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We recently bought our son his first high chair from Mamas and Papas. We don't often buy things in Mamas and Papas because they tend to be the more expensive shop for baby things and their products aren't always worth the extra money that you pay for them. Having said that, we have picked up a few bargains from there, one of which was the high chair.
We wanted something simple for our son so that he could sit up to the table with us when we were eating meals. I am not a big fan of the space age type seats that drown children in technology and unnecessary features. Fortunately my simple tastes also lead to cheapness! This one cost around £40 orginially, but we picked it up in the sale for just £20. Either way, I would say it is good value for money, but it is obviously better if you can get it cheaper.
The simplicity of it means that it is very easy to clean which is essential when you have a child who is exploring food for the first time. there are no nooks and crannies that food can get stuck into and the food tray is easily cleaned with a wipe or damp cloth.
The tray is adjustable which means that it is suitable for little man as he gets bigger but it can be closer to him now whilst he is still small. The chair itself has a nice bit of padding in the base so it is comfortable for the boy to sit whilst we are having a meal. The straps are secure enough too, but not scratchy so he is happy to sit in them.
The pattern on the chair is cute but understated and is perfect for our dining room.
After looking round highchairs for my 2nd baby boy, I finally decided on the Mamas & Papas pesto highchair from argos. At the moment it is currently £49.99 reduced from £99.99 in argos, although I wouldn't trust or pay the original price.
I wanted a high chair that was very comfortable for my baby, reclined in case he fell asleep in his chair, easy to clean, easy to get baby in and out, and folds reasonably flat.
At first this seemed to tick all the boxes so I went ahead and purchased it. I think the pattern of the seat cover was slightly different to the one on sale now but the rest is exactly the same.
When first using the chair it seemed great. It has several different heights which is easily adjusted by pushing in the two levers either side of the chair and lifting up or down. I found this brilliant as it meant when I was cooking in the kitchen I could lift the chair to the top height setting and my little boy could see on the worktop and everything that was going on, then when I was sat down eating I could lower him and he was at a similar level to us all.
The seat folds up very easily, it doesn't go as flat as I would have liked and as some of the cheaper thinner budget ones do but it doesn't take up too much room and I found it ok. The tray slides off and hooks onto the back of the chair when folded up.
The fabric seat cover easily comes off to wash, however I found after several washes it had a few small tears, was fading and looking very tatty.
The recline function is very handy, especially for if your baby falls asleep in the highchair, as it stops them from flopping forwards! It also means the chair is suitable from when baby is very young.
After having the high chair for several months it started to look a bit worse for wear. The mamas and papas signing had worn off, the numbers for the height adjuster had worn off (if this happens you need to make sure both sides are on the same height setting, my little boy was sat wonky on a few occasions!), the seat looked tatty, the catches that hold the tray in place broke easily, and also I found there were lots of small knicks and indentations that were extremely awkward to clean.
I was hoping I could sell this chair on once my boy had finished with it, however it isn't in good enough condition and has now been thrown out.
I thought this chair was good, but it started looking tatty very soon even though it was wiped down after every use. I wouldn't buy it again, I would probably go for a simple solid plastic chair as the cracks on this chair was very annoying when trying to clean.
MAMAS & PAPAS CUISINE HIGH CHAIR
Couldent find this model on dooyoo search but noticed the reveiws for mamas and papas highchair seemed to have different types so thourght best to put here.
Both me and my husband decided we wanted solid wooden chair as we have too small kitchen to eat in and large lounge/diner so wanted it to look good and last baby -toddler.
We both loved the look of STOKKE Tripp trap but it worked out quite expensive as you had to buy baby set and cushion separate which made it £150 markl Plus no tray was a downside.
We looked in Mothercare but none caught our eye, all the chairs we liked in John Lewis just seemed bit pricey as we were not sure if we wanted one that turned ito chair and table but they looked huge and pricey.
So last stop was our local mamas and papas store in which we found the cuisine chair.
Its solid wood and came in coffee, pink or pale blue.
It cost us around £80 at the time and we bought extra insert which brought it up to £100.
What we liked about it was it was solid, nice neutral colour and turned into child chair,height adjustable and had tray so seemed to fit the bill for what we wanted.
Well got it home took ages to build.
Then to my horror I realised that it was height ajustable with allen key provided but was so awquard to do we rarly adjusted height.
Even worse the tray can only be removed by unscrewing with allen key.
We started using it at 6months and it was nightmare daughter used to slip on m&p boris and millie insert and always seemed slouched.
We could never get the harness tight enough.
It was a complete nightmare to clean so many nooks and crannies and I guess baby food seemed to weld onto wood more so than plastic.
Must admit over the years I grown to hate it but stuck with it!
I nearly brought cheap ikea chair but hubby would not let me.
Its quite large and cannot be folded so even though looks nice its always there!
The years have not been kind the pain has scratched in many places probably through my constant scrubbing!
It now looks bit tired and grubby!
It requires constant cleaning.
We now use without tray at table over last year as much easier to clean daughter is 3 and although could last her many more years im tempted to flog it really cheap at carboot sale this year!
I so wish we had not been so tight and got the tripp trap.
You can get tray for trip trap now too.
Oh well maybe for next baby! I feel I learnt from mistakes and can make sensible purchases next time round.
After months of feeding my son on my lap or letting him walk round rubbing food into the carpet (nightmare!) I decided that buying a highchair was long overdue. The only reason I hadn’t bought one for so long was that generally highchairs are so expensive and I objected to paying so much for something decent! I looked around Mothercare and the prices were £30 to £99. The £30 highchairs looked flimsy and in nasty colours and the nicer, stronger ones were overpriced. After giving up on Mothercare I eventually I looked in the Argos catalogue. The only highchair that Argos had that looked comfortable and was a low price (£34.99) was the Mamas & Papas Luca high chair. By complete coincidence, the Deep Pan pizza restaurant that I visit regularly bought 2 new highchairs in the same design so I got to “road test” it before we bought it! I had asked the manager why they only had one high chair because it sometimes means that you have to wait if another family has it! The next time I came in, he had 2 new highchairs! I was very impressed with the restaurant and the highchair so I bought one for myself! The Mamas & Papas Luca highchair is a brilliant highchair for the price. It costs only £34.99 and I haven’t seen anything else comparable for the same price. IT HAS A LOVELY COMFORTABLE PADDED VINYL SEAT. Many cheaper highchairs looked so uncomfortable with hard plastic seats and no padding! IT HAS VERY GOOD STABILITY – it doesn’t look like it can be rocked or tipped over by the child. I had a look at a pine cube highchair in Mothercare and I thought that it was too unstable for a lively child like mine. It looked like it could be rocked over which would be very dangerous. THE FRAME IS VERY STRONG – cheaper plastic framed models looked like they could suffer damage over the years while a metal frame would last quite well – useful if you plan to have several children. THE OPENING & C
LOSING MECHANISM IS VERY EASY TO OPERATE – it opens & shuts quickly without any difficulty and it FOLDS FLAT which is great if you are very short of space like me. It is also VERY LIGHT TO LIFT & MOVE when you need to put it away. However despite being light it is very stable when in use. It is in lovely colours – it has a see through royal blue plastic tray with matching foot rest and anti-slip feet. It has a silver frame and the seat design “party animals” is in pastel lilac, blue & lime green with tasteful animals scattered on the design. Lilac, lime green, silver & blue are my favourite colours, so this was ideal for me! My only quibble is that it only has a lap strap rather than a full harness. A lap strap may be good for younger or less active children, however as my son is very active. I have bought a full harness and attached it to the highchair. (I got my harness new for £2 off ebay auction site!) A harness attaches very easily to the loops on the chair and makes it safe for lively children who try to climb out! It also has only one seat / chair height - but this isn't really a problem to me - I wouldn't use it as a low chair anyway! I do strap my son in it and give him paper & crayons to play with rather than let him loose to decorate the walls, but I have to watch that he doesn't eat the crayons! Anyway, there is only so much you can say about a highchair LOL, but this highchair comes very highly recommended for being excellent value for money and very practical.
A friend just bought this highchair, and I was very impressed with it. It was made in nice bright colours,ideal for young babies, because the seat reclines into four positions. It is very well made with chunky legs and a cosy seat ideal for your baby. The chair has seven different height positions. It can be used as a high chair, low chair, or even a dining chair because you can remove the tray. It can moved around easily on lockable castors. You can also fold it down for storage.My only worries were, it would be very bulky and a bit to big for a small kitchen. I am not sure it is ideal for travelling with either, as it is a bit bulky. It is suitable form four months to 3 yrs. I liked this high chair, and Fi clearly did, she was happy to have her lunch sitting in it.
I managed to buy my Mamas & Papas highchair in a closing down sale for £35, which is the main reason I bought it, as far as I'm concerned highchairs are highchairs. However I have been very impressed with this one. For starters it folds down, so that it can be hidden away in a cupboard (or in my case behind a door). To fold it down you have to depress two buttons which at first I found difficult, but after it had been done a few times it got easier. The actual seat is of a wipeable material with a nice teddy design. The tray comes right off and has about 5 positions so as your child gets older you can adjust it to suit them. The highchair is also a good height for our dining table (with the tray taken off), so I've had my son sat at the table with us once he considered himself to old to use the highchair tray!! It also has a waist strap which can be taken off and washed (excellent idea). All in all a good, robust highchair which should last years.
I bought a Mamas & Papas highchair on a recommendation 2 years ago, and am very pleased with the way it has lasted. It features a padded wipe clean seat with a high back, safety strap, 5 position adjustable tray which is very easy to wipe clean and also an adjustable footrest with 2 positions. It folds easily and can be stored leaning against a wall or in a cupboard, taking up little space. I have found it very practical. The adjustable positions of the tray make it particularly suitable for even 6 month old babies, yet it will also comfortably (and safely) take a toddler. I am impressed by the durability, and how good it looks after 2 years of use (or should I say abuse!). Although it is not the cheapest one on the market, I know it will serve me well with my second child (now 8 months) and any more I have. The tray is removeable too, which is a handy feature. If your child makes a lot of mess or tips a drink over, you can simply remove the tray, clean it off and put it back, rather than having to go and get a cloth while your child is having fun getting even more wet/dirty and transferring the mess all over the highchair and themselves! If you are after a quality highchair to last for more than one child, this is a good buy and well worth considering. ****IMPORTANT NOTE***** Although this opinion has been put into the M&P 3in1 section by dooyoo, mine is a traditional highchair, not the one that converts to a low chair and table.