The bloom nano is the perfect highchair for minimalist parents who appreciate modern design.
My favorite feature of the nano is its fold: It folds completely flat, which is a lifesaver for those of us living in smaller spaces. When it isn’t folded, the base is a bit wide (my husband has tripped over it more than once), but since we normally keep it folded or tucked away in a corner, it hasn’t been a big problem.
The nano looks fantastic, with its sleek design and faux leather seat. I do wish that the seat cushion was machine washable, but the fabric spot cleans nicely. We’ve had quite a time getting the little food bits out of the chair’s nooks and crannies, which is a common problem with other highchairs I’ve tried out: If there’s a crevice, food is going to find it, and there’s no easy way to get it out. But I’ve found that cleaning the chair up thoroughly after every feeding helps cut down on the amount of grub that hangs around.
I definitely appreciate this chair’s sturdiness: You might think that a chair this sleek and lightweight would be wobbly, but that isn’t the case at all. (I’m sure the large base has something to do with that.) There is a 5-point harness with height adjustable shoulder straps, and the footrest is also adjustable, with two position options. The seat reclines a little more than I would like—my baby kind of slumps in the seat right now-–but I’m hoping that as he gets older we won’t have that problem. He’s on the low end of the age range—he’s 8 months and the seat is suitable for children 6 months to 3 years—so I think it might fit him better as he gets bigger. I can definitely see us using this chair until he is 3. It is very well made and attractive, so I don’t imagine we’ll be looking to get rid of it anytime soon.
We use the tray for now, but the nano also has an at-the-table option, which will be great for family dinners as my little one grows. The tray is amazing, though. It’s very wide and has a deep lip that prevents things from rolling or spilling off the tray. (In the interest of full disclosure, it’s a little tricky to get off until you’ve figured it out, and it does require two hands.) After meals, you can simply slip the tray into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
It’s also worth noting that the nano is lead-, PVC-, BPA-, Phthalate, heavy metal-, and AZO dye-free. Overall, I think that the bloom nano is a good buy. It does have its pros and cons, but for me the good features outweigh the bad. I would definitely recommend it to friends looking for a solidly constructed highchair that offers a lot of style in a compact package. It’s a great pick for small kitchens and will last a family for many years.
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