By Violet Glenton
Dinner times are always fun with a little one. Whether you’re going for the baby-led option or standard weaning, it’s enjoyable watching them discovering new textures and tastes. But every good mealtime needs a solid highchair, and with weaning being on top of Violet and Jaspers to do list, we thought our Snax highchair might come in handy.
When it comes to meal time, the equipment used is the ever-saving grace. By which I mean, I’ve tried them all. From feeding Jasper on my knee, to various seat boosters and a couple of high chairs.
As I’ve done combination weaning with Jasper he’s been both traditionally weaned and dabbled in baby-led weaning. There are pros and cons to both but I’ve found that a good foundation high chair really does help with this major milestone.
When Mamas & Papas asked me if I’d like to review their Snax Adjustable Highchair, I was all in. We’ve had difficulties with finding a flexible high chair that works to our needs and I was ready to put this one to the test.
Firstly, let’s start with how deliciously adorable the pattern ways are on this. Whilst I’m all for the practicality of the product, it really does help if it fits in with my general aesthetic. I found Mamas & Papas had several designs to blend into any environment.
The super soft padding in the chair means you know your little one is sitting comfortably, and if like mine, takes their time during meals you can rest in the knowledge they’re tush is well supported. It comes with some handy straps to ensure they can’t wriggle their way out (trust me, it happens!)
The Snax is fully adjustable and offers 6 height settings. I usually have this on a lower setting by my dining table now, but it has been in the kitchen for a couple of weeks on the higher peg next to my breakfast bar. What I love about this is how flexible you can be. If you’re fancying a bit of a chilled meal in front of the sofa, you can wheel it over, pop the breaks on and adjust to your level. You can even make it more comfortable for your little one if they prefer to recline a little. It has 3 options giving you that extra bit of flexibility.
With the handy storage basket underneath you don’t need to worry about running back and forth for provisions. I keep all of his bibs and some handy wipes underneath – ready for the next feed!
There’s a handy tray insert that can be removed for easy cleaning. Or, in reality, like for me, you can use it to pop your hot food on whilst it cools. This makes sure your little one’s food is just the right temperature before serving. With the easy compartments you can even separate your meals if you’d like to. Although we mainly allow Jasper to go nuts! Meal times should be fun after all!
One of the main issues I’ve had with cushioned seats before is keeping them clean. Anyone who is weaning will be all too familiar with the food that gets pushed down the sides and into the crevasses of the seat. You can easily wipe this to create a hygienic eating space, oh and it passes the fingernail test. If (like me) you wanna get it spic and span, you can fit your fingernail down all of the stitching to ensure no food is left.
Whilst I keep my seat out most of the time, I liked that I can easily fold and stow it to the side if I wanted to.
All in all, we really liked the Snax highchair. In comparison to others I have tried, it felt much more secure, compact and modern. I liked how easy it is to clean and the flexibility of adjusting the height of the seat wherever I chose to eat. Jasper gave it the big thumbs up too, we’ve not had any seat paddys yet!
A success! It seems like Snax was the perfect choice for Jasper’s mealtimes. With the adjustable seat, height positions, tray insert and wipe-clean design, it ticks all the boxes for weaning. And we’re so happy that Violet feels the style is in keeping with the rest of her home, as parents we know how frustrating it can be to deal with big blocky colours which stand out a mile in your (hopefully) spotlessly white kitchen.
That’s not to say Snax is the only highchair we have, no. We have lots of highchairs to choose from, not to mention booster seats and floor seats ideal for giving your child a little independence as they get to grips with weaning.