This brings a whole new meaning to ‘eating at the table’! I first discovered the Mountain Buggy Pod feeding chair when I was in Bali. We asked for a high chair in a restaurant and out came this amazing little contraption. I was like, hang on a minute, how come I didn’t find this when I was searching every inch of the internet for the smallest baby contraptions? We originally had the polar bear booster seat, let me be honest about that – it’s not worth buying, Esmé’s posture was terrible in it when she was eating.
Mountain Buggy Feeding chair
So what is this amazing pod?
It’s a feeding chair that is essentially light-weight, portable and compact. It could be used at home or whilst you are on your travels. It clips onto the side of the dining table or breakfast bar. Baby physically sits at the table with everyone else. It is so small it can fit in the nappy bag or under the pushchair and importantly, it has been safety approved in the US and Europe.
• It can be used from 6 months to 3 years
• Although maximum weight is 15kg
• It only weighs 1kg
• It comes in a small little bag that is easy to carry, measuring 31x34x4cm
• Table thickness must be a minimum of 18mm and a max of 45mm
• It has a three point safety harness
How was it in practice?
Other than being one of my best baby paraphernalia travel hacks yet, I loved how it brings your little one to the table. I always feel when she is in a high chair she is kind of excluded so this feels so much more sociable. Okay, that can be a little bit difficult when she wants to throw the salt and pepper around but handy when all she wants to do is eat from my plate – despite the fact it’s the same as her food. Don’t all babies do this, or is it only ours?
It is the perfect size for taking around backpacking or any other travel ventures. So definitely fits in with my pre-requisites on all baby items of being light-weight, compact and comfortable.
Coming onto comfort, Esmé’s posture in this seat is perfect, there is no slouching and she can reach the table perfectly, I can tell she just feels so much more a part of meal times.
The other day whilst waiting in the airport to board our flight, we decided to have some food. The only tables available were high stools. Usually a pain with a baby, but again the pod means she could sit with us at the same height.
My only regret with this is I didn’t discover it earlier! And I wish my kitchen table was thick enough to accommodate because I would definitely get rid of our high chair otherwise. I really much prefer this because of all the reasons above.
What could be improved?
I think anything I suggest here goes against physics so nothing really the company can do to improve. However, if only it could take more weight because Esmé isn’t too far off 15kg and I am not ready to give up on it yet. I wish more tables were above 18 mm thick to handle it. Sometimes when you are not only looking at the menu in a restaurant, you are sussing out their table sizes, a slightly odd requirement when the waiter says “do you want to come in?” me- “nah your table’s not thick enough”.
If you would like to purchase a Mountain Buggy Pod feeding chair you can do so here.