Brother Max Scoop
Laura Loves the Brother Max Scoop Highchair - the newest addition to the Brother Max range of baby products.
Its predecessor, the Scoop, came in a white colour, however the new black model is definitely more pleasing to the eye, not just because it means those little bits of dirt don’t look quite so bad, but because the colour has a sleeker finish that adds to its stylish design.
Its fair to say that the Scoop isn't one of the cheapest highchairs on the market and is priced at a fairly hefty £300. However, the saying is that you get what you pay for and in this instance it is true. The highchair comes with all the functionality you require from six months up to well beyond its suggested six years.
For little ones I really liked this highchair because it is ideal for use within any home. The various options to adjust the height, table, rotate and seat mean it can fit at a table of any shape or size allowing babies to easily join in and be part of larger family meal times which is something I have always conscientiously tried to do.
On looks alone it can't go wrong - the scooped seat is very retro, and the shiny black makes it a standout focal point in my kitchen.
As your child grows, the table opens and the harness can be removed effectively transforming into a breakfast stool that can be used at the dining table or at a kitchen breakfast bar.
The chair itself is very heavy, a solid durable base and strong plastic that can withstand its fair share of scraping and scratching from tiny hands. There are numerous options for adjustment to find the best level of comfort for parent and baby and I was concerned with so many options I may need to keep consulting the manual, however when you put it together I found myself playing with the functions I wanted to configure and from then I was able to remember where they were.
Despite its very heavy weight if you want to manoeuvre the chair and change functions such as the height etc, it has an assisted glide so you don't have to take the weight yourself.
A couple of notable plus points from me - firstly although a harness is provided, the table locks to a closed position and a solid piece between the legs ensures little ones cant slip through so you don't actually need to use the harness - this saves extra cleaning and also I find the restrains from a harness result in more refusals from little tots. Secondly, the sleek design has eliminated all potential dirt traps - something of a pain on many highchairs as if you’re anything like me, there is always a nook or cranny I miss off when giving them the wipe, so top points for hygiene!
For babies you do need to purchase the seat insert priced around £30. I would say this is recommended for children pre 18 months (depending on your child’s size). The seat insert adds additional support in addition to providing a pop of colour with a choice of six bold colours that complement the black.
The Black Scoop is available from Kiddicare, Argos and Amazon at a suggested retail sales price £299.99
by Laura Mason
Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. 'Continuously trying to get a ‘grip’ of motherhood and back to a size 10!'