East Coast Folding Wood Highchair
Excellent value for money!
This highchair has been in daily use in our house for 7 years and we have no complaints - it really has been excellent value for money! Bought originally for it's compact yet sturdy design for our compact and bijou living room. It has grown with our children - without the tray it is perfect as a toddler chair at the family dining table. The harness can been removed and machine washed and a padded insert was useful when the babies were small. Very surprised that some have not not found it practical - it is only going into retirement now our second child is 4 and a half.
19 February 2014
First choice everytime.
We have had three of these highchairs (for four children) and personally I do not think there is a better one on the market for the price. It is very sturdy and most importantly VERY EASY TO CLEAN! No unhygeinic nooks and crannies. We have never used seat pads for the chairs because it prepares children for adult dining chairs, of which I have yet to see a fully padded one!! Our children have always been very happy in these chairs.
I notice the reviews about the safety harness and would agree that it is not great but we have always used our own set of baby straps/reins which has always worked excellently because you can wash them easily.
The other major bonus is that it folds away into a small space and is great for taking to family and friends for meals out and when leaving children at grandparents.
NB: with heavy wear 2yrs+ the varnish on the tray does become rough, hence owning three!
Highly recommended from experienced parents!
19 February 2014
East Coast Folding high chair
Compact and a beautiful thing to have. I love the fact that 2,3,4,6 and even 7 year old can sit right up to table whilst the babies are held snuggly in place with the tray forward. I brought one then ordered another two. After reading the reviews I cut up a car mat to stop the younger ones slipping out and didn't need it. The fact I had 3 east coast folding high chairs meant I could identify why the straps on one were far to tight (strap caught on wrong side of bar under sear or not lying flat at back) and once I had cracked that even a top percentile baby will fit. Our way to stop the straps falling off shoulder is to tie them together loosely at back with one of my daughters hairbands and then you can quickly adjust it to which child is in the chair - they now look like granddad's braces. I've had plastic high chairs for years taking up huge floor space and difficult to keep clean and store, with these we have better table manners and I feel they are more hygienic as I can reach everywhere. A joy to have in the kitchen and a great way to have the children close to other diners (we normally have between 6 and 9 children to tea each night). Yes you guessed it I'm a childminder as well as a mum to 3.
18 February 2014
Impractical is not the word
Having researched this chair was looking forward to using it. Then came the day to put my 6month old son in it . . . To which I could not do up the strap. The bottom strap to which the two side straps connect to was just too small. I barely managed to click the straps together & my son was winging in pain and this was before he had a full belly of food.
How this chair is supposed to be used by a 2year old I never know.
I tipped it upside down to see if I had caught some of the slack under the seat but alas I had the straps at their biggest and my son was still too big (he weighs 21lbs at 7&1/2 months).
I had both mine & my husbands parents come and see if I had adjusted the straps incorrectly but after giving it a very detailed inspection, they too agreed it was the bottom strap from between the legs that did not seem long enough. Also the shoulder straps are connected at the back from the base of the seat not the top of the backrest, therefore the this is why the baby may slide down the bottom as I had seen to be a problem from previous reviews.
My mother went and purchased a separate set of reigns ( as in her day 30years ago high hairs & buggies had D hooks you connected the reigns to) I connected these to the back of the chair where there are 2 D shaped hooks the chairs straps are attached to. Yes this allowed my son to sit in the chair without straps digging in, but as other reviews stated,my son began to slide down the seat with his little hands poking out holding onto the tray. So the reigns were not sufficient to hold him in place. As well as this the insert that is sold separately to go with the chair may not be thick/grippier enough to hold the baby.
I hate writing bad reviews especially on john Lewis they usually sell very good quality products but this chair is so impractical, I really wouldn't want someone else to make my mistake.
13 February 2014
Nice chair but...
This is a really good looking chair. Easy to assemble. Thought it would be perfect for our grandson. BUT - the safety harness is a joke! How you're supposed to fit the waist straps around a child is beyond me. I wish I'd read the reviews beforehand. The chair is being returned.
11 February 2014
Current straps on product just too short
We first bought this make of chair in April 2013 for our toddler (now aged 2 1/2) and it was brilliant, so we bought another one this February 2014 for our 15 month old who fits comfortably in her older sibling's existing chair. However, having put up the new chair, we could not fit the straps around her waist to do up into the strap that fits between the legs. We could not see any major difference between this chair and the identical chair we had bought less than a year ago, but then we measured the straps. The straps attached at the base to go up around the waist on the older chair are approx. 24.5cm each at full extension. However, on the new chair, they are approx 20.5cm - so about 8cm less. This is presumably why they don't fit round fairly young children (as so many of the recent reviews mention). We have arranged to return the product and are awaiting follow up from JL's Buying Department once they have liaised with East Coast. If East Coast can supply chairs with the old strap length then this is a great buy highchair, but until then, will steer clear as the straps are so short as to be unusable for a normal size 15 month old.
06 February 2014
Very poor design, not suitable for a baby
We bought one for our granddaughter, but it had to be returned. It looked very good, but the straps were two small even at 5 months of age! Amazing how such a silly design can get through the net.
08 January 2014
Basic design fault
The lap straps are too tight, even at full extension, for a 9 month child. I see from other reviews that this is a common observation so I don't understand why the makers are so reluctant to fix this defect.
17 December 2013