As any parent knows, it can be hard to get a toddler to sit still at the best of times. So it has been important to my husband and I to find a safe, secure and comfortable seat for our son to sit in. There are so many different kinds of chairs on the market and between booster seats, sitters, highchairs and travel seats it can be difficult to know which one will meet your needs. As we have a 20-month-old son we decide to go for The Baby Snug sitter. Produced by Mamas & Papas, the high street giant trusted by many parents, it’s one of the main floor seats suitable for 3 months +, rivaling the Tomy Bumbo and the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up floor seat.
What’s in the box?
- Baby Snug
- Seat insert
- Detachable tray
Any additional extras?
- Play tray – £19.95
- Sophie the Giraffe teething ring – £12.99
- Crumble bear comforter – £10.95
How did it assemble?
It’s very straightforward to attach the tray, I didn’t need the instructions to fit it, but it good to have them.
At first I assumed our 20-month-old son, Fergus would be too old for the Baby Snug, but when I took it out of the box my first impressions were how comfy it looked and how well supported a young infant would be in it. The crotch post helps keep the child in place and the tray is at a great height for toys and food.
My husband, on the other hand, while impressed with how it looked, thought that our son would have no interest in sitting in it at all. But as it turned out, that was not the case; Fergus has really taken to it. It’s great for him to have a seat which he can get into and out of himself, mostly without my help, that he feels is ‘his’.
You can buy the Baby Snug from Mamas & Papas, Pram Centre or Amazon.
How does the Baby Snug work?
It is not a highchair or a feeding chair that can go on seats or tables. What it is, is a sitter, a kind of ‘baby’s first chair.’ It stays on the floor, while your child is sitting in it and supports your child’s back. You can also use the Baby Sung as a feeding chair (as long as you are feeding your child on the floor) and it can be used as an entertainment station with an attachable play tray.
The Baby Snug has two stages; the first stage can be used when your baby can support their own head (from approximately 3 months) and the second stage can be used as your baby outgrows the first, at approximately 12 months. To use in the second stage you have to remove the coloured insert to allow your child to have more space. While Fergus seemed comfortable, I thought it was a shame the material for the second stage seat is much harder than the slightly squidgy material of the insert for the first stage seat.
Was it comfortable?
Yes, Fergus enjoys sitting in it, reading a book or playing with his toys. I can definitely see how useful it would have been at a younger age: both as a way to allow him to sit up and see what’s going on – but also as somewhere safe for him to sit.
How durable is the Baby Snug?
It’s rather solid when you have the coloured insert in and being heavier at the bottom I can’t see how it could be tipped over when a smaller baby is using it. However, once you take the inner part out it’s lighter and Fergus has taken to pushing it around the kitchen rather than sitting in it. As it has no handles, it’s not that easy to pick up.
What did you think of the tray?
While I’m sure the tray would be useful for younger children my son didn’t like it, he found it too restrictive. But it’s reasonably compact and the fact it’s low lying means it doesn’t take up much room.
How easy is it to clean?
Very easy, it simply wipes clean. The sleek design made it an attractive addition to our kitchen and it’s also available in a range of colours, including red, plum, raspberry, teal, putty and green.
How does it compare to similar seats on the market?
The closest competition on the market to the Baby Snug is the Tomy Bumbo, and while it is cheaper, the Baby Snug has a longer life span.
Unlike the Bumbo, which is suitable until 12 months, there was no upper age limit given for the Baby Snug online, but my son is almost two-years-old and he is still enjoying it.
Is it value for money?
Yes, at £39.95 and considering you can use it for well over 18 months it’s good value. You can also sell the Baby Snug after you have used it and recuperate some of your money back.
It’s a good value seat which can be used from 3months + right into toddler years. It’s supportive, comfortable and stylish – but definitely buy it when they’re tiny to get your moneys worth.