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Mothercare Picnic Highchair Teddy's Wash Day

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      09.05.2012 21:52
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      Good highchair from mothercare

      We have received this highchair second hand so it has come without the storage basket underneath, all the same except this.
      When we got offered this highchair second hand we gratefully accepted as we didn't feel the need to hunt around for an expensive highchair as at the end of the day you only need a basic one to be able to feed your child in. This highchair is great though, it has a lovely padded comfy seat which has a high back for good support, it has 3 positions where it can recline, safety straps and a plastic section so the legs can go either side to prevent slipping down. The tray is a good size with a hole in to put a cup, this attaches to the arms of the highchair at 4 different positions by gripping over the edges depending on how close you want the tray to baby.
      This highchair can be put up with one hand at a push, as you have to make sure it has clicked into place properly, it can fold away flatter and is freestanding so does not necessarily need to lean on anything when being stored away.

      Our daughter has used this highchair quite happily from 6 months of age when we started weaning her, although we do not use the safety straps as we first tried them out but as she is quite a dinky thing they did not pull tight enough to be of any real benefit. I feel completely safe with her sitting in it with the tray on she's not going to be able to get our or slip down so is very safe.
      The highchair is very easy to clean, can be sprayed and wiped clean which is essential when doing this 3 times a day! The padded part of the highchair can actually all come off to enable cleaning the plastic underneath but i have only done this when we received it. If the straps get too mucky to be wiped clean i have put them through the washing machine and they come out lovely and new looking.

      I would recommend this highchair as a great buy, it may look basic compared to others on the market but does exactly the same job for a fraction of the price which is all you need really.

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      25.02.2012 09:58
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      A nice and versatile high chair

      This is a review of our baby's high chair which we bought from Mothercare. It is identical to the one pictured except ours is from the previous season and features cats and dogs instead of teddy bears. It is the same colour scheme and design.

      Why we chose this one
      We knew we wanted something comfortable for our child and had noticed some of the high chairs were enormous and looked like tanks. As ours would be out all the time and in the middle of the living room we wanted something that at least looked nice. As a bonus this chair folds down so it can be put to the side but if you store things in the base (like we do) it makes it a little awkward to keep folding it down.

      In use
      I use this high chair 2-3 times a day, depending on whether we are home and what we are doing. Generally the start of the day, breakfast time is the first time we use it. You need to remove the tray first and have the straps set up for the right amount of slack for your child. We have ours quite tight as she is like Houdini and can easily escape from any binds! Once seated, there is a plastic mould between her legs to keep her in the sitting position. The clips go over the shoulders and around the waist - a five point safety harness. Once in place you can clip the tray in. This is so easy to do, and can be clipped into four positions, depending on how tight you want her seated. You squeeze the sides (so it's a two handed job) to release the tray. The tray has a dip feature that holds a drink in place.

      Cleaning
      The seat is made of vinyl plastic so is easy to wipe clean. It also comes off as you will find bits of food work their way under and we do a deep clean around once a week using the vacuum nozzle and some warm soapy water. You can put the straps in the wash if you wish (I put mine in a pillow case so they don't get tangled up). All the parts remove so you can give it a good clean.

      Extra feature
      Under the seat is a basket that suspends from the frame. This is quite useful for bibs and wipes and yet equally annoying in that food collects underneath and it needs cleaning out regularly. It is easy to remove though as it is clipped on with sturdy press studs.

      Positioning
      The back of the high chair can be reclined which we thought may be useful if our daughter is sleepy. She has never slept in this chair though so we don't really use the recline position. She just isn't a sleepy child during the day really so we don't need to do that but we thought we might when we first bought it. Once feeding time is over she wants out so we don't make her sit in the chair any longer than she wishes.

      Price
      The full price is £60 and we got ours in the sale for £45 so if you time it right you can get a bargain.

      Safety
      The product information advises the chair is safe for six months and over. We don't ever leave her unattended in this seat as she can get out and tends to start climbing over the chair trying to get out of it.
      Measurements
      - Seat height: 68cm
      - Unfolded : H82 x W58 x D101cm
      - Folded : H92 x W58 x D41cm
      - Weight: 6.3kg

      My thoughts
      This high chair is not exactly compact, there are a lot of smaller chairs on the market if you are tight on space. We bought this one as we liked the look of it, it was neutral and looked comfortable. My one bugbear with it is the way it collapses. It adjusts at the back and you really have to fiddle with it to get it set back up again. If the back is not properly aligned it collapses when the child leans on it and this is quite alarming. I prefer to leave it set up then I am not worried about the stability.
      Other than that I am pleased with the chair and am glad we got it in the sale. I think you need to almost try before you buy when you get your high chair as it's something you do use a lot. My mum and dad have a second hand one at their house and the tray is so awkward to put on the chair my Mum can hardly do it and the arms are really difficult to align with the tray too.
      I am happy that this chair is easy to clean and looks nice too. It has had plenty of wear and tear for nearly a year now and it is still bearing up well so I can recommend this chair. We also find the storage basket handy for keeping things that we need around feeding time and it is not accessible to the baby whilst in the chair.

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        10.01.2012 11:09
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        Good basic chair

        When my son reached an age where he was ready to be weaned and able to sit up well, we knew it was the right time to think about purchasing a highchair for him. What we didn't realise, however, how much choice there was on the market for something that we thought was quite a basic need! We decided on a few factors that were important to us to help us narrow down the search - colour, ease of cleaning and ability to be folded away for storage - and then ended up at our local Mothercare store to take a look anyway! In the end, we opted for this Picnic Highchair as it seemed to meet our needs and, always a bonus, it was in the sale. The RRP for the chair is £59.99 but we purchased it at £44.99.

        THE CHAIR

        The highchair is suitable for use with babies from 6 months of age (when weaning is recommended to be started). The product dimensions are as follows: Unfolded : H82 x W58 x D101cm and Folded : H92 x W58 x D41cm. It has a weight of 6.3kg. The chair has a wipeable padded cover which is cream in colour and has brown and beige teddy bears and cats drawn on it. There is a plastic tray that can be removed and attached in four different positions and a five point safety harness to strap baby in. The seat can be positioned and held in three different positions and there is a net basket that attaches to the legs under the chair for storage.

        The chair comes flat packed but is very easy to assemble and the instructions included on how to do so are clear and easy to follow.

        OUR EXPERIENCE

        As I stated, the chair was easy to assemble and, once assembled, it is very lightweight and easy to move about. The chair looks and feels very sturdy, with strong metal legs. The seat feels pretty comfortable due to the padded cover but you can still tell that it is plastic backed. However, for the amount of time baby is in this, I don't think that this is an issue. I can understand that it may be useful to have different seat reclining positions but we only ever use the upright position - I believe this to be the best position for my son to eat in. In this position, he is held with his back straight and close to the tray. Likewise, we only use the tray in the position closest to my son at the moment - position one. The tray locks in easily and securely and is held in place well.

        The footrest is attached between the two front legs of the chair and is made of the same plastic as the tray. This slides into place and clips in but, in our experience, does not hold very securely - we have knocked this out of place several times. My son's feet do not yet reach the foot rest as his legs are not long enough, so I anticipate when they do he may dislodge this himself. This also is in a prime location to collect crumbs and splashed food, so requires frequent cleaning.

        The tray is solid and has a smooth finish, meaning that is easy to wipe clean. The main bugbear I have with the tray is the cup holder that is carved out of it. It seems too far for baby to reach when they are self feeding and any cups with handles will not fit in it anyway. This just acts to collect crumbs and food and is actually pretty hard to clean! For us, this is an unnecessary feature. The storage basket under the chair is a handy feature and we use it to store bibs. If you regularly collapse the highchair, you can still store a few things in here and it will collapse easily but if you fill it too much, it does not fold very compactly. Again, the basket is in a prime location to catch flying pieces of food and crumbs, so this needs regular cleaning.

        The chair folds up slightly for storage and is easy to collapse and put up again. This is great if you need to store in a room with little space. We used this at first but, over time, have become lazy and left the chair up.

        My son seems happy in this chair. When we first started using it at around 6 months old, he looked really small in it but not uncomfortable. Now, approaching 10 months, he looks much bigger in it. He does seem to shift himself about in it a bit more nowadays though and no amount of strap tightening seems to prevent this. He can twist his body to the side and also slump down a little, so the support offered by the chair is not perfect. The straps themselves are easily removed and I have run them through the washing machine a few times and they clean up well. Food can collect in the buckle and be quite hard to remove so I tend to do this at least once a month. The seat cover is wipeable and does wipe clean well but I usually end up removing this from the chair as, again, crumbs tend to collect in the folds.

        Overall, I am happy with this highchair, especially with the price we paid for it. It is well made and very durable and I would definitely recommend it.

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          11.03.2010 22:39
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          Great value high chair

          I was looking for a high chair that looked comfortable and didn't cost £100+ and when I saw this one I thought it looked perfect the seat is large with a curved back and very padded it has a bar for in between the legs so the baby won't slip down the seat to far and the back has 3 different recline positions which you really need when you baby first uses a high chair and can't sit up yet. The basket underneath we used for toys at first but once the eating started getting messy we had to move them as this seemed to collect most of the mess so still useful.

          It is wipe clean so really easy and the tray comes off so you can clean that in the sink. The fact the tray comes off mean you can also put the high chair to a table if you are all eating together but you will need a table that doesn't have legs close together as this high chair is quite big.

          The only thing I would say is wrong is it is so big but if it is comfort you want this is a great value high chair and very sturdy, It folds down easily and has extra storage.

          I really would buy again.

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          01.03.2010 13:12
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          overall good value

          I bought this for my baby girl a month ago. I went into mother care to buy a cheaper high chair i'd seen, i had my heart set on it. I sat my daughter in this chair at the store and she went balistic with excitement she was so happy waving and flapping her arms about. I just had to reconsider buying the picnic highchair because she was so happy.

          For £15 more i was getting a studier, better looking, comfier easier to use high chair. I suprised my self and bought it I am very stiict with my money and normally buy the cheapest of the cheapest! It just seemed to make sense this was going to give me and my baby lots more for our money. I have used now. The best features i have found are:

          *it's well padded

          *the back rest is large and curved, perfect for my tiny girl who can't sit yet.

          *the removable tray is brilliant, so easy to wash. ALso i can put baby in the high chair take away the tray and let her gaxe upon the world below her! she watches my 3 year old son and his miscvous antics from her pedastal.

          *The reclining backrest is really good as my babe can't sit and a striaght on is to much for her.

          *The storage basket usful for keeping her bits ad pieces safe.

          Not so good stuff

          *The foot rest is not adjustable

          * I find it a bit hard to collapse (but i hanevn't had much practice as i leave i open)

          *The safety harness is a bit mean. I cought my finger in it once and it heard a bit!

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          12.06.2009 21:22
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          overall a good chair to have at grandparents but not as main one everyday

          I recently purchased the Mothercare Teddybear highchair to have as a spare one at my parents house. We have a Chicco Polly 70 highchair in our house so it is easy to compaire them. I found the Mothercare highchair design neutral and very cute however my son struggles to reach the tray to play with his toys - 8 months at the moment - whereas he easily reaches in the Chicco highchair. Also we have resorted to placing a towel over the back of the seat as it seems to make the back of his head all clamy in the hot weather due to the plastic surface. I can imagine it will become quite stained as the straps are already tinged although it has only been used for 2 months. The net bad however is very sturdy and is much easier to access than the Chicco chair. I would recommed as a second chair at a grandparents for example but not as an everyday chair as it just doesnt match the comfort of the Chicco.

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          17.11.2008 14:49
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          ~*~*~INTRODUCTION~*~*~

          The Teddys wash day highchair is the Mothercare version of the very popular Chicco Happy Snack highchair. They are infact exactly the same, the only difference being the colour and pattern.
          When we bought this highchair, we had spent all day looking at different highchairs in various shops, we really liked the Chicco happy snack highchair but weren't keen on the colours of them. We wanted a neutral coloured highchair so we could use it for anymore children we might have in the future, unfortunately all the Chicco patterns were very gender specific.
          My hubby and I were very glad when we saw Mothercare had done a version and bought it there and then.


          ~*~*~FEATURES~*~*~

          -Padded seat with Teddy's Wash Day design
          -4-position removable tray
          -5-point safety harness
          -3-position reclining backrest
          -Net basket for storage


          ~*~*~PRODUCT INFORMATION~*~*~

          -Folded: 92 x 58 x 41cm
          -Unfolded: 82 x 58 x 101cm
          -Seat height: 68cm
          -Weight: 6.3kg


          ~*~*~PRICE~*~*~

          The highchair is usually £59.99 but is currently on sale for £44.99


          ~*~*~MY OPINION~*~*~

          When I bought this highchair my son was 4.5 months and much too small for it. He didn't start using it for another month and even then he was still a bit small for it so I sat him on a towel for a while until he got a bit bigger.

          The 3 position backrest is great as my son used to struggle to lift his beaker of water up enough to drink out of when sat upright, but has he has an independant streak he wasn't keen for me to help him. It has also come in handy when my son has fallen asleep whilst eating!

          I haven't used the 4 position tray much as my son is still small enough to fit in it when it is pulled right in.

          The cream design is what I had wanted, but to be honest it has slightly stained in a couple of places so possibly not the best colour for a messy child-luckily not overly noticable.

          The 5 point harness is also cream and gets dirty extremely quickly, It is however easy to remove and I have put it in the washing machine on a number of occasions and it has come up perfect each time (I put it in an old pillowcase to protect the plastic bits).

          The net underneath is also very useful for storing my sons toys, my house is quite small compared to the amount of toys there is so any extra storage is a huge welcome. When we first started using the highchair we were finding his toys were getting covered in crumbs etc so we now put a plastic sheet over the net whilst my son eats. This has solved the only problem I have found with the highchair.

          As for cleaning, it is quite easy. The plastic padded seat is wipe clean as it the rest of it. For the stitching areas, I tend to use an old toothbrush.


          I would strongly recommend this highchair if you like neutral colours, but for more colour the regular Chicco Happy Snack highchair would be ideal.

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        • Product Details

          Features: Deep padded seat with cute Teddy's Wash Day design, 4-position removable tray, 5-point safety harness, 3-position, reclining backrest and a large net basket for storage