“ Brand: Mothercare / Nursing Aid: Booster Seat „
I bought this booster seat for my Niece so that when she comes over she can sit at the kitchen table to eat her meals. She has always visited me a few times or more a week and usually stays for her lunch and tea.
Available in Mothercare it's currently on offer reduced from £14.99 to just £9.99 saving you £5! It's suitable for babies from 6 months on who can sit up unaided. Lexy is 2 now and we still use it. I got this in orange for my niece about 20 months ago now and it's been used every time she's come over and stayed for something to eat. It has a very strong woven fabric strap that goes around the bottom of any normal kitchen chair and simply clicks firmly and securely closed. The strap is fully adjustable so you can tighten it up so it doesn't move about at all. It also has a 3 point safety harness that goes over the child's lap and clips shut which is also fully adjustable so there is no chance of them falling out of it. Sitting in this booster seat allows Lexy to sit at the kitchen table at the perfect height to be able eat her meals properly like an adult would sitting at the table. The seat also provides full support at the back and sides.
I cannot express how useful this chair is not only for sitting at the table for mealtimes but also for sitting at the table to do activities like painting and colouring or helping me bake little buns. It's been permanently strapped to one of our kitchen chair for well over a year now and is used every time Lexy comes over and stays for a meal. It's lovely all siting round the table on a Sunday together eating roast dinner. It's made from a very durable plastic and is easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
I can't recommened this booster seat enough.
The Mothercare Basic Booster Seat
This is a basic booster seat and it was purchased around four years ago for my youngest granddaughter to use when she came to our house for meals.
There was no need for a highchair as this was for occasional use only, so we felt that this type of seat would suffice. Table manners and social interaction at mealtimes are important in my opinion. To me, this is best learnt at home with little children sitting at the table with the rest of the family and Emma certainly got a great deal of use from this seat.
The dining suite in our house consists of two carver chairs and four chairs without arms. This seat worked best on one of the carvers as the arms gave added stability in my view.
This seat is constructed of a sturdy plastic and is easy to fit to most standard dining chairs. Toddlers are held securely by means of a 3-point harness which keeps the little one held in place without causing them discomfort or limiting their range of movement. The shape of the seat is also designed to give your child support whilst they're sat upright. Tension is adjusted by means of the stout canvas straps which pass through a loop between the child's legs and then fasten around their tummy with a clip. This is adjustable to ensure a close fit.
To keep the booster seat hygienic is a doddle; a quick wipe over with a damp cloth and an anti-bacterial spray is all that is necessary to retain the chair clean. There was no issue with the plastic discolouring or becoming stained. Three colour choices were available when I purchased this seat from Mothercare, these were cream, pale pink and pale blue. To me, cream version seemed the best option, so this is the colour I chose and I have been very happy with the purchase.
There is no tray attached to the seat, so the child will need to be seated close enough to the table to reach their food and obviously this should not be used for children who cannot sit up unaided.
Ten pounds was the cost of this booster seat when I purchased it. Today on their website, I see that Mothercare are still stocking this style of seat and it now retails for around £14.99. That said, they do have a special offer currently with the basic booster seat offered at a few pounds less.
Thankfully Emma is now big enough to eat at the table with no booster seat, so this is now redundant. To be honest, Emma had several years use from the seat, possibly longer than I had expected, but as she is a rather small child for her age, the seat was required for quite some time.
True, you possibly wouldn't want this as your only feeding chair, but as an occasional use item or in a home where space is limited, it is certainly worth considering.
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By the time my little boy was 18 months old I thought it would be better to get him a booster seat so he could sit at the table with us and learn how to eat at the table rather then sitting in his high chair.
I didn't want to spend too much on one and when I saw this one in Mothercare for around £12.00 I thought it was ideal as I have bought quite a few Mothercare things for my little boy and they have always been good.
The seat is light blue in colour ideal for my little boy and is made of a hard plastic. There is a canvas strap which goes around your dining chair you simply pull this as tight as it needs to go to make it nice and secure. This is great as it makes it really easy to put onto the chair! Then your child has a canvas starp that goes around there waist and between there legs to stop them from being able to get in and out of the chair.
The booster seat is just the right size so that when my little boy sits up he is at the right height of the table and he loves the fact he can sit and eat with us now.
Because it is made out of plastic the seat is easily cleaned with a wet cloth and bit of soap!
The only critism I would make is that the canvas straps do stain and can get food caught in the woven fabric, this is a bit annoying as it can make it look grubby and no matter how hard I scrub it wont come off.
Overall though I would recommend this as for the price it does the job you want brilliantly!
I probably should have bought this booster earlier. We never pruchased a proper high chair for my daughter, she was weaned with the help of a bumbo seat (which I also can't recommend highly enough). When she got a bit bigger and could join us at the table we just used the bumbo placed on a kitchen chair (which they do not recommend). Anyway when we needed to return the bumbo to it's rightful owner, my daughter was about 18months old and although she could sit on a normal chair she wasn't high enough and so it wasn't very comfortable for her.
We purchased this booster from mothercare as it seemed a bargain. Yes it looks pretty basic- but at the age we bought it we didn't need it to do anything fancy- just to simply be a booster seat and it does that perfectly.
It has an adjustable 3 point harness to strap you children in with- and my daughter is always quite happy to have these done up so they are obviously perfectly comfortable. It also has straps so that you can connect it to the adult kitchen chair ( which is what we hadn't been able to do with the bumbo). When attached it seems secure and stable and ours can remain on the kitchen chair and be tucked under the table so that if you don't like the look of it you can hide it when not in use.
I also think my daughter would have been able to use this comfortably from around 10/11 months of age.
A recommended purchase.
Once Harry reached a year old, we were a bit fed up of bringing out the bulky old high chair for every single meal time, and then stacking it away again when we'd eaten. After all, he was big enough to sit up on his own, so I decided it would be time to sit him up the table properly with us to learn his table manners and to feed himself properly. We started this when we went visiting my parents, and my mum produced this little seat for Harry to sit at up the table with us, and we've never looked back since!
Although a high chair is suitable for the youngest of children, as many now recline and have various seat settings, I feel once a child reaches a certain age, it is good to get them up the table with you to learn how to eat properly. There are many different booster seats available at the moment, some which appear to be all singing and all dancing, and then there are the more basic ones such as the one we have for Harry. The idea of a booster seat is that it sits on the adult dining chair and boosts the child up to a height where they will be able to reach the table properly.
As you can see from the picture, this is a very basic booster seat, but it does everything that one would need from a booster seat in my opinion, and for a superbly cheap price too. The chair is a light blue in colour, completely made of plastic, and has green canvas belts to hold your child into the seat. This is a strip which comes up between their legs with a hoop on and 2 sides strips, one of which goes through the hoops and the two fasten together with a clip. This is fully adjustable so you can asjust it as your child grows or is uncomfortable. Of course, it has to be fastened to the adult seat as well, and this is also done with 2 canvas strips which comes the sides of the booster, and clip together under the seat. Again you adjust this until the chair is tightly fixed to your chair simply by pulling the long strip until its tight.
Although it is a basic seat, we've never had any problems with Harry being uncomfortable in it at all and he sits so nicely at the table since he's had his chair, I think it makes children feel much more part of the dinner table experience and teaches them invaluable learning skills they will need as they progress through nursery and school etc. The seat features quite nice high sides, so your child can't just lean over and fall off the chair, and is also a nice stabiliser for the younger children using this chair as well. As well as the sides, there is a nice high back to the seat, which is only made of plastic but is perfectly comfortable, Harry is fine sitting back against it without a problem. Perhaps for younger children you could pop a little cushion behind their backs just to make them a bit more comfortable but its perfectly fine without that!
For the price, which is just £11.99, this is a great value seat which is going to last you as long as you need it. It's suitable for children who are able to sit unaided up until the age of around 4, or whenever they grow too big for it / don't need it anymore. Being made of plastic, it's totally cleanable, and if you use make sure to use an antibacterial spray, its a hygenic chair too as food spillages won't stick and it's clean when you wipe it down. The canvas straps are nice and tough, and the clips are also too hard to undo for younger children and require quite a hard press to unlock so your child can't just let himself out of it when he pleases. It's a nice big size, and should fit on any adult dining chair, and obviously the strapping can be adjusted to hold it tightly to any chair.
The booster seat is available to buy in most Mothercare stores, of which there are many around the country. Alternatively, you can also order the seat online for a price of £11.99 plus a postage charge of £3.95. For the money, it is a great product which is robust, hygenic, comfortable and great for teaching children how to sit up the table properly. I'd throughly recommend it. For more information on this seat, and other types of booster seats, see the Mothercare website at www.mothercare.co.uk.
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