When weaning, we have always started off with a traditional highchair, and then progressed to a booster seat as soon as the children were big enough. We have done the same with Max this time, and for the last couple of weeks he has been trying out the Tomy Cars booster seat. This portable booster is perfect for family meals at the table, but can also be folded, making it easy to transport with you for use at the grandparents or a restaurant.
Attaching the booster to a normal dining chair was really simple. Just thread the straps through the slots on the sides and base, then fasten them around the back and seat of the chair – just by clicking the clips into place. Once in place, pull the adjustable straps as tight as you can to secure the booster in place. Pop your child in, and keep them safe with the 3 point safety harness. The seat base is small enough that you are still able to pull the chair right up to the dining table – meaning little ones can be a real part of mealtimes.
As you can see, Max has LOVED being in the booster seat. I think he feels much less restricted than he did in a highchair, and is much more a part of the family meals. It is super easy to get him in and out, and he really loves the freedom to move about a bit more in the seat – a 5 point harness is quite restricting at meal times.
The Tomy booster seat also comes with a detachable tray – this isn’t something we have used as I much prefer Max to be sat up at the table, and the tray would prevent that. However, it is a really useful feature to have, especially if you intend to use the seat anywhere other than at home. It slides on and off with ease, and can even be chucked into the dishwasher if you have a particularly messy dinner. It would also be really handy to use for craft type activities such as paint and playdoh, and would keep these away from your table!
Overall, we are super impressed with this booster seat, and it certainly gets a thumbs up from Max and I!