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Peg Perego Siesta Review
Price: $300.00 List | $299.99 at Amazon
Pros: Quality materials, easy to clean, folds for storage, auto-lock brakes
Cons: Heavy, expensive
Bottom line: A well-built, easy to clean, foldable high chair that both you and your baby will enjoy using.
The Peg Perego Siesta is a beautiful high chair that can be used with your baby right from day one. It's soft padding and easy-to-clean seat upholstery will keep your baby comfy all through mealtime. You will be confident that your baby is safely secured with the 5-point restraint and passive crotch bar built right into the chair. As an added safety feature, this chair features an auto-lock brake system that is controlled by hand at the top of the chair, rather than down on the wheels - super convenient in our book. There are many smooth-operating height, footrest, and recline options to help you decide how it might be most comfortable for you to feed your baby. If your child is already past the infant stage, and you think they are a bit too active to settle down the for the recline feature, check out our Top Pick award winner for Light and Compact, the Baby Bjorn, which accommodates children from ages 6 months up.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Peg Perego Siesta, one in a line up of five manufactured by the Italian company, is a beautifully-made, versatile chair. Its soft, leather-like seat (which they've lovingly dubbed Prima Classe, or "First Class") will not only keep baby cozy and comfortable from birth through the toddler years, but is also a breeze to keep clean by simply wiping down with a damp cloth. It features a unique 'auto-lock' system of brakes that were not seen on any of the other eight chairs we tested, and from the very first brake, we were in love. Our toddler tester never once put up a fight when we were slipping her into this luxurious seat (granted, she knew she was about to be fed), and often enjoyed using the adjustable footrest to sit back and relax. Now, we invite you to do the same while we share our testing experience.
About Peg Perego
Since 1949, the Perego family has been designing and manufacturing baby equipment out of their home base of Italy. After they experienced great success selling their products in Europe, they decided to test their luck in the USA market, and began selling products out of New York in the early 1960's. Today, their United States Headquarters produces more than 4,000 units a day, and features an in-house customer service center, as well as a distribution center, warehousing, and business offices. The company takes pride in the fact that from beginning to end, design idea to shipment, their products never leave the Peg Perego family, ensuring their top-notch quality and craftsmanship.
Ease of Use
Keekaroo Height Right, but at the same time we appreciated that the adjustment wouldn't loosen once we got it where it needed to be. Additionally, some users reported that the straps were difficult to get on to a squirmy toddler, but we did not find them any more difficult that any of the other 5-point restraint systems. Yes, it is going to take a couple seconds, but once your baby is buckled, you will notice that there is a one-hand release feature that allows you to easily press and release when you're ready.
Ease of Cleaning
The tray and tray liner are both dishwasher safe, although we always recommend washing plastic parts by hand in warm, soapy water. One minor gripe we had with the snack tray was its abrupt way of popping off. No matter how slowly we tried to remove it, it always came off with a jolt. Just be sure there's nothing on the tray that could hurt your baby before you go snapping it off only inches from your little one's face. Other than that, the tray was a decent size, plenty large enough to hold a plate and cup.
Every once in a while you may also want to wipe down the frame of the chair to keep it looking in tip-top shape. Simply do this with the same rag and neutral detergent you used to clean the seat with. Easy peasy wipe-down cleanings earned this chair an 8 of 10 in this category.
The 5-point restraint harness, as we've mentioned before, was comprised of thick, adjustable straps that did a great job of keeping baby safely fastened in place. We appreciated that the restraint post was attached to the seat rather than to the tray, as was the case with the Summer Infant Bentwood.
The evolved tilt-in-space seat was another favorite feature of ours, and what this fancy feature means is that the chair reclines to a flat position, ideal for resting or bottle feeding newborn babies. It also means that the entire seat moves with the recline, not just the back. This allows you to be sure that just because your baby is reclined does not mean that they will be slipping down/out of the chair. We are confident that you will quickly learn to love this feature, not only because it conveniently accommodates sleeping babies, but because you can operate it with one hand.
Ease of Set Up
Sometimes, when you're excited about the arrival of a new baby product, you forget that the products usually come in several pieces rather than ready-to-go out of the box. If the prospect of an hours-long, multiple-tools assembly makes you cringe, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that our grand total set up time for this chair was a swift 3 minutes and 43 seconds. You simply snap in the wheels and snap on the tray, and you're good to go. The instruction manual was clearly illustrated, and included pictures only, which were sufficient. The Siesta earns an 8 of 10 for it's fast, easy set up.
Footprint and Portability
From birth through toddler, this chair will meet all the must-haves on your checklist. It is best suited for expectant parents who are looking for a piece of equipment that they can invest in that will last for years to come. A quality, reliable product is what you should expect to get with this purchase.
Averaging about $300, the Siesta was one of the most expensive chairs we tested, but for good reason, and well worth it in our opinion. If you still want a quality product but don't want to spend that much, take a look at our Best Value Award winning Graco Blossom.
To conclude, we really enjoyed using this product and we think you will, too. Roll it around from room to room, use it from infant all the way through toddler, and wipe it clean with a damp cloth in between. The quality features and deluxe fabrics will leave you and your baby touting it as the best invention since sliced bread.
Other Versions and Accessories
Peg Perego offers four other high chairs in addition to the Siesta, these include the Tatamia for $399, the Prima Pappa Best for $250, the Prima Pappa Zero 3 for $200, and the Prima Pappa Diner for $200.
— Jessica Stevenson & BabyGearLab Team
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