We tested some of the latest portable high chairs on the market and realized the best bets are the ones that keep it simple: simple to set up, fold up and carry. We also looked for how easy it was to clean, plus safety and stability.
There are several options for portable travel high chairs—plastic booster seats for indoors, nylon booster seats for outdoors, and hook-on chairs for restaurants.
Let’s start with boosters designed for indoor use, perfect for grandma’s house or other road trips. In this category, we though the Fisher-Price Healthy Care booster was the best bet.
Fisher Price has a winner here: we liked the snap-off feeding tray that can go into the dishwasher, easy fold and shoulder strap for road trips plus three different height settings. When your child gets older, the tray removes so the seat becomes a basic booster.
The only caveat: the back does not recline, so your baby must be able to sit up on his own to use it safely. (No biggie for most older babies, but we know some folks consider these boosters as high-chair replacements—not a good idea unless your child can sit upright).
Here’s an overview:
What We Liked
• Dishwasher safe tray.
• Seat back removes for extra use. For toddlers who just need a booster, the seat back removes—so this portable high chair has a second use. The chair is rated for use up to 50 lbs.
What Needs Work
• No pad. This is both a pro and con—on one hand, the hard plastic can be uncomfortable after a long while. On the other hand, pads can be a pain to clean.
• No seat recline. Your baby must be able to sit up unassisted to use this chair.
• Only adds a small boost. And when we say small, we mean small: about 3″ or so. If you have a short or younger child, this portable high chair may not provide enough of a boost to reach a kitchen table.