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Bloom fresco high chair review

July 26, 2008 4 Comments

"What's the first thing you look for in a baby's highchair?", asked one mother. "Oh, it has to be easy to clean," everyone agreed. "Machine washable."

"Yes", we said, looking sheepish, and agreeing that this was the most important criterion, and that the one we had ordered was definitely easy to clean and baby-proof. Even though we had read that it wasn't in various high chair reviews.

Who would order a high chair that wasn't easy to clean? How stupid can you be? Ah.

Baby Eliza in her Bloom Fresco high chair

Bloom fresco review: Good points

The Bloom Fresco looks good. Not as good as you think (the base is a bit ugly) but still good. And when your baby is sitting in it, they look like some sort of James Bond villain. In a good way.

The Fresco has various different positions, and a clip-on tray, and you can buy changeable seats from Bloom in different colours (we've got red and orange. There's a blue, too). But you're buying it for its looks, aren't you, so you don't care about that stuff? And your baby looks good in it.

Bad points

Did I mention it wasn't easy to clean? It's got crevices for a start. It gets really dirty, really easily. And although you can remove the seat and straps, they're not machine washable. Why? Why would Bloom do this? They're wipe clean, like that's going to work.

Essentially, you have to live with the Fresco looking good but being covered in food, and then you have to dismantle it and give it a deep clean (as far as a deep clean is possible with wiping ...).

Bloom fresco high chair: to sum up

To sum up this review, I'm glad we bought this high chair (I was tempted by the Mozzee originally - but who would buy a high chair with no crotch rod/strap? the sort of person who buys the Fresco i guess ...).

But it's always covered in food.

We're buying a nice wooden high chair that's easy to clean for our second baby. But I bet they end up fighting over who sits in the Bloom Fresco ... I wish I could.

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  • hello malcom,

    i have just read your informative review of the bloom fresco on your website. We are expecting our first child towards the end of the year (22/12/09!), and wanted to buy a bloom fresco but defintely cannot afford a new one. Do you still use yours? because we would be interested in buying it off you if you dont use yours anymore?
    I look forward in hearing from you
    Kind regards
    chris jackson (bristol-uk)

    • Emily says:

      You can have mine, I hate it. It's impossible to clean and I wouldn't recommend it. I am having my second child in December and do not want to reuse it. If you still want it, please e-mail me - emily.heurlin at

  • Michelle Costello says:

    Hi Malcolm,

    You have just saved me £250.

    It's a lot of money to pay when it isn't just right, however, what do I get now???

    Had considered the M&P Loop so will let you know how I get on.



  • Philip says:

    This is honestly the worst £300 I have ever spent, current our Bloom Hair is being auctioned on eBay and we swapped it for another brand.

    It looks great but that is the only thing does well.

    1. Our boy started using it when he was about 7 months old, he is now 13 months old. He HATES it and has never looked comfortable. Always slouched over and looks like he is going to get a bad back. The high back means he cannot look over his shoulder or behind him.

    2. Whoever designed this does not have children, food gets in all the little nooks and crannies. It is very difficult to clean.

    3. Putting the straps on and off is very difficult but very necessary in order to clean. Whilst takn the straps out I cut my finger and part of the chair snapped off. Do not be fooled this is made in china and close up I shows.

    4.The lever at the back that adjusts the tilt is so tight and hard to pull that my wife cannot use it.

    5. Wheeling it around it is unwieldy and awkward, it also takes up a lot of space.

    Absolute rubbish, stay well clear!

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