Review: Kaboost Chair Booster for a Grown-up Table Experience

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My daughter sitting atop the Kaboost to play Crazy Faces. (Yes, she did dress herself in that color storm.)

You’ve seen it everywhere, but is it any good?

"It" is the Kaboost chair lifter, and after four months of use in our home, the answer is yes.

Kaboost raises a chair so that your child sits at your table at the proper height for dining or playing games.

The psychological effect is that the child is on par with adults, sitting in a raised grown-up chair rather than a booster seat on top of a grown-up chair. It’s a fine line, but one my 3.5-year-old daughter can discern.

The device has a spherical hard plastic center from which four arms extend outward to four "feet" on which the chair legs stand. Installing the Kaboost was surprisingly easy, with the arms being spring-loaded to accommodate opposing chair legs up to 30 inches apart. Insert one chair leg for tension, then pull the arms out so the Kaboost feet snuggle the other chair legs. That’s it.

The Good:

  • Two height adjustments. The feet have rubber pads on top and bottom, meaning the Kaboost doesn’t know which way is up. One way it lifts the chair 3.75". Turn it over to lift the chair 4.5". Our daughter uses the lower setting.
  • No assembly, fast installation.
  • Portable, collapsing to 13" x 12" x 6.75"
  • Stays on when the chair is pulled or lifted.
  • Makes the chair harder to tip over. No chair is tip-proof, but the big non-slip feet are nice.
  • The manufacturer states it holds up to 300 lbs and the recommended age range is 20 months to 6 years. It’s a little freaky to see, but an adult can sit on a kaboosted chair.

Close-up of the Kaboost positioned below my daughter's wooden chair.

Photo of the Kaboost in its collapsed mode, all legs rotated together.

The Kaboost collapses for transport.

The Bad:

In my experience, the rubberized feet make moving the chair a little kludgy. On our laminate floor, the non-slip feet create a stuttering bumpy movement that requires a little more strength and coordination than normal to slide the chair around. My 3-year-old can move her chair, but a 20-month-old might need a parent’s help.

In practice, we keep the chair at the perfect distance from the table so it rarely needs moving. My daughter climbs onto the chair, then slides her legs underneath the table. Due to the non-slip pads, we don’t push her closer to the table; she sits on the edge of the chair.

Younger toddlers may need help climbing into their raised chair. Our daughter was fine.

This Kaboost promo-video shows the whole thing in action, though their example slides with ease:

The Why and When of Kaboost

From the start, we skipped a highchair for our infant and used a Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat. I still recommend it as long as your baby is content. The booster was better than a highchair because it was small and traveled well when we visited family.

Four months ago, our daughter announced that the booster made her legs feel tingly. We tried adjusting the height and positioning, but for whatever reason pressure was applying in the right way to make her legs fall asleep. A few days later Kaboost came calling with an offer for a review sample.

I’d previously written about two similar products and the Kaboost looked superior, so I accepted.

Those previous products were the awkwardly huge and ugly HISITA, and the High Leg for which little is known, but looks to be a lot narrower. I’ll side with the Kaboost’s wide feet for better chair tipping protection.

Four months later, my daughter is loving her kaboosted chair and the tinglies are gone. She did indeed tell my wife it makes her feel like a grown-up.

Maybe it’s a coincidence, but a short time afterward she began developing a pretend fantasy she entertained for several weeks about being a grown-up who was going to move out, get roommates and move to Oregon. She eventually decided to instead move to a nearby town and visit our home for days at a time while attending university and holding game nights for her friends.

Photo of the Kaboost installed on our two-legged dinner chairs that have solid wooden bars that touch the ground instead of narrow pointed legs.

The Kaboost is intended for 4-legged chairs, so I don’t guarantee this is safe… but I was blown away that it seems to work fine on our unusual two-legged chairs.

Find Kaboost at Target stores and probably elsewhere, or buy at Amazon or direct from Kaboost. It comes in green, natural or chocolate. Everything baby is frog green these days, so I recommend chocolate.

Comments

13 Responses to “Review: Kaboost Chair Booster for a Grown-up Table Experience”

  1. Noreen says:

    I have been thinking of try this

    March 20th, 2008 at 12:24 am

  2. thordora says:

    Our table is low, so we don’t need it now, but this would have been great a couple years ago.

    I tell most people to never get a high chair. Biggest mistake I made. SUCH a pain.

    March 20th, 2008 at 5:55 am

  3. Melissa says:

    LOVE the fisher price booster seat too. It was so much better for my son than his high chair which he HATED. I’m going to look into this. Thanks for the reviews….you always have COOL products to think about!

    March 20th, 2008 at 7:37 am

  4. JMo says:

    3.5 yrs old and already sitting in the adult chairs – very cute! Urrrr, she would probably prefer I say very mature. :-)

    We are using the FP space saver high chair (but keep the FP Healthy Care booster seat in the car for restaurants). But this device looks cool. I will recommend it for my short friends too!

    March 20th, 2008 at 8:59 am

  5. Erica says:

    I like this! My daughter uses a booster at home, but when we go out to eat (which is rare, but still…) she insists on sitting in the chair like a big girl. No high chair, no booster. Which means big mess for me to clean up sometimes, since her face and the table are about at the same level. The portability of the Kaboost, in addition to the fact that it works and is designed sturdily, makes me wanna run to Target. Thanks!

    March 20th, 2008 at 9:11 am

  6. Nicole says:

    This looks like a great product! Definitely something to consider down the road for us. We bought the original Stokke Kinderzeat for our older son (3 1/2) and LOVE it. He’s been sitting in that since he was 14 months old… what I love is the adjustable footrest. Apparently there was a study done at Cornell that concluded that kiddos are less fidgety if they can plant their feet on ‘the ground’ and they can sit for longer periods. E. is never fidgety at the table and I totally attribute it to the chair! Without hesitation we bought the newest model: The Trip Trapp and we are not happy with it… we ordered it and didn’t realize the chair now comes with, in our opinion, overkill on the safety straps. Over the shoulders and lap… and you can’t remove it. Plus they slapped a giant safety/warning sticker across the back of it that has proven impossible to remove… We bought the first chair before its imitators came along but it was worth every penny! I do like the Kaboost for friends & outings. Thanks again, AJ, for an awesome product lead =)

    March 20th, 2008 at 11:12 am

  7. Danielle S says:

    I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile. Glad to see you liked it! Maybe I WILL have to go buy one.

    March 20th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

  8. JENNIFER RAMOS says:

    This PRODUCT is interesting, hopefully its safe too! I know lots of parents who would LOVE SOMETHING like this. I like ur blog!

    Jen Ramos
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    madebygirl.blogspot.com

    March 21st, 2008 at 12:27 am

  9. SB says:

    Nicole-it is possible to remove the safety straps from the Tripp Trapp, although somewhat difficult. The shoulder/waist strap can be unscrewed from the back rest piece to which it is attached. The crotch strap is held in place by a tension clip inside a plastic housing on the underside of the seat, it is easiest to remove if you slide the seat out from the frame and place it upside down on a counter or table. There is a metal tension clip that looks like a paperclip bent out of shape (or like the clips that hold wireless cards into a laptop), use a flat head screwdriver or butter knife to pry the clip out of place and you will be able to remove the strap. And the Kaboost actually works well with the Tripp Trapp, so wasn’t a surprise to me that it works with your unusual chairs AJ.

    March 22nd, 2008 at 10:26 am

  10. alisha says:

    I think we have the same chairs! Also, that seems REALLY neat.

    March 23rd, 2008 at 9:19 pm

  11. Jamie says:

    I just received the Kaboost Chair yesterday from Babiesrus.com. My 2 1/2 year old daughter loves it! She thinks she is such a big girl. It is really easy to put together, and the chair is really sturdy. I would definitely recommend this.
    Thank you AJ for reviewing this product. I am so glad I purchased it.

    March 25th, 2008 at 8:27 am

  12. danielle C says:

    we have the kaboost for our 18m old son. it is great, since he would not stay in a booster seat. we love it, and it is not too high for him to be unable to climb up!

    March 27th, 2008 at 6:55 am

  13. Mista says:

    We too used the Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat…. But onyl after having a second ahnd VERY old high chair for our first daughter that was…well… SOOOO gross! *L* When our second came along we decided to buy the handy booster seat mostly because it travelled well… Which we do a lot of.

    This chair thing is a great idea! Thank you for writing about it, otherwise I would have never known such a thing exists! We’re moving into a new house and are getting rid of the kid table and chair set that our girls have grown up eating at…. They do fine out and about and such. but if this coudl make life easier at our new table set, why not!??!

    March 30th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

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