“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Highchair „
Highchairs. Another minefield in the world of shopping as parents! There are so many things to consider- the amount of space you have available, whether you want a tray or for the child to sit at the table, what kind of safety features it has.... the list goes on as usual! We have two babies and therefore needed to consider space as our top priority. Many of the highchairs on the market have a very wide base- great for safety, not so great for small kitchens/dining rooms. This highchair takes up the same space as one of our standard sized dining chairs and tucks right in under the table as the other chairs do.
It is just the right height for the babies (now small 7 month olds) to sit comfortably with their hands on the table. This was another of my criteria- the children should be able to join in with mealtimes. I've encouraged them both from the day I started weaning to have a variety of finger food (as in baby-led weaning, but more a happy medium!) so it's brilliant that they can use the table to put their food on. However, it is very messy and we lose a lot of food on the floor because there is nothing to stop the rice cakes etc when they are pushing them around as there is around the edge of a tray.
The highchair comes flat packed and includes everything you need to assemble it or adjust it. It was so easy to do. I did both highchairs myself in just over an hour. It feels very secure and everything fits really well. It comes with a baby restraint consisting of a bar which goes across the front as seen in the picture and a strap which goes between their legs. Also included is a padded seat cushion and back rest. This brings me to the only design flaw with this highchair, and it's a big one! Not only are the cushions not wipeclean, but to take them off and wash them you have to partially disassemble the chair! I will be experimenting with a waterproofing spray or similar at some point so if anyone wants to know how it goes, I'll let you know.
Despite the huge disadvantage of the seat cushion, everything else about this chair is fab. The boys will be able to use them for years to come. Our plan is to have them as desk chairs when they are older as they are suitable up to adulthood.
Speaking as someone who had their heart set on Stokke Tripp Trapps, these are a fantastic alternative. At £69.99 including the baby kit and cushions, it's much, much cheaper than a Tripp Trapp for a very similar product. If you are happy not to have a tray and can cope with the cushion problem, then these are great.