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I had never heard of Totseats until my son was given one as a gift. Rather than being an actual seat, the Totseat is a fabric contraption that fits over a normal chair and around baby to hold him in place at the dinner table and stop him falling of the chair. It folds up into a little drawstring bag, which is the perfect size for keeping in your changing bag so you never leave home without it.
The Totseat can be a little fiddly the first couple of times you use it but once you get the hang of it, it is really simple to use. I have used it with two babies and they both seemed comfortable in it and happy to be sat in it. The only downside is that there is no booster with it so on most chairs babies will be a bit low for using the table properly. A cushion can easy solve this problem but if you're not in someone's house or don't have one in the car that's not always practical.
This isn't the kind of seat you'd use on an everyday basis (however, I don't think that is what it is designed for) but it is brilliant for travelling, visiting or even if you're in a restaurant or cafe with rubbish or no high chairs available.
Totseats are machine washable and in my experience wash very well, which is very handy as babies aren't renowned for their mess-free eating skills.
My family travels a lot between Scotland and Ireland, and when my twins were using high chairs at home, I need to find a travel friendly version. Enter the Totseat, which I bought two of in a blue stripe pattern. It is a small, lightweight, fabric baby seat, that slips over the back of a chair and then folds up around your baby, with a secure fastening in the back. It is fully adjustable, with buttons to help make the front 'seat' part bigger or smaller. It is also machine washable, which is very handy, and comes in a little drawstring bag.
Being so easy to fold up, it is ideally suited for travelling, and can turn any chair into a feeding chair for a baby that can sit up by itself, but isn't quite ready to sit still all the way through a meal. The problem I had with the Totseat is that no matter how tightly I secured my sons in them, it was always too easy for them to slide from side to side, although, I didn't feel that the Totseat was in any danger of coming loose. Obviously, you should never leave your child unattended in any form of child seat, and the Totseat is no exception, but every child has different habits, and one of my sons liked to bang his head against the back of the chair, which was a problem with hard backed adult chairs. So watch out for that sort of thing.
Also, sitting a baby in a normal chair with no booster means they have no table to eat from, and there is no way to attach a tray to the Totseat, so when it came time for my sons to feed themselves finger foods, I had to sit in front of them with a plate they could easily reach - which isn't a problem with one child, but with two, it was sometimes difficult.
Overall, the Totseat is useful, to a certain extent, and it's so small you could keep one in your changing bag for the very rare times you find yourself without a high chair. But if you're going to be spending a lot of time somewhere other than your home, like a grandparent's house for example, I would recommend buying another regular high chair to keep there, rather than relying on the Totseat.
Converts a variety of dining chairs into a highchair, squashes into a travel pouch, and is machine washable.