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I had read a few reviews on the Snug and Bumble before I decided to purchase the Mama's & Papa's Snug and it seemed to come out top in most peoples opinions.
The snug is a Mama's and Papa's own product and is designed to be support seat for babies over 3 months. It is a two piece seat system which consists of a white sturdy plastic base and a coloured sold moulded insert. The seat is available in a variety of colours, including green, buff, red, and purple so can be coordinated with your babies items or your home interior. The seat also comes with a removable tray and activity insert (you can also buy the seat without the activity insert). Size wise is measures around 25 x 43 x 43 so is not too big to be cumbersome.
The Snug is priced between £35 and £50 depending on offers and where you get it from and although this sounds a lot you are getting a good quality product that will last your child a while. As your child grows you can remove the insert to accommodate them.
I purchased the product when my little boy was 3 months old and he loved sitting in it straight away. You are supposed to start using this only when your baby can hold up their own head which ours could. It helped strengthen his muscles and improve balance and we noticed he was soon sitting up by himself which I am sure the Snug helped encourage. The snug is also great for those early stages of weaning when your child isn't quite ready for a full highchair and you can sit them securely in the snug by attaching the tray. I would say that although they are secure and comfortable in the Snug we always attach the tray to ours when our son is in it as he tends to wriggle and try and get out if the tray isn't attached to hold him in.
The Snug is lightweight so ideal for dropping off at grandparents houses when they have him and can be used indoor and outdoor, it is also very easy to clean. Our little boy will happily sit in this to be fed, entertained or watch a bit of Postman Pat in the morning and is clearly comfortable in it.
It is comfortable for baby, grows with them and with the tray attached very secure so we would highly recommend it and for the price will last your baby a long time so is decent value for money
We bought this when baby was about 4 1/2 months old. He could already sit up by himself, so we didn't use it to try and strengthen muscles as some people recommend.
The chair comes with a rubbery insert and a white attachable tray. The tray comes as standard, unlike with the bumbo whe you pay an additional charge for this.
It was quite Roomy and you can remove the rubber insert when the child is bigger.
We used this as a highchair substitute whilst at people's houses as it was easily portable.
It was very sturdy. Little one seemed very happy to sit in it and looked comfortable. The tray was a good size for toys or eating.
As he got older and reached 9-10 months, he became quite squashed in the rubber insert and he was able to move the chair along by shuffling so we decided it was time to go.
I would recommend the seat but like with many baby things, it has a short useful lifespan, I think most people would get 4-6 months use out of it.
This seat is one of the two big brands of sitting aids for young babies, there is this the mamas and papas snug and the bumbo, after a bit of reading and researching I decided to go for the snug over the bumbo. This chair is supposed to last the child from aound 3 months old to being a toddler. The seat comes in 3 parts, the main part of the seat that is white and is what to eventually become the toddler seat, the seat insert and a 1 piece clip on tray. The seat insert comes in a selection of different colours, I opted for the green insert. The white part of the seat is solid plastic with a very large base to try and stop the seat from tipping over, the seat insert is made of slightly softer material that is comfier for baby.
The seat is very simple to put together, you place the insert into the main white seat, sit baby into the seat and put the tray on, the tray has 2 clips which push into the side of the seat. We first tried our little boy in the seat when he was 3 months as it is advertised as suitable for 3 months onwards, he looked very uncomfrtable and slouched over so we quickly took him back out and didn't try again until he was nearer to 6 months. When we tried him in it at an older age he was able to sit up comfortably in it but wouldn't sit in the chair for more than a couple of minutes as it bored him very quickly, he'd much prefer to on the floor rolling around. We did use the chair for meal times as he was happy to sit in the chair if food was involved but within a couple of weeks he actually learned to lift up the tray which would then pop off, this then became a game so we had could no longer put food on the tray as it would go flying around the room. Within days of learning how to pull the tray off he learned how to very quickly climb out of the chair!
This chair has now become totally redundant, he won't sit in it as he finds it much more fun to climb out of it, we have kept it in hope that when he is big enough we can remove the insert and he'll sit in it of his own accord, otherwise the it has just been a waste of £40!!
The bumbo is a well known baby item so when I saw this in a mama and papas store I was intrigued. Its certainly not so, ething I considered was essential to have but it was something I wanted as it caught my eye.
Obviously the main place that sells this is mamas and papas stores but you can also buy it in other baby shops. I bought mine second hand for £20 but new you are looking at paying around £40 a little on the pricey side for a non essential. It comes in a few different colour combinations, we went for the purply pink option.
On first inspection it is very much like the bumbo and the inner seat section is made from a similar soft rubbery material. The main difference is this seat is in 2 sections, you can remove the inner softer part to make a larger plastic seat perfect for a toddler or larger baby. This is definitely a plus over the bumbo for me and over toddler loves to sit in it.
The seat says it is suitable from 3 months although to me thats a little on the young side as babies aren't generally big enough nor do they have the head control to sit up. My daughter used it comfortably from around 5 months old.
The seat has a few uses. Mainly I use it to sit my daughter in when i'm nipping out the room to do whatever I need to. It stops the risk of her falling over before she was totally stable sat up on her own. The tray also makes it great to put a few toys on that are easily in reach of her, keeping her entertained.
Once baby is having finger food it makes it perfect to place a few snacks on the tray for her. It keeps the mess contained and the food within reach.
Its also a great replacement for a highchair for being on the go. Its compact enough to take with you then put baby into feed them. This said its not the same as a booster seat so should not be placed on a chair as there is no way of securing it. Its definitely for use on the floor.
Its great to support baby when they are learning to sit up giving you somewhere to put them but keeping them happy too.
The tray is easy to attach and take off again just by clipping into the slots on the side. The whole seat is wipeable which is a must for any baby product.
The seat is durable not particularly heavy making it easy to move about (when baby isn't in it of course!).
For me its a nice thing to have but its not something we use everyday. Compared to the bumbo I prefer it and it certainly does its job well.