The Stokke Handi-Sit comes in a small compact box. I was shocked when I first received it since it is so small! I opened it up and found that it was an easy thing to put together. You will need to snap on the plastic chair back which is simple. Then you will adjust the sides with screw in knobs to fit the chair you are using. And lastly loop and snap the strap around your chair to secure the Handi-Sit. The strap is black and can be tightened or loosened as needed. Photos of this on the Stokke website show this strap going under the seat but I found that putting it behind the seat made our Handi-Sit more secure. I think it all depends on what type of chair you are using.
The only problem that I ran into was that our dining room chairs all have curved backs. I had to head out to my local thrift shop and find a straight back chair. I scored a deal and only paid $5 for my chair but be aware of this in case you also have curved backs on your chairs. The big hooks on the sides of the Handi-Sit need to rest securely on the back of the chair, that is important for stability. There is also the option of purchasing Handi-Sit accessories for this seat if you wish to add a pad or extra legs for floor use. The floor use flexibility of the Handi-Sit is a convenient feature. I can imagine myself using this if I was still hand feeding my child. The floor use would also work for coloring or snack time at a child height table.
We have been enjoying family dinner time so much more now that he is at the table with us. We have not had to take our Handi-Sit anywhere yet but I imagine we will for Thanksgiving and other upcoming holiday parties. Pending the host's home has a straight back chair, we should be good to go! The Handi-Sit will fit no problem into the van or car. I bet I could even strap it to my bike if I wanted to take it with me somewhere that way! This is very light, so light that my 2 year old can carry it around.
Our chair does not get dirty at all. The way it is designed allows my child to lean forward at the table and most of his grub falls on the table and not all over the Handi-Sit. If he does happen to smudge the sides with his sticky hands, I just wipe with a lightly damp cloth and then dry. Stokke says to be careful of any unnecessary moisture on the wood because it can make the finish crack.
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I am recommending the Stokke Handi-Sit as a great holiday gift for baby. Please see my Best Holiday Gifts Guide 2012 for more ideas. I will be adding items daily. Follow my blog and be on the lookout for a large giveaway event beginning sometime in December.
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