Review: Mothercare Panda Highchair

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We loved this high chair as son as we saw it, it looked so fun and even better, it folded so we could save space. Bonus!??However, in reality we’re not too impressed.??

newmummyblog review  mothercare panda highchair?Here’s my review of the Mothercare Panda highchair:

Pros:?

    • Fun design
    • Folds so doesn’t take up much space when not in use
    • Wipe clean seat cover which comes on and off very easily

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  • Has a leg post so H feels vaguely secure while you wrestle with the straps and buckle (though given the space around her in the seat, she’s never going to feel completely secure)
  • Large tray (though a bit too far away and so much space to her sides so she can just drop her food beside her
  • Tray has 3 settings
  • Big basket for storing bibs and catches some stray food aswell ?

Cons:

  • the seat is far too big for H, it’s really wide
  • the tray doesn’t come anywhere near close enough and is too high

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  • the straps don’t have any strap covers (you know, like on all pushchairs) so H keeps getting red marks on her neck as they are really really rough
  • The buckle is really really big and it does feel like it might take off my finger, nevermind H’s!

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    • Hubby did get a finger stuck while collapsing it
    • I find it quick cumbersome to fold and unfold (we now don’t do this as H crawls over to it and could pull it over)
    • I’m not sure on how long it would last, as H’s head is almost at the top of the chair! (Odd given the width of the chair and the adjustments on the table, along with the fact there is a fixed leg post which means baby is confined (H doesn’t have any room to grow already at 8 months!))

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Verdict:

I don’t like the straps or the buckle – red marks, night after night, are a big no-no in my book. The tray is also too far away.

The tray does have a few settings and we always use the closest. However at the weekend, we’re not sure what H did, but he tray came off with a massive crash. We hadn’t adjusted the tray since the day before and so are sure it was in the ‘catch’ properly. So, I do think there are better high chairs that I would trust more.

I wish I’d bought the Ikea Antelope, H has used our friends’ one and the tray is much better and is nice and close, she felt secure even without the straps and the tray was a the right hight, the Panda tray is just too high.

Disclaimer: ?we bought this highchair using our own money, and, as always, all opinions are my own.

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11 Comments

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    Leanne Cornelius
    August 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

    It is such a shame that you don’t get on with this as the panda is so cute!
    We bought the IKEA one last week along with the inflatable insert as Aria is still a bit small for it, it is fab, with the insert in she is so cosy! There isn’t even any need to use the straps as it is all so secure.

    #TriedTested
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      newmummy
      August 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      It really is a shame, I want to love it as much as we did in the shop! But I can’t figure out why there are no protectors for the straps as those red marks on her neck are really not good. Glad you like the ikea one! X

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    Kim Carberry
    August 11, 2015 at 11:56 am

    This looks so cute….Such a shame it isn’t so good though. It looks like it could do so much damage to yourself or your little one….Eek x
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      newmummy
      August 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      It is cute, but no we don’t like it very much. Thank you for reading and commenting x

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    Kate
    August 12, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Such a shame it doesn’t work for you. I have heard good things about the Ikea highchair too, will bear that in mind for the future I think. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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      newmummy
      August 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

      It is disappointing 🙁 But yes, I did like the ikea one x

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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    August 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Ah this is a shame! Sometimes I think I’m like you and pick the things that look cool and they are not always the most practical! I think having the tray not close enough can be so frustrating and you really don’t want the straps hurting your little man. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon x
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    Mrs Tubbs
    August 14, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Shame it wasn’t as good as it looked as I love the panda face! #bestandworst
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      newmummy
      August 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      It is so cute!

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    Sadia
    November 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Hi I have this exact same high chair. I bought it 2years ago and have never been able to fold it. I have lost the instructions and receipt so the store can’t help me. Im trying to sell it as I dont need it anymore but I have to know how to fold it.
    Can someone PLEASE HELP ME ?!

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      newmummy
      November 12, 2016 at 8:16 am

      On the back of the seat, you hold the red button in and the button on the bottom (both with your right hand), then hold the tray jiggle it lots! It’ll suddenly close when you get the right angle, it’s quite steep if I remember right, and make sure you hold both buttons the whole time x

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