Little Helper’s new highchair for Spring 2010, the Baby Aqua, can transform into a play centre, giving you a value-for-money option. However, it can’t be reclined or folded away.
It may feel like you’ve only just got into some sort of routine with milk feeds when you have to start thinking about weaning and all the associated paraphernalia that comes with it. One of the first items on your list will probably be a highchair, but visit any baby shop online or in a shopping centre and you’ll be overwhelmed by the choice. If you haven’t a clue where to start then the Baby Aqua by Little Helper is a fairly priced option to start with.
Designed by the maker of the award-winning FunPod, the Baby Aqua comes with adjustable legs that turn it from a highchair to a low-chair activity play centre that can be transformed by even the most amateur furniture assembler.
The Little Helper Baby Aqua comes flatpacked, but in less than 5 minutes I had easily fitted the back to the seat, slipped on the padded cover, attached the spring-bolt legs and then finally the tray – I was very impressed.
It comes in one colourway – aqua and grey.
What we love
While the Little Helper Baby Aqua only comes in one colourway, it is a stylish colourway!
The seat is very well padded and comes with a 3-point harness, although D-rings are available if you wish to add shoulder straps. I found one of the big pluses to just having a restraint around my 7-month-old son Nathaniel’s middle was that he didn’t feel hemmed in and get crotchety as soon as he was put in the highchair. The strap with the buckle coming up between his legs meant I was reassured that he wasn’t going anywhere.
Particular thought has gone into the shape of the seat back. The back curved and almost enveloped Nathaniel, helping him to sit up straight all the time he was in it. This is a big bonus when I compared how he slouches in his normal chair.
When feeding time was over, I didn’t rush to take Nathaniel out of the Baby Aqua, because he was very content sitting and playing with some toys.
I also found putting Nathaniel into the low chair configuration very useful when I wanted to get on with some chores, such as weeding in the garden, as he was nearer to the flowers.
What to watch out for
While at first I was thought the large tray was a good idea for Nathaniel to put his toys on, I did find that it got in the way slightly when I was feeding him as it stuck out quite far. This also meant when we ate together as a family I had to take the tray off, so his chair could sit nearer to the table.
The Baby Aqua is very lightweight and quite easy to move around, but the seat doesn’t recline, so Nathaniel had to get used to drinking from his sipper cup by bending his head back, which he wasn’t used to.
The Baby Aqua doesn’t fold. Although it’s easy enough to dissemble, it could become tiresome if you don’t have the room to have the highchair up all day.
Who the Little Helper Baby Aqua highchair best for?
Parents who have space in their dining room for a wide highchair.
The Little Helper Baby Aqua is a great multifunctional highchair that’s perfect for your baby’s first year. However, it’s tacky camping-style legs and basic features drag it down.