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Whether you’re staying at a hotel and eating out regularly or you’re renting an apartment and eating in all the time, you’ll really want a travel high chair.

The wonder of being able to eat with 2 hands is something every (new) parent can relate to. Agreed, some restaurants do have a high chair of their own but more often than not they’re so sticky you don’t even want to think about putting your baby in there.

So, let’s get down to business and find the perfect portable high chair for your family.

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THE BEST TRAVEL HIGH CHAIR: COMPARISON CHART

NAMEIMAGETYPEAGEFOLDED DIMENSIONSWEIGHTTRAYPRICE
Summer Infant Portable Highchairfoldable6m - 45 lbs (20.4 kg)32.6" x 8.3" x 8.3" (82.8 x 21.1 x 21.1 cm)9 lbs (4.1 kg)yes$$-$$$
Ciao! Baby Portable High Chairfoldable3m- 35 lbs (15.9 kg)33" x 8" x 6.5" (83.8 x 20.3 x 16.5 cm)8 lbs (3.6 kg)yes$$$
Summer Infant Pop 'n Sitbooster seat6m - 37 lbs (16.8 kg)17" x 7" x 6" (43.2 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm)4.5 lbs (2 kg)yes$$
Munchkin Elevate Booster Chairbooster seat6m - 33 lbs (15 kg)13.8" x 16" x 23" (35 x 40.6 x 58.4 cm)6 lbs (2.7 kg)no$$$
Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seatbooster seat6m - 50 lbs (22.7 kg)14" x 13" x 2.5" (35.6 x 33 x 6.4 cm)6.5 lbs (2.9 kg)yes$$
Munchkin Brica Goboost Travel Booster Seatbooster seat12m - 50 lbs (22.7 kg)11" x 11" x 5.5" (27.9 x 27.9 x 14 cm)2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)no$$
Benbat Yummigo Booster Seatbooster seat9m - 45 lbs (20.4 kg)11.8" x 5.3" x 12.4" (30 x 13.5 x 31.5 cm)2 lbs (0.9 kg)no$$
My Little Seat Travel High Chairfabric harness6m - 35 lbs (15.9 kg)8" x 1.5" x 6" (20.3 x 3.8 x 15.2 cm)9.9 oz (280gr)no$
Totseat fabric harness8m - 30m7.1" x 5.2" x 2.8" (18 x 13.2 x 7.1 cm)9.1 oz (259gr)no$$
Baby-to-Love portable high chairfabric harness6m - 33 lbs (15 kg)7.2" x 6.2" x 4.1" (18.3 x 15.7 x 10.4 cm)8 oz (227gr)no$
Inglesina Fast Table Chairhook-on chair6m - 37 lbs (16.8 kg)14" x 17" x 4" (35.6 x 43.2 x 10.2 cm)4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)possible$$$
Mountain Buggy Pod Clip-On Highchairhook-on chair6m - 33 lbs (15 kg)12.2" x 13.4" x 1.5" (31 x 34 x 3.8 cm)2.2 lbs (1 kg)no$$$
Chicco Caddy Hook On Chairhook-on chair6m - 37 lbs (16.8 kg)14.40" x 14.50" x 4.70"
(36.6 x 36.8 x 11.9 cm)
5.75 lbs (2.6 kg)no$$

BUYING GUIDE

Types of baby travel chairs

At home, you can choose whatever kind of high chair you prefer: a vintage one, one that grows with your child or just the cheapest one you can find. But when traveling, you might want to consider something that is flexible, lightweight and easy to pack.

Travel high chairs can be divided into 4 groups. It’s really up to you and your travel situation to decide which one you prefer. If you will be flying, you need to carry that portable highchair with you all the time, thus make sure it is as lightweight and compact as possible. However, if you need a portable baby chair at your parents or in-laws, easy-to-use and clean will become much more important.

Folding high chair

This kind of portable baby chair actually looks a lot like a regular high chair, but with the capacity to fold down and thus take up a lot less space. They are generally easy to clean and come with a tray.

Because you don’t need another chair to strap the baby folding chair onto, this is the best choice if you are looking for a baby camping chair!

Booster seat

This portable baby seat is simply something that will elevate your baby so they sit higher and more comfortably at the table.

A portable baby booster seat is either foldable or comes as a rectangular box with a pop up back panel. It is meant to be put on a regular chair with a back. This way your child will be able to eat from the table at a comfortable height. The need of a chair with backing can be a downside.

A foldable booster seat can be strapped upon a normal chair or used on the ground. With the latter option, you don’t need a regular chair to make it work, which makes this type a great camping high chair too!

Another benefit of the folding baby high chair booster seat is that it can be used as a play table. You can put it on the ground and it has a tray, so your kiddo can draw or play without running away.

The box-version usually doesn’t take up too much space and you can often carry them as a shoulder bag with additional space for diapers or other essentials.

Be aware that your baby should have sufficient body control before you put them in a portable booster high chair. Like a portable cloth high chair, the lack of side support could cause your little one to slouch or even fall to the side. If you have a baby that is not that good in sitting yet, you’re better of with a compact folding high chair or a baby seat that hooks on table.

The big plus of these kind of portable high chairs is that they can often be used up until 50 lbs (22.7 kg). This means that if you are looking for the best toddler folding chair, a portable high chair booster seat is the best choice!

Baby chair harness 

This kind of portable feeding chair is frequently used when traveling by plane because they tend to take very little space. You can simply hang it over a chair and put your baby in.

However, it is not a real portable high chair seat, meaning that it does not elevate your baby to the hight of the table. Because of this, your child won’t be able to eat comfortably from the table. It does, however, helps to keep your little one safe and secure on their own chair. And if you put their plate in front of them on the chair, they will manage just fine.

Also, be aware that your baby should have sufficient body control before you put them in a fabric travel high chair. Like a booster seat, the lack of side support could cause your little one to slouch or even fall to the side. If you have a baby that is not that good in sitting yet, you’re better of with a compact folding high chair or a baby seat that hooks on table.

Hook on chair

This type of portable baby high chair can be clipped upon the table thanks to adjustable arms that are usually screwed to tighten. This way your baby can sit with you and eat from either the table or an extra tray. They are foldable, lightweight and generally come with a bag, which makes them great travel companions.

One thing to keep in mind is to not attach them to a pedestal table as the weight of your baby might pull the whole thing down! Make sure to only use them with a regular 4-legs table.

What to look for in a travel high chair?

What is the most important feature of a portable high chair for you and your family? In an ideal world, all 5 boxes should be ticked, but in real life you’ll probably have to make concessions. And that’s all right, because not everybody needs the same things nor goes on the same type of holiday.

Portability

When you think about portability, there are 3 items to keep in mind: the compactness (the dimensions), the weight and the method of carrying the infant portable high chair around.

If you are traveling by plane, make sure to give equal thought to dimensions and weight. The best portable high chair for travel should be compact of course, but it being lightweight is even more important. Every pound counts on a plane! The best travel chair is easy to transport as well: if you can put it in a backpack or diaper bag, you’ll be less likely to forget it somewhere and you won’t need to carry anything beyond your regular stuff.

If you are traveling by car or if you want a folding travel high chair for at-home use, the portability requirements will be less distinct. The weight won’t matter all that much (because all travel high chairs are more or less lightweight, none of them are really heavy). As for the dimensions and compactness, you’ll most likely want something rectangular that you can put in the car easily. If the carrying bag comes with a shoulder strap, then that’s a big plus but not a necessity.

Safety

The safety of a portable travel seat should be your main focus point. When it comes to your baby, safety is key, always!

Always make sure that you use a portable high chair for restaurants that is appropriate for the age of your child. If you have a small baby, they will need a lot more support. For that reason (and as mentioned before), booster seats and harnesses aren’t suitable for small children. In the same line, always make sure that your toddler or preschooler isn’t too heavy for that particular fold up travel high chair yet. If there are weight restrictions, keep to it!

Do keep in mind as well, that some portable baby seats may be instable on certain surfaces or top heavy, which can cause dangerous situations. A clip on baby high chair should not be used on a pedestal table, as, because of the weight on one side, the table as a whole could tilt over.

Use

As you buy a product with the intent to use it – potentially and hopefully a lot – you want to make sure that it is easy to use.

The first thing to make sure of is that the type of portable high seat matches what you are looking for. Do you want your baby to sit at the same hight at the table? Do you want it to be extremely lightweight? Do you want to tuck it into your diaper bag? Deciding which kids travel chair type will fit your needs, will be step number 1.

Other than that, think about whether or not you need or want a tray? It can come in very handy as they’ll have an easy to reach place to eat from, but it makes the fold up travel high chair bulkier. And if you decide to go for portable baby chair with tray, is it large enough?

Another important factor is the easiness to set up. Does it pop open in seconds? Or do you need to put it together or think by yourself “how did I need to do that again”? You want a

Cleaning

Let’s face it: kids are messy eaters.

So, no matter what you choose to eat, you’ll spend the after-dinner time cleaning up their seat. Maybe it’s not the most decisive feature, but you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble if you choose a travel baby feeding chair that is easy to clean.

Price

The price is an important factor in every purchase. A portable baby chair harness will cost a lot less than a baby clip on high chair or a portable foldable high chair. However, if you feel like you need the benefits of that particular type, it might be well worth the money. After all, you’ll probably be using it for a while. And if not, than that might be a reason to pick a cheaper one.

TIP: take a look at this post for more baby travel essentials!

So, have you decided which type of travel high chair will be the most suitable for your family? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the different products now.

REVIEWS

The best foldable high chair

Summer Infant Portable High Chair

The Summer Infant high chair is the best folding high chair you could wish for to have as an extra at home or to take with you on road trips.

The easy pop-and-fold concept makes it possible to set the chair up in seconds. When it is folded down, the rectangular package measures 32.6″ x 8.3″ x 8.3″ (82.8 x 21.1 x 21.1 cm). The carry bag with shoulder strap makes transportation absolutely easy. The travel feeding chair weighs 9 lbs (4.1 kg).

Because of the dimensions you probably won’t take it with you on a plane, but it is still compact enough to bring it in the car or better yet, to store it in the trunk permanently so you’ll always have it with you, whether you are going to a diner, a friend’s house or a backyard barbeque.

The fabric seat is removable and machine washable, while the tray (which has a cup holder) can be put in the dishwasher. The latter is attached to one side and clips onto the other side or you can just let it swing down to the side and out of the way. This makes it easy to put your child in and out. The tray can also be removed completely. 

The portable infant chair comes with a storage pocket, a 3-point safety harness and a wet/dry bag (great for wipes or utensils) that you can easily remove and take along with you in your bag.

The wide base comes with no-slip rubber feet that hold a firm grip on most surfaces like tiles, grass and wood. It is very stable, so no risk of tipping over. However, the negative side of the wide footprint is that it might be dangerous for tripping!

There are 2 editions of the Summer Infant high chairs: the original and the newer Sweetlife . You can use it when your child can sit independently (around 6 months) and up until 45 pounds (20.4 kg).

The Original versus the Sweetlife Edition

The above-mentioned description goes for the Sweetlife edition. The Original is very similar. However, be aware that a lot of parents communicate that the leg openings of the Original Edition are too small for toddlers. A lot of people end up cutting them open or they just put their baby on top of them. Another effect of the small openings is that you’ll have to lift your baby straight up to get them out. Some parents say they needed help to get their child out.

Another problem that has been mentioned is the size of the tray. It is very tiny, but fine for eating without a plate. There’s not enough room, however, for playing.

The cover is machine washable, but you have to loosen 2 screws to get it off.

Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair

The Ciao! portable high chair does in fact have long legs, like a regular high chair. Therefore it is bigger than other travel high chairs but still folds up rather small at 33″ x 8″ x 6.5″ (83.8 x 20.3 x 16.5 cm).

Because of the dimensions taking this chair onto an airplane isn’t the most obvious choice, but it is possible! Most airlines will allow you to check it as an extra piece for your baby or you could fit it into a large suitcase. It won’t fit as carry-on luggage however as those are usually limited to around 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (56 x 35.5 x 23 cm). It is, however, the best portable high chair for family camping trips or at the summer holiday house.

The big plus is that you don’t need another chair to make it work. You just pop it open and you have a fully working high chair. The high back offers additional head support which is great for babies and children with special needs.

With its 8 pounds (3.6 kg), it is not exactly lightweight in terms of airplane luggage, but since you’ll probably be taking it in the car, that doesn’t matter all too much. It is however very stable, which is ultimately the most important feature of a portable high chair.

The included vinyl tray makes eating and playing easy for your child and even comes with a build-in cup holder. Be aware that when your child is sitting in the chair, the tray dips down a bit, so you’ll need to use a lip or silicone mat to prevent the food from sliding down into their lap.

The safety of your child is covered with a 5-point harness, which isn’t really necessary as they already sit securely in the seat. Because of that, it can sometimes be a little difficult to get your baby out on your own. You can’t remove a piece of the portable infant seat and because it’s lightweight it is possible that you have to stand behind the chair, hold it down with one foot while you wiggle your child out.

The Ciao! Baby portable highchair can be used for babies from 3 months up to 3 years (35 lbs). It is available in 9 funky colors.

Make sure to check out the clip-on umbrella as well!

The best portable booster seat

Summer Infant Pop ‘n Sit 

The Summer Infant Pop ‘n Sit portable travel high chair feels a lot like a tiny camping chair.

Folded down it measures only 17″ x 7″ x 6″ and it’s easy to transport in the attached travel bag. The baby travel chair comes with a dishwasher-safe BPA-free tray for eating or playing.

It can be used both on the ground or strapped onto a regular chair, while your child sits stable and secure thanks to the 3-point safety harness. However, be aware that the straps are not sewn to the backrest but to the seat itself. This may cause discomfort for your child! If your little one is not a self-proclaimed acrobat, consider not buckling the straps, but keep a close eye at all times.

This baby travel high chair can be used for children from 6 months up to 4 years (37 pounds). It is available in a bunch of different colors and in an older and a new design.

Munchkin Elevate Booster Chair

The Elevate travel high chair booster seat by Munchkin comes as a great solution for getting your child to eat at the big people’s table. The aluminum frame and the wooden seat are a lot sturdier than other (plastic) booster or travel high chairs.

It might not be the best for plane travels, as it only folds to 13.8″ x 16″ x 23″ (35 x 40.6 x 58.4 cm). It is, however, absolutely perfect for car travel since it folds flat and can thus be stored easily on top of your other luggage.

The booster chair is very lightweight at only 6 pounds (2.7 kg).

Both the feet and the chair hooks are rubberized, making them safe for slipping. You simply hook this travel high chair to your regular chair and your baby can eat away.

The Munchkin Elevate portable booster seat is suitable for children from 6 months up to 33 lbs. It is available in only one design (aluminum frame and wooden sitting area).

Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat

The Chicco travel high chair has adjustable straps on the back and the bottom to easily secure it to a normal chair. Thanks to the anti-slip feet it is safe to use on the ground as well. Furthermore, the feet are made of metal, making them very sturdy.

A 3-point harness helps to secure your little one. Thanks to three height and tray positions, it can grow with your child.

The folded dimensions are 14″x13″x2.5″ and it weighs only 6.5 pounds (2.9 kg). This is a cheap and good option when looking for a travel high chair. The dimensions make it even possible to put it in a suitcase for your international travels. An easy push-button fold makes transport as easy as it gets, as does the carry strap.

The Chicco travel high chair seat can be used for children from 6 months (if they can sit up straight by themselves) up to 50 lbs. It is available in light grey, lavender, and dark grey.

Munchkin Brica GoBoost Travel Booster Seat

The Munchkin Brica Goboost is the kind of travel booster seat for eating you might consider packing for your international journeys.

As it folds down to 11″ x 11″ x 5.5″ (27.9 x 27.9 x 14 cm) you can easily fit it into your luggage. Furthermore, it only weighs about 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg), so you won’t have to cut back in any of the essential travel gear for kids.

Most noteworthy is that it is not only a travel high chair, but it doubles as a diaper bag as well!

It comes with a convenient carrying strap, giving it the look of a diaper bag. Extra-grip pads and the 3-point harness provide all the safety you want. Three straps securely attach the portable baby feeding chair to regular chairs.

This travel booster seat is suitable for children from 12 months to 50 lbs. That’s why we love it as a toddler portable high chair as well!

Benbat Yummigo Booster Seat

Now isn’t the Benbat Yummigo portable booster seat for travel a treat!

Packing smart and as lightweight as possible, is something we value greatly and we’re sure you do too. This portable booster seat on-the-go doubles as a suitcase for your little one. Or you might want to use it as a diaper bag. That’s some smart thinking!

The seat is made out of plastic while the backrest consists of stain-resistant fabric, making the travel high chair easy to clean. Straps on the front and the side help attaching the booster seat to a regular chair and a 3-point harness keeps your child safe.

The most noteworthy item, however, is its weight: at only 2 pounds (900 gr) you can add it to your travel gear without hesitation! The folded dimensions are 11.8″ x 5.3″ x 12.4″ (30 x 13.5 x 31.5 cm), so you can even take it with you as a carry-on.

The Benbat Yummigo travel booster high chair can be used for children from 9 months (or when they can sit independently) up to 45 lbs. It is available in blue or grey.

The best fabric harness high chair

My Little Seat Travel High Chair

The My Little Seat travel high chair is the perfect solution for parents who want to travel as light as possible, but would still like to enjoy some hands-free mealtimes.

First of all, it’s about as small as it gets. The travel high chair folds down to the size of a diaper and fits in a matching bag. In a couple of seconds, you flip it over a chair and you can put your baby in. The fabric folds down to 8″x1.5″x6″ and weighs only 2 oz.! So tuck it in your backpack and go!

With a 5-point harness and extra strong seams, your little one is safely tucked in. While it is fabric, it is washable and thus convenient to keep clean.

My Little Seat travel high chair can be used for children from 6 months until 35 pounds. It is available in 8 beautiful patterns and colors.

Totseat Chair Harness

The Totseat Chair Harness has all the advantages of a fabric harness travel high chair. Tie it easily around a chair, put your baby in and you can have lunch.

The machine washable fabric fastens with quick clips instead of knots. Furthermore, the fabric goes up over your little one’s chest, adding to the safety the 3-point harness already provides.

With measurements of only 7.1″ x 5.2″ x 2.8″ (18 x 13.2 x 7.1 cm) and 9.1 oz (259gr), you can tuck it in a diaper bag or backpack anytime.

The Totseat Chair Harness works for children from 8-30 months and is available in 3 colors (blueberry, chocolate chip and Zest).

Baby-to-Love fabric harness

The Portable Infant Safety Seat is another one of the fabric harnesses you can use as a travel high chair. The seat works the same way as the other two mentioned above and goes up onto the chest as well. Your child is safely secured with the 3-point harness.

This travel high chair folds down to a compact 7.2″ x 6.2″ x 4.1″ (18.3 x 15.7 x 10.4 cm) so you can fit it into your diaper bag. At 8 ounces (227gr) it is the lightest of the three.

The special feature of this fabric cover high chair is that it is reversible! The other side has a different pattern so your toddler can choose which ones they prefer or if you had no time to wash it, just reverse it and go.

The baby-to-love portable fabric high chair can be used for children from 6 months to 33 lbs and is available in 4 funky patterns.

The best hook-on chair

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

We are absolutely in love with the Inglesina clip on high chair.

First of all, the portable baby seat for table is 100% polyester, making it very easy to clean. The Inglesina high chair cover is removable and can be hand washed as well.

The twist-tight couplings are adaptable to most tables up to 3.5 inches thick (9 cm). As you can see on the pictures, the manufactures of the hook on high chair kept your baby’s comfort in mind, which shows in the lifted backrest and a firm seat.

As a parent, you’ll love this hook on chair as well. There’s a handy rear pocket and the carrying bag is attached at the bottom of the seat. That way your child gets extra padding, you can’t lose the bag and you just pop it out and cover the clip on table high chair for easy transport.

Furthermore, the portable stool for travel only weighs 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg) and folds flat to 14″ x 17″ x 4″ (35.6 x 43.2 x 10.2 cm), so it’s great both for plane and car travel!

The Inglesina chair is suitable for children from 6 months up to 37 lbs (16.8 kg) and is available in 9 beautiful colors. If you prefer this portable highchair with tray, you can buy it here.

Mountain Buggy Pod Clip On Highchair

The Mountain Buggy high chair is another hook on table high chair that you might want to use on your travels.

It is suitable for most tables (up to 2″ thick). The hook-on chair has an aluminum frame with padded back support and aluminum clamps with anti-slip grips pads.

Most noteworthy is that all that aluminum makes sure the travel high chair is extremely lightweight. It only weighs 2.2 lbs (1 kg)! Furthermore, it folds completely flat to 12.2″ x 13.4″ x 1.5″ (31 x 34 x 3.8 cm), which fits in a backpack or diaper bag. The accompanying carry bag makes transport and storage a lot easier.

The Mountain Buggy Pod is safety certified in Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand.

The Mountain Buggy Pod Clip-on chair can hold children up to 33 pounds (15 kg) and is available in 3 colors (red, grey and lime).

If you are looking for the smallest and most lightweight portable child seat, the Mountain Buggy is the best hook on high chair you will find!

Chicco Caddy hook on chair

The Chicco portable high chair is one of the most popular hook on chairs.

It is easy to attach to tables from 0.75 to 1.5 inches (1.9 – 3.8 cm) thick (and up to 5.5″ (14cm) with a table skirt – including the tabletop). You have to twist the rubberized arms to hold a firm grip on the table, but they are rather large (be careful not to bump your knee if you’re sitting close to your child).

The fabric of the seat can be removed and machine washed, which is great for messy eaters (aren’t they all?). Your little one gets a lot of support because of the cushioned high-back of the Chicco table seat, while the three-point harness will keep your child safe.

It is very easy to fold the Chicco clip on high chair down to a package of 14.4″ x 14.5″ x 4.7″ (36.6 x 36.8 x 11.9 cm). As this is not the smallest nor the most lightweight (5.75 pounds/2.6 kg), there are better options for international travel. However, it is still a great choice if you want a clip on baby chair for road trips, at the grandparents’ house or for eating out in your hometown.

The Chicco travel high chair can be used when your baby can sit independently and up to 37 lbs (16.8 kg). The chair is available in 2 colors: red and a natural grey.


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