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Once Oscar started eating family meals at around 10 months, we started to enjoy going out for lunch on a Sunday a couple of times a month. We liked to choose places that had good family facilities, but this meant that these places got very busy, and quite often we would get there to find no highchairs left. We decided to buy an easy to transport booster seat. My husbands parents had this booster seat, so we keep it at theirs, and have bought a different one to keep at ours. I'm not sure where they got it, or how much they paid. This booster seat folds small enough to carry around easily, and there is a handle on the back of the seat. The seat unit can be set at two different heights, depending on how big your baby is, or how high the table is in relation to the chair. It has a detachable tray, but we have never used this as Oscar enjoys eating at the actual table with us, and we prefer this too. It attaches very easily onto practically any dining chair, as long as it has a chair-back. There are two adjustable straps for underneath the chair and the back of the chair. We are yet to find a chair that we can't fit it on. There is also an adjustable harness for strapping your toddler into it.
When my Dad was about to start taking over the childcare with my eldest daughter for me to return to work we were trying to work out how he was going to feed her as it would be a nightmare having to transport the highchair back and forth everyday. I happened to mention to one of my friends that we were going to have to buy another highchair and she said that she had one of these seats that we could have, to be honest I had never even heard of them before but when she showed me it I knew that it should work out well. The seat is hard plastic and is brightly coloured, it is very easy to assemble literally pulling down the base, pulling out the side pieces and clipping them together. You then put the assembled seat on a normal dining room chair and secure it with the safety straps, these are like the type of straps you have on a buggy, they have the same type of push clips and these adjust in length depending on what chair you are attaching the seat to. Once the seat is safely attached to the seat and the child is seated with the safety restraint just like a full highchair there is a tray which slides on and clips into place allowing the child to feed themselves. If there is room at the table for the child then you can miss out the tray and simply pull the chair into the table where they sit at an ideal height to join the rest of your group. The booster seat is coloured red, yellow, green and blue so is completely unisex and sells for around £20 in Argos although I have seen them in other places such as Asda and the Tesco Direct book. The seat is sturdy and is meant for a child aged 6 months to 3 years, the parts of the seat wipe clean and this is a good thing as when I take the sides off there is always a little stash of food in there. All the parts of the chair have rounded edges so perfectly safe for the child and they can't hurt themselves and on the top of the back piece is a handle for carrying the chair when you take it out. My daughter is now nearly 4 and she still uses it when we are having a dinner at my parents as it just keeps the mess in one place and although she is starting to get a bit too big for it I would say it will last her til she is 4 rather than the 3 the makers predict, on the other hand my second daughter is 5 and a half months and I don't think she is going to be ready to use this seat by 6 months. The seat has now been used for 4 different children and is still perfect, we used this one Christmas when we went out for dinner and it is so easy to use and really included our daughter in the festivities that I think it is fantastic. My dad still looks after my children so he still has the seat and as we gave our highchair away after our daughter was finished with it we have decided we are going to buy another one of these for our home rather than another cumbersome highchair. Brilliant invention and makes it possible to go out for meals and be comfortable that you are not going to have problems due to a shortage of highchairs in places. I really love this seat it really is made to reduce stress
When my daughter was first old enough for a high chair, we'd bought a 2nd hand Mothercare one. When we started using it, it was very big and bulky and awkward to get out all the time for meals. We therefore decided to dispense with the traditional high chair and just get her a booster seat that could stay attached to a chair all the time in our house, and be taken on holidays and visits with us. The Safety 1st Fold Up Booster Seat is brightly coloured in red, yellow and blue. It has its own detachable tray and safety straps to make sure baby is secure inside it. The safety straps come around the babies waist and has the 3rd strap between the legs. It also has straps to secure the booster seat to a chair both under its seat and round the back of the chair. The best part of this seat is that the whole thing folds down to a flat seat so that it is easy for transport or storage. The seat comes out easily using the buttons on the side and this can be inserted flat against the back and the sides fold in against it. The tray can then be put against it as well and the straps used to hold it all together. We have found this to be an excellent alternative to a highchair in the home. We can attach the booster to a chair in the dining room and then leave it there without taking up too much room. It is very easy to clean as it is plastic and can just be wiped clean. Our daughter has been using it now for over 6 months and is always comfortable in it. She has not been able to escape from the straps at all and is very secure with or without tray in place. We have used this on a variety of chairs and have never had a problem securing the seat to a chair. We have also used this booster in our caravan when on holiday and found that it both travels well and can be used in different places. The only downside we've found with this chair is that our daughter manages to drop food onto our dining chair and it goes underneath the booster seat. This means you have to take it off regularly to clean underneath. Having looked online for these now, it appears that newer versions are also available but I haven't found any problems with this one and would happily use it for other children.
With our firstborn son, we made the mistake that many first-time parents do and presumed that the more you pay for a baby product the better it would be. We also didn't really have the experience of knowing what would work best for us as parents, often not until we'd made expensive mistakes. Our first highchair was a rather grand and very expensive Mamas and Papas all-singing, all-dancing version. That was, pretty obviously, far too big for us to transport anywhere so we ended up buying one of these 'Safety 1st' fold up booster seats as well, originally for weekend visits to Grandma. Many years later the more expensive highchair has long since served its last dinner, while the cheap booster seat is still in daily use, giving our three year old an invaluable bit of extra height so that he can eat his meals in comfort. It really has proved to be a worthwhile purchase and will no doubt be re-used for our latest arrival to the family, as this sturdy little seat still has plenty of life left in it. Our fold up booster seat is identical to the seat pictured here on Dooyoo with its bold and bright multi-coloured sides and a removable tray. It is designed to be attached to various styles of adult chair using the secure straps provided and is ideal for travel as the chair folds into itself easily and can then be secured into position using the same straps. This chair has been used on all manners of chairs and seats, even on outdoor camping seats, and because the straps are designed to be adjusted and tightened accordingly, we have always been able to fit this seat securely in place. The child is then held in place by a clip-in lap strap (and also restricted from escaping by the position of the tray, which just slides and slots into position easily.) The plastic used in this seat is very lightweight but incredibly durable and this has been carted about for endless family visits, outings to unknown restaurants (when we haven't always been confident about highchairs being provided) and holidays away from home without any problems. The reason that this simple little booster seat eventually ousted its more expensive rival in the home was partly because of the more convenient size. This seat takes up far less room than a traditional style highchair, however slimline that may be, and is also so much easier to store between uses. Ours is permanently in position at the table but, if need be, can be unstrapped within a matter of seconds and placed in any spare corner. The other chief benefit of this relatively unassuming product is just how much easier it is to clean than traditional highchairs. Any parents of babies and toddlers above weaning age should appreciate the amount of mess that is created and most highchairs inevitably have various edges and corners where food can collect and congeal, particularly underneath the padding that is usually provided. As this seat does not include any padding and folds out entirely, it is much easier to keep clean and hygienic. The tray can simply be wiped clean or even placed in a dishwasher or scrubbed in the sink without any ill effects. Once a week, I tend to unstrap this seat and fold open the sides and give this a thorough wipe through with some anti-bacterial cleaner. Because of the hard exterior and lack of nooks and crannies, there is really only a limited area where any food can collect and this is easy to remove and maintain. The only real drawback to the design is that, being a rigid plastic seat without any padding or the abillity to lean back, it is really only suitable for babies that are able to sit comfortably unaided. Realistically, a baby needs to be around six months old to be able to use this seat comfortably and safely. Nowadays, with parents being encouraged to delay weaning for longer, this might not be as restrictive as it sounds and it would be possible to use a bouncy chair for those very early feeds and move on to this as a main chair, doing away with the need for a bulky and messy high chair altogether. Looking online for current prices, I have noticed that Safety 1st seem to have updated this seat in more recent years. The latest version is a much more toned down pale blue version and has a two level height adjustment as well as a three position tray. Much as it is understandable that the company have updated this product, particularly in an increasingly competitive market, I do prefer the bright primary colours of our original seat. I'm also not so sure that the adjustable heights and positions will really add a great deal to a product that worked so well in its original format but I suppose it provides even greater versatility. The good news is that, even in its revamped form, this seat remains incredibly good value and is currently available from both Halfords and Boots online for just £20, which is much about what we paid for the original version several years ago. At that price, I'd certainly be tempted to purchase the new version if the need arose and I'd very interested to see whether it lives up to the performance of our tried and tested seat.
Having used a booster seat instead of a high chair with my daughter due to lack of storage space in our dining room, we set out to get one for our son when the time came to start solids. This was a lucky find at an NCT Nearly New sale and has been great so far! Features: It is designed for children who can sit unaided until the age of 4. The seat base completely detatches and can be positioned at 2 different heights, depending on your needs. The base includes a 5 point harness, that is adjustable. It has a high back support (non-removable) and the tray can be used on 2 different settings, or removed for use at the table. There is a base strap to attach underneath a chair, and one around the back to attatch to the back of a chair. Perhaps the most useful feature for some would be that it folds quickly, easily, and very flat for transport and storage. My experince of using it: The age range- My son started using this at 7 months (when we bought it) and my daughter who is nearly 2 is also comfortable in it. Without the tray attached I can't see why it wouldn't work to the advertised 4 years or even beyond, there is plenty of room width ways in the seat area. The seat height- We use the lower setting with my son. He's tall for his age though so a smaller baby would be better on the higher setting. We found the tray was too close to his legs when on the higher setting, but there is plenty of room on the lower one. When we use it at the table with my daughter (with no tray) she uses the higher to make her at the right height to reach the table. It is very easy to switch between the two as buttons on the side of the "arm" bits allow you to remove and turn the seat base upside down as needed. The harness- This is easy to adjust to fit both children, and fits my daughter with plenty of room to further expand for an older child. The crotch strap is the loop kind, with the clip on either side of the waist going through it to fasten to each other. My son is secure, and even without the tray I don't worry about him falling out if he leans forward. The tray- Lovely and big, it fits a plate easily, and is perfect for early finger foods as the high ridge around the outside keeps my son from knocking food over the side. It's easy to get on and off with clips on the side, it just slides onto the armrests and clicks into place. Easy to wash and keep clean as well. The securing straps- Plenty adjustable and big enough to go round most chairs, the booster doesn't slide even on my wooden chairs when the straps are pulled tight. My daughter can't unclip them either which is helpful! Folding- We have only taken it out with us once, but it was easy to do, the seat unit comes off, the arms fold in, you put the seat and tray between teh arms and the backrest and clip the back strap around to the front to hold it all together. I wouldn't take it off my chair and fold it every time we finish eating as I'm a bit lazy like that, but it would be a great chair for someone who wanted to keep it tucked out of sight and bring out when needed. My opinion: This is a good product. It's a bit more basic in some ways then our Fisher Price booster my daughter uses, but I love the fact that the tray is bigger than hers as it's been great for early foods. The folding is a big bonus for those who want it, and perhaps the best thing is that there are no padded bits to have to clean- a quick wipe manages it fine! My only complaint I guess would be that the seat is very flat, rather than slightly moulded for a little bottom to fit into. It's not the end of the world, but I like that my daughter's looks slightly more "fitted". Overall- 5 stars from me!
I first discovered the safety 1st fold up booster seat, when we where planning on going on our first family holiday down south to visit my partners mum and dad. Having only a Vauxhall vectra at the time, space was limited, and having a 6 month old child requires you taking everything but the kitchen sink! I was looking for a cheap and easy highchair that was collapsible, as the one we had we didn't fold down. I came across this in the Argos cataloge for about £12.99 and thought it was a bargain, it was brightly colored, had a removable tray that clicks into place, and straps that securely fasten the chair to the bottom and sides of any chair. We thought it was a perfect idea, and it also fitted perfectly into the boot of our car. It is made out of hard plastic, so hardwearing too- we have used it for two years and it still looks like new. Also with being plastic it is easy to wipe clean and disinfect. It comply's with all the British safety regulations, so is very safe to use. When we go away on holiday, or go to visit friends for dinner we always pop this chair in the boot to take with us as it's so handy, the straps are easy to use and aren't in reach of the child. These days i use it at home for my two year old daughter, because the tray is detachable, we sit her in it and let her eat from the table with us, which she loves. This seat defiantly has to be in my top five list of handy bargains as it's so versatile and cheap. I would recommend this to any parents who need a quick solution to high chairs this christmas.
I am a big fan of Safety 1st products and have used several of them with both my boys. The one that i have found to be most useful and one that i couldnt live without is the fold up booster seat. This seat is recommended for children aged from 6 months up to 4 years old, personally i think that it would be to small for an older child to fit in but i think this all depends on the size of the child. It is made of very strong plastic and is very brightly coloured, red, yellow, green and blue. The seat adjusts to two levels for when your child grows. It attatches to dining room chairs with adjustable straps, these just clip in as you would do up a pushchair strap. It also has a removable tray, which can be taken off the chair if you want to use it as a highchair and tuck your child into the table with the rest of the family. There are adjustable safety restraints to strap your child into the chair to stop them from falling out. The chair is very easy to clean, i always use an anti bacterial spray but for stubborn stains it is safe to put into the dishwasher. This booster seat folds away. You can lift up the seat, fold in the sides, tuck the tray into this and do up the straps and this will hold it altogether. It takes up hardly any room to store away when not being used. It is very light and has a handle to carry the chair around, this all makes it very easy to take with you when you are out and about for example if you eat out at a restaurant or even to take on holiday with you. This booster seat retails for around £25. This definately made my life a lot easier and i would recommend it to anyone.
I have two of these seats, one which is four years old, and a new one. I love these chairs, I use them all the time for my babies and find them the best I have tried (third type of highchair). The older seat has straps which come over the shoulders, between the legs and round the waist, the newer seat just has a waist strap and between the legs. I find the over the shoulder straps much better and safer than the waist one. One of my babies is a climber and is straight out of the waist straps if I don't put reins on as well. Other than that they are excellent chairs. To clean them I spray them with cleaner, scrub and hose them & the chairs they are fastened to down in the back garden. I find the chairs they are fastened to, also get covered in food. When I need to I also take them apart & clean them that way. Very easy to do. My only real complaint is how low the strap fastens on the back of the chair. I think it would be better higher up the chair.
Taking my children out for a meal in a restaurant has never been a problem, not until a couple of months ago anyway. On the rare occasion I get a weekend off from cooking my husband will whisk us all out to a nice country pub for Sunday lunch as a treat and this is always something I look forward to. One Sunday a couple of months ago though, we all ventured off for a day out and decided to stop off somewhere on the way home and finally we came to a nice inviting pub. The car park didnt look particularly busy so this gave us the early impression that finding a table for us all wouldnt be too difficult. As we entered the pub, we were immediately ushered to a vacant table by a waiting member of staff and with that she turned on her heel and attended to another starving family. As my husband and daughter took a seat each, I scanned the room for a highchair as I could see a couple of young children sitting in them. I couldnt find one, so decided to collar the waitress as she sashayed past our table. She had a quick glance around the lounge and I could see her counting in her head before she turned round and said there werent any available they only had 3 and these were all taken. My husband decided then to just use our buggy, which was locked in the car. I thought this would be fine for Craig, but it was a nightmare. We hadnt fed him this way since he was a young baby and I should have known that Id have a fight on my hands. Craig aged 21 months likes to eat without help, but with him sitting in his buggy this just was not possible. For a start the little tray on the front of his buggy wasnt big enough to hold his plate and with me holding it, I had to get Barry to cut my food up as I only had one free hand. I tried feeding Craig myself, but all he did was scream so what started out as a lovely meal, quickly turned into a nightmare. It was this occasion that prompted me to buy my own highchair that we could take out with us should we be faced with another situation such as that. It was only by chance that I heard about the Safety First Fold Up Booster Seat. I had taken Craig to nursery and I got chatting to one of the other mums there when I was there collecting him. She was carrying something under her arm and I was intrigued so I had to ask what it was. It turned out that she had had a similar experience a few months before and she wasnt going to go through that again much like myself. She told me that it was the best thing shed done. Ok, granted there arent many occasions when you find yourself without a high chair, but I have been to a few places where the highchairs available have seen better days, and dont look safe enough to seat a teddy bear let alone a child. My mind had been made up at that moment so I decided to hit the town on my way home to buy my own booster seat. The booster itself is portable which means that you can take it anywhere you wish. It folds up easily so that you can keep it in the boot of the car and you wouldnt even know its there as it takes up very little room. It is ideal for babies aged 6 months to 3 years as there are 2 height settings allowing the seat to grow with your child. Using the seat is simplicity in itself. You basically unfold the booster seat, sit it on a normal dining chair and attach it with the safety straps. The straps are the same, as you would see on a pushchair with the push in clips. These can be adjusted if not long enough or too long when fitted to the chair. Once secure, your child is placed in the seat and again fastened in with more safety straps. There is a removable tray which is simply clicked into place is very handy as your child can eat off this if the table you are sitting at is a bit of a squeeze, otherwise you can remove the tray and pull your child closer to the table so that they feel more included. The booster seat is designed for children in mind, it is very sturdy being made from strong, durable plastic, and brightly coloured red, yellow, green and blue. It is very easy to wipe clean and can even be placed in the dishwasher if you wish. I do this regularly as I find the steam acts as a sterilizer and gets rid of any stubborn marks effortlessly those Bolognese stains I hate with a passion come of effortlessly and the seat comes out looking as good as new. The booster seat is great for kids as there are no sharp edges or corners to worry about they are smooth and rounded so any knocks wont cause injury giving you peace of mind. We have found this booster particularly useful when holidaying in our caravan. Space is limited anyway, but when taking young children away you find yourself having to leave half of your equipment at home as there is just nowhere to keep it. Eating in the caravan was a joy not! Hubby would spend most of the time moaning about Craig rubbing is sticky hands all over the upholstery, as he would have to be wedged on the sofa while eating. With the booster seat, though he would happily sit at the table along with the rest of us and there were no more mucky hand marks on the furniture. Also these booster seats are fantastic for taking abroad on holiday. You can pack them safely away in your suitcase as its compact enough to pack and when you want to eat you can easily transport it away from your hotel room to the restaurant. This saves having to pre-book a high chair at your hotel, that is if your hotel has this facility of course. Otherwise you will have to rely on what highchairs they have available abroad and some places arent so safety conscience as us Brits. Going on day trips isnt a problem either, whenever we went out for the day, we no longer had to fret about going somewhere with highchairs as we took our booster seat along with us. This wasnt as bad as it sounds my husband wasnt forced to carry it around with him all day as we simply slipped the straps over the handlebars of the buggy and let it hang down at the back. As it was virtually weightless, there was no worries of the buggy tipping backwards either so we almost forgot it was there. Admittedly, we did get a few funny looks whenever we entered a pub, but I think they were more looks of isnt that a good idea rather than look at that stupid thing There was no more wrestling with chairs around the table trying to make room for a huge highchair, while everyone looks on flabbergasted while you bang and crash at your own table, meanwhile your normally angelic children have turned into monsters and run riot around the restaurant. All in all, I have nothing but praise for this booster seat. It is perfect for transporting from house to house, for example when I go to work a couple of days a week, my mum always looks after Craig. While my mum does have a few bits and pieces at her house, such as toys, potty and travel cot, she doesnt have a high chair and it was too much hassle for me having to take my one over ever other day. The booster seat has been a godsend and since buying it I wonder now how I ever managed without it. I bought the Safety First Fold Up Booster Seat from Argos for just under £25, but I know that it is available in other shops selling baby goods for about the same price. But if you want to spend less, then chances are you could probably pick one of these up from a boot sale or even Ebay for much less. In fact one of my neighbours found one for about £3 and it was almost new and still in the box.
When visiting family and friends, we often did one of two things. Our little one either was sat in her pram and fed, or else sat on my lap to eat. Either was not overly convenient, especially when she wanted to feed herself. This problem was solved when my MIL decided to take us out to look at portable high chairs. We settled upon the Safety First Fold Up Booster Seat (suitable from when they can sit up unaided). There were several factors that we weighed when making this choice. First was storage. It needed to fold up compactly when not in use and for transport. Second was design; it should securely fasten to a chair. I did not want one of those that hang off of a table edge as I had seen a rather nasty accident in a restaurant with one of those when the table clamp suddenly gave way. I also did not want one of those instant inflatable types in case of a fork puncture or other potential disaster. Thirdly was ease of use and cleaning. Fourth was cost. We also wished it to be a well known maker so we had easy recourse should it prove faulty. The Safety First seat met all these criteria. It easily folds up by removing the tray and pushing in two buttons on its side to relase the seat, which folds upwards. You simply pop the tray between the seat and its back, and fasten the straps around to secure it closed. This also makes it simple to clean as any food which slips between the seat sides can be easily cleaned by lifting the seat up in this manner and wiping it clean, and the completely removable tray may be wiped down or washed at a sink. Folded it fits easily into a compact boot or between the seats in the rear footwell in a small car. The top of the molded seat back also has a handle hold built in so it is easy to carry. It has a three point adjutable harness for fastening your child in securely to the seat as well as two sets of adjustable straps with which to fasten the seat to a dining chair. One strap goes beneath the dining chair s eat, the other strap goes around the back of the chair. These should be pulled as tight as possible to avoid the seat sliding about should your child wriggle. Always use a stable chair as you do not wish an accidental tip over, such as can happen when using a plastic garden chair which are flimsy. As for cost and being of reputable manufacture, it costs about £19.99 at most retailers, and being a Safety First product, you know it is not going to be of a cheap quality as they have a very high reputation. Now for the downsides. The seat is hard plastic and may not be very cushiony for small bums. Mind you, this is not a large disadvantage as it is a travel chair and in any case, children should not be left for long periods just sat in a high chair! Another down side is the tray is released by pulling two release tabs on the tray sides where the clips are located and they occasionally stick. This normally happens when you do not slide the tray on straight, but rather at an angle, one side latching before the other. This happens most often when our little one does not have her legs sat all the way flat and I have to try to put her leg down and put the tray on at the same time to avoid pinching her chubby little leg. Again, not a serious fault, I just latch the tray again and then pull the release tabs and its no problem. Lastly, as the seat is designed to lift up and is removable, dropped food can become trapped in the crevice between the seat and the chair frame. This means you may have to release the seat to get it properly clean. The gap is not big enough for even the tiniest of fingers to get pinched in however. Overall a very good buy, and I am well satisfied with ours. I have recently become aware that Babies R Us have a copy cat model for a bit less, so if you may also wish to consider one of those especially if you have one of their points cards. It is part of their Bruin collection, which is also well known and well made from what I have seen of the collection so far.
Last month my partner and I were due for one of our twice annual visits across the border to visit my parents in Edinburgh. Having a ten month old son, it is amazing the amount of "stuff" you need to take with you, everywhere, and I was starting to get very worried about our growing pile of luggage and everytime time I looked at the car it seemed to get smaller and smaller. So it was with some amazement that I listened to my partner when he suggested that we just try and squeeze the high chair in as well. "You have got to be having a laugh"......... So, I'm on a mission to find an alternative and it was surpisingly easy. First stop was Toys'R'Us where I came across the Safety 1st booster seat which comes with a clip on tray, height adjustable seat, lap belt and is as easy as ABC to fit onto any dining chair (provided that it has a back)with two easily tightened strips. Oh and did I mention, it folds up very small and I managed to squeeze it into the last of the remaining space in the car. Bliss. We travelled over night and arrived just as Sam was starting to protest that breakfast was late. Within a couple minutes the booster seat was installed and Sam was happily tucking into his Weetabix. The only thing I would say is that Sam wasn't happy to sit in the seat for very long, it was quite hard and I think he was getting a numb bum. I padded the base out with a towel and it was still really easy to use the lap belt, which did help. It is suitable from six months but if you are using it for a baby that small be careful not to take you eyes of them because i found the lap beat was quite hard to get tight and it seemed to loosen itself very easily. But it will last for ages as you can use it while you child is growing and starting to join in family meals at home at the dining table. This product will only set out back around £20 and is a great solution i f you are popping of to grans for the day or going on holiday for a fortnight (as long as you pad the base). It is available from Tesco, Argos, Toys'r'us and Blooming Marvellous and when you not using it it folds up to be very compact. Ace. Thanks for reading.
We needed a portable highchair for our daughter as her normal one was too big to lug around. We tried to take the big one over to Granny's house a few times but the big one took up all of the boot space. Also, I was sick of going out and having to feed her in her pushchair which she managed to cover in food and drink...ugh!! When I tried to sit her on my lap to eat, she decided that she prefered what was on my plate and I spent most of the time fending her off my food. So we bought a Safety 1st booster seat and use it all the time. The big one is now redundant but still taking up space. I found the chair is very easy to assemble and it folds away really neatly. It is very easy to clean which is a bonus where my daughter is concerned! The tray is invaluable too and slides on to the "arms" of the chair. The latches on either side of the tray can be a little stiff but once you get used to them it is easy to take the tray on and off. I'm glad it's got a tray as it means my daughter can be kept occupied by picking things up off it!! Hours of entertainment for her and us :) The chair can be tied to most chairs with a back. The straps are quite long and easy to fasten. One strap goes around the back and the other over the seat pad to secure the chair in place. The two straps can be used to keep all the contents of the seat together to form a tight little bundle. It's lightweight and can be easily hooked onto a pushchair. I wish that I'd bought this before I bought our big highchair as I wouldn't have wasted my money on the big one! Hindsight is a great thing....
I bought this to put in the car so that we had something with us whenever we were out and about, especially when visiting relatives. I haven't found a chair it won't fix on toand I have never worried about it being unsafe. My child happily sits in it. One word of caution though, the base is actually hollow so any wind the baby may pass is amplified. There have been a couple of ocassions where I have found that embarrassing, but luckily it only happened at my parents house! Setting it up does take a little bit of practice. My husband finds it difficult to put together sometimes and finds the tray clasps a little fiddly. On the other hand, I have nothing but praise for it. As with everything, the simplest ideas are often the best. It travels everywhere with us and I wouldn't be without it.
I have a very tall, active five and an half month old daughter as she is happily eating 3 meals a day I decided it was time to buy some form of high chair. I browsed the internet considering what I needed. I wanted something that was transportable (I hate staying in!!), not too expensive (my first child and I have already spent sooo much), easy to use and practical. The booster seat seemed to fit all of this criteria. In reality the harness is positioned very low and offers little support, the seat is too hard and upright for a young child. I found the tray very awkward to slide on and off and my particular daughter loves to kick her legs and the tray was quite low and just fustrated her. Not to be beaten, I am still using the seat but without the tray and I have opened one of her zig zag material books up to act as a cushion for her back. So overall I have not found the seat to be as useful as I first though. On the plus side, I have two close friends using this seat and cannot praise it enogh though it must be stated their children are 15 and 18 months old, so I think I will hold onto this chair and write another review in 12 months!!
Around about Christmas time, the plastic buckles on the straps of my son’s highchair broke. We’d only had it about 8 months but rather than try and get a replacement from Mothercare I decided to buy a new one. The old highchair was one of the cheapest – chosen to suit our needs at the time. It folded completely flat so therefore was easy to store and had a wipe clean cover. One disadvantage about it was that the tray wasn’t detachable, so trying to put a toddler in the chair who most definitely didn’t want to sit in it (arched back, rigid legs, mouth wide open screaming – I’m sure other parents know what I mean) could be quite a struggle. And the worst thing about it was trying to clean it. OK the actual seat with it’s wipe clean cover wasn’t too bad – it also had nice cheerful dinosaur pictures on it. But there seemed to be a lot of nooks and crannys where the tray joined the legs etc where unless you cleaned it immediately after use (not always possible with a young one) you could find yourself spending silly amounts of time scrubbing away at the joins with an old toothbrush to try and get rid of dried weetabix and other delights. Mainly weetabix I have to say, what is it about the stuff? Having learned from these experiences, and having moved to a larger place so space wasn’t an issue anymore, I decided to go for a fold-up booster seat from Argos. And after 3 months or so of constant use, I have not regretted getting this at all. It is very basic and very plain, but at £19.99 it is good value. It basically straps onto most dining room/kitchen chairs that have backs by a strap that runs underneath the chair. There are 3 parts to it: 1: The chair base that straps onto your own chair, 2: the seat itself which slots into the chair base and locks into position, and 3: the detachable tray. You can choose from 3 different heights to slot the seat into. Personally I have rarely used the tray as this seat makes it possible for my son to be at the right level to eat at the table with us, ( and easier to put him in it in the 1st place!) which is probably why I like it so much. My favourite thing about this chair is how easy it is to clean, even if you can’t be bothered to wipe it after every meal. Food etc does get stuck inbetween the seat and the base, but it is so easy to take apart and clean properly this doesn’t present a problem, there are no areas that are difficult to get at. It is also fairly small so is easy to take away with you. I would wish I’d gone for this seat to start with (as it doesn’t take up much space) if it were not for the safety strap. This is only a waist one, with a strap that goes down between the legs. Whilst this is fine for a child who is balancing well, personally I prefer a safety harness that comes over the shoulders for younger children. It does say that this chair is suitable from 6 months and I guess the tray might wedge your child in OK, but I’m not sure I would have felt happy with my son in it at that age. Other than that it really is good value considering you can spend over £100 on a highchair. One last thing, I got my seat from Argos for £14.99. Flicking through a more recent catalogue I notice they have updated it and it is now £19.99. It looks like it folds more compactly than the model I have. One last thing – don’t buy it from Littlewoods – the same or pretty similar seat in their catalogue is priced £27.99!!
Give your toddler a boost at the table with this clever seat. The seat turns any chair into a high chair at home or away. Removable tray and sturdy straps for securing.