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While looking at high chairs we found this booster seat in Tesco and decided we would try this for my daughter as she could sit at the table with us and feel more included. This seat has expansion slots at the back so you can adjust it to have a height of the chair as your child grows which is a good idea and it had a lovely Disney princess design.
To set the chair up you need to fasten a strap around the back of the booster seat and attach it to the back of the dining chair. Underneath the booster chair you thread the strap and the attach underneath the main seat of the dining chair which means it is safe for little one to go in without worrying that the booster seat will move around in the middle of them eating.
The seat seems to be a little strange in design the back of the booster seat comes out a little building a bump and I was worried it would not be comfortable for my daughter to sit in but as she sits forward to reach the table and her food she really did not seem to mind and when she was sitting back in the back of the seat she seemed comfy enough.
There is a tray on the front of the seat that little one can put their food on as you would with a high chair and my daughter loved sitting at the table with us she seemed more relaxed knowing she was eating with the rest of us which I liked. The tray had clips either side that hold iot in place and as they are a little stiff for me to take off I was happy that my daughter would not be able to get the tray off as this is extra protection to make sure little one does not climb out.
The whole unit is made of thick plastic and so was very easy to clean simply wipe it down with a damp cloth and it is nice and clean although the tray can also be put in the dishwasher I am not lucky enough to own one. The tray claims to be easily opened with one hand to get little one in and out but to be honest I found the button to open the tray rather stiff and fiddly and so would need both hands to open it.
When it came to putting my daughter in the chair this is fairly easy to do I just opened the tray and fastened her in with the 3 point harness available and all seemed ok until I shut the tray and I noticed there was hardly any room for her to move her legs at all. We tried adjusting it to the highest setting available but this made no difference to the tray and she still had hardly any room for her legs at all.
My daughter enjoyed being sat at the table with everyone else but once the novelty wore off she complained that she was stuck as there was no room for her to move about which means little one cannot escape the chair and cannot move around at meal times but if it is making little one uncomfortable then it defeats the point. The seat is said to be suitable from six months plus but we used it with our daughter from around 9 months old and she seemed too big for it then.
In the end we only used this handful of times although it was a good idea we found it to be too uncomfortable for my daughter which made her unhappy at meal times which was the opposite of what we were trying to do. We brought our seat from Tesco when it was on sale for just £6 reduced from £30 which I think is a high price for what is essentially a bit of plastic to sit on. We did not get much use out of it as my daughter felt like she was trapped by the tray and there was not much leg room so I would not recommend it at all.
I've gone through two highchairs since my daughter was born and she's only 16 months old so I was looking for something different to try that would last a little bit longer. My daughter is a bit bigger than other 16 month olds and she's very strong and I found the highchairs broke ridiculously easily. The straps on one of them snapped and she wasn't even doing anything to cause it - I was fastening the button! Definitely not something you want to happen as I like to feel my daughter is always going to be safe.
She was about 13 months old when I purchased this chair and I haven't regretted it yet. It does look a bit flimsy but I can assure you it's stronger than our previous highchairs (which weren't cheap!) and my daughter loves being able to sit closer to the table with us like a proper family. It's also better for us as we have a fold up table with chairs that fold and whilst my daughter can sit at a little table and chairs and eat happily, she could never do this at ours.
The seat was pretty much ready to use as it came out of the box and all we had to do was attach the straps which was pretty self explanatory. It has a three point harness so I knew it would hold my daughter in and keep her safe. The tray also slots in in front of her and can be positioned to suit so that's an extra piece of equipment to hold your little one in place.
The seat has three seperate heights - the highest intended for a young baby and the lowest as your little one grows up. This is perfect for us as we'd looked at a couple of others that we felt would be too small for our table.
The tray has a unique swing tray that can be adjusted and removed with one hand so you still have another hand free for your baby. I especially like the clips that attach the tray to the seat as there is no way my daughter can open it and climb out. Our last highchair didn't seem to be as secure so this was a fantastic feature.
The chair is intended from 6 months old and I wish we'd bought this instead of our high chair. As long as your little one is sitting unaided then there shouldn't be any problems with putting your baby in this seat. As the same can be said for a highchair, I would choose the booster seat anyday.
This chair can be stored very easily as it folds up for travel use. The seat folds into the back of the chair so that it's almost flat and the tray comes off so it can be stored separately if need be.
We paid £29.99 for this from Tesco Direct and apart from the delivery fiasco we've had no problems at all and I think it's worth every penny. It is definitely value for money and I would recommend it to anyone with a small child or toddler.
My verdict? I love this seat and only wish we'd invested in it a lot sooner. The easy storage, secure straps, removable tray and hassle free meal times are just some of the advantages. It sounds like i'm going way over the top here but after two disasterous highchairs, I wouldn't look back and would continue to use this for any future baby.
I bought this for my daughter when i started to wean her as the highchair I had for my son was no longer useable. There are so many advantages so having a booster chair over a highchair and I wouldn't go back to a high chair if you paid me.
The Disney Princess Booster Seat fits perfectly onto our dining room chairs so my daughter can really join in with meal times. We felt with our highchair that our son was too far away from the table no matter how far we pushed it. This disney ones comes with a unique swing tray which only needs one hand to move it. This meant I could move the tray away and still have a hand onto my daughter.
It was especially handy for us when we decided to go on holiday as we could take this along for meal times. We had gone to a relatives place and we knew there wouldn't be a highchair or anywhere suitable for her to sit bar her buggy and I didn't fancy fretting every meal time about keeping it clean! It folded up very small so space in the car was no problem - certainly a lot smaller than a highchair would be.
The tray comes off completely and fits into a dishwasher so you can ensure it is clean enough for your little one to eat from it. This was especially handy for me as it took away the need to thoroughly clean it every time - with a one year old and three year old time is very important!
The straps are removable and it's a three point harness so your little one is completely safe at all times. The tray ensures they can't move from the chair but it fits perfectly at a dining table too.
It's suitable from 6 months plus but we actually used it from around 5 months and it was fine. We purchased it for around £25 from our local tesco and this was definitely value for money. She's almost 2 now and still uses it on occasion and there isn't the usual fighting like we had with our son when we went to put him into the highchair.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone as an easy alternative to a highchair. It is made of plastic but it hasn't broken yet and I would easily sell it on to someone else as it's in almost perfect condition.
As our daughter got slightly older, we wanted her to be able to sit at the table with us at meal times to help her feel included in the family time. We also wanted to do this as she was getting cross sitting in her high chair away from everyone else, as with bulky high chair legs she was never close enough to the table for her liking.
I had some nectar points so we went straight to Argos to purchase our booster chair. There was only a choice of two, one being pink and the other blue. I had compromised on the high c hair and it had turned out blue and I insisted that she was going to have a pretty pink booster chair even though my other half couldn't see my logic.
I was a bit shocked at the £24.99 price tag for a simple piece of plastic but as it was essentially a free purchase I didn't worry about this too much. I have seen it slightly cheaper on the internet from recent research.
As we opened our new chair for Abby, we both had to read the instructions to be able to attach the chair to the dining chair. There were all the pink straps provided but not one of us could work out where they went without help. This was an important safety feature of the product so we had to make sure we got it right. I didn't want Abby climbing out left alone for a couple of seconds.
To be fair the instructions were very clear and we had quickly attached the seat to the chair. It is secured by a strap going through the bottom of the seat and around the base of the dining chair, and also another strap securing from the back of the seat to the back of the dining chair.
A three point harness is also supplied, but when fitted we have noticed that rather than sitting nicely on her lap, it sits around her knees more. I don't feel she is as secure as she could be in this, but with the tray attached over, there is no way she can move anywhere.
The chair has three different height levels. It will need to be on its highest level for a young child and progressing down as they get bigger to help them stay comfortable under the tray. When the tray isn't attached and the child is sat at the table a higher seat position may be necessary, or perhaps a cushion for extra height.
The chair is suitable for babies from six months old but to be honest I would hold off from this until they are a bit older and can support their sitting up position for long periods of time. I think this chair would be uncomfortable for smaller babies as there is no padded liner like you get on high chairs to support the younger ones.
Sitting Abby in the chair for the first time, we used the tray for her to eat from instead of placing her at the table. She was still a lot closer and we wanted to make sure she was safe with the straps being the way they sat.
The tray itself acts as a swing mechanism, which means it's easy to open and close getting the child in and out. Abby knows how to open it when it's not clasped in but when the connection clips through to the side arm, there is no way she has the strength to open the tray be herself so I know she is safe then.
The tray also has a little extra feature in the form of a sparkly outer tray which can be used for food use and then removed for very easy cleaning. I like this feature but unfortunately Abby has worked out how to lift one side of it when she has finished her food and then it can result in more mess than I had intended or wanted.
The only Disney Princess attachment this chair has is in the form of a sticker that you place on the chair. I can see this being pulled off when she's older and bored waiting in her chair as it's only stuck on, and she's already fascinated by it.
For travelling use this chair will fold up in the way that the seat will fold into the back of the chair, and the tray will be removed and carried separately. This is a nice feature for if you eat in different places quite a lot. We have taken it to grandparent's houses and it has been used a lot with minimal fuss from setting up and putting down.
Overall I am very happy with our seat. We have been using it for about three months now, and find it easy to clean (is dishwasher safe), and easy to use (apart from those straps).
I'm not sure I would have paid the full price for it if I had been parting with my own cash, as there are cheaper versions on the market, and I'm sure I could have found a cheaper pink one if I had researched it better.
We decided to get a dining booster seat for our daughter because we wanted her to feel included at family mealtimes. We previously used a regular highchair and although there was nothing wrong with it, we just felt like a) she was higher up than the rest of us at the table and b) although we pulled her highchair in as close to the table as we could she still seemed to be quite far away.
We actually didn't purchase the booster chair ourselves. I was visiting my partners mum with our daughter one day and we were offered lunch. I sat with my daughter on my knee at their breakfast bar and explained to my (as good as) mother in law, that I'd seen these booster chairs and that they would be perfect for that kind of situation. A couple of days later, she came to visit with this Disney Princess one.
Just before dinner that night, my partner put it all together. It didn't take long to do, it all fits together quite easily and it didn't require any additional tools or anything to do.
Once assembled it can be attached to most standard dining chairs. There are two straps on the seat part, one which is clipped securely around the seat part of the dining chair and the other is clipped securely around the back of the dining chair. These are adjustable, so can be tightened up or slackened off depending on the chair it's being attached to. The booster seat has a 3 point harness, which fastens round the babys waste so they don't fall off and it also has a foldable back rest. This ensures that the baby sits upright and because it's foldable, it means that the booster doesn't need to be removed between meals. It can simply be folded down, which then allows the dining chair to be pushed right in to the table.
Included in the box is a detachable tray. This can be clipped on to the booster itself and sits over the babys lap. This is very handy if you need to feed your baby where there are chairs but no tables, or even if there are no chairs as the booster can sit on the floor.
It is suitable from 6 months plus. Our daughter absolutely loves using this booster seat. At home, she sits at the dining table for her meals, right in between her big brother and sister. You can just tell she feels really big and clever and really included in the family mealtimes.
The booster is very lightweight and incredibly easy to transport. We've never had any problems getting our daughter in or out, mainly because we use it without a tray, but the tray is completely removable, so you can take it right off beforehand.
Although we had good intentions of using this while out and about, we've actually never used it out of the house. However, I'm sure it's down to the fact that it's permenantly at our table so we never remember. Also, we've never specifically gone out to eat and there's not much point in carrying it around on the off chance we may need it. I'm certain that if we knew we were going to be eating out of our home, we'd definitely take it with us.
The booster is made from what on first impressions I thought was quite flimsy plastic, but we've never had any problems with it. Our older (6 and 5 year old) children have sat on it and it's held their weight, so it's definitely strong enough, despite the appearance. It's also very easy to clean - most food just wipes right off with a damp cloth.
So with all these great features, is there anything not so good about it? Well, not really. However, if your child is a big fan of Disney Princess they might be a little disappointed. Most Disney Princess merchandise just oozes that it's just that - Disney Princess. However, once the box is out of sight, there's nothing to make this blatantly obvious (ours hasn't got the picture of the princesses on it like in the picture above). The sides of the seat and the tray are baby pink and the seat itself and the back rest are dark pink transparent. There is a tray cover included (I'm guessing to keep the tray clean during transportation), however, this is clear glittery plastic. Not a Cinderella or Aurora (or any other princess for that matter) in sight. For me, this isn't a flaw and it certainly doesn't affect how the booster works.
So, would I recommend it? Absolutely - no doubt about it what so ever. I would happily see these replace the regular highchairs.
This particular seat retails at £29.99 from Tesco Direct, but there are many other character and non character seats available and prices vary.
The tray swings open for easy access. Suitable for ages 6 months+