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I was eager to try the Pocket Snack Booster Seat for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it had recently been awarded five stars in the Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards.Made by Chicco, the well-known Italian baby brand, which is sold in more than 170 countries and has over 400 shops around the world, the chair has been advertised as a versatile booster to use at home plus out and about. So I had high hopes as I opened the box and I saw the bright orange chair beaming back at me.
What’s in the box?
- Seat unit
Was it easy to assemble?
Very! I’m not a handy person and even assembling a fajita can leave me flummoxed. So when I attached the booster seat to a ‘big-person chair’ in a couple of minutes, without using the instructions, I was not only proud of myself but also impressed with the simplicity of the product.
You simply loop the straps underneath and around the back; clip them together and presto, its done! The straps are adjustable so you don’t need to worry about the size of the chair, unless of course your chairs are enormous. There are three heights to choose from, so you can adapt the seat as your child grows.
What did you think of the instructions?
When I later read the instructions to check I’d installed the chair correctly, I found them to be convoluted and confusing, not to mention littered with typos. But I won’t hold that against Chicco because it has produced a booster seat that makes my baby – and therefore me – smile.
Tell us about the Pocket Snack’s tray!
The tray has three positions, and can be removed completely so your baby can sit right up to the table. Once I’d got the hang of it, I found it simple to clip on and off. The tray is plastic and can be hand-washed or put in the dishwasher, so the mess my son, Josh, makes every mealtime (sigh) can be eradicated quickly and easily. As the rest of the chair is also plastic, I can wipe it clean with no trouble.
Was the booster seat secure?
Strapping Josh in was fine and not the battle it once was with his old highchair. But I had to be careful not to position the chair so that Josh couldn’t kick the dining room table and send himself hurtling backwards. At home, I simply put him out of harm’s way, nowhere near the table. In restaurants, I removed the tray and made sure he was well tucked under the table.
How comfortable was the booster seat?
The booster seat is wide, so Josh was comfortable; the straps meant he was secure but they don’t bother him. At home, it’s replaced the old highchair, and we folded it up and took it to Grammy and Papa’s house (they thinks it’s fabulous). We also used it in restaurants, I could tell that Josh liked it better than the often-wonky, sometimes-filthy highchairs he’s used in restaurants in the past. It’s light and compact, and would be very easy to store, had I not been using it every day.
Did you find the Pocket Snack value for money?
Yes, I love the cute design, with forks and spoons imprinted into the plastic. It seems very durable, and is recommended for use between six months and three years, so I’ll get plenty of use out of it, making it wonderful value for money at £29.99.
Was it easy to clean?
Definitely! Just remember, if you’re using it at home regularly and it’s attached to the same chair, be sure to clean underneath it frequently or prepare yourself for plenty of crumbs/food scraps when you take it off to transport elsewhere.
Who Is The Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat Best For?
Families who want a booster seat they can use both at home and on the go. Great for families who dine out a lot.
Brilliant booster! A comfortable, adjustable, versatile, practical, easy-to-clean product that looks cute and is simple to use. What more could you want in a booster seat?