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Baby Bjorn Review
Price: $300.00 List | $201.38 at Amazon - 33% off
Pros: Easy to clean, folds flat for storage, promotes great posture
Cons: Buckles do not remove, doesn't maneuver on floors well, small size
Bottom line: This chair did not disappoint, was a breeze to assemble and keep clean, and kept a squirmy toddler safely in place.
At first glance, we wondered if the seemingly small and overly simple Baby Bjorn high chair could indeed handle the occupants it claims, ranging from baby all the way to toddlers pushing the upper age limit of three years old. However, we quickly realized that not only did our older baby fit in this chair just as well as our favorite (and much larger) Peg Perego Siesta, but they did so with ease, and without extra space to collect food, or worse, squirm free. The stylish design uses the tray for a dual purpose, integrating it as part of the baby's restraint system. This is necessary since there are no shoulder straps like on many of our other high chairs with 5-point restraint systems. Made from durable, chemical-free plastic, it is easy to wipe clean and has no crevices for food to get stuck in. Best of all, it folds nice and flat for storage or travel. Read on to discover more about why we gave this little powerhouse our Top Pick Award for Light and Compact.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The sleek and stylish Baby Bjorn high chair is one that will quickly become a staple in your collection of baby equipment. With its simple black-and-white design, it is bound to fit into most kitchens and dining rooms without looking flashy. Plus, if it does seem like it's getting in the way, or you need to bring it with you for a long weekend, no problem. It folds to an astonishing 10" deep, and can easily be stored in the pantry, closet, or trunk of a car. Our baby tester was always fully supported by the 3-point pelvic belt and tray, without having her arms constrained by a shoulder harnesses. Keep this chair clean by simply wiping it down, and snapping off the snack tray for a quick wash in the sink. Then all you have to do is sit back, relax (ha, ha!!), and wait for the next feeding!
About the Company
Baby Bjorn was created in 1961 by a man named Bjorn Jakobson and is still a family-run business today. Mr. Bjorn himself and his wife, Lillemor, still play an active role as CEO and head designer. The company is committed to providing products that will last a long time and stay in good condition, as they believe that just because you have children doesn't mean you should buy a lot of "stuff". They stand behind their core principles of safety, quality, and style for every product they manufacture, starting back with their first baby carrier in 1973.
Ease of Use
Truly, the Bjorn scored well all around, and earned itself an 8 of 10 for ease of use. The tray has a large knob underneath that you squeeze and then turn to release down, and then squeeze and turn again to lock it back in the upright position. This aspect of the chair was self-explanatory, and our reviewer quickly figured it out. The buckles are a straightforward 3-point pelvic belt that are easy enough to adjust.
Ease of Cleaning
When it comes to ease of cleaning, this chair blew away the competition, earning a perfect 10 of 10. It literally has no crevices for food to get caught in, no big base for food to land on, no cushions to stain, and no inserts to lift up or remove and machine wash. Simply wipe down this chair when your baby is done eating, and you're good to go until the next meal. It's tray depth adjustments even allow you to put the tray nice and snug against baby's belly to prevent extra crumbs from finding their way down to baby's legs. The snack tray easily snaps off with two hands if you'd like to remove it for a wash before taking baby out. There is no need to lower the main tray to remove the snack tray.
Not surprisingly, this chair also delivered in terms of quality, earning an 8 of 10. To say that the chair is well designed is quite the understatement. It features just exactly the right amount of chair with the smallest footprint and most lightweight material possible, all while keeping baby safe and secure at the same time. Don't let the small size of this chair be mistaken for less stability, as it was certainly stable enough to handle our squirmy toddler. Baby was always properly supported and restrained by the 3-point harness, and the seat depth and curved back seemed almost custom-fit to our toddler tester. Lastly, the tray and crotch post, a feature unique to this chair, stayed attached to the chair as part of the restraint system itself. Since the chair does not have a recline feature, and your baby sits upright in an ergonomically correct position, there is still no danger of baby slipping once you release the tray down.
Ease of Set Up
Earning the best score of the bunch with a 9 of 10, the Bjorn was a breeze to set up. Simply snap in the four leg posts, and it's time to eat! The instructions provided by the company were fairly simple to understand, and our grand total setup time for this chair was a whopping 2 minutes 39 seconds. Not too shabby. In fact, it probably took us longer to figure out how to tip the tray up for folding than it did to assemble the entire piece.
Footprint and Portability
Stokke Tripp Trapp. This chair will only take up about 454 square inches in your kitchen, and very little space when folded up inside the pantry or closet. Like several of our other chairs, it does not have wheels. Some others, like the Keekaroo Height Right, earned themselves a couple extra points for the ability to slide across the floor, even without wheels. However, this is not the case with the Bjorn. The actual feet are quite small, and we could not slide it around our tile kitchen without those tiny feet getting stuck in the grout lines. Make sure that you don't need to move baby more than a few inches once they are secured in the chair ready to eat. And of course, always follow the safety guidelines in the owner's manual provided by the company.
In terms of overall portability, it doesn't get much easier than this unless you are specifically looking for a travel booster seat (in which case, you should definitely check out our review on The Best Portable High Chair).
This chair is best suited for someone who is looking for a quality, reliable seat that has a minimalistic design while still getting the job done. Some users were put off by the small size of this chair, so consider this your "warning": This chair is small. But do remember the old adage: Good things come in small packages. And in the case of the Baby Bjorn high chair, this remains true.
With a $300 list price, this is one of the most expensive chairs we tested, but its simplicity, performance and quality made the price worth it, in our opinion.
Other Versions and Accessories
At this time, Baby Bjorn offers only one high chair in two other color options: light green and light pink.
— Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team
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