Graco Tea Time
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A good all-round, low-price highchair, the Graco Tea Time is a great choice if you’re looking for something that is good value, light and easy to store.
Graco is a well-known name in the world of pushchairs, with a big range of practical and reasonably priced strollers and prams. So it’s no surprise that their only highchair is also well-designed and aimed at the lower end of the price range.
The Graco Tea Time is available in three different colourways, so you can choose from the ultra-girlie ‘Heavenly’, the boyish ‘Baby blue’ or the unisex ‘Yellow sunshine.’ This highchair doesn’t have any fancy features – it only has one height setting, and the seat doesn’t recline – but it’s comfy and safe, and is very compact when it’s folded away. This is probably its best selling point, as most consumer reviews of this product are from people who’ve bought it to have at grandparents’ houses, childminders, or café and restaurant owners.
What we love
The Graco Tea Time comes with a handy storage basket underneath, which is brilliant for keeping toys and books handy to amuse your baby at mealtimes – and for adding an extra bit of storage space to a small kitchen. It also comes with fantastic free ‘mix and move’ toys, so that your baby can play at meal and snack times. These are a great idea, and really add value to the highchair.
I was really impressed by how neatly the Tea Time folds away. Lots of highchairs claim to be compact, but this one really is, and slots easily into my cupboard under the stairs when it’s not in use. This makes it perfect for families with small kitchens, who can’t keep a highchair up all the time, getting in the way. It’s also a really good choice for people who have a baby at only occasional mealtimes – like grandparents or childminders.
The Tea Time has very smooth lines – by which I mean there are no nooks and crannies for food to get stuck in and it’s easy to keep clean. It also has a cleverly designed, mini footrest, which looks stylish but also makes the highchair more compact to store. I’ve got the ‘Yellow sunshine’ colourway, and it’s really lovely and bright, and also unisex, which is good if you want to use it for more than one child.
What to watch out for
The tray comes off a bit too easily, which I found a problem as my son could kick it off – and once he’d worked out he could do it he wouldn’t stop!
The seat also leans back slightly, so that my baby tended to drop quite a lot of food down his front rather than on to the tray.
The legs of the Tea Time are quite slender, which I felt made if feel a little bit unstable – my 16-month-old tends to try and rock his highchair and in this one I felt there was a danger he could tip it, although he hasn’t managed it yet.
Who is the Graco Tea Time best for?
Space-tight mums on a budget, or grandparents.
The Graco Tea Time is a well-priced option that offers basic, practical good value. It folds away compactly, so it’s easy to store and great for small kitchens, and is easy to keep clean. However, it has no recline positions, so what you see if what you get.