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When we were preparing to start weaning my daughter, we looked around at the vast array of highchairs available before eventually settling on the Cosatto Aurora. We paid £115 for this and it is widely available including from Mothercare and Amazon. Prices do vary quite a bit so it is well worth shopping around.
What appealed to me about this highchair, was its sturdy durable design and fully wipeclean surfaces. After all weaning is a very messy process. The seat of this chair is extremely padded and its look although it would be very comfortable for baby.
This highchair has a 5 point harness to secure baby into the chair and the seat has three different recline positions. At the moment we are only using one of these positions but I like that there is the option to adjust this. There are also three different positions for the table tray so that this too can be adjusted as baby grows and 6 different height positions for the chair and this makes it extremely easy to find one to suit.
This chair is suitable from 6 months to 3 years of age. However a downside we have noted is that although the 5 point harness system is adjustable it does not go as small as we would like for our daughter. We started using this at six months old, but find there is more room than we would like in the harness even on the smallest size and she sometimes slides forward as the crotch strap is quite far forward. We find our daughter is more secure in her other much cheaper and smaller highchair.
It is very durable, well made and easy to clean and the ability to change positions of both the chair and tray and the height of the seat is useful.
The fabric of the seat is wipe clean and the PVC seat can be removed. I clean the seat with baby wipes or antibacterial wipes and use the same on the table tray. I have found that the tray and seat have not stained even after being covered in orange and red baby purees so it still looks like new.
After use this chair can be folded down and is freestanding so can be pushed up against the wall.
However another downside of this highchair is its sheer size and bulk, unlike some of the other smaller highchairs you would not pack this on a weekend away, it is simply to large. It weighs 13kg and does not fold very flat so would take up quite some space. For this reasons we have another smaller and cheaper highchair we use for this purpose.
A good well made highchair but in my opinion more suitable for children older than 6 months due to the sizing of the 5 point harness and this highchair is not portable like other smaller chairs. For these reasons I have given it 3 stars.
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Anybody who has a baby will need to purchase a highchair and the 'Cosatto Aurora' is a decent mid budget option. The Aurora comes in a variety of patterns so it should be easy to find one that fits in with your home. We have a lot of baby stuff from the 'Fisher Price Rainforest' range and we were tempted to go for the 'Rainforest' highchair but the price and quality of the Cosatto swayed us.
When you buy this high chair there is some assembly required, it only took my wife and I fifteen minutes to put it together. Everything you need to assemble the Aurora is included in the kit so you don't need to worry if you don't have any tools at home.
The seat of the Aurora is very well padded so Lewis is very comfortable in it. The straps are easy to use but these days Lewis gets agitated when you strap him into something, unlike some high chairs the Aurora has a crotch bar so whilst he is supervised is safe in the highchair without being strapped in.
There is a removable padded insert at the back of the chair which is very easy to take out when your baby gets a little bigger. The tray is removable with a separate inner tray which is easy to clean and has four smaller outer compartments so it is great when you are giving your baby finger foods.
There are six different heights that you can adjust the highchair to and we have found the highest to be ideal when it is up to the table and the lowest is the same height as our sofa. The Aurora folds up smaller than most of the other highchairs that we considered so if you have a small dining or main room it is ideal.
The back of the highchair is also adjustable so if you wish to use the highchair whilst bottle feeding your baby will not be in an uncomfortable position. The tray of the highchair clips onto the back legs so if your baby is happy sat in the chair whilst not eating it is easy to store tidily.
The Aurora will cost between seventy and a hundred pounds new so as always I would recommend shopping around. If your budget is a little tight keep an eye out for bargains on Ebay, at charity shops and car boot sales. My wife has seen this at a charity shop for as little as twenty pounds. We have had no problems whatsoever with this highchair and I would happily recommend it.