I often get asked about what family travel gear I recommend or take with me. I definitely packed a lot more when mine were both younger – especially since as a couple or singleton I didn’t really pay much attention to what facilities there were for kids.
Turns out a lot of places have highchairs – but the standards vary not only across the world but also between restaurants. Some highchairs didn’t have straps, some were dirty, others were absolutely perfect and other places had none.
So due to this disparity, I found it much easier to take my own. These days, baby travel highchairs are so portable, light and easy to clean.
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In a hurry to find the best portable travel high chair? Read our quick round up below and then further down for more in depth comparisons and reviews.
Here is a selection of various travel highchairs currently available, in a comparison chart, so you can easily compare and see which is the best travel high chair for baby and most suits your family needs. For more details on each one, see below.
A travel highchair (sometimes known as a booster seat), is a portable seat for feeding your baby or toddler when out and about. They are handy to have as then you can keep your arms free to eat your own meal.
Highchairs for babies are usually recommended for babies 6 months and older which can sit up unaided. Generally, a 5 point harness travel high chair is the most secure for a wriggly tot.
There are four main types of portable highchairs to choose from.
Travel highchair – quite like a normal highchair, but without the long legs. It sits on a dining chair and is strapped on. It will usually fold to a conveniently small size.
Booster seat -This type gives your child a ‘boost’ in height. It also straps onto chair. Some have 5 point harnesses.
Fabric seat harness – a piece of fabric you put around your baby with clip restraints.. They are easy to fold, incredibly lightweight, but don’t give your baby any height to reach the table.
Clamp-on seat – a seat that attaches to the edge of the table rather than a chair, so your baby is at table height.
Turn a regular chair into a high chair.. There are 3 height adjustable harness straps for children 6 months and up. Child must be able to sit up unassisted. Additional side loops at waist provide extra security for smaller babies.
Adjustable back straps ensure that the portable high chair fits a wide range of chairs – both tall and wide. Works with any height chair with a seat back up to 21” wide
The Fisher Price Booster Seat is easily adjustable for weaning babies to growing toddlers who can’t reach a table. The seat back and the dishwasher safe tray are both removable and it comes with a handy strap to carry it easily. The booster straps easily & securely to most dining & kitchen chairs. The tray has a snap on cover, plus you can remove the top tray to reveal a deeper open tray underneath. This portable booster weighs only 5.7 pounds as is suitable for a child up to 50lb, and is our recommended best toddler booster seat for eating.
Dishwasher safe feeding tray
Snap on lid keeps feeding tray clean
Built in sippy cup holder
No crevices to trap crumbs. Adjustable 3-point restraint
This lightweight (4lbs) Lobster table top high chair is often recommended by parents. The fabric slides out of the frame for quick & easy cleaning and the tray is dishwasher proof. For storage, the fabric folds towards the bar, and it comes with a storage bag. It’s one of the few travel highchairs with a tray. This high chair that hooks to table is suitable for children up to 37lbs.
The Inglesina Fast Table Chair is another high chair that clips onto the table, making it deal for babies & toddlers between 6 and 36 months who have full head and neck control. The chair can take up to 37 pounds in weight and won’t leave marks on the table. This attach- to -the- table highchair has a handy storage pocket at the back for wipes, toys, snacks etc. Complete with an integrated travel-friendly carry bag, the Fast Table Chair is easy to pack and pop into a suitcase or bag. Price wise, it’s cheaper than the Phil & Ted’s lobster chair. The fabric cover is fully machine washable plus it comes in 8 colours. This has our vote for the best hook on highchair – it’s perfect for home or travel on the go!
This folding portable highchair is perfect for family camping trips or even a picnic in the garden. It is a conveniently compact folding portable high chair and weighs just 8lbs. The Ciao Baby comes with its own carry bag too and is most suitable for babies from 6 months to 3 years, making it an ideal toddler portable high chair.
This portable booster chair and easy to pack away camping highchair comes with a removable tray and a carry bag. You can pop it open in seconds plus it can be used standing on the ground, or with straps (supplied) to secure it to a chair turning it into a booster seat for the table – very handy for camping, picnics or the beach etc. A bonus is the added portable high chair tray. The pop-up feature is easy to set in seconds, and it’s durable enough to be used indoors or out. This chair is best for 6m-4 year olds up to 37lbs.
The Airtushi is one of best portable high chairs due to being inflatable and compacting up neatly. It’s suitable for children from 6 months plus to 3 years or 33lbs/15kgs and has side air vents to keep your child cool. Although it can roll up into your handbag, a carry bag is also included. It is light and compact, with rigid supportive sides, making it ideal for travel and camping as it can attach to a camping chair – but it does take more effort than others as you need to inflate it.