One stop along the baby gear progression is an infant positioner or baby seat. A baby seat is a chair like seat that helps your little one develop the core strength to sit unassisted. Often times, baby seats comes with a detachable tray that allows the seat to double as a feeding chair as well. One option to consider, is the Mamas and Papas Baby Snug. We’ve been using and testing the Baby Snug for a couple months now and are excited to share our thoughts.
First things first, any baby seat should only be used on the floor. You should never use them on raised surfaces – counters, sofas, tables, etc. I am not going to get on a soap box and explain why not, just please, do not do it. If you are looking for a seat to be used at a table, consider the Mamas and Papas booster chair (although this serves different functions than the Baby Snug it is for use on chairs because it has straps to securely affix it to the chair).
The Baby Snug has a wide, sturdy base. It takes up sizable space on the floor (moreso than some other infant seats) but the base is very stable. So much so that even a strong toddler can’t push it around when empty. The sturdiness is of Baby Snug is one of my favorite features.
The seat itself is ergonomically designed to properly position your little one while providing ample support. We started using this with Margaux at the youngest possible age of three months. From day one of sitting in the seat she appeared comfortable. The seat has a high back with a rigid center piece to keep her firmly but comfortably in place. The Baby Snug “hugs” Margaux in the right areas to provide support but also gives her space to “work out” her muscles and gain strength. When initially using this seat, your little one can probably tolerate 5 – 10 minutes, you’ll notice their head and/or neck get fatigued. But as they grow you can add something like the activity tray to the removable tray (which comes with your purchase of the Baby Snug) to create a fun little entertainment station. Of course, we love the multifunctional nature!
Getting Margaux in/out of the seat is easy – which isn’t true of all infant seats. The leg openings are wide enough that she doesn’t get “stuck” when trying to put her in/take her out (which believe it or not has happened with other seats).
The Baby Snug comes with an dishwasher safe, removable tray. The tray can not only provide ample support but can also be used for feeding. Again, we love the that the Baby Snug can be used for more than just an infant postioner.
The soft, cushiony colored insert is removable creating extra space in the seat to accommodate a growing child. However, I will say, Eloise at almost two still easily fits into the seat with the insert. She is on the smaller side but the seat is roomy.
The Baby Snug is super lightweight (only 4 pounds) so while it may not be easy to “scoot” around the room it is easy to pick up and move from room to room.
From an aesthetics perspective the Baby Snug is sleek and modern and comes in several nice colors – we have the raspberry and love it.
The negatives? I mentioned the Baby Snug takes up a bit of space on the floor. It is not the smaller infant seat on the market but I will trade floor space for stability. Otherwise, I have no other complaints.
All in all the ease of use, comfort, stability and modern, clean design the Baby Snug provides makes it a total winner in our mind. We’ve featured it several of our baby registry guides and definitely think it deserves strong consideration when looking for an infant seat.
What are your thoughts? This gal is a fan (and funny enough, big sister loves it even more than she does).