“ Brand: Baby Polar Gear / Type: Booster Seats „
We bought this handy baby booster seat about a year ago for my little girl when she grew out of the highchair but needed a booster seat to be able to sit up at our dining room table on.
IAnother mummy friend of mine brought this out with her once when we went to lunch and she said she really liked it and in my opinion there's nothing like a recommendation from another mummy to put your mind at ease so we decided to purchase one too. If I remember rightly we bought ours from Mothercare and it was a good investment. We really liked it because it actually works really well as a travel booster seat so we were able to take it with us when we went to Grandparents houses to sue it there too as its easy to put on chairs and remove and its easy to carry around too.
The seat has a padded seat portion which is quite thick and is what gives the seat is booster capabilities. Then on the back there is a thin back portion which folds down over the seat portion and attaches and closes up so you can carry this seat around almost like a bag. The seat is really easy to fasten onto a chair and in my experience it pretty much fits onto any chair as it is adjustable. The seat portion lays flat on a regular seat and then there are two adjustable straps which go underneath the chair and clip together to fasten securely. Then on the back portion there is another strap which goes around the back of the chair to stop the booster seat moving from side to side. THis also does up with a clip and this is also adjustable.
In order to strap the child into the seat there is a section which goes over the lap and then has two clips which snap into the sides so the legs come out either side of the strap. This is the only part of the chair that I don't think is that great. This section allows the child to wiggle around a bit and I found that my little girl could move to either side and almost pull herself out. I think the chair might have been better if there were shoulder straps too and not just a lap strap so I think this should really only be used when a child can sit comfortably and knows why they are in the chair.
The seat is made of a wipe clean material and I found it did clean up well although there is beading around the seat and I found that small food items such as little bits of rice or crumbs would often get stuck in here and also where the chair folds and so you really need to pay attention to these sections. Also the chair is made of that material that stains when you get orange/tomato coloured sauces on it so you do need to give it a good scrub to make it look as good as new.
The chair is brown not he seat and has a circle swirl patter on it which is quite nice and can be used for both boys and girls. My little girl has grown out of this now at two and a half but I will use it again soon for my little boy. All in all a good booster seat for small babies.
We were lucky enough to receive this booster seat from my husband's parents for our son when he began feeding himself. This was predominantly so we were able to feed him when we visited them without the need for a highchair but the benefit is that we now have a portable seat for him if we are likely to be anywhere without a highchair.
The chair retails at around £18.99 online (Amazon) which is a good price and a lot cheaper than some other alternatives available. The seat comes folded up into a case-like form. This is how it can be re-folded after use and transported too - convenient, light and compact (it easily fits in the shopping basket under our pushchair). It is suitable for children from 12 months to 2 ½ years. The product information does say that it can be used when a child is able to sit unaided but our son was still quite small when he did this and I don't think that this chair would have offered sufficient support.
The chair straps on to any ordinary chair to effectively convert it to a highchair. There are two straps that pass under the seat on the chair and fasten with a snap fastener. There is also a strap that passes around the back of the chair to hold the seat up here too. The base of the seat is cushioned so it is comfortable for your child to sit in. They are held in place by a T bar strap that comes in between their legs and snap fastens at the side. This is adjustable to suit your childs size so can be adjusted as they grow older. We used this with my son from about 10 months and it offered him good support. The straps holding the seat in place also hold very well so, even when strapped onto a smooth wooden chair where you may expect some slipping to occur, holds very well and still.
The pattern on our chair is slightly different to the one pictured here. It is white with red and black circle outlines - so equally suitable for both sexes. It is made with a wipeable material and has so far wiped clean pretty well - all spillages removed promptly and easily to avoid any staining. The chair is also really easy to fit and we have managed to fit it easily to any chair we have tried. The straps can be difficult to adjust, but I am sure that these will give in time. However, this is part of the reason the chair is held in place so well so I don't mind this too much.
Overall, this is a really easy and affordable solution to highchair issues - great for taking on holiday if there is no highchair provided! It is light and compact and therefore easily portable. It functions well and does the job it is intended for perfectly. It is also great to allow your child to sit at the table with you for meals or for crafts etc as the chair can still be tucked right under the table. Recommended.
Hello my name is Freddy and Mummy said she'd help me write this and let me tell you all about my new big boy seat. I used to use a wooden two in one highchair, but now I'm one Mummy thought it was better to change that to a table and chair and buy me a booster seat so I can sit at the table with Mummy and Daddy to eat my dinner. My new seat is really smart, it looks like a bag, but when you open it up it becomes a booster seat. All Mummy has to do is fasten some straps under the seat and another at the back and then she can strap me in ready for dinner. I really love my new seat, it's just the right height for me to sit at the table, the straps keep me safe and we can take it out with us so I can sit at Nana's and Grandma's table as well. I'm getting a bit bored now and want to go play, so Mummy is going to tell you a little bit more about my new seat, bye, bye.
First Impressions, or What You Get Is What You See
As Freddy's already told you, we bought this booster seat so that he could fully join in with family mealtimes. I spent quite a while researching different booster seats, as I wanted something that was not only safe but also portable. There are number of different booster seats on the market, all with different levels of portability, ranging from bulky contraptions to fold down seats and then there's the Polar Baby Gear On The Go Booster Seat. This is probably the lightest, most portable booster seat I've ever had the pleasure of using and although it is slightly more expensive than most at just over £20, in my opinion it's worth every penny.
When the booster seat arrived it really didn't look at all like a booster seat, in fact it looked more like a laptop case, as it was folded down with the straps fastened around it. Measuring 50cm by 31cm by 23cm when folded, the Polar Baby Gear On The Go Booster Seat is incredibly lightweight and features an adjustable shoulder strap. This strap can be adjusted from so short that you can carry it with your hand to long enough to fit over the shoulder and everything in-between. Personally, I adjust the straps so that it fits neatly over the stroller handle, where with it's matte black exterior it looks pretty smart. I especially like that at only 650g, this can be put on the back of even a lightweight stroller without worrying that it will cause it to tip, or add so much weight as to make it hard to push.
Opening and setting up the booster is simplicity itself, simply undo the straps, unfold the seat and then attach it to whichever chair you are using. I've attached this to various chairs, both in homes and restaurants and as long as the chair has a distinct back the booster sit will fit (it doesn't work with wicker garden chairs). I generally start by fixing the rear strap into place round the chair back before securing the two straps around the base. All three straps are easy to tighten and once they have been adjusted the booster seat is very firmly attached and doesn't move at all. I will say that I do struggle a little reaching under chair to do the straps up, but that's something that would happen no matter what booster seat I used as I have mobility problems.
As the booster seat is only suitable for children over a year, there is less need for a five-point harness and indeed this only features a three point harness. The harness itself is once more adjustable and at it's largest is big enough to accommodate even very large toddlers. Freddy is a large one year old (80th percentile) and has the straps at almost their shortest, which give a comfortable and yet snug fit. I would imagine though that the harness might be a little too large (and less secure) for the smaller than average one year old.
Once Freddy is firmly strapped into the booster seat, he is at the perfect height to sit at the dining room table to eat his meals. The 10cm high padded seat, gives just the right amount of boost for him to be able to reach his plate and cutlery and he really loves sitting in it. There's also plenty of room for growth, as I said, at the moment we have the three point harness adjusted to almost it's smallest point.
Being only a year old, Freddy does make a considerable amount of mess when eating, so it's a good job that booster seat is lined with wipe clean nylon. So far most messes have wiped away easily, although spaghetti bolognaise has slightly stained the material. The unisex pattern of different coloured rings does do quite a good job of hiding this though. The exterior of the booster seat is also wipe clean as are the straps that are made of nylon webbing. The booster seat is should not, however, be immersed in water, as the booster section is made of a dense foam. Personally I generally just give it a wipe down with anti-bacterial spray after every meal.
Although this booster seat is almost permanently attached to a chair when we are at home, it is removed and folded up ready for when we go out for the day. The booster seat is easy to fold and is held closed by a magnet along with the straps. To be honest, it takes me longer to adjust the straps ready for putting this over the buggy handle than it does to fold it. There is also a pocket on the back of the seat, that contains a small, thin changing mat. Not the biggest changing mat in the world (especially considering this is designed for toddlers over a year) but handy for those days when you're out and about and there's not a changing table in sight. The pocket is also just large enough to hold a nappy and travel pack of wipes, which is again handy for when I'm only going a short distance and don't want to carry a full changing bag.
This is a brilliant booster seat and definitely one of my best buys that I would recommend to anyone looking for a portable way of allowing their child join in at mealtimes. I love how lightweight this is and the fact that it doesn't particularly look like another piece of baby equipment. I also love how easy it is to attach to a range of different chairs and how secure it is. Then there's how easy it is to keep clean and the fact that I don't have to worry about whether high chairs in restaurants are hygienically clean. But most importantly I love how much Freddy loves his new big boy seat and that he can now fully join us for family meals. If absolutely pushed for a negative, I would say that the fact that it's only suitable for children above a year who are sitting independently could be viewed as a disadvantage, but as Freddy is over a year that really doesn't bother me. (In fact he's better supported in this than he is in most high chairs, where he tends to slip). So I have no hesitation in giving the Polar Baby Gear On The Go Booster Seat a resounding five stars out of five, as it is simply brilliant.
Having a toddler is heavy work, especially when you go anywhere or dont have too much storage space. With buggies, bouncers, toys and children running around the less clutter sitting around the better.
When my son turned one i decided to sell his highchair and go for something a little less cumbersome and that may even save some space.
I went to a national chain of shops and found the baby polar go booster seat for a bargain of £19.99. Now i am aware that its purpose is mainly for ravelling, but i thought id test it out on the dining room chairs first and see how my son adapted. He adapted so well that i starting using it as his full time high chair with the added bonus that is folded and clipped together shut into a rectangle roughly 30cm long, 20cm deep and 20-25cm tall, fabulous, would fit into the footwell of any car!!
The Booster i have fits a chair the same way as the one pictured above, with the only difference being the pattern and colour. The seat on mine is has blue and white hexagons.
The seat itself is water/splash proof, although not stainproof. I you do happen to get the dreaded baked beans or curry on it, it will stain if you dont clean it straight away. There is a 3 point fastening in that there is a central post for the bottom with clips from either side around the waist (as pictured above). The seat itself is a foam block, nothing more that is zipped within the base, that means it is easy to remove and can be washed. Mine has been through the washing machine a few times and has not shrunk and has managed to keeps its shape, without it being too difficult to replace the cushion after washing.
The seat is easy to fold and take away and fixes to the chsir in 3 places. Around the back, and 2 strips underneath the seat of the chair, and will fit various sizes as the clips to fix the straps together are that of the fastenings you find with most buggies, and therefore are able to adjust the legnth of the straps.
It must be said that really you child needs to be able to sit themselves up independantly and confidently as essentially the booster seat is fabric and there not overly supportive.
I love the fact though that my child can sit at the tabel with us, eat off the same table as us and be sitting at the same height. It makes him feel very included now and i think finding a good and encouraging feeding routine is essential.
All in all, if your child is able to support themselves properly and you dont mind your dining table getting a little dirty, this booster is great. We will be taking it camping, fab for those restaurants abroad that may not cater for the infants too well and lightweight and cheap, an asset of the child bumpf we all need with our little ones!!
My daughter doesn't use a highchair at home instead using a booster seat as we don't have room. I decided to get this booster seat as a spare one whilst travelling down to my parents on the train as ours is plastic and not easy to carry. I bought it when she was 13 months old.
The Baby Polar Gear on the Go Booster Seat is a foldup booster seat suitable from 12 months to 4 years. The sides fold in and the back wraps around the base and seals with a magnet to form a case. Two of the straps then wrap round to hold it in place and the third strap becomes a shoulder strap for carrrying the bag.
The seat is easy to assemble with two straps securing the seat underneath the chair and one strap going round the back of the chair. The seat then has 2 straps that seal near the back of the seat. There is a large fabric section that goes across in front of the baby to hold them in securely. The seat is easy to clean as you can just wipe it down.
My daughter had no problem using this seat at my parents house. Once attached to the chair she was able to eat at the table with us easily. She wriggles a lot in her chairs but this seat did not move at all. I thought I would have a problem with her leaning over the edges but as it is fixed securely to the chair then it did not matter that the sides fold slightly.
The only problem we had was that my parents main dining chairs have low backs and therefore we couldn't fit the seat to the chair with the back strap. Luckily they had a different chair we could use for that purpose. Overall I think this is a very good product. It cost me about £22 and I think that is a good price for a good product.
We bought this booster seat for our son last year prior to a couple of family holidays. At the time he was 18 months old and was well used to his high chair at home and if we went out to restaurants he would cope with their highchairs. However as we were going to be stay on one occasion with relatives he would need something to help him sit at the dining table as they didn't have a highchair and the highchair was far to big to take on holiday.
What is it?
This booster seat is designed quite cleverly I think it has a padded cushion seat with a fold down wipe clean nylon inside that pulls up to reveal the seat and a back to the booster seat. The inside bit contains a three point restraint harness that is adjustable. The outer part of the booster seat is made of black fabric. There are 3 sets of adjustable straps to secure the seat to the chair two for under the chair and one for the back of the chair. It folds up easily into bag shape with handle for carrying it or a shoulder strap if you prefer. A recent additional to it which we don't have is a pocket on the side with a baby changing mat inside it.
We love this product and I have to say alongside a baby carrier and few other bits it is something we just literally can't live without. The reasons for this is it so simple to use and so small and light to carry it can go anywhere with you.
Fitting this booster to the chair to use is very simple to do. What we do is extend the straps more than is needed we then take the two straps for underneath the chair below and then click them into place and then tighten the straps. The strap for the back of the chair is even simpler as you don't need to bend down to fasten them you simply pull it around the back and click it into the buckles. The first time we went away with this it was attached to my aunt's old fashioned style dining chairs with a curved back rest but it still remained fixed in place every time my wriggly son sat in it. We have since used this on several styles of chair whilst out and about including metal wooden and high back chairs and found no problem with how well it secures itself to the chair and stays in place. We have also used it on a leather dining chair whilst out for a meal and I was a little uncertain if the smoothness of the leather would mean it would slip but we had no problems during the meal at all.
The adjustability of the harness for holding him in place is very useful and has been able to cope with his growth over the year and he still fits into it very comfortably now at 2 and half.
We now have it permanently in place on one of our dining chairs for him rather than a highchair and he prefers to sit on this and feel more part of the meal and conversation than he did sat in the highchair. The only time he has refused to sit in was when friends and their children came round and he wanted to sit on a cushion like they were. However with his wriggly bottom this ended up with him slipping off the chair so he was more than happy to climb back into the booster seat at the next meal.
I have found no problems with cleaning and wiping this down at the end of a meal. Yes there are two corners to where crumbs can accumulate but a swift wipe with a sponge soon gets them out. The colour of the booster seat blue spots in our case has also stood the test of time and not faded with the use of cleaning spray.
I also think it is comfortable to sit on for my son as he has never complained about it being hard or not nice to sit on.
Overall and recommendation
I cannot recommend this booster seat highly enough it makes taking our son out for meals much easier as he can sit comfortably at the table and feel part of the conversation and the group more so than sat in a highchair. The straps secure it well to all the designs of chairs we have used it on and the harness has grown well with him. It is very light to carry and doesn't take up a lot of room when packing the car for a family holiday.
We got ours from the Jo Jo Maman Bebe website for about £20 it is also available from other baby catalogues and Mothercare.