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A chair for your little one
Ikea Mammut Children's Chair
Member Name: hlb2009
Ikea Mammut Children's Chair
Advantages: Hope likes it, it's practical
Disadvantages: can topple over
When we moved into our new house we had more space and one of the first things we wanted to buy was a little table and chairs set for Hope who was 18 months old at the time. Everything for young children seems to be so expensive but with having just moved house we didn't have much money to spend so when we saw this in Ikea for £8 we thought that it was a bit of a bargain.
**********Obviously it's flat pack!************
Ikea, being Ikea, couldn't just let us have this chair already made, oh no, it came as a flat pack! We had to find it in the warehouse and then take it home to be assembled. Luckily, it was very easy to do- it does come with instructions but we didn't need to look at them as it was very obvious what went where. The legs and the back of the chair are separate and they just need slotting into the holes. This was straight forward although we did need to apply quite a bit of force to get one of the legs in. You can see when they are in place as there is a shiny section at the top of the legs, all of this section has to be inside the chair base so you can see if any of it is sticking out still that you need to push it further up.
This chair is a very chunky looking chair. It comes in a variety of colours and we bought ours in bright pink which is rather dazzling but it fits in fine with Hope's items! The chair has big thick chunky legs which get wider as they go down. This makes it quite sturdy and stable. Toddlers are always jumping on and off their chairs so you need something which isn't likely to topple over as they do so. The back has three back supports and then the chunky rest at the top of these which is slightly curved to support their backs. The seat itself is the same plastic as the rest of the chair and is a nice size for little bums, it's not too narrow so there is plenty of space for them to sit down.
This chair is very light which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Because it is light you can easily move it and put it where you like and also your toddler can move it around too. Hope likes to position this by her table herself and feel indepepdent. I think if she always needed me to move it she would get quite frustrated. Because it's light when Hope is sitting on it and I need to move her closer to her table it is still quite easy to do this, if it was any heavier then I think I would struggle to lift it! It's lightness, however, does mean that if your child is messing around on the chair- which let's face it a lot of toddlers tend to do- that it can fall over quite easily. If won't stay upright if your child stands up on it and leans against the back, nor will it if your child uses it to jump off so you do have to be careful and keep an eye on what your children are doing.
In terms of height off the ground i think that this is very well designed. Hope wasn't quite able to get herself onto this until she was just turned two although she is small for her age so I imagine most 18 month year olds will be able to get up on this themselves. When Hope sits on this it isn't too big or too small, her legs don't touch the floor yet but they are not so far up that she struggles to get down. It is a good height as children will be able to use it for several years before finding it too small.
I know that some people have criticised this chair saying that it isn't safe because it falls over but I think you can find any child's item unsafe and it is up to you as a parent to ensure that you keep an eye on what your child is doing and to teach them about the potential dangers they can face if they do not treat their items as they should be. Hope has fallen off this chair a couple of times when she has managed to topple it over by messing around on it and she hasn't come to any harm, it has just taught her some important life lessons and after a fall or two she has learnt to sit on it properly and that messing around can cause problems.
The chair stays together well. I noticed after about 5 months one of the legs of the chair looked as though it was starting to make it's way out again so you should keep an eye on this and if you notice it starting to come out you need to wedge them back in again so as to prevent any accidents happening.
I like the look of the chair. I like it's chunky appearance and how this makes it look really child friendly. I have perched on this a couple of times and think it's quite comfortable actually even though it is all plastic and no cushion or anything. There is no reason why you can't put a cushion on it though if you feel like your child needs a bit more comfort.
Because this chair is just plastic it means that it is easy to clean which is lucky considering the amount of spillages that have occured on this chair! It is all very easy to clean with no small areas at all so just hot, soapy water has been enough to keep this looking almost as good as new.
Hope seems to like the chair, she likes having her own little seat and that she can get upon it herself without relying on others to lift her on and I like the fact she is able to do it herself so I don't have to keep assisting her.
The chair is available in several other bright colours and you can get tables to match too. I think for under £10 this is a bargain. It has been abused a bit by being scribbled on and had stickers stuck to it but for the price we paid I can afford not to be too concerned about this! I imagine that Hope will be using this chair for several years so it will be well worth the money we paid! I do recommend this to you if you have a litle one.
Summary: just be careful and you'll be fine!
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