4 Best Portable High Chairs of 2020

Best Portable High Chairs

February 14, 2019

Best Portable High Chairs

Best Portable High Chairs

Love checking out new restaurants and going on weekend getaways? Those things don’t have to stop once you have a baby. With the help of some gear, like portable high chairs, your pre-baby activities can actually become one of your favorite ways to spend time together as a family.

Portable high chairs are designed to provide a safe and clean spot for your child to chow down wherever you go. They either latch onto a table or strap around a dining chair. And, because they take up far less space than traditional high chairs, some parents even use them full-time to save room in their dining area.

Both kinds of portable high chairs have a three-point harness—so your little one can’t slip out through the bottom—and shouldn’t be used until your child can sit up independently without slumping over (around six months).

Do you need a portable high chair?

A portable high chair is great for eating out at restaurants that don’t provide any baby-friendly seating options or when you want to avoid the sticky, crusty, broken-safety-belt loaners many places offer. (Another option is bringing a seat cover to place over the loaner high chair.)

If you plan on traveling frequently—whether to grandma’s house or overseas—having a portable high chair ensures your child always has a safe spot at the table. But you could also feed your child from your lap if you don’t mind the mess.

What type of portable high chair is best?

Portable high chairs that clamp onto tables are smaller, lighter and easier to pack. But they might not work with round or oval-shapes, tables with thin lips or ones that aren’t solid enough to support your baby’s weight. Also, the fabric seats tend to be hand-wash or spot-clean only.

On the other hand, portable high chairs that strap onto dining chairs are a breeze to clean—just swipe the plastic down—and later, you can remove the tray to use them as a simple booster seat for toddlers. But this type of portable is bulky and a pain to tote around. And, depending on what type of dining set you’re working with, the high chair might not put your child at level height with the table.

Deciding what type of portable high chair to buy really depends on what features matter most to you. Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • Usability: Is it safe and sturdy? Will it work with multiple types of tables or chairs? Is it easy to attach?
  • Portability: Can you pack it in a suitcase or diaper bag? Does it have a carrying case or strap to put over your shoulder? Is it lightweight?
  • Cleaning: Can you wipe it down? Is the fabric removable and washable?

Check out these popular picks to find a portable high chair that works for your family.

Convenient Seat

Why We Love It

The Chicco Caddy portable high chair works with virtually any square or rectangular table since it fits over edges up to 5.5 inches thick. Unlike other table-clamping chairs, the fabric seat is removable and machine washable. And rubberized clamps won’t leave marks on the table (or pinch little fingers).

Keep in Mind

At 7 pounds the Chicco Caddy is heavier than other clamp-on chairs but does fold and stack into a mini duffel bag.

Additional Specs
Usage: From 6 to 36 mos, up to 37 lbs
Weight: 7 lbs
Dimensions: 28” x 15” x 12”; folded: 14” x 17” x 5.5”

Packs Up Fast

Why We Love It

There’s a reason this is called the Fast Table Chair: you can clamp it onto tables in no time flat with a few knob twists, and it’s even easier to pack it up. A drawstring carrying case is attached and hidden on the bottom of the seat. Just pull it out and package up seat that folds flat when you’re ready to go. This portable high chair fits on table lips up to 3.5 inches.

Keep in Mind

Instructions say the removable canvas seat is hand-wash only, but some parents successfully ran it through a delicate cycle in their machines. (You decide if it’s worth the risk!)

Additional Specs
Usage: 6–36 mos and up to 37 lbs
Weight: 4.2 lbs
Dimensions: 14” x 17” x 11”; folded: 14” x 17” x 4”

Fully Loaded

Why We Love It

The SpaceSaver High Chair proves that just because you have a small dining area doesn’t mean you have to compromise on cushy features. It sits atop a dining room chair—no need to make room for more baby gear—and provides a just-right seat for your little one with two height adjustments and three recline positions.

It’s a popular replacement for a traditional high chair and it’s easy to see why: the seat and tray are dishwasher safe, the seat pad and harness are machine washable, and later it can be turned into a booster seat. Also, unlike other portable high chairs this one can be used from the newborn stage and features a 5-point safety harness (the kind that goes over the shoulders).

Keep in Mind

It’s not the best for taking with you to restaurants or for traveling since it’s heavy (7 pounds) and bulky.

Additional Specs
Usage: From newborn up to 37 lbs; toddler booster up to 50 lbs
Weight: 8 lbs
Dimensions: 22” x 22” x 18.9”

For Outdoor Adventures

Why We Love It

Creating a spot for meal times on-the-go doesn’t get easier than with the Pop ‘N Sit, which unfolds and pops up for an instant high chair—no clamping, no strapping, no putting pieces together. The chair fabric is removable and machine washable, and the legs are spread wide and capped with no-slip rubber feet to create a stable base—perfect for restaurants, grandma’s house or out on a patio deck. When it’s time to go, the portable high chair collapses into itself and slips into an over-the-shoulder carrying case.

For outdoorsy families, the Pop ‘N Sit Portable Booster is an even better option. It sits lower to the ground (and can be strapped onto a park bench or chair), which makes it ideal for campgrounds, beaches and other places with uneven surfaces.

Keep in Mind

The diameter of the leg holes in the fabric determine how long your child can comfortably use the chair. Some will outgrow it faster than others.

Additional Specs
Usage: From 6 to 36 mos, up to 45 lbs
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Dimensions: 21.9” x 21.6” x 37.7”
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