Product Type: Mamas and Papas kids equipment
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Mamas and Papas Prima Pappa High Chair
Member Name: KerryAtter
Mamas and Papas Prima Pappa High Chair
Advantages: Fully adjustable, comfortable and easy to store
Disadvantages: Can't remove the wasit strap for cleaning
I bought the Prima Pappa High Chair for my eldest daughter in 2004 and I now use it for my youngest, now that she is weaning. I'm a big fan of Mamas and papas products and this item did not disappoint.
This highchair has 7 height positions, so you can adjust it to suit your dining table, allowing your baby or toddler to join the rest of the family at meal times. There is also a 4 position recline on it, so if your little one falls asleep in her dinner you can simply recline the seat back and let her have a snooze! It's also excellent if your baby isn't quite up to sitting up by herself, you can recline it slightly, so they aren't slumping to one side. The seat cover is made of pvc and so is easily cleaned with a damp cloth, it has lovely padding in it, so baby is nicely cushioned - my little ones always looked comfy in it and were happy to sit for prolonged periods, playing, whilst I got on with chores around them.
It has a removable tray, which clips off the main tray. The main tray is removed by squeezing the handle at the front of the tray then lining up the 2 'prongs' into the holes in the front of the chair and sliding them in. The 'eating tray' which has a section for the child to place their cup, clips off the main tray and can be easily cleaned. The under section is a large area for the baby to play with their toys.
For safety this highchair has a 5 point, adjustable harness and a crotch removable crotch post. I particularly like this feature as, when my daughter was still quite young and not totally able to sit unaided, she would slide down in other highchairs. The post can be removed as your child gets older, but I never bothered, as the seat base is large enough to comfortably accommodate a 3 year old.
Storage is excellent as it folds up reasonably flat. The folding action is very easy - with your foot, at the bottom of the frame, you slide the safety catch to the left, pushing the small pedal down - you bring the front and back sections together as it folds up. There is then a catch that will hold it together. To unfold it, you simply push down the catch on the back right leg and it will unfold itself and you will hear the click as the bar at the bottom locks into place. It's very easy and both opening and closing can be done one handed. The tray can be left on for storage but is a little awkward to do, so I leave mine off and store it behind the chair. If you want to leave the tray on, you need to squeeze the handle under the tray and bring it half way out, you then have to push down the 'sliders' 1 & 2 at the front, which releases the hinged tray holders, you can then push the tray up so that it lies flat against the chair.
My model has 4 wheels, the hind 2 being lockable but looking at the new models on the Mamas & Pappas website they now have only 2 wheels at the back.
I really like this highchair, though there are a couple of minuses to it. My biggest complaint is that the waist strap isn't removable, so you have to do your best with cleaning it with a cloth or sponge (the 2 shoulder straps and the crotch strap are removable, so I put them in the washing machine on a cool wash or handwash them in the sink). The other thing is that it's slightly heavy, though with it having wheels it's still easy to manouver, so this is only a very minor complaint.
My highchair has had LOTS of use and now needs a new cover as mine has split down the seam on the left hand side. I have bought a new seat cover from the spares department at Mamas and Papas (you can get the details from their website - www.mamasandpapas.co.uk - scroll to the bottom of the page, the spares department details are in the 'shopping online' section.) I think I paid £35 + p&p for mine, which I personally thought was quite expensive, though still cheaper than a new highchair.
Summary: An excellent highchair - I'd recommend this to anyone.
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