The Chicco Polly is a functional, traditional high chair with a neutral look that blends in to most decors. The high chair folds away compactly and is easy to use. However, Chicco has recalled models of the Polly High Chair manufactured prior to October 2010, due to a laceration hazard posed by the pegs on the rear legs of the seat. If you're buying this chair used, be sure to check the manufacturers' website for more information on affected models at http://www.chiccousa.com/safety-recall/polly-highchair.aspx.
The Chicco Polly is equipped with a padded, five-point safety harness. Some parents object to the fact that the T-shaped bar that keeps the child from sliding out of the chair is attached to the tray. However, experts say children should never be in a high chair without the harness secured. Most high chairs have the T-bar attached to the seat. The Polly has casters that lock easily and securely. The seat is well padded and the tray has a removable feeding cover so baby can sit in the high chair with the tray on while the eating surface is being cleaned.
Despite these safety features and good safety ratings from one independent review organization, Chicco Polly High Chairs manufactured prior to October 13, 2010, were recalled in July 2012. Children have fallen on the pegs on the back legs of the chair designed to hang the tray, causing laceration injuries. Models listed in the recall can be found at: http://www.chiccousa.com/safety-recall/polly-highchair.aspx.
The Chicco Polly receives high praise from parents and reviewers for its easy-to-fold design; the armrests and seat tilt flat. It has easy to clean vinyl seats and comes with two seat covers and two tray liners so one can be used while the other is being cleaned.. Parents say the tray removes easily with one hand. The Chicco Polly offers seven height adjustments and an adjustable footrest, which makes it comfortable for growing babies. Parents say it makes a good table seat for older children, thanks to the fold-away armrests. However, the Chicco Polly has a slightly lower than usual maximum weight capacity of 37 pounds, which may limit its usable life.
The Chicco Polly is a good choice for parents who want the dependability and flexibility of a traditional high chair, but don't want a chair that's too childish- looking. The Chicco Polly has a smooth chrome finish, and Chicco offers a range of color choices. It rolls from room to room with ease, has a large tray to help reduce spillage and a padded seat. The Polly is often recommended as a second chair for grandparents, because it folds away easily.
The chair is covered by a one year manufacturer's warranty.
Thanks to its many convenience features, adjustability, easy, compact fold, and ability to sit directly at the table, the Chicco Polly is an excellent space saving high chair. However, after the recall (published in July 2012) we urge parents to use caution before purchasing or using models of the Chicco Polly High Chair manufactured prior to October 2010. If you do own one, contact Chicco for free peg covers.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. The section on high chairs mainly covers brands rather than individual models, but the Chicco Polly receives a review.
Review: High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
ConsumerReports.org editors test 20 popular high chair models for performance, reliability and safety issues. The Chicco Polly is among those tested.
Review: High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to Baby Products, includes the Chicco Polly High Chair in her roundup of the top high chairs for baby. Corley says she likes the Chicco Polly's combination of convenience, style and adjustability. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 8 High Chairs for Baby, Heather Corley, Not dated
The Chicco Polly is one of a dozen high chairs evaluated by Susan Adcox, About.com's Grandparents Guide Adcox provides an overview of high chairs as a guide to grandparents who may want to keep a high chair in their home for when their grandchildren visit. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: High Chairs and Other Baby Chairs for Grandparents' Houses, Susan Adcox, Not dated
The Chicco Polly earns an overall 2.6 out of 5 stars in a handful of reviews. Owners like that it's easy to use and doesn't look too childish, but they say it's not easy to clean.
Review: Chicco Polly High Chair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Sept 2012
Like Amazon.com, Target allows consumers to rate and review products. The Chicco Polly High Chair receives an overall 4 out of 5 stars in a few reviews. Parents like the Chicco Polly's looks and say that it is easy to use and fold. One parent mentions that it is hard to keep the chair clean.
Review: Chicco Polly High Chair, Contributors to Target.com, As of Sept. 2012
7. Babies 'R' Us
Like Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com allows consumers to rate and review products. The Chicco Polly High Chair receives an overall 4 out of 5 stars in more than 10 reviews. Most parents say they find the seat easy to use and assemble, and it's of high quality. The biggest complaint is that it's hard to clean and food gets trapped in multiple places.
Review: High Chairs, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of Sept. 2012