The baby high chair is a staple of every parent’s kitchen and the place where all the spaghetti sauce spilling happens! But, when you’re on the road, packing your bulky high chair simply isn’t an option. Enter the travel high chair!
With a travel-friendly high chair, you can make spending the weekend at grandma’s house or your annual summer camping trip easier than ever. These models are lightweight, compact, and fold easily. What else could you need?
But, the features don’t stop there. Many portable high chairs include trays for snacks or food, in addition to a safety harness to prevent your little Houdini from climbing out when you’re not looking.
Some brands make travel-friendly high chairs with height adjustments so you can modify the high chair as your child grows and keep him comfortable and secure.
A high chair for travel isn’t only perfect for holidays or restaurant outings. If you have a small kitchen with minimal floor space, or just want to avoid buying a giant high chair, some of the suggestions on my list will be right up your alley.
The best part is – travel high chairs are generally more affordable than the standard ones, so you’ll be saving money, too.
1. Graco Swivi Seat 3-In-1 Booster
Although this chair cannot be collapsed which makes it more difficult to transport, it’s still worth your consideration because it’s rather compact (it doesn’t have any legs) and you can pack it in your car and easily take it to grandpa and grandma’s house for the weekend.
Plus, it includes all the functionality of a standard high chair, without taking up all that space in your kitchen. Simply hook it to a dining chair and your baby will be able to take part in family meals from day one. There is a tray included but you can remove it once your kiddo gets big enough to eat at the table.
Even better is that you only need to use one hand to remove the tray which is a really neat feature for any high chair, not just the portable ones.
The chair can be converted into a booster and there are 3-point and 5-point harnesses for your child’s safety.
One of my favorite features of the Graco Swivi Seat is that you can rotate it in different directions, so you don’t have to move the entire chair for feedings or to be closer to your baby. This also means that it’s super easy for the other parent or caregiver to take over feeding duties during the meal.
You’ll love that the seat pad can be washed in the washing machine and you can even remove the infant insert which provides extra support to little munchkins.
The high chair can be used by kids up to 40 pounds but the booster can be used until your kiddo is 50 pounds.
2. Ingenuity Baby Base 2-In-1 Seat
A seat that’s perfect for both meals and playtime, the Ingenuity Baby Base will suit all your traveling needs as it’s very lightweight and compact. I love that the feeding tray can be detached and stored below the seat. And although the tray is on the smaller side, it still includes a cupholder.
You can pick from a handful of bright colors, making this one of the most stylish high chair boosters around.
For the safety of your child, there is a 3-point harness.
This seat can be used from 6 months of age until your child reaches 50 pounds, so it’s going to stay in your family for a while – good thing that durability is an important feature of the Ingenuity Baby Base.
What’s more, it doesn’t necessarily only need to be used when you’re on the road – this can be the high chair that you use on a daily basis and save plenty of space in your kitchen.
I love that there is no fabric on this seat that could potentially get stained and need cleaning. In case of spills, simply wipe the seat down and you’re good to go.
Finally, the Ingenuity Baby Base is quite affordable, especially when compared to standard high chairs that aren’t as portable and compact as this one.
3. Baby Delight Go With Me Chair
With an included sun canopy, the Go With Me chair by Baby Delight is one of the best baby high chairs for outdoor activities and traveling. You can go to the beach or spend a weekend in the outdoors and not have to worry about sun exposure.
Apart from that, the Go With Me chair is made to last, with an age and weight range that far surpasses any other model on this list as it can be used by babies who are at least 3 months old until they reach 75 pounds. As your baby grows, the seat will transform from a traditional high chair into a mini camping chair for your kiddo.
There is a detachable tray for food or toys and the canopy can be removed, as well, giving you room to customize the chair to your needs. Your baby will be kept safe and protected by the 5-point harness and the seat is padded to keep him comfortable and in an upright position.
When your munchkin gets bigger, you can even remove the seat and allow your baby to stand up in the chair (there are leg holes placed specifically for this purpose) and be more active. The holes for the legs are covered with netting, keeping them protected.
As your baby grows into a toddler and then into a big kid, you can permanently remove the tray or keep it for lunches or playtime. With the chair, you’ll also receive a travel bag to make packing easy.
Unfortunately, the material of the chair isn’t machine washable but it’s fairly easy to wipe down, so I wouldn’t consider this to be a dealbreaker.
4. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair
Although this Fisher-Price travel high chair is certainly more expensive than other portable booster seats and high chairs, it offers plenty of functionality and quality in return. First of all, it can fit kiddos up to 50 pounds so your baby will be using it for a long time. And it’s lightweight, so you can carry it anywhere.
The detachable feeding tray includes a cupholder and a small handle that you can use to hang a bib or a kitchen towel. You can recline the seat in 3 ways and it even transforms into a toddler booster seat. The high chair isn’t the only part that is adjustable – the harness, for example, can be modified from a 5-point to a 3-point harness.
The seat pad is washing machine-friendly and durable against all sorts of spills and stains but you can also purchase extra seat pads to always have a clean one ready.
Even though the SpaceSaver is a compact and travel-friendly model, it’s also a fantastic choice if you’re looking for an affordable high chair for everyday use that won’t take up too much floor space.
5. Inglesina Fast Table Chair
Although models that look like camping chairs are perfect for outdoor trips with the whole family, there are instances when you don’t need to take an entire chair with you, such as when you’re going to a restaurant.
In this case, the Inglesina chair will be your new best friend. It weighs a little over 4 pounds and is foldable, so you’ll easily be able to travel with it. In addition, you don’t have to think about table height as this chair fits most tables, regardless of height.
As for the weight limit, your baby will be able to eat in the Inglesina chair until he reaches a weight of 37 pounds. The minimum age limit, however, is 6 months.
The back of the chair includes a nifty pocket to store toys, snacks, or whatever else you might need during your meal. But, my favorite feature of the Inglesina chair is that it allows your little one to eat together with the entire family just like in a regular chair, instead of sitting separately from everyone else.
This model comes in 9 colors, so you can take your pick of bright and bold colors, or simply go with classic black. You can also purchase additional accessories, such as their table tray.
Although this model is slightly pricier than some of the chairs below, you can rest assured you’ll be getting a high-quality piece of baby gear that will last you in the years to come – even for a second child!
6. Chicco Caddy Hook-On Chair
The hook-on high chair by Chicco is another option for you to consider, especially if you’d like to be more mindful of your budget. It comes in 2 colors – red and grey, making both choices a great gender-neutral baby shower present.
Like the model above, this chair attaches to your dining table, allowing your little one to eat alongside the rest of the family. It includes a compact fold feature, allowing you to take the chair when you’re traveling, going on holiday, or simply going out to eat but would rather avoid using the restaurant’s chairs.
Along with the 3-point harness, the backrest includes a cushion to make sitting down and eating more comfortable for your child.
I love that the cover of the seat can be removed for a more thorough cleaning. Unfortunately, this chair doesn’t come with a feeding tray but I wouldn’t consider that to be a dealbreaker, especially if you’re only planning on using it periodically.
Your baby will be able to eat in this chair until he’s 37 pounds.
7. Summer Infant Pop ‘n Sit SE High Chair
The Summer Infant Pop ‘n Sit chair is one of the best portable high chairs around as it works great indoors and outdoors without sacrificing functionality and comfort.
The first thing you should know about this chair is that the seat cover is machine washable, so there’s no need to waste time trying to wipe off any food stains. But keep in mind that this model only has a 3-point harness, instead of a 5-point one.
You can rest assured that your little one won’t be able to tip the chair over as the legs flare out, adding extra stability.
What sets this model apart from many others is the neat little pocket on the side of the chair where you can store snacks, toys, wet wipes, or anything else you need on your trip. Even better, you can unzip it from the chair and use it separately.
You can detach the removable tray and wash it in the dishwasher and there is a cupholder for your baby’s drink, too.
As for the weight and age limit, this chair is suitable for kids from 6 months of age until they reach a weight of 45 pounds. When you’re traveling, you’ll like that the chair folds up easily and you can use the included travel bag to store it.
And even though this is an affordable travel high chair, it has a very cute black and white stripe design and you can pick between two colors – pink and blue.
8. Munchkin Brica GoBoost Travel Booster Seat
This Munchkin booster is made with older kiddos in mind, from 12 months to 3 years of age (or up to 50 pounds). It’s foldable and lightweight but what really sets it apart from the other boosters and high chairs on this list is the storage space below the seat.
You can use it to store extra diapers, toys, wipes, or anything else you might need during mealtime at your favorite restaurant. The bottom of the seat is equipped with special pads to prevent the seat from sliding off the chair, especially useful if you have an active tot.
Once it’s folded, you can throw it over your shoulder like a messenger bag and go about your day – it only weighs a little over 2 pounds!
9. Summer Infant Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair
This is an adorable little high chair by Summer Infant, designed with both indoor and outdoor use in mind. With a limit of 37 pounds, it comes in 4 different colors.
There is a small tray (without a cupholder) for toys and food that can be washed in the dishwasher. Its compact design allows you to fold the chair up and put it in the carry bag for storage or when you’re on the go.
It only has a 3-point harness, however, so keep this in mind if this is a big concern for you.
10. Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair For Babies And Toddlers
Parents that love traveling, and especially camping, shouldn’t need to say goodbye to their outdoor adventures just because they now have a baby. And the Ciao! Baby chair was designed with just that in mind – allowing active parents to take their little one with on all of their outings in nature.
A key feature of this model is that it’s foldable. This means you can easily keep it in your car or garage without the chair taking up plenty of space and simply unfold it when it’s mealtime. With the chair, you’ll get a neat carry bag, too. Another bonus is that it doesn’t need any assembly which comes in handy when you’re busy setting up the tent.
The chair also comes with a tray for your baby’s food and a small cup holder. The tray is covered with a see-through material that’s easy to clean.
The 5-point harness will keep your little one sitting firmly in place during dinner, no matter how wriggly he gets!
The Ciao! Baby travel high chair has a maximum weight limit of 35 pounds but weighs 8 pounds, so portability won’t be an issue.
11. Baby Delight Go With Me Uplift Deluxe Portable High Chair
There are a number of similarities between this Baby Delight travel high chair and the Ciao! Baby one above. First off, it can be folded, allowing you to set it up quickly. It’s also great for outdoor use and the fabric is designed in a way that makes cleaning quick and easy. The tray includes a cup holder, too.
I love that the tray is made from a sturdy plastic material so food will stay where it’s supposed to and won’t slide off. You’ll also be happy to know that the tray can be removed and is dishwasher safe. This makes it a great option for eating indoors, too, whether you’re visiting family or going to a restaurant.
This model also comes with a neat bag for storage and travel.
For the safety of your little munchkin, there is a 5-point safety harness. In addition, the legs of the chair flare out, which minimizes the chances of the chair tipping over and hurting your child.
Unfortunately, you can’t wash the seat cover in the washing machine, so you’ll need to wipe it down if your baby makes a mess.
This chair is a great option for parents who are looking for a model that will grow with their child, as it’s appropriate for babies from 6 months to 3 years of age.
12. Phil&Teds Lobster Clip-On High Chair
An alternative to the Inglesina chair is this model by Phil&Teds. And if you’re only interested in a clip-on chair, you’ll be really happy with all the extra accessories that are already included with the Lobster model.
One such accessory is the tray that allows you to keep the baby food separate from the surface of the table, which is perfect for restaurants. And with the travel bag, you can take the chair anywhere you go. Since it weighs a little under 4 pounds, you won’t even notice that you’re carrying it over your shoulder.
It’s so compact that you can pop it in the storage basket of your baby stroller!
The frame of the chair is made from stainless steel, making for a sturdy and durable seat for your little one so you don’t need to worry about whether the seat will hold up.
Another great feature of the Lobster is the 4-point harness to keep your baby firmly in place. What’s more, the shoulder straps are padded to make sitting in the chair as comfy as possible.
The chair is suitable for babies up to 37 pounds. It’s a great choice not just for when you’re on-the-go but also to use at home, especially if you’re not a fan of the bulkier models or have a smaller kitchen or dining room.
13. Regalo My Chair 2-in-1 Portable Travel Booster Seat & Activity Chair
The Regalo chair is a fantastic choice if you’re a family that likes to go camping or spends a lot of time outdoors. It includes a detachable tray, complete with a small cupholder.
You can place it on the ground and use it as a mini camping chair or attach it to a dining chair, allowing your baby to eat together with the rest of the family. The material the seat is made from (nylon) is easy to clean off in case of spills.
Regalo gets another bonus point when it comes to ease of use with the foldable feature, and you can use the included carry bag to make traveling easier. As the chair weighs only a little over 3 pounds, this is definitely going to be one of your favorite baby products to carry around.
Although this chair probably won’t be your first choice for everyday indoor use, it’s ultra-practical when it comes to outdoor use. And it’s super affordable, too!
14. Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
If you’re looking for a versatile travel high chair that won’t break the bank, look no further than this Chicco chair. Both the tray and the chair’s legs have 3 height adjustments, so you can adjust the level as your baby grows and make sure that the chair is comfortable and safe.
This model is only supposed to be used on a chair and not on its own – you can use the straps to fasten it to the chair. You don’t need to assemble it prior to use as the chair is foldable, just snap the tray into place and you’re good to go.
No need to worry that the feet of the chair will slide off and cause an accident since they are designed to prevent slippage and not scratch your precious furniture.
What’s more, this chair can seat a child up to 50 pounds which gives it a big advantage over many other models with much lower weight limitations. There is a 3-point safety harness included to keep your child secure in his seat.
Although it’s clear that the Pocket Snack chair isn’t as stylish as some of the other booster seats and portable high chairs, it’s lightweight and folds up quickly, which are two key features of every travel-friendly high chair.
Plus, your child will be able to use it for much longer than other high chairs whose weight limit falls within the 30 to 40-pound range.
15. The First Years On-The-Go Booster Seat
For parents who want a very light and travel-friendly high chair they can throw into a diaper bag and always have it at the ready, this First Years booster is an excellent choice. Your baby can use it from 9 months of age but don’t be fooled by its compact appearance – it can handle kids up to 50 pounds, so you’ll get plenty of use from it.
What sets this seat apart from other models on my list is the fact that it’s inflatable, so when it’s folded up, it’s much lighter and more portable than other seats. You can inflate it by pulling open a plug on the seat and then closing it once it’s fully inflated. To deflate it, simply pull the plug again.
Equipped with a small handle, you can carry it like a tiny messenger bag. There is even a mesh pocket on the side for small accessories.
When it comes to safety features, there is a 3-point harness you can adjust to your baby’s growth. Unfortunately, if any food gets on the seat, it might be difficult to clean as it’s covered with fabric. However, you’re likely to only use it for restaurant outings or when visiting friends and family, so it shouldn’t be a big issue.
If you’re looking for a portable chair for your baby that you can also use at home on an everyday basis, then this is probably not the best choice. But, if you only need something to avoid using the boosters at restaurants, then it’s a great and affordable option.
16. Smart N Comfy 3-In-1 Portable High Chair + Toddler Safety Harness + Shopping Cart Safety Strap
The Smart N Comfy toddler harness can be used both as a safety strap for shopping carts and as a high chair for babies who are at least 6 months of age and can hold their own head up. It’s compact and you won’t have any trouble fitting it into your luggage when you’re packing for your next trip.
It’s made from a machine washable fabric so any food stains or spills can be handled quickly and it’s comfortable enough for a baby to sit in.
You might not need to use it as a toddler safety harness but if you do, you should know that the strap measures 33 inches in length, so it can be used by parents of different heights.
17. Summer Infant Sit ‘n Style Compact Folding Booster Seat
A portable and easy to clean booster, the Summer Infant Sit ‘n Style booster is a model worth considering. It includes a tray for food and toys that you can pop in the dishwasher without a second thought and when you’re not using it, simply fold it below the chair until you need it again.
Most importantly, this booster is foldable and even comes with a handle, making it easy to carry from point A to point B. What’s more, it weighs just a little over 4 pounds.
As for safety features, there is a 3-point harness.
The Sit ‘n Style chair comes in a very stylish white and green color and you can bet everyone will be asking where you got it!
18. The Original Easy Seat
An affordable and stylish option, the Easy Seat is a favorite of moms everywhere who want a simple and lightweight option they can use at home and on the go. In fact, you’ll find it hard to find a model that’s easier to fold because the Easy Seat is made from polyester fabric (which is machine washable, by the way) so you can easily throw it in your bag.
And, because it’s so budget-friendly, you can get more than one to always have a clean Easy Seat at the ready.
To use it, just place the hood of the seat onto the back of the chair, secure it, and then place the baby into the seat. Make sure your baby is safely strapped in with the 5-point harness and voila! You’re good to go.
The Easy Seat is safe to use for babies who are at least 6 months old and can hold their own head up until they reach a weight of 35 pounds. Granted, this is not a big weight range but considering the price, it’s more than acceptable.
How To Pick The Best Portable Travel High Chair For You
With so many different travel-friendly high chairs available, how can you possibly know which one is best for you? Here are some key factors you should take into account while shopping for a high chair to take with you on the go.
Where you’re planning on using it
This is a key question you should ask yourself before purchasing any kind of high chair. There are clip-on chairs, boosters, foldable high chairs… Each is useful in its own right but if you already have a standard high chair at home that’s taking up space, you probably want something compact that you’ll only use when you’re out and about.
But, if you’re pregnant or have a baby who isn’t old enough to use a high chair yet (and you haven’t purchased one already) then you might want to explore the option of getting a model similar to the Inglesina Fast chair that you can easily transport wherever you’re going.
If you’re a nature-loving family, you’ll probably find models that look like camping chairs most useful as you can set them up anywhere and don’t have to rely on tables or chairs.
By weight, I mean the weight of the chair and not your baby, although this is important, too. Some portable chairs for kids are lighter than others, and you can even pack them in your luggage when you’re going on holiday – others, not so much.
If you’re fairly certain you’ll only be using the high chair when visiting friends, family, or while eating out, then having a heavier or bulkier high chair won’t be an issue as you can keep it in the trunk of your car.
For parents who like to be on the go and travel a lot, I definitely recommend fabric models that you can fold up and keep in your bag with your other baby things.
Ease of use
When you’re hungry at the end of a long day, the last thing you need is a high chair with gimmicky straps that take ages to snap into place, frustrating both you and your child. And since high chairs can be dangerous when not used properly, you need one that will give you peace of mind.
What’s more, you’ll also need to factor in cleaning time. Babies spill food and often have diaper accidents while sitting in a high chair, making it necessary for the chair to be covered in a machine washable material. If it isn’t, it should be easy to wipe down and get all the crumbs out.
Boosters are generally easier to clean than other high chairs but they’re not always safe for babies so you might need to wait until your munchkin is big enough for a booster.
With a travel high chair, you’ll no longer have to use bacteria-covered high chairs at restaurants, nor pack up your big high chair whenever you’re visiting family for a few days. Simply fold it up and pop it in the trunk of your car until you’re ready to eat.
What’s more, you don’t have to settle for a cheap and wobbly model that looks like it could fold under your baby’s weight at any moment. In fact, you might love your new high chair so much that you’ll be using it every day as many of these travel models are a great option if you don’t have a lot of floor space.
When trying to decide on the best high chair to go with, don’t forget to pay attention to the weight limit as some portable high chairs have a much bigger range than others, meaning that your baby will be able to use it for a longer period of time, saving you money.
Versatile high chairs are a great option, too, especially if they can be transformed into a booster seat once your kiddo outgrows his high chair.
I hope you were able to find the perfect high chair for all your traveling needs!
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