As parents of babies and tots, there are few things that enjoy the comfort of the trunk of our car as much as our portable seats. Well, maybe besides the stroller so it could come in at number 2 although I find that with my daughter, Ava, being 2-and-a-half I use the stroller less and less. If I want to actually enjoy my meal while we’re out having supper as a family, I simply cannot forget the prized little tool. The problem with portable seats, of course, is that they’re not all made equal. Your child might love one and thus allow you to have that juicy steak and sip on that glass wine at will, but with another you’ll feel like supper would of been best at home. We’ve ran through a few portable seats over the last 2 years as Ava tends to be quite picky about these things, and if she’s not completely enamored by her seat she’ll tend to not let mommy and daddy enjoy that very coveted sip from the wine glass.
We’ve had plastic seats, wooden seats, padded seats, unpadded seats, and adjustable seats. Like I said, we’ve had a few, maybe a few too many – and by extension a few too few wine glass sips – so this is a topic we’re very well acquainted with. We also travel a decent bit, Ava having already toured a decent part of Europe as well as enjoying the beaches of the Dominican Republic and even the deep woods of a North American camp ground. She’s as well rounded as it gets for her. Our most recent addition to our family of portable seats is the Stokke® HandySitt® , pictured just below.
The HandySitt has a unique design as it sits sloped which can confuse you at first. It’s quite simple to install though and the very small cloud of confusion evaporates as soon as you attach the expandable handles to the back of your chair – the only catch being that you do need a chair with a back. The handles being expandable means that you can move them up or down to get the length just perfect so it can reach the back of the chair. The seat itself is expandable as well which means that you won’t have to worry about your tot being too low or too high relative to the table.
Made in Lithuania, the HandySitt is a pretty sturdy little wooden thing that radiates quality. It’s also very compact and would definitely fit in your suitcase without problems or you could just use the Stokke travelbag. Quality of build, compactness, as well as being easy to clean make the HandySitt a portable seat that I’m sure Ava will get even better acquainted with when we go on some of our family adventures in the near future. So far, she’s already broke the ice with her new seat on a short visit to Grandpa’s which means that mommy and daddy got to enjoy themselves at dinner just a little bit.
Here are the more technical details about the Stokke HandySitt taken from their website:
- Compact, lightweight and easy to use.
- Made from responsibly harvested solid birch wood.
- No harmful substances/free from bisphenol and phtalates.
- Suitable from approximately 6 months to 5 year.
- Safety straps to adhere to an adult chair.
- 5 point safety harness.
- 3 Colour Options: Black, Red & White.
- Holds maximum of 30 kg
The HandySitt also complies with booster seat safety standard ASTM F2640-11a.
The Stokke HandySitt is the prefect holiday gift for parents with toddlers. It retails for $104.99 and comes at Stokke’s online store.
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