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Best Portable High Chair for Traveling Families

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One baby gear item that you may not consider immediately is a portable high chair. If you intend to travel or like to be on the go a lot, searching for the best portable high chair is worth your time. Some restaurants don’t have ideal high chairs for your baby, or you may want to have a bite to eat somewhere other than a restaurant. A portable high chair is a great thing to carry along!

 ProductOur RatingPrice
1
Inglesina Fast Table Chair
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2
Phil & Ted Lobster High Chair
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3
Fisher-Price Booster Seat
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4
Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
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5
Yochi Travel High Chair 3-in-1
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Types of Portable High Chairs

There are three general types of portable high chairs. Sometimes, you may notice they are referred to as travel high chairs. The names are interchangeable; there is no difference between them. So, if you happen to look through other reviews and notice the different name, don’t be concerned that you are looking at the wrong reviews!

Hook-On Chairs

If your baby is older than six months old, a hook-on high chair is great. Most go up to 37lbs so that you will get plenty of usage for your money. These chairs attach to the side of the table with rubber handles. You can tighten the handle, and it creates a safe seat for your baby. 

  • One of the benefits of using a hook-on chair is they are lightweight so that you can carry them easily.

Booster Seats

All parents have seen booster seats, so they need very little introduction. You can attach these seats to most chairs, allowing your child to sit with you at the table. However, they are ideally intended for children 12 months and older, until 50lbs.

Wraps

If you are looking to travel a lot, then a wrap high chair is going to be the best option for you. They are very versatile. You can use them to carry the baby, to attach to a chair, and even as a sleeper in a crib. They are meant for babies around six months of age, and they are extremely lightweight.

Features to Look for In a Portable High Chair

Regardless if you plan to travel heavily or just to bring the high chair to grandma’s house for Christmas dinner, there are some features to think about before purchasing. These high chairs are designed to make your life easier. While portable high chairs aren’t expensive, it is best to avoid the cheapest ones; you want to make sure that they are a quality product.

1. Safety

When you are considering any baby gear for your infant, safety should be your top concern.

  • Safety should be the top concern when reviewing and reading ratings of portable high chairs.

Some portable chairs require a 5 point harness; they provide additional support for younger babies who may still wobble a bit when seated.

  • It is important to remember that hook-on chairs are only as stable as the table. If you attach it to an inappropriate table, it could lead to the table tipping over. Look at the recommended ages; make sure it is in the appropriate range for your child.

2. Easy to Use

Since you are going to be using the high chair while you travel, you don’t want anything difficult to use. Booster seats are the easiest to use, but they won’t fit everywhere. The hook-on chairs are complicated and require a stable table. However, it is important to remember that your travel seat won’t fit everywhere.

Out of the three options, the wrap high chairs tend to be the most complicated option. After a few tries, you will get the hang of it quickly. None of these are difficult to use, especially once you try.

3. Easy to Transport

Since the high chair is designed to be portable, this is the probably the most important feature to consider. It is essential to have a seat that is easy to bring along. A cumbersome chair won’t weigh too much. The easier to carry the better it is for portability.The two easiest options to take along with you would be the wrap chairs and the hook-on high chairs.

4. Cleaning

Babies are notoriously messy when they eat. So, naturally, the chairs that they sit in become a disaster zone. You don’t want to have to spend a long time cleaning the portable high chair. If they have machine washable fabric, that is handy. Ideally, the material of the seat can be wiped clean. This way, you can just wipe it down each time quickly after each meal.

 ProductOur RatingPrice
1
Inglesina Fast Table Chair
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2
Phil & Ted Lobster High Chair
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3
Fisher-Price Booster Seat
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4
Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
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5
Yochi Travel High Chair 3-in-1
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Reviews of the Top 5 Portable High Chairs

#1. Inglesina Fast Table Chair

The first for review is another favorite hook-on travel high chair. Parents all over love the features it offers. Let’s take a look at why it is an excellent choice for parents. 

  • First, it is very lightweight, weighing only 4.2lbs, and easy to transport. Unlike some other hook-on chairs, the Inglesina folds flat.
  • Also, you get a carrying bag to make traveling with it even easier. What I love about the traveling bag is Inglesina has it sewn directly on the fabric; it is under the seat, but hidden. We love this feature because let’s be honest, parents tend to lose those types of things so quickly. You have no worries about it being misplaced while out and about.
  • Inglesina can only attach to tables 3.5 inches thick and under. It does attach firmly and is safe for your child.
  • There is a Velcro strap to hold your infant in place; it isn’t a harness, but it is thick and does an excellent job.

Cleaning the hook-on chair is easy; the cloth is removable and machine washable. Overall, due to the portability and ease of cleaning, the Inglesina chair is a great option.


#2. Phil & Ted Lobster High Chair

Ready, Set, Eat wherever you want with the Lobster portable high chair created by the fantastic Phil & Ted. The Lobster high chair won the Mom Trends award in 2014, indicating a product of high quality and great design. You will be able to travel with ease and dine in many places. 

Here are some of the key features about the Lobster high chair!

  • The recommended age range is six months up to 37 pounds.
  • To keep your baby safe and secure, Phil & Ted added a 4 point safety harness with padded shoulder straps. Children are known to wiggle and squirm, so they added strong, “lobster claws” with rubber grips on the arms to keep them secured to the table.
  • The included food tray is dishwasher safe and slides over the top the table surface. Parents love this feature because it means baby can eat anywhere, even on rough, wooden surfaces.
  • The setup and take down is a breeze. When you lift the frame, the seat falls into place. When you are done, the seat folds back onto itself.
  • You can slide the fabric off the frame for easy cleaning.
  • Even though it is a child’s product, the Lobster high chair looks sleek. It is crafted with brushed stainless steel and durable fabric.

For on-the-go families, the Phil & Ted Lobster High Chair is perfect for stable tables, picnic tops, and bar tops. Anywhere you go, you can secure your child and have a nice meal.


#3. Fisher-Price Booster Seat

If you are interested in a booster seat option, the Fisher Price booster seat is the way to go. It is one of most popular options for a travel high chair.

  • Like many booster seats, it is made of plastic. So, you can easily wipe it clean after each use.
  • You can adjust the height of the seat, so it can reach different table heights and works well for your child as they grow over the years.
  • ​The Fisher Price booster seat comes with a detachable tray with a lid, so it can stay clean as you travel. You can wipe down the tray. It is removable, so at restaurants, you can take it off. If you are at a picnic, the tray will work great. As for safety, the seat has a 3 point harness to keep your baby firmly in the seat.
  • The big difference between the booster seat and the hook-on chairs is the portability. The Fisher Price seat has a traveling strap, but it isn’t as easy to carry. It does fold, but not compactly.

Despite being heavier, it is an attractive option for parents and will work great in many circumstances.


#4. Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat

Our fourth great portable high chair is also by Chicco; they are a great brand! This Chicco seat is a booster seat instead of a hook-on chair. It has some excellent ratings for so many great reasons. Let’s take a look at them!

  • For a booster seat, the Chicco Pocket Snack folds flat and has a carrying strap. In comparison to other booster seats, it is compact. You could even fit it into a suitcase.
  • Another interesting feature of this booster seat is it has foldable anti-slip legs, allowing this seat to either be self-standing or attached to a chair. I love this feature! Having a self-standing chair is a great choice for camping or picnics. You never know when you could use that feature! The legs have three different heights.
  • For safety, the Chicco included a 3 point harness. Your baby won’t fall or climb out! As for cleaning, the booster seat is plastic, so you can wipe it clean after each meal. There is a removable tray, for those times you want to use the chair as self-standing.
  • I love this booster seat because it is so versatile and easy to use. When you want to fold it, all you have to do is push a button. Set up only takes a few seconds.
  • You can use this Chicco booster seat up to 50 pounds so that you will get tons of usage out of this booster seat.

#5. Yochi Travel High Chair 3-in-1

Our last portable high chair is unique! It is a 3-in-1 option! With one item, you get a portable high chair, a toddler harness, and a shopping cart safety harness. I love the versatility of this product; instead of 3 items, you only need 1. For this review, let’s take a look at the high chair feature.

  • If you want a space saver high chair, you can use the Yochi travel high chair. It attaches easily to the seat. There are a Velcro strap and a buckle at each side to make sure the high chair and your baby stay firmly on the chair.
  • One of the best features of this product is the portability. It is small and can be put right into your diaper bag. Fold it up and take it wherever you go!
  • The Yochi highchair is lightweight and breathable as well; it will dry very easily.
  • The material used can be wiped clean. After meals, just wipe it down. However, if you notice stains developing, it is also machine washable.
  • It is durable and can stand up to years of usage.
  • Overall, the best feature of this portable high chair is the versatility. You can use it nearly anywhere and for so many reasons. It is a great harness for those toddlers that love to run, and it will hold your little one in the shopping cart. You can’t go wrong with a product like the Yochi!

 ProductOur RatingPrice
1
Inglesina Fast Table Chair
Check price
2
Phil & Ted Lobster High Chair
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3
Fisher-Price Booster Seat
Check price
4
Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
Check price
5
Yochi Travel High Chair 3-in-1
Check price

Picking a Portable High Chair

Our top 5 portable high chairs are excellent. They all have nice features that make them ideal. However, the one I consider to be the best is Inglesina Fast Table Chair.

  • It can fit into a variety of tables under 3.5 inches thick.
  • It is very lightweight
  • Cleaning up the portable high chair is so easy, which is nice for traveling.
  • Safety will never be a concern when using the Inglesina.

Overall, it is loved by many parents because it is a great product. 

We would love to hear about your experiences. Do you have a portable high chair? Let us know in the comments!

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Hi! I’m Serena. The first time that I knew the term “being mommy” was fantastic and unforgettable. It brought me a lot of changes in my body, my habit, my feeling and my whole life. I started Kittymoms in order to share my knowledge and experience to those who are first-time mommies and who have a long time to be back to mom's work, all who need to search advice during the time taking care of their babies.
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