Top critical review
2.5 star as seat will tilt with baby in it!
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2019
This highchair has the potential to be a solid 4 star product as it's a full size highchair with removable padding and straps (easy for cleaning and meal wipes ups). The seat can be reclined and raised or lowered on the tripod shaped legs which will allow your growing child to climb up and seat him/herself. However, the design flaw of the tripod legs allow for some side movement towards the top of the leg (talking about regular use here, not rough horseplay) and so the metal latch that secures the seat to the legs will pop out of place and cause the seat to slump downwards on the left or right side. In our experience it doesn't really matter if the baby/child is leaning more on the left or right side of the seat-either side of the seat latch can pop out of place like a baby highchair version of Russian roulette. We are not talking about rough horseplay, just everyday child squirming happily for food or moving away to avoid certain food. Also these children range from 17 lbs to 29 lbs in weight. Can't even imagine if a child was to actually try to jump on the seat or use it to climb onto something. As with all children's equipment PARENTAL SUPERVISION ALWAYS REQUIRED-especially with this highchair. You can turn away for a moment to eat your own meal (cause hey parents never need to eat right) and look back to see that your baby looks a bit off. Oh yeah, that's because your baby's seat latch decided to give out and slump your baby ever so slightly to the left or right. It's a nuisance that your child is tilting either to the left or right at any given time (several times throughout the meal if you chose to correct the tilt), certain items or food items will roll in the direction of the tilt (because the tray latches onto the side of the seat). But more importantly if you have a picky eater or a problem eater, this is a BIG PROBLEM. The experts (ie., eating therapist, occupational therapist, and anyone having anything to do with child eating development) will advise you that children who are struggling to eat (whatever their underlying situation may be) will need a proper seat/high chair for meal time. What's defined as 'proper seat'? We have been told by numerous experts (because of our child's ongoing eating/feeding habits and needs) that a proper seat needs to have a full high back to support the child sitting upright. The seat needs to be leveled so the child feels secured-not tilted forward so as the child is sliding off the seat or backwards, and this includes sideways to the left or right. The child's feet also needs to feel supported during meal times, so for younger children still needing high chairs a full size highchair with foot support is a good option. Then of course there are the other aspects that comes into place for proper seating like the tray table or being height adjustable so as the child can also eat at the dinner table with the family, etc. So yes, this full size highchair has the potential to be more, but because the seat latch does not stay securely in place during mealtime it's only a 2.5 star product.
**We actually purchased two variation of these highchairs from Baby Trend, and both have the same issues. They are both at grandma's house for when we are there on Sundays for family meals. Once assembled it's almost impossible to disassemble the foot rest in order to exchange/return them for something else. So we decided the hassle is not worth it, and they are only used once a week anyways. We would not purchase these again and would NOT recommend this highchair at all.**