iCandy are a UK brand known mostly for their iconic inline double pushchairs.
The MiChair is the brand’s debut into the world of baby furniture and feeding equipment. iCandy products are always adaptable and luxurious and their first highchair is exactly what you would expect from them, a product that not only looks beautiful but grows with your child too.
I was looking forward to trying the new MiChair as we are huge iCandy fans and the different functions means it is the perfect chair for a family like mine with four children all at different stages.
What do you get with an iCandy MiChair?
The 4-in-1 chair is able to be a baby bouncer, a high chair (with or without tray), a low chair that toddlers can use independently and a rocking chair.
What’s in the box?
The box contains everything you need for the chair from weaning onwards, the basic unit, the extended legs to make it dining height, the skis to make it a rocking chair and the tray.
The newborn rocker is sold seperately and it doesn’t come with a toy, but it has a toy bar to attach any existing toys to it.
At £250 for the highchair I think this is good value and the product is stylish and well made and will last for years. The seat cushions are an extra £50 and the newborn rocker is £150 and both come in four different shades.
Is it easy to change between the chair different modes?
Yes. As soon as it arrived I had to play around and test out every possibility and I was really thankful that it was so simple to change the function, taking less than 5 minutes to change it.
The chair comes already assembled so it is just a case of removing the bar that makes it a highchair (this takes around 5 minutes and involves an Allen key) and adding which ever bottom to the legs you choose (take around 2 minutes).
Is the iCandy MiChair easy to move around the house?
At 6.6kg the chair is light enough to be easily portable and we can carry it from room to room, although the main chair generally stays in the dining room and we just move the newborn pod around the house.
Tell us about the iCandy MiChair newborn pod.
The pod on its own is a baby rocker, suitable from newborn to roughly 6 months. It is sleek and easy to use with a 5-point harness to secure the baby.
It can clip on to the MiChair easily and is removed with a button on each side. The pod keeps baby’s spine quite straight whilst being at an angle so it’s comfortable for a short day time nap if you have a child that sleeps on their back (I have a rather awkward little girl who point blank refuses to ).
The pod looks incredibly comfortable and supportive and the angle it sits at would be ideal for a baby with reflux.
It’s worth noting that the pod may not last a full 6 months, and will probably go up to 4-5 months. I say that as my daughter is starting to get stronger and at 5 months she is pulling trying to sit up in it now.
How does the MiChair rocking chair work?
When I made the MiChair into a rocker I suddenly seemed to be surrounded by small children all wanting to give it a go.
My 3-year-old Archie thought it was the perfect reading chair and once all the babies are out of a highchair I imagine it will be perfect for a quiet corner.
It rocks easily and quietly and is ideal for small children from toddler age upwards.
How sturdy does the iCandy MiChair feel?
The MiChair feels safe and secure, I don’t think a child would be able to take it apart and everything is smooth and rounded.
The harness keeps my 1-year-old Finn restrained and is easy for me to undo with the same buckle as found on their iCandy Peach pushchair. The footrest was a great height for him at 21 months.
Is the MiChair stylish?
Yes, this chair is perfectly designed and it really feels like iCandy have thought of everything. It looks understated and modern and so much tidier at a dining table than a big colourful plastic chair.
Is the MiChair easy to clean?
Yes, the simplicity means it is easy to clean (you can use the highchair with or without the fabric padded cushions) and there are no little corners for food to hide in.
It is ideal for baby-led weaning as the tray can be removed easily to wash or you can use the chair straight up at the table.
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How big is the tray?
The tray isn’t huge so it you have a messy eater you may find food falling down the sides on to the floor. It is big enough for a plate and cup and at 21 months it suited Finn but I am worried at whether it will be big enough for Cora and baby led weaning when we begin next month.
Can you use the MiChair as a travel highchair?
I don’t think this is suitable for a travel highchair as it doesn’t fold away. You can remove the bottom of the legs but it doesn’t collapse as such.
The MiChair has many of the same qualities as Stokke’s classic Trip Trap and their more modern Steps. All three are simplistic and modern and built to last from birth for many years.
The iCandy MiChair differs in that the base is chrome as opposed to wood and it has the added benefits of being able to be used away from the dining area as a small chair or rocking chair so it is more multi-functional.
This is by far the best chair we have used and I can think of very few improvements I would make – only the size of the tray I think!
Is the MiChair value for money?
iCandy products do come with a premium price so I would recommend investing in this chair from birth to get the most from it. It is a wonderful way to include a baby in family mealtimes long before they start eating actual food and it grows with them so well.
A stylish and practical chair than can last from birth to six years. iCandy have really thought of everything and we can highly recommend the miChair. The newborn rocker is compact and comfortable, the high chair is easy to use and clean and the option to convert it to a rocking chair gives it longevity and an extra appeal. A brilliant investment.
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