The Chicco Polly Highchair's adjustability, compact fold and ability to sit directly at the table make it a particularly good choice as a space-saving high chair. Reviewers praise its neutral fabric that blends into most decors. There are three models of the Polly, the basic model, the Polly SE (Est. $175) and the Polly Magic (Est. $160), which is the only one that accommodates newborns. (The Magic is exclusive to Babies "R" Us.) For the other two, baby should be able to sit up unassisted, or about 3 to 6 months.
Watch for recalled models. The Chicco Polly Highchair is equipped with a padded, five-point safety harness and casters that lock easily and securely. The T-bar, which is a solid crotch support to keep children from accidentally slipping through the opening between the tray and the seat, is attached to the tray, which gets a number of complaints from reviewers. Most high chairs have the T-bar attached to the seat, and this particular design adds bulk to the tray.
In July 2012, Chicco Polly Highchairs manufactured before Oct. 13, 2010, were recalled because of a laceration hazard from children falling on the pegs on the back legs of the chair. The manufacturer provides models listed in the recall on its website. ConsumerSearch.com editors urge caution when buying any used baby products.
Built to stow easily. The Chicco Polly Highchair receives high praise from parents and reviewers for its easy-to-fold design; the armrests and seat tilt flat, which also makes it easy to pull up to a table for use without the tray. It rolls smoothly on casters. It has wipe-clean vinyl seats and comes with two seat covers and two tray liners so one can be used while the other is being cleaned, and the tray removes easily with one hand. However, the tray is big and may not fit in all dishwashers, and owners say the seams in the plastic are hard to clean.
An attractive, traditional high chair. The Chicco Polly Highchair is a good choice for parents who like the dependability and flexibility of a traditional high chair but prefer less-childish themes. It features a smooth chrome finish and Chicco offers a range of fabric choices. There are three recline positions, seven height adjustments and an adjustable footrest. However, only the Chicco Polly Magic is suitable for newborns; the other two models are designed for children with full head control, about 3 to 6 months. Parents say it makes a good table seat for older children thanks to the foldaway armrests. Its maximum weight capacity is 37 pounds.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" is a popular and well-organized guide to baby-related products. Authors Denise and Alan Fields conduct hands-on testing as well as parent, manufacturer and retailer interviews. The section on high chairs has detailed reviews of a number of high chairs, including the Chicco Polly, as well as ratings and rankings.
Review: Chapter 6: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th edition
ConsumerReports.org editors test 33 popular high chair models for performance, reliability and safety issues. High chairs are ranked and compared, and several are designated as "recommended" or "best buys." Four are designated as "don't buy -- safety risk." The Chicco Polly Highchair is among those tested.
Review: High Chairs Overview, Ratings, and Recommended, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
The Chicco Polly SE Highchair receives 4 stars out of 5 from both editors and about 20 consumer reviewers. Editors note that it's super-adjustable and fits just about anywhere when folded, but say it's not the easiest to clean.
Review: Chicco Polly SE Highchair, Editors of BabyCenter.com, As of March 2014
The Chicco Polly gets an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 after more than 20 user reviews. Owners say it's a great choice as a space-saver because it's so slim when folded. They also like the two included tray tops. Reviews are mixed on ease of cleaning.
Review: Chicco Vinyl Polly High Chair, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
Heather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, includes the Chicco Polly Highchair in her roundup of the top high chairs. She likes the Chicco Polly's combination of convenience, style and adjustability, but notes that the post attached to the tray prevents it from laying flat post-feeding.
Review: Top 8 High Chairs for Baby, Heather Corley, Not dated
The Chicco Polly is one of a dozen high chairs evaluated by About.com guide Susan Adcox. She provides an overview of high chairs as a guide to grandparents who may want to keep a high chair in their homes for when their grandchildren visit. The review is not comparative, and there is no mention of testing.
Review: Baby Chairs for Grandparents' Houses, Susan Adcox, Not dated