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One side effect of having a baby is that your house shrinks. Fact. It must do because prior to little Loz coming along, two reception rooms and a kitchen diner seemed more than ample for a family. Post little Loz and I have been scratching my head about where to put things. So, when it came to choosing a highchair, I knew better than to make a snap decision based on price, colour or cuteness - it was obvious that size was going to matter.
I started my research, even making paper templates of footprints (!) and quickly determined that there are several basic categories of highchairs. I found the following:
1. Fold up chairs - can be as slim as 18cm folded up but are about 88cm when folded out. This was bigger than the space available in my U shaped kitchen with a table in the middle. This style is very common but the Cossato noodle is one example of this.
2. Z shaped high chairs - can be pulled up to a table like a normal chair. Tend not to come with a tray and some don't have a harness. Often convert to high stools, chairs or table to extend the use of the item. The Tripp Trapp was probably the first example of this - the Baby Dan is a cheaper version.
3. Rigid frame chairs - some have trays some don't, they can't be folded up - the Ikea Antilop is an example.
4. Bar stool style chairs with a single leg - the Bloom is one example, the Cossatto 3Sixti is another.
My criteria for a highchair were as follows:
* Small footprint to fit in to a tight space
* Five point harness
* Tray, preferably removable for when fine dining has been mastered
* Small enough to leave out or easy to fold up and down several times a day
It quickly became apparent that fold up chairs were out as I had no suitable space to store even an 18cm one and the distance between my table and the kitchen counter wouldn't accommodate the chairs unfolded. The Z shaped chairs are great in terms of space but I wanted a tray and a safety harness. Some of the rigid frame chairs would have fitted in at a pinch but most had splayed legs and already having kitchen chairs with these legs, I know that I fall over these regularly. Looking at bar stool style chairs, I was amazed to find that the Cosatti 3Sixti, with a diameter of just 57cm has the smallest footprint of any highchair I came across in my research. At £119, in the colour way I liked, it certainly wasn't the cheapest choice but the price was within my budget so I found out some more...
Technical specifications: The 3Sixti swivels 360 degrees in increments of 60 degrees. This gives the flexibility to move the child from facing the table to facing an adult on either side of them. It also means you can turn the seat sideways to pop the child in or out easily then swing the chair back to face the table. The base has a small wheel to assist in moving it. At 13.2 kilograms, this is no lightweight and it won't be going in the back of the car to Grandma's however, on smooth surfaces it is readily manoeuvrable. The back has 3 positions so that your child can recline comfortably. The plastic chair has a padded wipe clean cover and is fitted with a safety harness. In addition, there is a plastic pummel at crotch level to keep the child safe and comfortable. There are two trays on the highchair, one inserted on top of the other, to help with cleaning. This system allows for two meals without washing or can give a clean play surface after a child has finished eating. The 3Sixti can rise between 84 and 108cm. To paint a picture of what this is like alongside a table of regular height, at 84cm the whole of the chair will push under a table. At 108 cm the tray will push completely over the top of a table. The tray can also be removed completely so that the child can eat from the table. A couple of things to watch out for - with a maximum height of 108cm this highchair is not suitable for breakfast bars - it is too low. Also, the ability to tuck neatly under a table may be impaired if your table has a cross bar that is low hanging or close to the edge. I've left the most exciting thing about the 3Sixti until last - it's the gas lift of course. Simply press the button on the base and the chair can rise or fall. The key colour of the seat is matched in the tray insert and on the button that operates the gas lift on the base.
Looks: So the 3Sixti has a lot going for it in terms of technical spec. All this would be rendered irrelevant though if it was a monstrosity. Luckily it's not - far from it. The main body of the highchair is white plastic which is inoffensive and should suit most houses with a modern décor. The padded seats are where the character is. I chose Happi Apple which is a repeating green apple design that reminds me of an Orla Kiely print. Following in the fruit theme there is also a repeating lemon design and a cherry one. On a different tack there in a design called bubbles and one called pixel. The latter makes my eyes hurt. Before you become attached to a design, be warned that this dictates price. Happily Happi Apple which has been around a long time, is the lowest price £119 but the pixel design will set you back £165.
Comfort and useability: The 3Sixti is designed to be used up until the age of 3. This isn't the longest lifespan but I imagine (hope!) that little Loz will be sitting in a normal chair by then, albeit with a booster. On balance I think that high chairs that convert to chairs often give a chair you wouldn't have chosen in the normal scheme of things and could pick up for a tenner in Ikea if you bought it seperately so I'm not too bothered about the chair going at age 3 and not having an alternative use. I'm happy to trade this off for the small footprint. The minimum age stated is 6 months. I suspect this is driven by weaning guidelines rather than sitting ability. Little Loz is at the 50th centile and first sat in his at five months and seemed comfortable and safe even without the harness on. He isn't eating solids yet but he is happy to sit and throw toys (sorry play) or watch me cook for about 20 minutes which is about 19 minutes more than he is happy to spend in his Bumbo. After this time he can slump. I watch for this and take him out then. In terms of size, the seat isn't enormous by any stretch of the imagination and I am having to take Cosatto at their word that this will go through to 3 as I don't have a handy 3 year old around to test this for me. It's probably also worth mentioning that there is some 'play' in the supporting column. This can give an impression that it is unstable but the base design is such that, like a weeble, it can wobble but it won't fall down. Your heart may skip a beat though and junior may decide he has found a new game.
Service: Cosatta offer an enhanced warranty of 4 years on this item if it is registered within 28 days of purchase. I don't normally bother filling in warranties but I did for two reasons. First, this exceeds statutory rights. Second, the robustness of the gas lift mechanism concerns me slightly, for no reason other than my experience of office chairs! I filled the form in on-line and received confirmation via e-mail of my warranty.
I'm relieved to have found the 3Sixti as it takes up so little room - the quality, comfort and sheer good looks are the icing on the cake. I would recommend this to you if space and style are important to you. At £119 complete, it's not the cheapest dining option but nor is it the most expensive. Little Loz seems as happy with his Happi Apples as I am. Let the feeding begin!
I bought my Cosatto high chair for my first baby nearly three years ago, and it's serving me well with my second baby too.
I have the brown "leather look" one, as we wanted (for reasons I can not really justify now) for it to match our brown leather sofa. The material itself has worn very well, and it washes in the washing machine very well. Only problem is that it can be quite tricky to take the covers off for washing, as you need to be quite clever to detach the straps.
The chair comes with two liners, so when they are very small they can sit quite comfortably with the higher level, and this can be taken off when they get a bit taller. The padding on the chair looks really comfortable, and I would say it was suitable for babies about 4 months plus.
The tray is easy to clean and comes away easily from the chair. There is a five point harness that holds the baby in securely. The catch can be quite tricky to undo, and I have met other mums who say the same, but then at least the babies can't escape. The chair can be put at different height levels and also reclines. Also, underneath there is a bag that you can put toys in. Only problem with this is that food can sometimes fall in, which can get forgotten about when cleaning.
Overall, I would say that this looks like one of the most comfortable baby feeding chairs I have come across in the last three years. Only probs are that covers can be quite tricky to remove and the harness can be tricky to undo.
My husband and I decided it was time to buy the all important high chair for Ellie. At just over 5 months old, we felt that it was important to get her used to a high chair right from the beginning of her experience of solid foods.
We decided that 'Mothercare' was as good a place as any to take a look at the choice of high chairs. We were quite surprised by the amount of high chairs to choose from and also the price, with chairs ranging from £25.00 to over £150.00!!
To be honest, our budget was around the £50.00 mark, so we headed for the display of cheaper high chairs. There was a good selection and Ellie very much enjoyed being a big girl and trying them all out, with a huge grin on her face!
There were three high chairs that we were interested in. The 'Oslo' at £24.99, the 'Atlanta' at £34.99 and the 'Cosatto On the Move' priced normally at £49.99, although it was reduced to £39.99.
All of these three high chairs were similar in terms of size and the padding that they offered. Ellie looked comfortable in them all. We ruled the ''Oslo' out, mainly because it didn't have a foot rest, so we felt that Ellie wouldn't be as comfortable in this one as she got older.
We quite liked the 'Atlanta' high chair. The bright pink design seemed a practical colour and it had a large tray, with a removeable top section that could be placed in the dishwasher.
We asked a sales assistant to show us how the chair folded. We travel to our parent's houses quite a lot with Ellie, especially at weekends, so it was important to have a chair that we could take with us easily. We were also thinking about the practicalities of this when I go back to work.
The sales assistant did not fill us with much confidence. He struggled to fold the high chair down and did not give the impression that it was an easy task. This did put us off a little, but we were also deterred because the chair folded up, but did not fold in half. It was over 100cm long in the folded position. We felt that this would make life difficult when we wanted to take the high chair in the car.
We then asked the sales assistant to show us how the 'Cosatto' high chair folded and what a difference this was. The chair was quick and easy to fold and the chair folded in half, making the folded length only 72cm. We decided that this was the most sensible choice for our needs and with a £10 reduction in price, it was a good bargain too.
***** Facts and Figures *****
** Dimensions **
Unfolded - 98 x 64 x 64cm
Folded - 72 x 64 x 11cm
Seat Height - 61cm
Weight - 6.2kg
** Design **
The high chair is the 'Jungle Fever' design. The background colour of the padded seat is white. It is covered with lots of small animal pictures.
The frame is white and aqua blue.
The seat and tray are white.
The harness is aqua blue.
** Practicalities and Safety **
The padded seat cover is plastic, so it can be wiped clean. It is also removeable.
The chair has a 5 point saftey harness. The shoulder straps can be adjusted to three different positions.
The chair has a foot rest.
There is a wipe clean tray.
** Transporting the Chair **
The high chair folds away and opens easily.
There is a release handle and then the high chair folds easily together. The high chair is easy to unfold by using the same release handle.
There is a handy carry handle (which is also the release handle)
***** My Experiences *****
Overall, I am really pleased with this high chair. To be honest, Ellie is still just a little small for the chair as she tends to flop a little to the side when using it, although we have solved this problem by putting towels either side of her. The straps are secure and keep her safe, although at the moment, all aspects of the straps are on the tightest settings.
It is easy to wipe the high chair clean, although the colours are not the most practical. I do not know if there are other designs in the 'Cosatto on the Move' range.
The high chair is a nice size to fit around our dining table.
Folding, transporting and unfolding the chair is incredibly easy. It is light weight to carry and fits easily into the car. The high chair fits on the floor in front of Ellie's car seat, which is useful, especially when the rest of the car is full. This will be handy when we take the chair on holiday.
My one criticism of this chair is that the tray is on the smaller size compared to other high chairs that we looked at and also, it can't be removed. I'm not sure how easy it will be to get Ellie in and out of the high chair as she gets bigger.
In summary, this chair was a good bargain and seems to suit our needs, although we are still in the early stages of using it. Ellie is happy to be sitting in it and I am confident that she is safe and secure.
Well here we are, the time for big boys food. My lil one was 5mths and was just starting to try solids, which was a rather messy process. so I was desparate to find a comfy highchair for him, which i feel i have.
About the high chair
This chair has a 3 position recline seat. Which i absolutly love! When i first started using this chair, my lil one could not sit alone, and being sat upright in thie chair would have not done him any good. but with this, i could have him slightly back, and comfy. It was also good for when he had his bottle, as I could lay him back to save him twisting his neck to get it.
To lay them back, you have to pull on the latch behind the seat. You pull it, and it lays back, clicking at every position, so that you can stop at the point you want.
But the down point if this, is the fact that if you don't get it clipped into place properly, when you sit it back up, that sometimes the seat would fall backwards. this scared my lil boy on a few occasions So please make sure its clipped in properly!
The seat is very padded, and comfy for the little one to sit in. It is covered in a wipable material, so can be cleaned very easily.
It also has two arms on the sides of the chairs. This is for them to rest their arms on. kieran loves this, as he can lean on them like a big boy.
Height adjustment is handy too. You have to leavers on either side that you use to lift the seat up and down. They lock into position, so you know they won't slip out of position.
These can be a bit hard to adjust, so i would advise that you get it into possition, before you put the little one in.
There are a few positions, so you can find the right one for you. If you are sitting down, you can have the baby at the right level for you to feed them, saving you from getting back ache.
The five point harness is very safe, strong, and adjusts to fit the baby. It has straps that go over the shoulder, round the sides and one between the legs. They are all adjustable, so they adjust as your baby grows.
They are not very easy to clean, as the dirt gets in the groves on the straps. So i would wipe them as soon as you have finished feeding the baby.
The storage tray is great! it comes in 2 pieces. So you can quite easily remove the top part to wash after dinner and have the bottom part all clean and ready for pudding.
No more rushing to wash the tray between courses!!
It also has a bit to put the cup in. But i find this causes spillage. It has a rim round it, so the cup gets caught.
The tray stores nicely at the back of the chair, when folded, which is a big bonus. as trying to find somewhere to keep the tray, can be a nightmare!
There are two little knobs, at the back of the chair. This is where the tray sits. It is quite stable, and even stays there when the chair is open.
There is a foot rest attached to this, but you just clip it on. This is annoying as it keeps coming off!! It is not adjustable, and is just made of plastic.
The chair folds up quite compact. But it is still rather large. So if you have a small house with not much storage space, this might not be the chair for you.
I folds so that the leg fold together. and seeing as the chair adjusts in height, you can have it folded down low. In fact looking at the chair, you have to have the seat down, to close it.
The two arms on the chair also fold up, to help with space.
We have our highchair in the living room, as it won't fit in our kitchen. This is a bit of a pain.
It takes up alot of room even when it is open. So you need alot of space to open it up.
All the adjustments, Clip into place nicely. Apart from the recline part of the chair. So PLEASE, make sure it clips in properly.
It is very stable, and can't be pushed over, no matter how much baby rocks.
All the hindges are well covered, so no more traped little, or big fingers.
It is quite easy to clean it. I get the cleaning wipes out, as soon as kieran has finished. I wipe down the legs, arms and seat. I even do the tray. It all wipes down nicely.
But over all , it is comfy, easy to clean and well designed.
Where can i buy this?
I got mine from kiddicare.com. It is a great site. You can get all the kids bits you need at a reasonable price.
Mothercare and argos do simular ones.
How much is it?
The RRP, is £89.99
But in kiddicare, i got mine for £69.99
Over all, this is a great chair,
But one point i have to make, is,
WHAT IS THE BASKET FOR UNDERNEATH???????
Thanks for reading my review.
With my third baby we had to purchase a new high chair, so my Mum and me went off to Toy’r’us and had a look, there were so many to choose from. With my other two children I had a very basic wooden highchair that was very big and didn’t collapse down for storage. I had to throw the old high chair away because the food tray broke and the seat cover had split. I was not going to choose the same sort again. We found a metal highchair, made by Cosatto in Mr Bunny Design. The Highchair had adjustable height and folded flat for storage/Transportation. Six months ago we needed to replace the seat. I phoned cosatto and they were able to send a replacement, for a charge of course, it was out of warranty, and now it just like new, well nearly.