Reviewed by Jo Tebbs
As parents-to-be, we have been combing through the huge baby market sector looking for some must have necessities to make our lives a little easier once bubba arrives.
After lots of research, one of the items that we had decided on buying, is a little seat (once munchkin can sit up on their own) that we can potentially use for a variety of purposes including weaning and play time. We would like the seat to also assist in helping to strengthen our baby’s core muscles.
Ideally, we wanted something that is lightweight and easy to transport, so that if we travel anywhere, or leave bubs with grandparents, we can take this seat saving others from having to supply or buy items which may only get used a handful of times.
Through the searches, we found a large range of baby seats available all within a similar price range from manufacturers like Mamas and Papas, Argos and Bumbo just to name a few.
However, the seat that we think was most fitting for our needs and requirements is the Skip Hop 2-in-1 Activity Snack Floor Seat, Silver Lining Cloud.
Skip Hop is a brand that was created by Ellen and Michael Diamant back in 2003. Their aim is to invent and create products that are ‘smart, functional and great-looking for busy parents.’
I was extremely excited when the courier driver delivered a box containing our new baby seat. On opening, I was pleased to find that it had been carefully and professionally packaged inside. The cardboard packaging for the chair itself measures 54cm (w) x 38cm (h) x 18 cm (d). On one side of the packaging all the images have descriptions in French, whilst on the opposite side using the same images, are the English captions and descriptions.
This supportive, fabric seat has a rotating 2 in 1 design which allows baby to play with 3 developmental toys including a; Sun Rattle, Moon Bead Mover and a Star Spinner whilst on the other hand, there is a multipurpose tray which can be used for snacks and weaning.
It’s not a secret that babies are great for a making mess with food, so the nice thing about this seat is that the 100% polyester fabric cover can be removed and is machine washable, whilst the toys and trays, are made out of plastic which can be easily wiped down and cleaned – always a bonus!
I think this is such a convenient and hassle-free chair which is smaller and more useful than a standard highchair for feeding. The dimensions of the chair itself are 38.1cm (h) x 49.7cm (w) x 62.2cm (l). Not only is the seat lower to the ground than a highchair, but it has a sturdy 4 legged seat base.
The fabric seat section extends out on the floor so that baby’s legs/feet are consistently supported by the fabric and it covers all the way to the ground so at no time, will baby’s legs be in direct contact with the floor or surface.
The 3 toys section helps baby with development of their hand eye co-ordination and motor control. The toys are not only cute designs but offer an array of different colours and movements to keep baby interested and focused.
Please note that the chair is only suitable for infants whom are able to sit up unassisted and are up to 25 lbs (11.3 kg) in weight – approx. 6 months old in age.
The chair must be placed on a flat, level surface and the child should never be left unattended in case that they try to climb out of it or in the unlikely event that the seat topples over.
We do not know the gender of our baby (we have decided for a surprise on arrival!) but the aesthetic pattern and choice of colours that have been used on this Skip Hop floor seat is certainly gender neutral. It is an appealing combination of grey, white and mint green.
We are really pleased with the seat and are looking forward to sitting little Peanut in it. I think I may even bring it into the bathroom with me when I take a bath so that baby can happily sit and play with the developmental toys, whilst I can bath keeping an eye on bub in the knowledge that baby is content and safe.
I don’t like to be negative, especially for a product that I actually like but the only down side that I can potentially see, is that if you have a slightly chubbier baby, it may be difficult/ a tight squeeze, getting their little legs in and out of the chair and I would hate to hurt my child in the process.
Not only would this be a handy little gadget to own, but it would make a great present for a baby shower gift, birthday or even Christmas present!
I would rate this seat 4.5 / 5 stars!!!