Product Type: Baby Polar Gear kids equipment
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Freddy's Big Boy Chair
Baby Polar Gear On The Go Booster Seat
Member Name: sandemp
Baby Polar Gear On The Go Booster Seat
Advantages: Very portable, comfortable, allows toddler to join in family mealtime
Disadvantages: Only for children above a year
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.
Summary: A definite best buy
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