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Joovy Nook Review

For the Joovy New Nook, they took the customer feedback from the original Nook and made some cool changes — gotta love a company that listens to parents!

Spoiler Alert: A swing-open tray, you guys!! [Drops the mic] I’ve been saying someone should do this for years!

Anyway.

The main difference between the OG Nook and the New Nook is the larger, adjustable tray (no more cup holder). The tray can adjust (front to back) as your kiddos grow while also reducing the “food fall potential” from tray to mouth (for self feeders). They also gave it a little style update: a newer, modern look.

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Assembly/Fold

There is no assembly. Whhh-aaaa? You heard me. Just pull it out of the box and pop that puppy open. Take off the packaging and you are ready to eat.

The chair folds oh so easily; a simple pull of the lever and it folds right up – tray and all. Throw it in your trunk and head off to Grandma’s (and relax, she won’t get upset about her seats getting dirty from the baybeeees).

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Easy to Clean

I was skeptical about the “leatherette” seat cover and the straps being easy to clean, but I was happily surprised. My kids eat some messy foods and the straps wipe clean with just a dishcloth. The seat does have seams and crevices, but it’s also easy to wipe down (to the ground… for the dog to eat…). <— Nod if you’ve been there. 

The tray has a nifty tray cover, which pops off and goes right into the dishwasher; in other words, you don’t have to take this big huge tray off to be washed. If things get really dirty, you can remove the seat cover and throw it in the washer. It does take some time and effort to remove the cover, but sometimes you gotta do it.

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Features

The adjustable tray accommodates growing toddlers up to 50 lbs. Like I said before, the best thing is the one-handed, swing-open tray. Makes me do backflips, I tell ya.

I can successfully carry both my twins to their chairs, put one in, close the tray, and then put her sister in the other chair. The girls can even close the tray on their own (but can’t open it!). My mom has issues with removing the tray on our other high chair, so she was really excited about the easy swing tray (a win for grandparents everywhere!).

Note that the New Nook is 31″ from ground to tray, which is a little too high for us to pull the tray-less chair up to the table, though it might work if you have a tall table. But with the removable tray insert, I actually prefer cleaning it rather than my table.

The chair is for the 6 month+ crowd, who should have upper body control. My only hang-up is the slight recline of the seat; it doesn’t sit completely upright. My girls have taken to the gangsta lean-and-relax-while-eating position. They even put their little toes up on the underside of the tray (not necessarily bad, but not exactly good either).

The trays are large enough to fit a toddler placemat (our fave is the ezpz mat) on the tray.

Bottom Line:

I really like this high chair. For $129, it’s a mid-priced highchair that looks great and has tons of nice features. The modern design and different color options (teal, charcoal, coral (Joovy.com only) and black) give it an elevated look in a sea of junky-looking baby gear (seriously, the coral color is cool!). The easy-wipe seat (and straps) with removable tray insert and the one-handed swing tray make it worth the money in my book. The compact fold makes it easy to store anywhere, especially in tight spaces. Heck, you can even travel with it.

Twin win: Joovy offers parents of multiples a lifetime discount just call them at 877-456-5049 or email customerservice@joovy.com

 

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This article has 3 comments

  1. I just put this on my baby registry for our first little one! Mostly for the swing-open tray; I haven’t seen it anywhere else and all my friends who are already parents have said the tray-while-holding-kiddo struggle is real. Also we are staying in our small apartment for the time being so I like the easy, compact, self-standing fold to help us avoid getting totally overwhelmed by baby stuff. My husband is still not totally convinced we shouldn’t get one with more height and recline adjustments, but I would think that before solid foods, we’d always be holding the baby to bottle- or breastfeed anyway. Any thoughts from current parents on any of these fronts would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Claire! Tell your husband I agree with you 😉 . You can use another “baby holder” that you will already have if you need a place for the baby to hang out while you eat. Bouncer, swing, etc. Then once you are ready for solids it is fun milestone to get out the highchair. Plus the features you really want are the ones that will make mealtime easy, the others are more nice to haves. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  2. Really its easy to use and designed properly. the new feature is trey used to put the baby product in trey. Very flexible, feel more comfort, easy to Clean.

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