I am a Graco Ambassador. This means I am regularly sent new products to review and share. I have recently been sent a Graco Contempo Highchair in the new Benny and Bell design. Benny and Bell is a neutral design, but it has some subtle green detail and a bright green removable tray cover.
The first thing which struck me about the Graco Contempo was how small it folds (H88xW56xD22cm). If you are short of space, or if you’re looking for a highchair for occasional use (For at Grandparents etc), the Contempo is perfect – as long as your child weighs 9kg-15kg. (The minimum child’s weight is a necessary safety feature).
The Graco Contempo High Chair was easy to assemble – but make sure you put the feet on the right way round. It’s a nightmare to get them back off if – like me, you put the brakes on the wrong way.
Here are a few photos of Syd using the Graco Contempo.
The Contempo all folds down as one piece, so it is perfect for those who are short of space. The green top tray is removable, so it is easy to clean too (and dishwasher safe)!
The seat has 3 recline positions, and it moves easily between the three positions. It has a 5 point harness, which fits well. The Graco Contempo also has a built in play tray and T bar, so while you are trying to fasten your child into place, you know they are unable to slip, as this holds them in place. I really liked this feature. The tray attaches to the fixed play tray, and it moves easily up to your baby’s tummy to ensure the ideal distance between the tray and their body.
Comfort wise, the seat is very well padded. Sydney has fallen asleep in it a few times already. She likes to sit with her milk and watch me as I potter around the kitchen, and she is also happy to play in the high chair as long as it is in the upright position. The main tray is a bit fiddly to get onto the fixed tray, but it isn’t a major ordeal.
The high chair has 6 height settings ranging between 105-119cm. We have a large kitchen island as our table, and the highchair isn’t quite at the right height for that, but it’s not far off. The cover is washable, and it wipes clean easily enough. The straps are a bit hard to keep clean though. I have taken to putting a coverall bib on Sydney after she is strapped in to keep the harness clean.
The highchair has wheels on 2 of the legs, but it isn’t easy to move when it is upright. The highchair moves freely (and is freestanding) when it is folded though. The tray itself is a decent size. It has a cup holder, and the green top tray lifts off easily. This is perfect when Syd has covered it with her tea, as I can just take off the dirty top layer, and put her dessert on the clean, white under tray. This makes baby led weaning easier in my opinion.
All told, I do like the Graco Contempo. If you want a big, sturdy highchair, and space isn’t an issue, I’d opt for the Graco Duo Diner as it is roomier for baby, and has a bigger seat and a better footrest. If you need something compact, then the Contempo is the perfect choice.
I give the Contempo 4/5. Losing 1 mark because the footrest is a bit pointless and the tray is fiddly to get into place. I would recommend it, though.
This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the item to review, but all words and opinions are my own.