There is a lot of awesome gear on the market made especially for babies. All of these products are for the purpose of making life for a parent easier, however, you cannot possibly buy all of them. Your home will become taken over by baby gear and you won’t be able to even move around in your house. This is why if there is a product that is marketed as a space saver or a 2-in-1 product, I am all ears.
The Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Seat is a product that does not disappoint. This seat is more than just a small high chair–it has many features that make it one of the most convenient and useful pieces of baby gear you can buy.
A baby needs a space to eat, but most high chairs that are on the market currently take up a lot of space. Some are collapsable, which make them easier to store, but even the ones that can collapse down are not as small as an Ingenuity Baby Base.
A Baby Base 2-in-1 Seat is only the size of a typical booster seat but can be used for babies from the time they can hold up their heads until they are ready to use a seat without a booster. This not only saves space that you would spend on the footprint of a typical high chair, but it also allows you to not have to buy both products.
If you are planning on having multiple babies, it won’t take up too much space to store it until you have the next one. So this seat could end up saving you money since you won’t feel an urgency to sell it before you have the next child.
Grows With Baby
The Ingenuity Baby Base grows with your baby. It has an insert that comes in a variety of colors that you can put in for your baby that they will use the first year of their life. Typically after the first year, your baby will be ready to sit in the seat without the insert and it will last the baby until it is ready to be without a booster. So essentially, this seat is the only seating purchase that you will need to make for your baby.
You can attach it to a chair or put it on the ground. So although it is meant to be a high chair and a booster combination, it can also serve as an activity center where your baby can sit on the ground and be involved in activities during the day.
The price for the Baby Base 2-in-1 seat is very reasonable, especially for being a 2-in-1 product. It is less than most high chairs, which you might expect since it takes up less space and less materials.
There are several stores, online and physical, that sell the chair at varying prices, so you can find one that is in your price range. Some of them aren’t exactly cheap, but when you consider the prices of the chairs that they are replacing, it is a really awesome deal.
One nice feature is the removable tray. A removable tray is convenient when you want to use the seat as something other than a booster or high chair. It allows you to use it as an activity chair. It also makes it very easy to clean the tray in the sink after mealtimes. If you want to take the tray off long term, then you can store the entire tray underneath the seat. This is very convenient because most booster seats that you can remove the tray for have trays that do not have a flat surface, making them annoying to store.
This is another way that the Ingenuity Baby Base company is very spatially forward-thinking.
One of my favorite aspects of the Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in1 is that it is crazy easy to clean. Most typical high chairs have a fabric liner in a seat, so you have to wash it in the washer regularly. In fact, I made the mistake once of buying a high chair that did not collapse and did not have a removable liner, so it was nearly impossible to keep it clean.
The Ingenuity Baby Base has a stiff foam liner that is comfortable, but not plushy. You can be wipe it easily with just a wet cloth or some multipurpose cleanser. The base is made of plastic that you can also clean easily with a multipurpose cleanser.
One thing that some customers mention is that crumbs can get between the liner and the actual seat, but as long as you regularly pull it out to wipe it down, this shouldn’t be a problem.
The Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 comes with all the safety features that you would expect in a booster seat and high chair combination. It has a three-point harness in the seat that will keep your baby safe and secure during meal times. It also has a strap that will attach to the bottom of a chair and around the back, giving it two anchor points. This will keep the seat from tipping to the side if your baby starts to get more mobile.
It also has a tray that slides into the sides of the seat rather than clipping down like some high chairs do, ensuring a more secure latch. The last thing you want is to have your baby’s meal on their tray and for it all to come clattering to the ground because it wasn’t securely latched.
The seat insert also gives a younger baby the support that it needs to sit in the chair and not slide around and slump over. This is an important feature in a grow as you go product like this. Babies’ bodies change so much over the first two years of their lives, so it is nice to have a company that cares about fitting the needs of a child at each growth period.
Great For Caregivers
Even if you do want to have a typical high chair for your own baby, the Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 is a great option for caregivers who do not have the baby full time. If you have a grandparent or a babysitter who does not have the need to store a high chair but has your baby at their home frequently, this is a great product that they can store when your baby isn’t around.
The Ingenuity Seat is also very easy to bring along with you in the car. It is lightweight and can fit easily in your trunk. This works great when you visit friends during a meal and need a place for your baby to sit. If you have ever tried to hold your baby during a meal, you understand the value of a portable high chair.
Activities To Do In the Seat
Even though the Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 seat is made primarily to replace a high chair and a booster seat, there are several other things you can do in the seat.
Many parents find that teaching your child to sign is very helpful and much easier to pick up than actual talking. Can you imagine your child telling you that he or she is tired, or hungry, or all done before they can actually talk? The most frustrating part of the first couple years is the lack of communication, so if your baby can communicate, life will be much easier. However, it can be difficult to teach your baby to sign if he or she is constantly on the go.
If you have a moment of time and your baby is happy, then you can practice your signing while your baby is sitting up in the chair with their eyes fully focused on you.
You don’t have to just use this chair for eating. It has several other uses as well.
You can give your baby toys to play with and hang out with you while you are cooking or doing dishes or folding laundry. Sometimes babies, especially babies who cannot sit on their own without falling over, just want a different position to be in. Changing things up, like having a supportive seat to hold them and allow them to look at you at all times, can be enough to keep your baby entertained.
Have you ever held your baby while reading to them and just been unbelievably uncomfortable? Or have you ever been reading to several children at once and didn’t have enough room on your lap? The Ingenuity Baby Base is a perfect option for you to be able to read to your baby hands-free.
Some people have even used these chairs in the shower with their babies for when you want to take a shower without hearing your baby screaming for you at the top of their lungs. The manufacturer may not recommend using it in the shower, but as long as you are being vigilant and watching your baby constantly, it can be very convenient.
There is literally nothing I can find wrong with the Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 seat. It is convenient, portable, reasonably priced, and takes up very little space in the house. It is the high chair and booster combination that all parents have been waiting for.