I am excited to be reviewing guzzie+Guss’s Perch Hanging Highchair […]
I am excited to be reviewing guzzie+Guss’s Perch Hanging Highchair and have enjoyed using it with our 1-year-old son. He likes sitting right at the dinner table with us, and I appreciate how the open space underneath allows us to easily clean up post-meal messes. Since he’s eagerly exploring the world now, he also loves sitting in the Perch to “help” me prepare food at our kitchen counter. It’s very portable, so we’ve even taken it on vacation, to our friends’ homes and to restaurants.
Setting up the Perch for the first time took me more time than I’d expected. I like to consider myself fairly mechanical, but I had trouble following the instruction manual. The written directions worked OK, but the assembly illustrations did not match the hanging high chair. The illustrations had a completely different support piece. When the instruction manual suggested checking the company’s webpage for the most recent version, I looked up the instructions there; unfortunately, the exact same version was posted online. Once I decided to use common sense instead of trying to follow the instructions step-by-step, I figured out how to set-up the Perch quickly. It is really very easy to set-up!
The Perch is very versatile and can be used for many different styles of tables and counters. It’s important to be sure that it’s compatible with your table-style because the Perch is not designed for glass top tables, single pedestal tables, loose table tops, card tables, camping tables or table leaves. Also you cannot use tablecloths or placemats underneath the Perch. The table surface must be between 20mm and 70mm (.8 inches – 2.7 inches). It’s also important to note that setting up the Perch Hanging high chair requires both hands. Usually one of us holds our baby while the other sets up the Perch at restaurants or friends’ homes. When I travel solo, this can be a challenge. If I have a stroller with me, then I just leave our son seated there until I have everything set-up
Guzzie+Guss’s Perch Hanging Highchair is very sturdy and safe to use. However, there are a few usage restrictions to keep your child safe. The highchair is designed for children who can sit upright and works really well once children have that ability. The recommended age is 6 months, the maximum age is 3 years old, and the maximum weight is 37 pounds. There is a 5-point harness that secures our son well, and the straps have a lot of room for adjustments. One challenge is keeping the straps from twisting and getting caught underneath our son when setting him in the Perch; it’s not too tough, but we find it’s easier to be cautious than to reach and untwist the straps around our squirmy little guy.
Cleaning the Perch is pretty easy with some dish soap and a washcloth. There are some little grooves in the bar that holds the Perch on the top of the counter; these take a couple wipes to clean if food has gotten deep into the grooves. I’ve also found that it’s much easier to wipe down messes before they dry on the seat fabric. If a deep cleaning is needed, the seat fabric can be removed and machine washed on the gentle cycle. Then the damp cover should be placed on the frame so it doesn’t shrink while air drying.
Guzzie+Guss included a travel bag, so the Perch is easy to pack in the car. It has a shoulder strap that’s really nice when carrying the Perch into restaurants and friends’ homes. I loved that I could carry the Perch into my husband’s work party without anyone noticing until after we’d set it up at our table. Once our son was seated in the Perch, everyone commented on how perfect the seat was for the occasion. I also like how this travel bag will work well for storing the Perch between our children’s use.
More information about the guzzie+Guss Perch Hanging Highchair may be found on their website as well as video tutorials on how to set up the high chair. If you’re purchasing the Perch, I’d recommend watching these videos to help understand the set-up.
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