You can read every weaning book there is and even invest in the best blenders to whip up delicious food, but the scariest part of the weaning journey is not being in the comfort of your own home to feed your baby with your trusty high chair. But you’ll never have to worry about whether your local cafe will have a free high chair again if you get your own portable high chair.
Best portable high chairs:
1. With protective storage for on-the-go essentials: Munchkin Portable Travel Booster Seat
2. Practical and lightweight: Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
3. Super convenient for travel: Toogel Clip on High Chair
4. Can be carried as a shoulder bag: Baby Polar Bear Booster
5. Super stylish: Mamas & Papas Baby Bud Booster Seat
6. Easy folding for transportation: Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat
7. Stylish design with multiple uses: Venture Bubble Table Booster
8. Easy to clean: Tommee Tippee Portable Travel Chair
9. Safe and practical: COSTWAY Baby High Chair
Munchkin Portable Travel Booster Seat
Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
Toogel Clip on High Chair
Baby Polar Bear Booster
Mamas & Papas Baby Bud Booster Seat
Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat
Venture Bubble Table Booster
Tommee Tippee Portable Travel Chair
COSTWAY Baby High Chair
What are the different types of portable baby high chairs?
Booster seat – this is a popular option for travel purposes when it comes to feeding your child away from home. The booster seat does just that; it raises infants higher than the table you’re dining at and doesn’t have any legs. Instead, it straps to an existing chair and often features a tray for baby to eat their dinner from.
High chair – this is similar to your traditional high chair; however, the portable versions are often fully foldable or feature shorter legs that can be adjusted as needed for you to feed baby easily and without hassle.
Clamp seat – a hook-on baby seat, or clamp seat, is a flexible option if you are tight on space. It brings the baby right up to the table you’re dining at, and you won’t take up any extra space inside a restaurant or cafe. The clamp seat may initially look precarious, but many have secure lobster style clamps that you screw into place on the table, making them a versatile option for wherever you end up.
Seat harness – a fabric harness reduces the need to carry an entire seat or chair. They are usually attached to the chair with rucksack style straps for the baby to sit inside the harness. It turns any chair into a secure seat.
Things to look out for when choosing a portable high chair
Does it fold? – When considering a portable high chair, you need to pick something compact and easy to fold away and store in your vehicle.
Weight – If you struggle to lift heavy things, you’ll want to pick a portable chair that is easy for you to carry from your vehicle to the venue, whether that’s a cafe or a friend’s home. As well as being lightweight, some portable options come with wheels.
Multi-function – You don’t necessarily need to pick a full chair that folds up and down. Instead, a booster seat is a fantastic option and makes your life a whole lot easier. Many can convert to cater to your needs, so it’s always worth checking for extra features that will fit your lifestyle.
Age suitability – Always check what age the high chair is suitable for. Many high chairs can be used from birth, while others are only suitable from six months old when they start weaning. We’ve included age suitability in our round-up.
Cleaning – As mums, we know how messy our tots can be, so for many parents, it’s important to find a portable high chair that can be wiped down after you’ve been out and about.
Safety tips when using a high chair
Another factor that should be at the top of your checklist is the safety functions. Some highchairs will have harnesses to ensure your little one is secure, but if they don’t, it’s worth checking the safety features. Like choosing a pushchair, lots of designs will have additional benefits, from adjustable seats to the ability to convert the pushchair into a chair for when your baby outgrows it. There are a few things parents should look out for when purchasing a high chair.
Look out for the British Standard EN 14988:2006 safety standard mark
We all know how much babies and toddlers can wriggle. That’s why it’s important to choose a high chair with a five-point safety harness, to keep them safe and secure.
Samantha Ball is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an obsessive cleaner.