Product Review Messy Me HIghchair Insert

Review: Messy Me Highchair Insert

When we bought our highchair, we agonised over the decision of which one to get. The practical, mum part of me wanted something my little one would be comfortable and well supported in but the majority of me wanted a wooden one. In my mind, a wooden highchair was far more stylish and I had visions of it lasting us all the way through to grandchildren (jumping the gun? Me? Never). After spending at least three weekends, no lies, in every shop going we went for practicality. The wooden chair would have to wait.

My parents, however, were nowhere near as fussed. They’d had a wooden highchair for us and although it had been long lost, passed from household to household over the years, they wanted the same. A little research and they were soon the proud owners of a wooden highchair, ready to seat my son on the days of the week that he spent with them. Pleased as punch they assembled it and quickly realised what we’d been trying to tell them. Yes, it was lovely. Yes, it probably would last longer than ours but… it was hard, it was huge and our son slumped and slipped in it no end.

For months, he’s been propped on a pillow (one that declares “It must be Wine O’clock!” – grandparenting on point right there!), wedged in to the point that he can’t move and when he does, the cushion takes the brunt of the mess. So you can imagine how much we leapt at the opportunity when Messy Me offered to send us a highchair insert in return for an honest review. Finally. No more wine time!

Product Review Messy Me Highchair Insert

Let’s get going…

Messy Me describe their products as “stylish products to help keep your home looking lovely with messy little ones” and they’re not wrong. From highchair covers to aprons, cushions to clutches, Messy Me have nailed combining easy-to-wipe oilcloth with style to create products that any parent would be proud to display in their home. Each product comes in a variety of designs; pushing aside my hankering for the pastel rose design, we went for slightly more gender neutral soft grey stars fabric.

Perfect, practical padding

The highchair insert is designed to fit into any chair that requires a little extra padding. A piece of elastic across the base allows it to hold it’s chair-like shape fairly well on its own but it will fold down smaller if you’d prefer to store it out of the way. Messy Me state that it fits most wooden highchairs including East Coast models which, thankfully, is what my parents own so I was confident it would fit well. All it took to get it into place was unclipping the highchair straps and slotting it into the chair. The sides and the base of the insert are only joined by the piece of elastic so I could slot the waist strap in between them in order to keep our little one secure in the seat. It was fitted in seconds – meaning it can also be removed in seconds to allow for wiping it clean.

Product Review Messy Me Highchair Insert

Did it pass the baby test?

Speaking of wiping; the oilcloth used means that most foods just wipe off quickly. There are warnings about taking care with certain foods that may stain the fabric, things like curries, blueberries, tomatoes etc, nothing unusual there. Messy Me started from a mother’s experience with the mess of baby led weaning so it’s been designed with dinner-time carnage in mind… hallelujah! Whilst easy to wipe clean, the oilcloth is still beautifully soft and, in combination with the padding, makes for a comfortable position for your little one unlike some of the harder, more plasticised cushions on the market.

We found that the insert was slightly too high for the chair that we have but that wasn’t an issue. If anything it prevented any knocks when the inevitable ‘head-throw-back’ move happened.  I had some concerns about how well it would stay in place as it’s not technically attached to the seat. It could, as my mum pointed out, benefit from some strap holes in the seat back which would prevent that wriggling fear and make the straps easier to put on the baby each time (rather than performing a reach around cushion manoeuvre that takes a little mastering) but that would probably remove the element of it fitting most wooden highchairs. It’s not an essential and once the baby was in and the straps on, it wasn’t budging. Even if your child does decide to have a wriggling fit. Which he did. Often.

Product Review Messy Me Highchair Insert

How does it compare?

At £25 it’s not cheap, in fact, it’s double the price of the East Coast version at John Lewis. However, in the name of reviewing, we took a look at others out there. The softness, the level of padding, even the available designs from Messy Me are superior to others that we found. In particular, these were the only ones that I felt really offered proper comfort as opposed to just a little extra padding. In all honesty, I was a little jealous of the baby… it really did feel comfortable and made to last. Far nicer than our chair cushions and way, way better than the Wine O’Clock number.

Anything else?

Did I mention that all Messy Me products are made in the UK? It’s a family owned business keen on supporting British manufacturing and small businesses wherever possible – a cause that’s close to my own heart. The oilcloth is sourced from Denmark, is phthalate free and certified to meet Oeko-Tex Standard 100 so you can rest easy that it’s chemical free and not going to harm your child’s health. It’s designed by a mum for mums and you know what? That really does come through.

Messy Me Highchair Insert is available directly from Messy Me in a range of designs for £25.

Product Review Messy Me Highchair Insert

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  • kris 22nd March 2017 at 7:11 am

    Inserts are such a good idea. We went with the joie mimzy snacker but this wooden one looks lovely.

    • DevonMamaOnline 22nd March 2017 at 12:39 pm

      We’ve got the Cosatto Noodle Supa at home, I wanted a wooden one but we just didn’t have the space for it in our kitchen so I’m living vicariously through my parents! Incidentally, they LOVE the insert!

  • Nicola | Mummy to Dex 22nd March 2017 at 8:16 am

    I love the pattern of the white stars on a grey background- a baby classic! I’m very glad the grandparents have got rid of the ‘wine time’ cushion!!

    • DevonMamaOnline 22nd March 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Me too!!

  • Gareth Torrance 22nd March 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Oh god, this could be a godsend for us! Our highchair padding doesn’t detached without unscrewing the whole thing! So this would be amazing!

    • DevonMamaOnline 22nd March 2017 at 8:56 pm

      That would drive me crazy – I need to be able to get it out for a good wipe down!!

  • Alex Iveson 22nd March 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Looks fab! We swore by the plastic Ikea highchair although would have loved a prettier seat insert like this one! xx

    • DevonMamaOnline 22nd March 2017 at 8:56 pm

      The ikea one is such good value, you can’t beat it! This IS the prettiest seat I’ve seen in a while!

  • Abi - Something About Baby 22nd March 2017 at 3:33 pm

    This looks like a fab idea – very stylish but practical as well. Just what every parent wants!

  • Mums Space 22nd March 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Oh I love this pattern! You can see how much of a difference it makes for him, and it fits that highchair perfectly… I would of loved a wooden chair for ours but for the prices of some of them we went down the booster seat version and its worked perfect in the long run x

    • DevonMamaOnline 23rd March 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Ours was space! Wooden chairs are lovely but so big!! x

  • Emma 22nd March 2017 at 9:37 pm

    This looks brilliant! I’ve heard of this company when looking at mats for when we start baby led weaning Benjamin, this looks like a really useful product for you to have. P.S the wine o’clock cushion is definitely something I will bring out when I’m a grandparent! x

    • DevonMamaOnline 23rd March 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Their mats are beautiful too, I’d love to coordinate ours with a mat but at the moment the dog does the work for us! The oilcloth is lovely and soft though, so easy to clean! If you’re looking for a mat, I’d recommend them based on what I’ve seen! x

  • Sophie Durrans 22nd March 2017 at 10:47 pm

    We could do with one of these. Isla is constantly slipping down on our wooden high chair – she slings her arm over the back of the chair so she just looks totally chilled out!

  • Amy @ The Smallest Of Things 23rd March 2017 at 8:15 am

    This is exactly what I have been looking for for our highchair. Baby is still a bit small for it so need something to pad her out! Even better that it protects from mess ox

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