When Cub was ready to wean, I looked at many different seating options for him, from high-chairs to pods and finally settled on a Mamas and Papas booster seat. It folded up so that I could carry it to places and I loved that I didn’t have an enormous high-chair taking up floor space. The only thing I saw to gain from an actual chair was an increased tray size but I was supposing that babies would make a mess on the floor regardless. It worked very well, this particular one, which was similar to this, but after a few years of constant use, the up/down mechanism seized and it looked generally a bit battered, so I binned it. At that time, my son seemed to prefer a normal chair but I regretted making such a hasty decision on it’s removal.
Luckily, my Mamas and Papas angel must have been smiling on me one day, because I was offered the Baby Bud to review. This seat, although it doesn’t fold, looks very easy to carry all the same, with a nice handle at the back and with it being so light. I am not planning to carry it at them moment, but it does look rather smart atop one of my dining chairs.
It is sturdy but light and has three available heights that are achieved by adjusting the feet. This was also handy for my not-quite-flat chair that dipped a bit with the cushioning on the back – I adjusted the front feet to be a notch lower tan the back. The seat has been put through it’s cleaning paces this weekend while we were making Easter cards – glitter, paint and glue all came off it really easily. I wriggled the seat restraints out of the holes for my son, which was a bit of a struggle but not too much hard work. I gave up strapping him in a chair when he began to wriggle himself out of the straps on the previous booster. He still won’t sit still to eat but the motion caused by him trying to escape looked pretty dangerous. He is three now and I an see us using this for another year or even more, depending on his rate of growth. There is a rubbery inner that left in for him to sit on that can be removed as he grows too.
Cub loves his “big boy seat” (his name not mine) and tells me that it is very comfortable and he has even remained seated for several meals in it, which is a very pleasant surprise for me (getting him to sit still and eat has been a bit of an issue this far).
Mamas and Papas are a a good reliable brand and this booster seat is one that I would recommend above any of their other ones for comfort, portability, ease of use and longevity (I judge this on the potential for use for 6 months until your child grows out of it). This picture, from the box demonstrates the stages of Baby Bud but the website demonstrates this with greater clarity.