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Light and able to fold incredibly flat, the Zoobie Spoon highchair is ideal for kitchens that need a moveable option. However, it does have a few niggles.
With its curvy space-age design, the lightweight Spoon highchair – presumably named after its distinctive shape – looks modern and funky. It’s by Zoobie, a new company set up by two experienced nursery product designers, and comes with a silver frame and a choice of different seat pads in bright colours – we tried the model in blue.
What we love
Some heavier highchairs can be real backbreakers when you move them around, but not so with the Zoobie Spoon. With its aluminium frame, it’s designed to be ultra-lightweight, weighing a mere 7.5kg. However, it doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap, like some other lighter models can.
One of the Zoobie Spoon’s most impressive features is the way it folds flat incredibly easily. You simply slide off the tray, move the seat into its lowest position, press the clearly marked red buttons on the frame’s bottom and away you go. Once folded, it’s neat and compact, so great if you want to prop it in a corner when not in use, or pop in the car boot for trips away. It’s equally easy to unfold.
I particularly loved how easy it was to adjust the height, with my toddler in or out – just press two buttons and the seat slides smoothly up and down the frame. The seat actually goes fairly low – down to 32cm – so great if you’re having a more relaxed snack away from the dining table, or even want to use it for other activities such as, dare we say it, watching TV.
The Spoon’s tray slides on and off, which helps when getting your baby in and out. The tray also has a removable insert that’s dishwasher safe, a handy feature that makes keeping things hygienic easier.
My 15-month-old son Elliot looked fairly comfortable in the Zoobie Spoon, which has a curvy seat made of a unique material called ‘formed EVA’. However, I found that without the tray in place, and possibly due to the shape of the seat, I had to be careful he didn’t slip out while I clipped him into the 5-point harness (especially when he was feeling grizzly!).
While the highchair comes flatpacked, and took a short while to put together, the instructions are fairly straightforward and there aren’t too many mysterious parts.
What to watch out for
The seat attaches to the frame with Velcro loops and some press-studs by the footrest area, and I found it very difficult to line up one pair of studs so they closed securely. It’s worth bearing in mind that the seat cushion, while comfy and luxurious, is hand-wash only – and will probably need regular washing if your toddler is as messy as mine is!
The highchair’s footprint is on the large side, so if space is at a premium in your dining area, this may not be the best bet. You can’t adjust the seat recline angle, only the height. Lining up the tray so it attached to the chair took a little practice – it’s all about finding exactly the right position.
Inevitably as it’s lightweight, it doesn’t feel quite as sturdy as some highchairs. And at a fairly steep £180, you’re partly paying for the Spoon’s groovy looks.
Who is the Zoobie Spoon highchair best for?
Mums after a lightweight, easily folded highchair with modern looks.
This modern highchair scores points for its curvy ‘spoon-shaped’ looks and easy foldability. The fact it’s very lightweight means it’s not as cumbersome to move as some, however when unfolded the Zoobie Spoon is a little on the large side.
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|Child age (approx)||6 months to 3 years|
Dimensions & Weight
|Dimensions||H:111cm W:66cm D:73cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:89cm W:66cm D:29cm|
|Seat height positions||5|
|Made from||aluminium frame, seat made from formed EVA|
|Accessories included||Seat pad, removable washable tray insert|