When I began feeding my daughter solid food, she was roughly four and a half months old. At that time, I really enjoyed using a Bumbo seat for her mealtimes, as opposed to putting her in a highchair. I felt as though the Bumbo seat provided support for her that a highchair would not. However, once she hit the six-month mark, I began to use Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 Highchair, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well she actually was supported by this product. There are various aspects that can be adjusted— including the seat back, the strap height and the tray lock positions—which allows the chair to truly be suitable for a variety of ages.
When I first opened the product, it was relatively easy to put together without much direction—which ended up being a good thing because the instructions do not actually have words but instead only pictures. I will admit that when I took everything out of the box, it took me a moment to put on my critical thinking cap and realize that it was a very logical construction; in fact, you didn’t really need for there to be written instructions.
My initial impression of the product was that it appeared to be of very good quality. Aesthetically, the chair was appealing. I always appreciate items that feel gender neutral but are still cute. One other thing about the chair I noticed right away: It takes up a decent amount of space. It is not a piece that can easily tuck away into a corner or up against a wall.
As I began to use the product more and more, I was incredibly impressed with how easily everything cleans up. The cushion on the chair is made of a material that wipes clean very easily. Plus, this piece can be taken off without any trouble, so you can clean under the cushion as well. There are not many nooks or cracks for food to fall into either, which is a major perk when you have a little one who is grinding food everywhere she can! The plastic construction feels quite durable and cleans nicely. I have been impressed overall that after a good month of use, it still looks brand-new.
The tray of the highchair is of a good size. There are two cupholder locations and quite a bit of space for food to actually be on the tray. There are also several options for how closely you can slide the tray to the child
Worth noting: It seems as though the sliding mechanism needs two hands to evenly distribute the pulling, as opposed to being able to grip the clip in the center and pull with one hand straight out. I am not sure if one-handed tray removal is wishful thinking for a highchair experience, but I have found moments of frustration when I have a hungry baby in my arms and need to put her down to take off the tray with two hands, and then use both hands to put the tray back on again.
One of the main selling points of this chair is that it is the 3-in-1 deal. And for this, I will give two thumbs up. Not only can you very easily convert the chair between the three designs—a full-size highchair, a booster seat and a toddler smart chair—but they all seem useful. At this point, I have not had a need for the toddler chair version of the highchair. However, I have used the standard highchair version, as well as the version of the seat being strapped to a chair, and both have worked very well for their intended purposes. I have enjoyed the product overall for being able to easy to convert.
I do appreciate that the wheels swivel easily and seem to be of good quality. I really enjoy being able to move the highchair around from room to room without much hassle. And the chair moves just as easily even with my daughter sitting in it.
When researching highchairs a bit, I feel as though the Trio 3-in-1 is a good product for the price point. While there are a few aspects that I might tweak (namely, the size of its footprint and its two-hands-required tray), I do think that for an $80 3-in-1, it is definitely a worthwhile purchase.
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