtimes. As babies become increasingly independent and eager to self-feed, the large tray becomes frustrating as they unintentionally push food out of their own reach.
Cleaning the tray is also problematic. I'm not sure whether the tray is actually dishwasher proof - but it's entirely a moot point, as I can't even fit the tray into my sink to clean it thoroughly, let alone inside a slimline dishwasher. This means cleaning is effectively limited to cloths and wipes, when sometimes I would prefer to immerse this thoroughly in hot soapy water. This also features two layers to the tray, with the uppermost layer designed to clip off after use and reveal a clean tray underneath, so that baby can 'play happily' after mealtimes. I've never been entirely convinced by the benefits of this twin-tray design, as it inevitably leads to two trays to clean, rather than just one.
===Ease of Cleaning===
It is when it comes to cleaning after use that the highchair really causes major frustrations. All of those wonderful layers of padding, complete with lots of visible stitching and woven straps, are a haven for all of the muck and mess that goes hand in hand with weaning and toddler feeding. Admittedly, my youngest is by far the messiest of my three boys. If I owned a monkey I would definitely have less cleaning up to deal with! My son takes great delight in squashing and rubbing food into every orifice he can find - unfortunately, this chair is littered with holes and nooks and crannies, making it a total nightmare from a hygiene point of view. There is also a 'handy' storage net under the highchair which is more a place for stray crumbs and odd bits of food to find its way into, rather than a particularly useful feature.
Despite being fairly vigilant about wiping this down after each and every meal, stray food always managed to creep under the padded insert. I very quickly abandoned the insert but still found that food migrated under and around the main cover. Cleaning under this properly requires the straps and harness to be detached, so that the cover and base can be cleaned thoroughly with anti-bacterial spray. Doing this is a time consuming, soul destroying job and I still found that the highchair hid congealed food very well and acquired an unpleasant smell which I struggled to eliminate, even with bleach based sprays which I was reluctant to use too frequently. Removing, washing and drying the plastic cover is not something that can be realistically done between each and every meal time and I quickly came to hate this chair with a passion! I also found that repeated removal and cleaning of the colours caused the reinforced stitching around the slits for the straps to tear slightly, which made cleaning increasingly difficult.
Ultimately, a highchair is purchased as a place to feed a baby or toddler and there are just too many faults with this ill-designed and over-engineered product, making it totally unfit for its primary purpose. If you want a highchair where a young baby will feel comfortable enough to fall asleep and is safe and secure, this is just the job although a pricey option when there are much cheaper products available for such a purpose. If you actually want a place to feed an increasingly independent toddler, this is totally unsuitable and just creates unnecessary work and mess for parents to deal with. I'm sure this was not designed by parents themselves - if it was, they must have nannies or stay-at-home partners who do all the cleaning up afterwards!
It's no coincidence that this all-singing, all-dancing highchair has now been replaced by the cheapest, most basic highchair we could find. This Polly Magic might look much more attractive but it soon loses its appeal after hours of endless scrubbing and fruitless cleaning. In all honesty, despite its attractive design and the benefit of enabling even young babies to feel part of family mealtimes, I would not recommend this highchair to other parents, at any price and am glad to see the back of it.
My mum got the Chicco Pollyanna Highchair Magic for my daughter when she was born.
Although I have personally not been able to use it to its fullest extent because our daughter insisted on being held all day long, I find this highchair really good if you don't have such a demanding baby.
When baby is first born the chair can be tilted right back to a comfy lying down position, and a mobile type attachment clipped on to the arms so that baby is entertained. As they get older, the extra padding on the chair can be removed as baby gets bigger, and baby can be tilted up a little so she can see what you're up to while she's in her chair. When our daughter first started beingweaned onto solids, she would Sometimes fall asleep when eating. What's great is you can tilt the chair back to a reclined position so she could sleep peacefully.
Getting to the weaning stage, you then clip on a very generously sized table on to the fold down arms, and what else I love is the removable tray on top that you can take off and wash rather than struggle with the whole thing.
The padded plastic seat is also removable so everywhere that baby is going to touch and spill/smear food onto can be thoroughly cleaned - very important.
As baby's legs get longer, the foot rest is adjustable to three different positions.
I love the net at the back of the chair that can hold wet wipes, favourite toys, spare bibs/cloths.
We haven't yet got to the stage where we can take the tray away for her to eat at the table with us, but it's good to know the option's there.
The chair is extremely sturdy and well made, nothing flimsy about it. I know that we'll be using it when the next baby comes along and it will still be as good as new.
A pricey piece of kit, but you have so many different things you can do with it that it's worth the money spent.