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I love finding products, the second time around, that eliminate what I didn’t like about my gear when I had my first baby. The Guzzie + Guss Habitat got rid of everything I hated about our first-time-around playpen, and now the Guzzie + Guss Perch has resolved the long-standing grudge against our first high chair.
The aptly-named Perch is…
- stylish &
- easy to clean.
It attaches securely to most tables and counters, meaning that it doesn’t occupy one of your dining chairs (we still usually leave our chair tucked under it to save space, but when we need a fourth chair, it’s available). This also means that apartment-dwellers who may not even have a dedicated dining table can take advantage of their bar!
Installation is a breeze, the only thing you want to verify before you purchase is how much of a lip your table or counter has:
At our house, it fits on our dining table and at the counter in our kitchen.
The chair folds flat and comes with its own tote bag, so I brought it over to my pal The Monarch Mommy‘s house so Little Miss Cub could have lunch with her buddy, Petit Prince.
Stef was really impressed that the Perch fit on her table, as other, similarly designed chairs had not passed that test due to its wide lip.
The first time you use a hanging high chair, you may be a bit paranoid about how secure it is. Let me assure you, it’s not going anywhere and your child is not going to fall on the floor. The Perch is designed to hold children four months old and up, and can handle up to 37 lbs.
Besides the sheer practicality and portability of the seat, what I love best about it is that Little Miss Cub is at the table with us. She is at the same level as us, can see what we are doing and (I presume) feels totally included in the family meal.
Before she started on solid food, we put up the Perch so she could simply watch us eat, or as a place to sit and play with her toys while I was getting dinner ready.
Her first day having actual food with us was sushi night! It was also her first time wearing a bib, which was more interesting to her than the raw fish.
She didn’t eat sushi… she ate brown rice cereal. Well, most of it got on her face.
Trying to help his sister eat some cereal was the very first time big brother Cub has actually taken any interest in his sister, so that was kind of nice!
Having her sitting at his level at the table has done wonders for sibling relations, in fact! It’s basically the only time Cub gives her the time of day, aside from when he screams that she’s touching him.
Guzzie + Guss makes a silicone place mat that is custom-sized to fit under the Perch so it doesn’t budge.
Because we’re baby-led weaning, the mat is a must!
If you’re happy with your current in-home dining solution, you might want the Perch purely for on-the-go feeding. If you’re camping, it’s great at a picnic table. If you are at a restaurant that only has booths, and no chair on which to secure a plastic booster seat, you can just hang the Perch off the table! (I noticed my local diner, which only has booths and bar stools, uses this style of chair for its tiniest customers!)
If you’re in the market for a single feeding chair that you’ll be as happy using at home as on the go, then it’s got to be the Perch. It takes seconds to install or remove it, so no big deal to grab it as you’re heading out the door for dinner at Grandma’s. It’s available in beautiful, trendy colours, if you are big into matchy-matchy kitchen decor. The fabric portion can be entirely removed and tossed in the wash, but it is also easily wiped down.
Apartment-dwelling parents, always-eat-at-restaurant parents, camping-all-summer parents and just “I hate bulky, impractical baby gear” parents will all love the Perch!
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