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      23.09.2012 18:00
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      A great highchair that will last us a long while

      From a couple of weeks old Jayden has had very good head control so much so that all the doctors would comment on it and he has been able to hold his own head up for a while now, because of his excellent head control we decided it was time to buy him a highchair, he has always loved sitting at the dining table while we eat our tea, however he would have to be on the floor in his bouncer, so we thought that a highchair would mean that he could sit at the table with us during meal times. I had a gift voucher that I received from work when I went on maternity leave for Mothercare so I decided to have a look there for a suitable highchair, I spotted the Mothercare Pine Cube Highchair, perfect for what we needed and there was the added bonus that you could have this item as either a high chair or a separate table and chair. Packaging The packaging for the Mothercare Pine Cube Highchair was nothing fancy, the highchair came flat pack so all the different parts came inside a plain cardboard box, the pine sections came wrapped in a foam/ rubbery type material to help protect them and prevent them from becoming damaged, also inside the box was another plain cardboard box which contained the highchairs plastic tray. That is basically it for the packaging it really was plain and simple, yet it did keep the highchair in excellent condition. The Highchair The Mothercare Pine Cube Highchair is basically what the name suggests a cube shaped highchair made from pine wood, the stand part of the highchair is the part which is a cube shape, it consists of two open sides, a solid back and also a foot board where your baby can rest their feet as they grow. The chair has two solid sides with an open slit down each side (not large enough for a child to get out of though) a solid back with a rounded top and a safety bar which goes across the front of the chair and slots into either side of the chair, there is then a tough piece of fabric going from the base of the seat with the safety bar threaded through it, this provides extra safety holding your baby in place and also providing them with two separate leg holes as well. There are four small stoppers on the front of the base of the highchair, two on each side, this helps to prevent the highchair chipping your existing table. The sides and back of the highchair are quite high meaning that your baby cannot lean over the edges and fall out, they are well enclosed when sitting in the highchair. As I have mentioned this highchair also converts into a separate table and chair, when in the form of a highchair the chair is basically slotted into the side of the table. to change it into a separate table and chair your simply lift the chair off of the stand and turn the table the right way up, the stoppers on the front of the highchair now become the feet on the bottom of the table and the solid back to the stand becomes the table top, when you want to change it back into a highchair you simply turn the table on its side and slot the legs of the chair into the grooves provided. I should also mention that the highchair does not come with a safety belt to strap your baby in with but there are hooks on the side of the chair should you wish to fit one yourself. Assembly When it came to assembling the Mothercare Pine Cube Highchair and I saw that it was flat packed I did think it would be fiddly and complicated, however I still decided to unpack it before my husband came home from work and have a look at what was involved. There was a small booklet inside the box containing the instructions and a parts checklist, everything was labelled with a letter for reference. After having a quick look at the instructions I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with these, they literally consisted of a diagram of the table and chair with a small paragraph at the bottom stating which screws you use on which bit, they didn't actually tell you what bits went where or in which order apart from the diagrams which I have to say were not overly clear. I decided to have a go a putting it together myself as there were not too many bits, I managed to work out which way up the frames went and took it from there, it wasn't actually that complicated in the end and I managed to do the whole thing on my own, the only part which was fiddly was fitting the plastic tray and I had to get my husband to do this for me. I would definitely say the Mothercare Pine Cube Highchair is easy and quick to assemble (it only took about 20 minutes) however I would have liked slightly clearer instructions with it. Safety Notes The safety notes and warnings can also be found in the same booklet as the instructions and include * Do not leave your child unattended in the highchair * Do not use the highchair unless all components are correctly fitted * Ensure the harness is correctly fitted (if you are using one) * Be aware of open fires and other sources of strong heat near the highchair * The highchair must be used on a level and stable surface * Once assembled do not disassemble the highchair * Keep away from trailing cords, drapes or electric sockets * Never move the highchair with your child in it * Never let older children climb on the highchair especially when there is a child in it * Do no use if any parts are broken, loose or missing All of these safety notes are quite standard with this sort of product and are just common sense really however it is worth reading through them before using the highchair Price and Availability The Pine Cube Highchair is only available in Mothercare as it is one of their own brand products, this item cost me just £49.99, I thought this was excellent value for money especially as you get a separate table and chair as well as a highchair meaning that you will get a lot of use out of this product even after your child no longer uses a highchair. The highchair is finished to a high standard and is of excellent quality, in my opinion it is well worth the money and I was surprised at how cheap this was. My Opinion We have been using the Mothercare Pine Cube Highchair of a few weeks now using it several times a day and have been extremely pleased with it, we have been so glad that we purchased this. To start with Jayden loves it, the first time I put him in the chair he sat there smiling at everyone and seemed enjoy being up level with everyone else rather than lower down in his bouncer. It does suggest that you do not use this product unless your baby can sit unaided, however we have found that Jayden can sit up perfectly in his highchair despite not being able to sit up unaided, although in the last few days he has started to sit alone for short amounts of times if we put him in a sitting position, personally as long as your baby can hold their head up I see not reason why they cannot use this highchair, the sides and back are high and there is a safety bar across the front as well as the plastic tray so your baby is well enclosed in the seat. Jayden can sit up straight in his highchair during feeds and we have no problems with him slipping about at all, we have purchased a cushion for his highchair which covers the back and sides and when he is not eating in his chair and is just sitting in it he will lean casually on the sides and watch the TV or what is going on around him. I sometime put Jayden in his highchair in the kitchen with me so he can sit and watch what is happening and he loves it, he seems to enjoy being up high and being able to see more and he will sit smiling and kicking his legs. I have used the table and chair separately as well and he enjoys having his toys on the table while he sits in the chair and plays with them. When we have the chair and table separately the table is a little bit on the high side for him, however not so high that he cannot use it like this, but it does mean that he has room to grow. The whole structure whether it is in the form of a highchair or the separate table and chair is extremely stable and sturdy, the whole thing is very well made and is extremely strong, I can confidently sit Jayden in this and know he is safe, although I would never leave him unattended in the highchair just to be on the safe side. I did notice that when we first put Jayden in the highchair he was fascinated by the fact that he was so high up compared to how he normally sits and would lean over the safety bar on the front and look over the edge, there was no way he could fall out but I would not risk leaving him alone just in case he decided to have a look over the edge and something did happen. The Pine Cube Highchair is excellent value for money and I really did expect it to be more expensive that what it was, in my opinion this was well worth the money, especially as Jayden is so pleased with it, he can now sit at the table with us during our meal times and it makes feeding him so much easier. I would highly recommend this item to anyone and it has been well worth the money.

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        15.03.2012 11:44
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        A great highchair that converts into a table and chair as your child gets older

        When Freddy's Nana offered to buy him a high chair, I instantly knew which one we wanted as it was one that I had used previously with his now adult siblings. The high chair in question is the Mothercare convertible highchair, otherwise known as the cube highchair or three in one highchair, has now seen eighteen months solid use and is still being used today. No matter what name it is known by this versatile highchair is an essential piece of nursery equipment and one that I most definitely would not be without. While some highchairs cost the earth and have fancy functions such as lie back options, this highchair is basic but has the huge bonus of converting to a table and low chair as your child grows. ==General Info== Nana paid £49.99 for this highchair and had it delivered direct to our home ready for me to assemble at my leisure. Assembly is reasonably easy, everything you need is included in the box and it took me about ten minutes to complete. Once assembled the highchair comes in two parts, the base that doubles up as a table and chair that slots onto the base to complete the highchair. The whole structure is made of varnished rubberwood with every surface being completely smooth to the touch. The bolts used to hold it together are a nice bronze colour that contrasts well with the warm amber of the wood. The highchair is completed by a white plastic tray that slides onto the chair. Rather than having a harness built-in the highchair has a bar with webbing strap to prevent baby slipping forward and D-rings for attaching a harness to prevent baby climbing out. If space is severely limited then this is perhaps not the best of highchairs as it does have a reasonably large footprint at 47cm x 57cm and for obvious reasons it cannot be folded down when not in use. Cleaning the highchair is fairly simple, the tray can either be washed in a sink and is reasonably resistant to staining. The varnished surfaces make wiping the rest of the highchair simple, but crumbs do eventually make their way into the crevices between the pieces, which is easily remedied by undoing the bolts and cleaning. Durability-wise the highchair is fantastic, eighteen months on it's still going strong with only the odd scratch. The bolts do need to be tightened on a regular basis though. ==First Steps== As baby can only sit completely upright in this chair they need to be able to sit confidently with support in order to use it. Freddy has gross motor delays and was unable to sit for long periods even with support at the time he was otherwise ready to use a highchair which meant that even at 7 months he would slip uncomfortably to the side. To solve this problem we purchased a padded insert which is available separately and a harness to attach to the inbuilt D-rings. I have to admit that as Freddy has always been what you would call chunky, it has and can still be a struggle getting him into the chair through the bar. This became even harder once he learnt to extend his legs to stop them going through, but not impossible. If we did forget to use a harness he did attempt to climb out, but the bar made this quite difficult for him, but still not impossible. As the child gets older they may also be able to lean on the table edge with their legs and push and unfortunately this isn't the most stable of highchairs in these circumstances. I certainly wouldn't recommend leaving a child in this highchair unsupervised, but there again I wouldn't with any highchair no matter how sophisticated. We found the highchair was the perfect height for Freddy to join us at the table, with the large, easy for adults to remove plastic tray in place to start with and then without the tray as he got older. Where the flexibility of this highchair really began to show was at those times where we wanted to feed him without him being at the table. Simply remove the chair section, place it on the floor and it's the perfect height for feeding a child while you sit on a sofa. Having mobility problems and severe back pain I found this flexibility invaluable as it saved me a lot of pain. ==Getting Bigger== As Freddy got older the highchair spent far more time as a low chair and table and was used for far more than just eating. By ten months Freddy was using this table for doing his artwork and it was wonderful for that. The table and chair are at a perfect height for him to be able to sit and draw, or paint or play with his Soft Stuff. While not massive the table is easily big enough to hold an A4 sheet of paper plus other art materials. It's also easy to clean the mess off of afterwards, with the majority of paints not even leaving a stain (except the ELC purple). Even now the table is used on a daily basis both for Freddy to eat his meals at and for him to do his artwork. ==Big Boy Now== The final stage of the highchair's development is as a big boy chair. The bar can be removed by undoing the bolts and unscrewing the webbing strap and it then becomes a perfect junior chair. Freddy is reasonably tall (97th percentile) but has gross motor delays meaning he struggles a touch with climbing. The chair is the perfect height for him to climb on to and then sit to watch his favourite programme on the TV or eat his dinner or whatever else he feels like doing with his feet touching the floor. Another bonus with this chair is that it is low enough for him to get off himself without giving me a heart attack as if he should fall there's not far for him to go. ==Final Words== This is a fantastically versatile highchair that has been in production for a very long time now and there's a reason for that. My previous highchair was outgrown by four children (over seven years) and was only discarded because they got too big for it by the age of about three. I can easily see this highchair lasting the same length of time, it's very well made and is proving a comfortable place for Freddy to sit for the next year or so. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the Mothercare Cube Highchair to anyone looking for a seating/feeding solution for their baby through to toddler and am giving it a hearty five stars out of five.

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          27.03.2011 20:34
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          A solid piece of furniture that will last for many years.

          When our first son was born 4 years ago my mum, 'excited to get into nanny mode' purchased this Mother care high chair for us costing £49.99. We were living in a one bedroom flat at the time, not having much space, it was important for us to have multifunctional furniture. This high chair was ideal as it also converted into a table and chair for my son to use as he got older. I really liked the concept that the furniture adapted with the child. THE HIGH CHAIR: Comes as 'Flat pack' - It took my partner about 30 mins to assemble. The chair slots into the side of the table creating the 'high chair'. The high chair is made of solid rubber wood (with a pine finish) It comes with a white plastic food tray which screws into the side of the chair arms. The food tray is a decent size and as with most food trays is easy to wipe clean after messy meals. It is also easy to remove and replace onto the chair. The chair has crutch strap that hoops through a safety bar. There are also fittings for a safety harness. However you must purchase the actual safety harness separately (they cost around £7.99). The high chair itself is very basic to look at however it is NOT unattractive (reminds me of the IKEA basic range). DIMENTIONS OF THE HIGH CHAIR: Highchair seat height: 57cm Low chair seat height: 21cm Low table Height: 42cm Overall size: W47cm x D57cm x H89cm Weight: 8KG MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE CHAIR: My son first used the highchair aged just over 4 months. We found it very easy to place him in and out of the chair. We did purchase a harness for use in the chair but rarely used it as he was always supervised in the chair, and rather safe without it. We also purchased a wipe clean padded seat for his added comfort. The padded seat cost £12.99 from Mother Care (I believe the price may have increased slightly since then), we chose a blue one with a colourful polka dot pattern (you can buy different designs to suit your own style). My son happily used the high chair up to 16months when he became more independent. We then converted it into the table and chair. My son would not only eat his dinner at the 'big table' but also used it as a general desk for colouring, painting and puzzles. It was easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. OVERALL: Both my children have made good use of this high chair. We have had it for 4 years now and it still gets used on a daily basis. They mainly use it as a colouring table now-days but in the summer we take it into the garden for picnics. I feel the price of the high-chair is great considering its many uses. If you want to invest in a solid practical product that will last for years - This is the high chair for you!

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            09.07.2010 15:17

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            Awful! My average sized 6 month old baby struggled to get in every time and there were tears and red marks on her legs. They have changed the design in recent months and the larger sized chair (still being used to advertise in the shops) isn't the one that you get now. This older model was great but sadly Mothercare aren't interested in changing the new design to be large enough to fit a baby in. From the reviews on the Mothercare site, we weren't the only ones to find this problem!! It's really sad as the last chair had such great ratings (and the last chair had the same name and price) but this new version is a waste of money and we had to return it.

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            24.06.2010 23:40
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            A brilliant solid highchair

            When it came to shopping for a high chair, i knew instantly this was the one for me. I wanted one that was going to last some time, and the fact that this converts into a table and chair was just ideal. My friend had it for her son and a few years down the line it was still going strong. The problem came in actually getting hold of one of these highchairs, i went to several stores and they were all sold out so i ended up on a waiting list, which luckily wasn't that long as i did leave it a bit late to get it! At £44.99 i think it is quite a good price as it should last quite a few years. The highchair comes flat-packed so it was easy to get home, and the build time was quite fast, i think it took about 10 minutes altogether so no complaints there. It doesn't come with a padded seat however, this has to be bought seperately and i think it was about £10 so again, not too expensive, but its definately needed as it would be far too uncomfortable for baby. There was a few different designs to choose from, some fabric and some pvc like a changing mat. The one downside with this highchair is that there is no harness which personally i think is necessary even though there is a strap that fits on the front of the seat for baby's legs to go either side of so they wouldnt be able to fall out. Storage could also be a problem for some families if they haven't much room, as there is no way of this chair folding down so it does take up quite a bit of space. Once baby is out of a highchair there are so many uses for the table - we have used it for painting, playdoh, colouring, jigsaws and reading as well as using as a table for my daughters meals. It is just perfect in my opinion! All in all i think this is a brilliant highchair, and though it may seem a little expensive it really is worth it as it saves buying a small table in the future, and is also really hard wearing so it could even be used for any future babies :) Highly recommended

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            28.03.2006 14:30
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            A sound investment!

            When i was looking for a high chair for my daughter Aimee i wanted to get one that would convert to a seperate chair and table as all of you with children will know before you know it they have outgrown the thing you only bought them last week! I looked around my town centre and i only managed to find 2 of the kind that i was looking for! One of which was a winnie the pooh cube highchair and was nearly £20 more expensive than the mothercare one! So we decided to buy the mothercare one! HOW MUCH IS IT? I got mine from one of the stores so it cost me £44.99. But if you opt to buy it over the internet at mothercares website which is www.mothercare.co.uk you will have to pay postage & packaging. Which is £4.95 (standard uk delivery) which should see your highchair delivered within 4 working days. But the £44.99 you are paying i just for the high chair! It does not include the padded insert for the chair. Which is very much needed because the highchair is solid pine and is therefore uncomfortable for your baby to be sitting on whilst getting fed. The insert for the chair costs an additional £8.99 and comes in a variety of colours and designs. Another thing that doesnt come with the high chair is a harness. Which is essential for holding your child secure and upright in the chair especially when your child is younger. I would also suggest buying a splashmat if you are going to be using the highchair over carpet. As my daughter tends to be very messy when eating and if i didnt have laminate floor my flooring would be ruined as loadz of food ends up getting chucked onto the floor. SIZES & ABILITY TO STORE/TRANSPORT The overall size of the highchair is 92 x 44 x 21cm. Which isnt too bad compared to other high chairs. But as this is a covertible highchair it does not fold down like other highchairs as the table & chair are solid structures. Which means that you cannot fold it down to store or to transport. ADVANTAGES * This will last your child from approx 4mnths - 5yrs old as it converts itno a low level table and chair. * As it will last for so long you will be able to use it for your next child if you decide to have one! * It has an adjustable wipe clean plastic tray that can be removed completely if need be. * As it is solid pine it is very durable. And can withstand all the damage that a child can throw at it! * It is very easy to convert as the chair section just lifts out of the table base. DISADVANTAGES * As it is a solid unit it cannot fold down to be easily stored or transported. * It does not come with any of the necessary parts eg padded insert, harness. * You may need to use a pillow or some sort of padding to gaurd your babys head on the back of the chair as even with the insert that you can buy it does not cover the whole back of the seat. All in all i would recommend this high chair even though after purchasing all the necessary bits it comes to £67.46. It is worth it as this is a sound ivestment and will last you for years! I hope that this information is of use to those of you considering buying this highchair. Thanks for reading. x

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              09.06.2002 14:15
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              Mothercare’s Pine Cube Highchair is a very well made, solid and practical highchair made from solid Pine, costing £39.99p. Mothercare say it is suitable for baby’s aged from three months, and it is, if you use a harness utilising the already fitted attachments on the highchair, the harness can, of course, be supplied by Mothercare for an extra charge, which is at present £6.49p from their website (www.mothercare.co.uk). The height of the highchair seat is 56cm (nearly 2ft), which is perfect for an adult to feed the baby when sitting on a chair. We have owned this particular highchair for five and a half years, from when our first child was, funnily enough, about three months old. He used it right up until he was four, which is when our second child was three months old. The reason we could use the highchair for so long is because it converts into a small chair and table which my eldest son used nearly every day for most of his meals, he liked it so much that when we needed to use it for his younger brother we had to bribe him by buying a special small red plastic chair. The highchair is very easy to clean when the kids get a bit excited and spill or throw the food everywhere. The highchair is very easy to convert, all that is required is to pull the chair unit out of the base unit, then remove the screws holding in the plastic tray you could then remove the roll bar and crutch strap then turn the base unit over and hey presto, a toddlers table and chair, which can be used for eating, of course, and also used as a little desk for drawing and playing with toys. The height of the seat when converted is 25cm (just under 10inch) so not far to fall. As well as changing from highchair to low chair the chair and table units can be placed into each other for storage and transportation, which, while it doesn’t go very small it is small enough to transport in the boot of a car, which we have done in the past when visiting family, though in the back of a Corsa there was not much room for any thing else. As I have said this highchair has been in almost constant use for five and a half years and except for a few scratches and bumps it looks as good as when we first bought it. This is because of the solid yet simple construction. The fact that it can be used as both a highchair and a small table and chair means that it has a long life and saves money. The only problem I had was when I wanted to convert it back into a highchair and realised that I had was lost the screws, which held the plastic tray to the chair, but I managed to find replacements from a local hardware shop. All I can say is, if you need a highchair you wouldn’t go far wrong if you were to buy this one.

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                26.03.2001 07:13
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                After looking around for highchair I decided on the Mothercare Pine Cube Chair. It was very reasonabley priced at just £39.99, and looked classic, as it will last my child 2 or 3 years, I wanted something without cartoon characters or flowers. I also wasn't keen on the plastic ones, this is made of solid pine, it has a plastic tray. It comes in two parts, a table and a chair. The chair fits onto the table when turned sideways which gives you a highchair, then you can have the chair and tray alone, or remove the tray and seperate the chair and table and you have a little desk for your toddler. It has two "D" shaped catches on the chair so you can attach reins to it so you child is securely fastened in. I bought these seperately from Mothercare for £5.99, but these also turn into reins for when your child is walking. The best thing about the highchair is the way it looks. It would fit in with any nursery/dining room/kitchen colour scheme. I also like the fact that it will grow with my child, you certainly get your moneys worth out of it! It is very easy to put together, even I manged it and I am a complete novice. The instructions are easy to follow and you do not even need a screwdriver as it comes with a tool to insert the screws with. It is very sturdy and looks like it would withstand quite a few knocks. I would certainly recommend it to a friend. I also apologise for the cheesey title!!!!!!

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                  13.11.2000 20:50
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                  We have a 20 month old girl, who really is past her highchair-days, but still we bought this highchair a few days ago. It's made of nicely prepared solid pine, and comes flatpacked from the shop. I put it together myself, and it took about half an hour with a 20 month old wanting to sit on my lap at the same time. Easy instructions, you can't go wrong. It comes in two parts, a table and a chair. You can put the chair up on the table-part, and it makes a solid highchair, with a white plastic tray. theres also hinges to put a harness in, and it's got an optional stick with a strap to put at the front of the chair. We bought it for the table/chair option, and my daughter loves it. It's easy to clean, and store. I strongly recommand this variant of a highchair if you want one that your child can grow into and have for 2-3 years!!

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                  05.08.2000 23:15
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                  We bought this highchair as it turns into a table and chair when your child is older. Having spent alot of money on baby things we now value things that will be in use for that little bit longer. It came flatpacked so it was easy to get in the car. My husband assembled it in less than 20 minutes and it seems to be very sturdy. We also purchased the padded insert which you can get in all the Mothercare designs, ours cost £11. You can get the insert in fabric or plastic (like a changing mat). It converts to a low chair very easily and this is the way I used it for the first couple of weeks. It doesn't come with a harness but we purchased on separately for £5.99. I think this highchair is nice because it is pine and therefore goes with our pine dining furniture. All in all for the price I think this is a very good buy.

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