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When I take my baby to other people's houses to visit, there is not always somewhere suitable for him to sit and be fed. He soon got too old (and wriggly!) for sitting on my lap and it was not practical to cart his highchair around with me. I came across this booster seat in Mothercare and felt that it was the solution to the problem. Priced at £30, it was quite expensive but it looked pretty sturdy and like it would last well.
The seat is effectively a booster seat with a feeding tray attached too. It straps directly onto your dining room chair (or chairs of a similar style). There is a strap that attaches under the seat of your chair and one around the back - both are fastened with plastic clip buckles. The booster seat itself is made of thick cream plastic and has a soft padded cushion on the back and seat. There is also a picture at the top of this - this varies depending on the model that you own. Ours has a picture of teddies on but more recent models I have seen have zoo animals on. The seat has two height levels.
Baby can be secured using adjustable straps that fit between the legs and around the waist and fasten at the front. The tray can be removed and slides on easily and can be held in three different positions. Once removed from the chair, the seat can be folded compactly and carried using the handle holes.
The seat is really quick and easy to fit. It fastens very tightly and feels secure and well held in place - you cannot even wobble it. My son fitted in this comfortably from 6 months but, at the same time, there is plenty of growth room too - this will serve us well as a highchair and then a booster seat once he is old enough to sit at the table with us. The straps and the design of the seat keep him in place and fairly (!) upright.
The seat is really easy to use and the tray slots into place well. This locks in tightly and ensures baby is surrounded and secure without him feeling too caged in and restricted. The tray is easily wiped clean, with no cup holder indentation or anything, it can also be placed in the dishwasher if necessary.
My son seems comfortable in the seat. I was initially worried that it would be uncomfortable as the plastic it is made of is quite hard and the cover not overly padded, but this does not appear to be the case. He can reach all over the tray well - handy when introducing finger foods. He is also able to look around the room as the seat does not go up behind his head like his highchair does. This has good and bad consequences - good is that he doesn't feel restricted and can sit in there for longer than he probably would his highchair, bad is that he gets very easily distracted!
The seat cover can be removed and washed. This is good as it gets splashed a lot with flying food etc, but I can't help thinking it would be better in the first place if it was made of a wipe clean material. It does wash up well, but it is an inconvenience doing so - especially if you use the seat every day. Without the padding, the seat is unwelcoming and uncomfortable. Luckily for us, this is for occasional rather than regular use so not as inconvenient as it could be. I often run the straps through the machine too and these clean up well.
The seat is fairly easy to fold up and, when folded, is a very convenient size and shape so it is good for taking on holiday etc with you. It is lightweight to carry too so a good portable seat.
Overall, this is a fantastic seat for taking with you when you will be feeding baby out. I think the price tag is a little high for this purpose though if you have already had the expense of a highchair. It is a great solution for those with little storage and no room for a highchair though as it can be packed away neatly at the end of the day. It is well made and lasts from baby to toddler so is reasonably good value.
My father-in-law had a similar seat for his child, so when I gave birth to my daughter, we decided we wanted a portable highchair.
We wanted one that could also be used at home, and one that was pink and padded for comfort. We came across the Summer Infant seat in pink at our Toys R Us store, priced at £32.99 and decided to buy it. Our daughter was approx six months old at the time, as until then she had been using a Bumbo seat. The seat also comes in a blue design and a cream design.
The seat has two levels and a removable tray. We have used it at both levels and there isn't much difference. To install the chair, you open it out and click the arms into place. You secure the strap and buckle underneath the normal chair, and baby is secured with a three-point harness (but you can also remove the chest straps if you want). Despite the looks, it is not a padded cover either, it is simply fabric secured with elastic loops to the seat. It isn't secure either, so when you move the child, the cover comes with it! Being fabric, the only way to clean the cover is to put it in the washing machine, which is a ridiculous thing to have to do after every meal!
Carrying the chair isn't as easy as it looks as there are no handles and it is quite bulky. It does fold, but you have to carry the table part seperately. The harness is flimsy and doesn't go tight enough for my daughter - indeed she could probably slip down and out if she wanted to.
The straps do come off, although this isn't mentioned in the instructions, and they can be machine washed. However it is a nuisance to get them all off, so it's not something you'd want to do after every meal. The seat doesn't look particularly comfortable as it is not padded, and it is not particularly high. It can't go close to a table because the arms stick out. The tray is difficult to get on and off, but easy to wipe clean.
We used this chair for approx 6 months but I had enough and threw it in the bin. It is quite possibly the stupidest design and most annoying product I have ever seen! It is impossible to keep clean as you need to wash the cover and straps whenever they get dirty. In addition, there are so many cracks, nooks and crannies that food get into and you just can't get it all out, which makes it rather disgusting and unhygienic. If you leave it permanently installed as we did, you'll find when you eventually remove it, there are so many cracks you can't access that anything stuck there gets mouldy.
All in all, the worst thing I ever bought and I am appalled it is still being sold. I ended up buying a safety 1st seat for less than half the price which is higher, safer, closer to the table, no nooks or crannies and SOOOO easy to clean. Really wish I'd chosen this one first!
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I purchased this from amazon at 24.99. We bought the summer pink one. I have to say i wish i had just bought a cheap lindam one as i did with my son. It has two levels and its own removable table. The unit itself will fold but then you have to carry the table section separately so is not easy to carry not having handles either. The supposed cover just goes over the back of the seat with a pocket about 2 inches deep and some elastic loops to keep it on. Everytime i lifted my daughter out the seat cover came with her. It is material and not at all padded so on a highchair is pretty much useless.
It only has a 3 point harness as most boosters do but i find it to be very loose fitting. The straps are not advertised as being removable for washing. I suppose at a massive struggle and a lot of effort they would be able to removed but i wouldnt like to guarantee they would go back on. The straps on ours being cream are disgusting, stained and food clung to them. I had to resort to putting the entire seat in bleach and water. A given i guess on these booster type products the straps are difficult to keep clean. But the whole unit has lots of spaces and cracks where food gets stuck and is difficult to clean. I cannot strap my daughter in it as because the middle part is far away from her crutch she twists her legs and is out of it in a second. It is really dangerous for her. It doesnt have anything to stop them attempting to slip under other than the belt. Previous one i had had a plastic piece between the legs for extra security.
I wrote to the company to complain and never received any sort of response. I was surprised this product was so widely available, mothercare, amazon, toysrus and quite a few online retailers.
Overall i am not impressed and would advise you buy a cheaper one which having used before i know clean easier and i think will be a better fit if u have an escape artist like mine!