on August 12, 2014
After using this chair for sixth months my opinion has gone from 5 stars to 1. Overall it is a very functional chair but there are a couple minor flaws and then one MAJOR design flaw.
First, the cushions can only be wiped down with a wet cloth and the bottom side can't even get wet because it is an absorbent type material.
Second, the velcro which is supposed to hold the seat cushion in place stops working properly after a few months and it is because of that fabric I mentioned on the bottom of the cushion.
Lastly, the biggest and MAJOR problem with this chair is the tray design. It is constructed of two halves that screw together with a dozen screws and even if you run a little water on this tray to assist in washing it off, the water gets inside the tray and is near impossible to get out. I took it apart once because I could see pink mildew forming around the parting line. Luckily the first time that is all it was. The second time though was tonight before I wrote this review. I took the trays apart and I was in disbelief. There was pink mildew all over the inside of the tray and even food particles that had gotten in. It was absolutely disgusting and makes me furious. I had to completely take apart the tray (there are four other pieces inside the tray that have white grease all over them) and scrub in ever crevice. And let me tell you there are TONS of places for water to sit after looking at this thing. And only two very tiny drain holes for the entire tray.
OXO should recall this in my opinion. The tray is a breeding ground for germs and mildew or mold. I will be contacting the company immediately.
on March 12, 2012
This is a great high chair! When I was shopping for high chairs, I wanted something that would look nice, without the gaudy rainforest patterns, so I narrowed down my choices to the Tripp Trapp, the Keekaroo, and the Oxo Tot Sprout. I ruled out the Tripp Trapp because it did not come with a tray, and if I wanted to use it with an infant of 4+ months, I'd have to buy another expensive infant insert that did not look at all comfortable. I had also read some negative reviews about the chair tipping backwards. The Keekaroo looked very similar to the Tripp Trapp and came with a tray, but the tray was made of wood with lots of cracks to hide food and required two hands to put on and take off. I decided on the Sprout chair and I'm really glad I did! I used this chair when my baby was 4 months old and he is now almost 11 months and we are going strong. So my review applies to babies who are very little and need a lot of support, but I have no experience yet with toddlers.
Really nice design, is not an eye sore in my kitchen
Plastic seat and cushions are easy to wipe clean and comfortable to sit in
Crotch post keeps baby from submarining under the chair
Shoulder harness (the Tripp Trapp etc only has a waist belt) keeps a squirmy baby from crawling out of the chair, and a younger baby from flopping over.
Good sized plastic tray, ONE HANDED RELEASE (so important when you have a baby in one arm, and the tray in the other!!!)
The seat is height adjustable
I like to rest my foot on the foot rest--great for mama, good for baby when he is old enough to climb into the chair himself.
This chair is advertised to slide up to the dinner table to allow toddlers to eat with the grown ups, just like the Tripp Trapp and the Keekaroo. You just lower the seat and remove the post. However, unlike the TT and the KK, this chair has arms which might hit the table and prevent the chair from sliding all the way under the table. The height of the arms of the Sprout chair, at the lowest setting, is 26". Please measure the bottom of your table to make sure this chair can fit under your table. You need at least 26" of clearance. My table has a "pocket" under the table to hold extra leaves, and the arms of the Sprout hits against the "pocket" and does not slide all the way under the table. When it comes time for my baby to use this chair as a real chair, we may be forced to raise the table 0.5" or cut the legs of this high chair, but hopefully by then we will have another baby who can use this chair as is!
The tray traps water inside the cracks so after you wash it, you can hear water swishing around. I shake the tray violently to get the water out.
The straps and the clips seem really cheap for a high chair that is otherwise such high quality. The straps have a tendency to twist.
Overall, in spite of these cons, this is still a great chair and I have no regrets in my purchase of it.
on February 17, 2014
We originally had a Svan Signet for our daughter, but she's so active we worried she would break the single post design. So we looked for a 4-leg chair and this one was highly rated. Basically, we ended up buying it without doing enough research. The chair is sturdy and pretty, but it is difficult to clean. It's really annoying that not a single piece of this product can be washed in the dishwasher. Because I gotta tell you, after a full day of cleaning up toys, vomit, poop, etc. there is nothing I want to do more than hand wash a tray that easily stains, especially when every time I'm washing it, all I can think is, how easy would it be for the company to make a dishwasher safe cover for this dang thing. Oh yeah, and because it easily stains, you need to wash it ASAP once your kid is done eating. So, feel free to just let your kid run their messy food covered clothes and hands all over the rest of your furniture while you tend to this high-maintenance high chair.
The harness straps gets soiled easily, so you really need to wash them every day (soaking in soapy water works well). The worst part is the strap in the seat area cannot be removed (or at least I haven't figured out how), so basically get used to that being cruddy and gross all the time.
You also have to remove the pads to clean them basically every day b/c they don't easily wipe down while attached (food gets stuck in places). Oh, but don't think your gonna remove those suckers and throw them in the washing machine with your kid's dirty clothes. Nope. those have to be washed by hand as well. The best part is that the velcro that's used to hold those pads in place is great at keeping little pieces of food and old paper towels where you foolishly tried to clean out the food.
I would only recommend getting this chair as a gift for an expectant parent that you don't like.
on August 23, 2015
This high chair should not be on the market. The inside of the tray gets DISGUSTING. I picked this high chair and added it to my registry based on the appearance of the chair alone - big mistake. Worse, my mother-in-law bought it for me, and the box is long gone so I can't return it. Yes, this high chair looks nice, but the pads are a pain in the butt to clean, and you can't even get the back pad off without taking the straps out. And the absolute worst issue is the tray. Yes, it is nice that you can get it on and off with one hand. But it is hollow inside and when you wash the tray in the sink (as you are bound to do, at least three times a day) water gets inside. The first time we opened it up because it was dripping water my husband thought "ok, gross, but I will drill more holes in the bottom for drainage so it will dry out inside and not be so gross." So he did that (you can see the dozens of holes in the attached picture). That did not solve the problem. Water still gets in, and it does not dry out, causing mold to grow inside. So ridiculously gross. Whoever designed this chair clearly did not think of the realities of how messy babies are, and how you don't want your baby to eat off a moldy tray three times a day. Please do not buy this high chair for your baby!
on May 15, 2015
Do NOT buy this chair! The horrible design of tray causes water to leak in = MOLD growth. We have had this chair for over two years and have loved it until this afternoon I noticed black around the edge of tray. After major scrubbing I couldn't get it clean so I took tray apart (screws located on bottom of tray) only to find MAJOR BLACK MOLD growth! I am horrified that my children have been eating off of this tray. I called OXO and they said it was because I rinsed tray with water. Apparently their instructions call for it to be cleaned by just wiping the surface. What?! That is ridiculous. How would you thoroughly clean it? Anyone with a baby/toddler knows how messy meals can be. The tray would never get clean enough if you just wiped tray off. I would never wipe it with disinfectant and not rinse it off the toxic cleaner before letting my son eat off tray. Even if I didn't rinse it and just wiped tray after use, liquid/food from my baby would've leaked in crack during any meal. If you have this chair, take apart tray asap and check for mold.
on February 5, 2013
First off, let me say that this high-chair is very visually appealing. It looks great in our house, and the taupe seat matches very well with our color scheme of gray, beige and blues. I definitely do not feel that the quality of construction justifies the price (about $260 when we bought it). The legs, while a nice walnut brown color, are constructed with particle board, and held together with these big visible bolt/screws. For this price, I would expect real wood, and more subtle placement of screws. Also, I do not know what I was thinking in purchasing a wood high-chair that was mostly made of plastic. I wanted a wood chair for the look, and also for ease of clean-up and to keep our baby being exposed to too much plastic. So although this chair looks nice, I failed on all three intentions.
The plastic in this chair is not obnoxious looking, but it does not have the classic look of all-wood. I fear that the plastic could possibly leach into my baby's food, since I put foods directly on the tray. And, this chair is most definitely not easy to clean up. When I was considering this purchase, I remember reading that water can get stuck in the tray during clean-up. I do not submerge the tray, rather I sponge it off when a scrubby sponge. Water does sometimes get stuck in there, but I have not noticed any mold growing, and I try to either shake it out or let it dry in an upright position. Other reviews mentioned staining. After food has been sitting on it for a while ~ squash, or tomato sauce, it does tend to temporarily stain. However, I have had good results with scrubbing it off, even after the occasional times when I leave it with food overnight. The tray does scratch, so be careful with cutting food directly on it.
The main thing I do not like about this chair is the seat cushion. It velcros on so that you can take it off and clean it. That's a nice idea, but what tends to happen is that food gets stuck under the cushion. Then when you remove it and try to clean the plastic underneath part, the food gets stuck in the velcro pads on the plastic. Gross! Also, for a busy mom, I wish there were not all these little nooks and crevices for food to get stuck in. I'd like to just wipe it off with a sponge and only rarely take it apart. But there's this big plastic piece that goes in between your baby's legs, and that makes it difficult to clean all of the food out. Also, when you take the seat cushion off to clean, you need to be very careful to only get the top part wet because the bottom part is not waterproof and could trap water.
There's also a 5-point harness which would be nice for a very squiggly baby, but I never use it. The straps are not easy to fully clean, and so I'd rather just have them behind my baby. The bottom part of the harness comes out from the same area as the white plastic piece between the baby's legs. So if you don't buckle them in, they end on sitting on the buckle, which doesn't seem comfortable. Obviously the company would want you to buckle your baby every time, but I feel that the leg piece and tray are enough to hold in my baby. She is not crazy about sitting in the high-chair to begin with, so I will wait to strap her in until she is really moving.
Now, I should mention that we do Baby-Led-Weaning. This means that I put the food on my daughter's tray and let her go to town. For a mom feeding her child purees, these issues with cleaning may not apply. But since 3/4 of the food I give my daughter ends up on the seat and floor, they are issues for me. Other people mentioned this, but I foolishly disregarded it.
So in conclusion: Oxo tot, thanks for creating a nice looking high chair that looks good in my house. I wish in the future that you would improve the quality of construction, and perhaps create a chair that is entirely made of wood, with cushions that do not come off. I understand wanting to be able to take them off to clean them, but if they were permanently fixed, I could clean them without worrying about food getting lodged underneath. Also, please move the bottom harness buckle to under the seat of the chair, so that when not in use, it does not end up underneath my baby's crotch. Thanks!
on February 4, 2014
I really tried to like this chair! We bought it based on the good reviews and for the sleek design. My son will be one this month and has been using the chair for the past six months.
In this time, we have had nothing but issues!
-Our tray is not sealed properly so food becomes lodged in the cracks along the sides (I use a knife to try and get the food particles dislodged so that mold does not grow inside of the tray)
-If we try to wash the tray, it becomes filled with water
-The surface of the tray is peeling (we have never cut anything on the tray)
-The cushions are almost impossible to clean! I scrub them after every meal and they still look disgusting
-Food becomes trapped in the cracks and crevices between the buckle and tray latch
-No matter how much we tighten the screws, the chair still becomes wobbly
-The "wood" of the legs are also starting to peel
Overall, for $250, I would have hoped to have received a better quality product.
Update: After reading other customer reviews, I unscrewed the tray and found mold growing inside...disgusting. OXO is usually a brand that I trust, I do not know how they can sell a product that is so faulty!