The Peg Perego Siesta is a beautiful high chair that you can use with your baby right from day one. It's soft padding, and easy-to-clean seat upholstery will keep your baby comfy all through mealtime. With the 5-point restraint and passive crotch bar built right into the chair, you will be confident that your baby is safely secured. As an added safety feature, this chair features an auto-lock brake system that is controlled by hand at the top of the chair, rather than down on the wheels - super convenient in our book. There are many different options for height, footrest, and recline adjustments to help you find the most comfortable way to feed your baby.
Peg Perego Siesta Review
Pros: Quality materials, easy to clean, folds for storage, auto-lock brakes
Cons: Heavy, expensive
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
Our Analysis and Test Results
About Peg Perego
Since 1949, the Perego family has been designing and manufacturing baby equipment out of their Italian based company. After they experienced great success selling their products in Europe, they decided to test their luck in the USA market and began selling products out of New York in the early 1960's. Today, their United States Headquarters produces more than 4,000 units a day and features an in-house customer service center, as well as a distribution center, warehousing, and business offices. The company takes pride in the fact that from beginning to end, from design conception to shipment, their products never leave the Peg Perego family, ensuring their top-notch quality and craftsmanship.
The Siesta is a luxurious high chair that topped out the competition regarding versatility and features.
Ease of Use
Keekaroo Height Right, but on the flip side, we appreciated that the adjustment wouldn't loosen once we got it where it needed to be. Some users reported that the straps were difficult to get on to a squirmy toddler, but we did not find them any more difficult than any of the other 5-point restraint systems. Yes, it is going to take a couple of seconds to buckle, but we don't think this is something to be concerned about as it will happen in any seat. We also appreciate that after you buckle in baby, there is a one-hand release feature that allows you to press and release when mealtime is over.
Ease of Cleaning
The tray and tray liner are both dishwasher-safe, although we always recommend washing plastic parts by hand in warm, soapy water to avoid any potential chemical leeching. One minor gripe we had with the snack tray was its abrupt pop off. No matter how slowly we tried to remove it, it always came off with a jolt. Just be sure there's nothing on the tray that could hurt your baby or spill on the floor before you go snapping it off only inches from your little one's face. Other than that, the tray was a decent size, plenty large enough to hold a plate and cup.
Every once in a while you may also want to wipe down the frame of the chair to keep it looking in tip-top shape, using the same rag and neutral detergent you would use to clean the seat.
The 5-point restraint harness, as we've mentioned before, was comprised of thick, adjustable straps that did a great job of keeping baby fastened securely in place. We appreciated that the restraint post was attached to the seat rather than to the tray, allowing us to set the tray flat on the countertop as well as helping to keep baby in place while we were buckling the harness.
The evolved tilt-in-space seat was another favorite feature of ours. This fancy feature means that the chair can recline to a flat position, ideal for resting or bottle feeding newborn babies. It also means that the entire seat moves with the recline, not just the back, which ensures that even while reclined, baby will not be slipping down/out of the chair. We believe this is perfect for accommodating sleeping babies. And to top it off, the recline can be operated with one hand, making it super convenient and easy to use. We are confident that you will instantly love this feature for all the versatility it brings to the chair.
Ease of Set Up
Sometimes, when you're excited about the arrival of a new baby product, you forget that the products usually come in several pieces rather than ready-to-go out of the box. If the prospect of an hours-long, multiple-tools assembly makes you cringe, have no fear! Our total set-up time for this chair was a swift 3 minutes and 43 seconds. Assembly requires snapping in the wheels, attaching the tray, and you're good to go. The pictures-only instruction manual was clearly illustrated and easy to follow.
Footprint and Portability
From birth through toddler, this chair will meet all the must-haves on your checklist. It is best suited for expectant parents who are looking to invest in a piece of equipment that will last for years to come. A quality, reliable product is what you should expect from this purchase.
Averaging about $300, the Siesta was one of the more expensive chairs we tested, but for a good reason, and it is well worth it in our opinion. If you still want a quality product but aren't' willing or able to spend that much, take a look at our Top Pick Award winning Graco Blossom.
To conclude, we truly enjoyed using this product, and we think you will, too. Roll it around from room to room, use it from infancy all the way through toddlerhood, and wipe it clean with a damp cloth in between. The quality features and luxurious fabrics will leave you and your baby touting it as the best invention since sliced bread.
Other Versions and Accessories
- The Peg Perego Play Bar at $50, fits with all Peg Perego Chairs and the plush play toys will keep baby happily entertained.
- The Peg Perego Booster Cushion is $50 and adds a little extra height and back cushion for smaller toddlers using the seat.
- The Peg Perego Baby Cushion at $80, fits with all Peg highchairs as well as strollers. This reversible cushion adds a little bit of extra padding all around, making the seat more comfortable for babies.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig