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Roofchopper wrote at 2007-07-06 01:22:59
I also bought a Wonda Chair stroller, chair seat, high chair, table and chair set, and carriage when our first child was born.  It worked very well for us for 5 children and was always kept indoors.  It is still in great condition except we had to have the seat cushions redone.  It doesn't conform to today safety standards but all of our children survived without any serious injuries.  I have the operators guide and parts list available if you are interested.  Complete unit is for sale if interested.  Carriage still looks like new.  Ours was purchase on 4/2/66.


irishreign3 wrote at 2007-12-19 23:02:40
I too, purchased this same set in 1962. It went through 3 kids and was still going strong. Not sure whether I gave it away or not...but now I've just found out I will be a grandmother, and it would be great if my son and his wife could have the benefit of that set!! I've actually been out on ebay and other sites looking to see if they were still around.


Roxanne wrote at 2008-02-18 22:46:05
In regards to the Wonder Chair question. We too had one for both our girls. About 23 yrs ago. We still have it. Plan on using it for our granddaughter. There is a car seat & a high chair. There are several pcs. that those can hook onto. There is a metal frame rocker, a metal frame (with wood top) table, that the high chair hooked onto (cannot tip over). And there is a stroller (with 4 wheels) that either the high chair or the car seat can hook onto. So yes, there are many conversions you can do with the wonder chair and/or car seat. I'm glad we still have all the pcs!  Roxanne


Tim wrote at 2008-03-04 03:10:41
My wife brought home a Babyhood Industries "Wonder Chair" today.  It has a lot of attachments and parts along with the instructions on how to use them.  If the person asking about instructions will e-mail us we can send her a copy of the instructions for her wonder chair.


Laurie wrote at 2008-07-22 21:09:02
I had the wonder chair for my children 22 years ago and I still have it. I might even have the originial directions. I will check if you are interested you can email me.


lynn wrote at 2008-09-07 20:15:42
We have a Babyhood Wonda Chair purchased in 1968 - it went thru our three children, my sisters children and now we're giving it to our son for our first grandson - great piece of equipment


Mad wrote at 2008-10-01 04:41:31
I still have the Wonda Chair set that I bought for my daughter in 1985. I also used it for my son, born in 1988. It is still in great condition except for the car seat. The plastic hole protectors that the straps of the car seat went through somehow came off the maroon part. The bottom metal piece on the foot of one of the legs of the table came off too and I had to put a piece of cardboard on the floor under it. That happened after the kids were older. Aside from these things, I loved that whole outfit. I called it my "fair-going stroller" because it would go over those large cables on the ground with ease. The suspension on it was/is great! My kids could sleep really well in the car seat and I loved how I could just take it and my sleeping baby right out of the car and into the house without waking the little one. I loved how it wouldn't tip over when used as a high chair and how I could just lay the seat back gently after my kids would fall asleep in it after eating. They both used it as a table and chair when they got a bit older. It was the best thing I ever bought for them!!  I can't bear to part with it, and every time I think I can, I end up bringing it back into the house.


Barbara wrote at 2008-11-18 01:29:20
I bought my wonda chair and car seat in 1988 and DO have the instructions with pictures if you are still interested.


cathyb wrote at 2009-03-08 22:05:53
I am so sorry I did not see this back in 2007 I have the wonder chair it is in my loft thinking that I would someday use it with my grandchildren But alas I have none. It was my daughters everything chair 26 years ago. I have all the paper work to it and could have passed it on. If you evey get another question I have the info.. cmb


chris wrote at 2009-03-12 20:35:29
Elizabeth,

I actually had one of these for my 1st born in 1979. Great system. If I'm not mistaken, I still have the instruction manual for this. I will check and get back to you ASAP. Give me your email addy.

Chris B.


Jim wrote at 2009-04-03 13:14:14
My wife and I bought a Wonda Chair at a "Baby Fair" in 1984. It was actually sold by a group of pro wrestlers who stood on it and bounced to show it's strength. My parents new these men and my mother had seen the chair and stroller when we were kids. We used it for 2 sons, 5 years apart. And we still have it. We found that the wheelbase was very cumbersome to assemble/disassemble in the rain, so we bought a lightweight umbrella stroller for bad weather trips to the mall. That always fell over when we took our son out of it. They were also made for short height parents, and not very durable. We used it when we went to places for longer time periods as it was more comfortable for the children. On long days the older one could rest in it while we held the little guy, too.


Bob wrote at 2009-05-09 00:09:07
In going through some old papers today I found where we bought a Babyhood Wonda-Chair for our oldest son on Sept. 16, 1956.  We used it also for our youngest son.  It lasted for years but is gone now.  


alvesmom wrote at 2009-07-16 22:34:09
This maybe a late answer , but just in case: that chair needs the table that came with the set to be use as a high chair(latching on it), You can use it straight on the floor like a regular table and chair for the toddler to eat, color or play on it. I had it for my children thirty plus years ago. At this moment I'm cleaning the baby carriage  and re-doing the cover skirt to be use as a bassinet for my grandchild expected at the end of this year, that is the reason I came to search for this product.


durandconnie wrote at 2009-07-22 23:08:05
I too purchased a "life-time" Wonda Chair and need two replacement part.   What happened to the company?  I located a Babyhood Inc. out of Walnut, CA but the phone number is no longer valid.  Can you help locate them?  I used this product for my two children.  I believe we purchased the system 1987.  The tray to the high chair and the baby seat clasp are broken.  I'd love to use the system for our new (first) grandchild.  Thank you in advance.


durandconnie wrote at 2009-07-22 23:31:25
I found this information on line about a Wonda Chair recall:  



Child Restraint Recall List

Updated: May 29, 2009



http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/safety_info/child_passenger_safety/child_restraint_recal



Babyhood Industries, 508-791-7355

Model Name Wonda Chair

Model # 810

Mfg Date Pre 12/82

Problem Type Harness may be misrouted.

Consumer Action    Call mfg. for instructions.



Babyhood Industries, 508-791-7355

Model Name Baby-Sitter 8200

Model # 810

Mfg Date Pre 12/82

Problem Type 1/92-6/93 Buckle.

Consumer Action    Call mfg. for instructions.



ANOTHER SITE:



Recall



http://www.recall-warnings.com/auto-category-C.BABYHOOD.html



820 (1)

8200 (1)

BABYHOOD (1)

WONDA-CHAIR 500 (1)

WONDA-CHAIR 501 (1)

WONDA-CHAIR 501B (1)  


durandconnie wrote at 2009-07-22 23:49:54
This is one more site with recall info...dated May 28, 2009.



http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/safety_info/child_passenger_safety/hsrc_child_restraint_



What is great about this .pdf is that they allow you to print and safe for your files.  


Donna wrote at 2009-09-08 19:42:46
I have one that I purchased in 1983 and probably still have the book for.  I understand that Babyhood Industries is no longer in business.  I'm trying to find out if the car seat is still safe so I can use it for my granddaughter.  If you can email me I will get a copy of the book to you.


Nora wrote at 2009-11-01 23:15:08
I also have one of these chairs.  It is navy with many different attachments but I don't know how to use them all.  I would love if someone who has the directions for it would be able to give me a copy or tell me where I could get them.  Thanks so much!


Barda wrote at 2009-11-16 00:44:07
Cleaning out our attic storage area, there was our Wonder Chair, which we purchased in '82 for our first child. We used it with all 5 children over a span of 18 years. Our youngest is now 14. We forgot that we still had it, but I'm so happy that we came across it, because we will use it with our 4 month old grandson. It just needs reupholstered.  


Betsy wrote at 2009-12-21 00:22:31
Does anyone know what type of pressure screws fit on Wonda chair table so the legs are fixed in the upright position?  Right now they are folded as it was stored and I can't find the screws.  I have to use the highchair at Christmas dinner.  Otherwise I have the pieces and look forward to using it for my Grandkids and visitors.  I've saved it for 25 years.


Bon wrote at 2010-01-08 20:57:29
We bought the wonder chair,  in 1954 in Texas I think it is called, Husband says wunder chair. We still have all the pieces, but did not buy the buggy. The chair stands alone or as a car seat then. Has a try and goes on a table to make a highchair, can be used as a little table and chair and fits on wheels for a stroller. The seat can be turned around on the wheels and the back can lean back or lie down. I bought a bumper, didn't go with it. I'm doing a little story now about it with pictures from the past. This will be for our children and we still use it with the next generation and now on the next.  


kathy c. wrote at 2010-03-18 20:49:42
I worked for this company back in the 1960's when we were located in shrewsbury, massachusetts, on route 9. Are there any other former employees on here? I worked in the shipping department. Lots of good memories I would like to share.  


lorelei wrote at 2010-05-16 22:45:20
I have no value on the parts that I have. The stroller base and the seat that attaches. There is pmne small rip above the little angel with wand, but the wheels have no cracks or splits.  I have not found too much online with research on this 'wonderful' child seat/stroller. where do i get more info?


Donna Jewer wrote at 2010-05-26 22:23:14
I bought the wonder chair 41 yrs.ago and had it for all my three children. In the process of moving several times I must of sold it. Well today I came across one just like I had with the carriage and bought it on the spot. I don't have any info on it, but if you don't have the carriage the chair can only be used for a high chair and a table and chair. if you have everything I can explain how everything goes together. This is one of the best items I have ever bought.

         Donna


Donna in California wrote at 2010-06-24 07:42:40
I bought one of these sets back in the 80's for my 2 children, and I am getting it ready for my grandchildren! We absolutely used and loved every piece.  Instant classic. Does anyone know where I can find the frame attachment to convert the stroller from a single to a double?  I am so happy to hear that so many people still have and use these great work horses. I have the manual if anyone still needs a copy.


debbie wrote at 2010-08-04 19:10:17
i also have a 1981 wonda chair set.  the carriage is is excellent condition but im missing the bar piece that connects the carriage to the wheel base.  also looking for the table and another chair.  if interested in selling please contact me.  thank you.  i am interested in buying this set.  please post.


Gone2thedogs wrote at 2010-08-16 13:01:50
Debbie, I have a set that I would be interested in selling. Bought in 1988 for my 1st child--I think we still have most of the parts. Where are you located? You can email me at gone2thedogs at gmail.com.  Thanks!


Scott wrote at 2010-08-21 17:04:44
I not only sold this product in Connecticut back in the late 70's but used it for both my children..To this day I think it was one of the best products out there that was safe and grew with your child over the years...The price then was around five hundred including the crib..Why this product is still not out there is sad or maybe it is and I just have not found it..I go back in a heart beat to sell it if it was !


Trina Wright wrote at 2010-12-21 17:32:10
How upsetting it is that Babyhood is no longer around.  I purchased the wonder chair back in 1985 and enjoyed everything about this system.  Just pulled the system out to use for my grandson and the table is broken. Ugg.  Anyone know how I can get ahold of another one?  The stroller still looks fab and can't wait to take him out in it. :-)


mels modern marvels wrote at 2011-01-23 20:07:04
I bought one in late 90's.for $45.00 from a thrift store.I think it was made in 1986.I just clean it up so I could use it in May.Its navy blue with two chairs ,rocker, buggy attachment and canopy.I can't find much information on the different configuration or innsuction or what accessories the company offered.You would think there would be more information and photos on the internet.like when the company started and when they went out of business and the original price.




Judith wrote at 2011-02-17 03:51:04
We bought one in 1990 when we were expecting our son.  We used it with both our children, and lent it to a friend for both their daughters.  Now it is out of storage again for our first grandbaby!  Loved it then, and love it now.  MY QUESTION IS... when you put the bassinet together on the rockers, is it supposed to lean to the top???


Terry wrote at 2011-02-21 17:26:51
I too have the entire system. We purchased it new from the Babyhood Industries when I was pregnant with my first child in 1976. It is all in excellent condition after use with my 3 children and now 9 grandchildren. I would like to sell it to a loving family as it is very special to me and I want to keep it together and see it used.


Lisa wrote at 2011-03-20 17:41:57
I also have a Wonda Chair set...all pieces except car seat...navy blue...great condition....also have instructions.


Les wrote at 2011-04-09 18:07:40
I would like to buy some accessories or a complete set.  I own a complete wonda chair set, but it has been kept in a damp basement and needs help.  I have the navy blue version which was purchased in 1983.  We used the set for our four daughters and now my oldest is pregnant and expecting in August.  I would like to recondition or buy a used set for her.  Is anyone selling parts or complete set?


Karina Calva wrote at 2011-05-10 18:19:58
I happen to own a manual for a Wonka restraint chair and a stroller that came with a chair/ highchair came with a table removable tray and more. I did own the set at one time but my parents got evicted and the items stayed in the house. I do still have the manual its in great condition, I believe the set was sold in 1987, I have an adress as well for the company which no longer exists.  


Sandy wrote at 2011-06-23 03:29:31
I have a Wonda-Chair, carriage -that can be converted into a  cradle in excellent condition. I would be will to sell if the is any interest.  


Mrish wrote at 2011-08-05 15:43:32
My mother bought the set for my daughter born in 1965. To date the set has gone through 5 children, 23 grandchildren and now is being used by the 4th great-grandchild. They don't make them now like they used to.  


rob wrote at 2011-11-13 17:47:53
I have a wonder chair in fair condition stroller, 2 chairs, table, rocker. I'm moving but the wonder chair is not.  Anyone interested?


John wrote at 2011-12-15 22:46:37
My wife and I purchased this chair, stroller, table combo before our 1st child was born in 1983.  We loved it!  A few parts went missing, as in lent out and not returned.  Also, some other  parts need replacement after our 2 children overstressed the thing while playing.  Now our 1st grandchild is due to arrive soon.  My wife and I are interested in buying parts, or a set, to make our WondaChair whole again.


Misty P. wrote at 2011-12-17 04:41:01
I have a wonda-chair set. Wasn't able to use it for my kids, but I love my set anyway. I've got parts of 2 different sets. I have 2 tables. I had one of the original manuals, but it's been lost. Wish someone could send me a copy.


Amy wrote at 2012-02-03 20:30:33
I just came across the buggy through a local collector - it's in really good condition with only a few cracks in the white trim plastic of the bassinet. The bassinet cushion doesn't have a date, but the address shows it was produced in Shrewsbury, Mass when they were located at 508 Boston TPK. Would love to know a time frame of when this was made.


strwbre wrote at 2012-03-27 14:04:24
I have a 1972 Stroll-o-chair with all attachments and instructions. It was mine as a child. My 2 siblings used it along with all4 of my children. Not all of it is practical,now. It is bulky. It doesn't fit in compact cars.  it's a great piece of history and has lasted almost 40 years with mild wear and tear. I think it is the same thong a the Wonda- chair.


D Sawyer wrote at 2012-04-08 00:28:03
If Sandy, who wrote back in June 2012 still has the carriage and, I am interested, depending on where she live.  I have every piece from the set we bought for my daughter in 1984, but we did not purchase the carriage, only the seat for the stroller.  



I also am looking for instructions; mine have been destroyed due to being in attic and eaten by bugs.  



D Sawyer


violetlass wrote at 2012-06-18 04:42:27
I also have a Babyhood Wonda-Chair, I have the carriage and I love it, their are only minor issues with the carriage such as a very small tear in the hood. Missing bed/mat and the carriage cover piece. Rubber for the tires need to be replaced, one wheel/spoke is bent. Its a slow work cleaning do to the small amount of rust on the metal. I am looking for the chair and table to go with mine even if it comes with the base for future use. I would also like instructions on how to use the carriage. I have taken it apart many times but I would still like to know more about it.


joe smith wrote at 2012-06-21 20:16:08
my wife and i purchased the complete set in 1991, carriage, high chair, car seat , the whole thing. used it, loved it.have all books and instructions. considering selling it. curious about value  


Pat wrote at 2012-07-30 17:33:33
I purchased the Wonda-chair back in 1982 & it has stood the test of time.  In 1991 I ran a daycare in my home & it's gone through many little ones.  I am now waiting on my 1st grandchild & will once again dust it off & use it.  It is bulky but sturdy.  I did not get the carseat with my set but I'm certain it would not stand up to the regulations required for today.  Overall this was a very good investment.  Glad I still have it.


Marianne wrote at 2013-05-15 20:50:59
I just purchased a wonder chair system from a private seller.  It has a the original instructions and every

Piece!  In excellent condition!   My mom used one for her 7 kids

And 28 grandchildren.   My son just married and is expecting this year, when I seem this set listed for $45.00

Yes, $45, I was shocked!  I'm not sure what year. It's not any if the models listed in the

Recall list, so I'm guessing its not an 1980's one.

I saw one listed on eBay for 1,000.  Crazy.




Sulema wrote at 2016-03-27 04:16:28
Is anyone selling parts for this set or knows where we can buy the parts? We are missing a part for the rocker/bassinet. Email me if you can help! SulemaR87@Gmail.com  


Misty wrote at 2016-11-16 23:29:31
I finally completed my wonda chair set. I had a photocopy of the instructions but that was lost. I will have some extra pieces if anyone is interested. I am in need of a new set of paperwork, instructions, etc. Anything would be helpful. email me at mpoffenberg@yahoo.com


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