The market is swamped with hundreds of highchairs. Choosing one that fits your circumstances is not always straightforward. Do you desire practicality over style? Can your budget stretch to include both of these qualities?
Chicco Pocket Lunch Highchair
Pocket Lunch Highchair
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The Chicco Pocket Lunch perhaps doesn’t fit into the sleek, ‘art deco’ range, but it is aimed at families who choose the ease of use, and space efficiency over sleek aesthetics.
Suitable from 6 months to 15kg (around 3 years), the highchair comes with a 5-point safety harness, adjustable and removable tray, footrest and handy under seat storage basket.
At 6kg it’s not light, but it is an average weight as far as highchairs go. The open dimensions of 103cm (h) x 57cm (w) make it average for footprint size too.
Going up against other highchairs like the Cosatto 3Sixit2 (£140), Knuma Connect 4-In-1 (£190), Stokke Tripp Trapp (£155) and IKEA Antilop (£13), it faces some pretty stiff competition in the market. Still, at £50 it’s certainly at the more affordable end when it comes to the price tag.
Is the Chicco Pocket Lunch highchair easy to put together?
Yes, very. It comes pretty much assembled; you just have to add the feet and padding. It only took about 15 minutes with ‘help’ from my daughter.
Does the highchair take up much space?
Yes, when upright and in use it takes up a fair amount of space as the base of the highchair is 57cm x 83cm. It’s not a highchair for compact spaces.
Is it easy to put the highchair up and take it down?
It certainly is. I am always moving my highchair from one room to another, and occasionally outside for those rare alfresco opportunities.
The Chicco Pocket Lunch is incredibly easy to fold up and carry, even with a toddler on my hip!
What about storing the Chicco Pocket Lunch highchair?
The chair folds down to just 57cm x 25cm x 70cm, so is ideal for people who prefer not to have the highchair on display all the time.
And it stands alone when folded so can just be tucked up against a wall out of the way and has a convenient handle to help move it around.
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Tell us about the Chicco Pocket Lunch highchair tray
The tray is big, which is a positive. This is something that didn’t occur to me when I bought my current highchair, the Casatto Noodle, which has a tray too small to fit most children’s plates on without balancing it on the tray lip.
The Pocket Lunch tray also includes a cup holder: this is handy but unfortunately doesn’t fit some beakers with handles, such as the Tommee Tippee cups as it’s too small and a bit shallow.
And as the tray is removable it means my little one can sit with everyone else at the table without the use of the tray.
Is it easy to clean the Chicco Pocket Lunch highchair?
Yes, the seat is easy to remove and wipe clean, which is a must. The storage basket is handy for keeping bibs and floor mats in and they can remain in there when the chair is folded.
What age is it best for?
Chicco advertises that the highchair is suitable from 6 months to 3 years, however it would be better to wait until your little one is a confident sitter and can support themselves completely before using this chair.
Tell us about the recline functions of the Chicco Pocket Lunch highchair
My only issue with the seat is the recline function. It boasts 3 options for recline but to me the most upright position is not upright enough.
I felt like my daughter was still slightly reclined and struggled to reach the food on the tray.
Obviously Chicco recommends that the 5-point harness is tightly fitted to prevent any accidents but I found my daughter needed a slightly looser fit in order to sit up better and reach the tray.
Is it comfortable?
In terms of comfort the seat is slightly too reclined (as mentioned above) so they may struggle to reach the tray.
The back of the seat is also a flat design instead of a curved supportive shape, which some highchairs provide. Because of this a baby who cannot sit on their own is likely to slump to the side.
Is it value for money?
It retails at about £50 so although not cheap like the IKEA Antilop (£13), it puts itself in the more affordable range of highchairs.
What’s in the box?
- Highchair frame
- Seat padding
- 5-point harness
- Integrated crotch post to stop the child slipping out
- Removable 3-position tray
- Storage basket
The Chicco Pocket Lunch is easy to foldaway and move around the house. The large seat is great for growing toddlers but I doubt it would provide enough support for younger babies and would be best when used from around 9 months.
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