Feeding a baby when travelling
Whether you’re heading on holidays or just for a day trip, a portable mealtime seat can help simplify feeding on the go. Balancing a wiggly baby or active toddler on your lap doesn’t always result in the easiest eating experience… for you or your child!
There are four main types of travel-friendly feeding seats to choose from:
Travel highchairs – a bit like the seat part of a highchair, minus the long legs. They sit on top of a dining chair and are strapped on. They can be folded to a compact size for portability.
Foldable booster seats – these attach to a dining chair and, unlike normal boosters, can be folded to reduce their size to something a little more travel-friendly.
Clamp-on seats – a seat that attaches to the table’s edge, rather than the chair.
Fabric seat harnesses – basically, these are like a fold-up piece of fabric that wraps around your baby and the chair. You can use them instead of a booster or highchair, but it won’t give your baby any height.
Unsure which style would suit your need? Our buyer’s guide to booster seats and travel highchairs is the place to start, plus we’ve rounded up 10 of the best options here, to help you find the perfect match for feeding a baby away from home…
Mamas & Papas Baby Bud, £31.95
The fun-packed feeding chair
The Baby Bud is a tabletop feeding and booster chair that has four clip-on feet that can be adjusted to three different height settings to fit to a variety of different chairs and tables.
Featuring a safety harness, cushioned seat insert and removable tray, you can also buy an activity centre to place on top of the tray to keep baby occupied.
For the full Baby Bud spec and to see why our MFM reviewer gave the seat four and a half stars out of five, click here
Buy the Mamas & Papas Baby Bud on Very
Concord Lima travel highchair, £49.95
The stylish travel highchair
Streamlined and compact, the stylish Concord Lima is a travel highchair that easily connects to any chair. It feels secure once attached and is comfy for your child, too.
The Lima comes with its own carry bag, cup holder in the tray and the covers are washable.
Read the full Concord Lima travel highchair review
Buy the Concord Lima on Kiddies Kingdom
Totseat seat harness, £24
The light, fabric seat harness
The Totseat falls into the fabric seat harness group. It’s light and compact because it’s made of fabric and can be folded down into a small pouch, thrown into your handbag/change bag/buggy basket and be forgotten about.
It fits most types of chairs and is really straightforward to use, as well as being the only product of its type to be recognised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the UK’s leading child safety charity. Our MFM reviewer gave the seat four out of five stars for safety, style and value for money.
Read the full Totseat seat harness review
Buy the Totseat on Amazon
Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper, £44.95
The innovative feeding helper
Phil and Teds have pushed the boundaries yet again – the Wriggle Wrapper doesn’t neatly fit any category, but it does what it does very well!
The Wriggle Wrapper can be strapped around a chair or your waist and used as a restraint when feeding your baby from 6 months to 2 years. Or, with an extension strap, you can use it as a sort of safety harness to strap your little one to a single mattress and stop him from rolling around on a bed. It’s clever, compact and it impressed MFM’s reviewer no end!
Read the full Phil and Teds Wriggle Wrapper review
Buy the Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper on Simply Baby
Polar Gear Go Anywhere Booster Seat, £17.99
The folding booster for older kids
The Polar Gear Go Anywhere Booster Seat is lightweight and easy to wipe clean. It’s also easy to use, and folds away to a compact size – it’ll look more like you’re carrying a laptop than a booster for you toddler!
It’s comfy for your child and best suited to older babies, from 12 months to about 4 years.
Read the full Polar Gear Go Anywhere Booster Seat review
Buy the Polar Gear Go Anywhere on Amazon
Chicco Pocket Snack, £19.99
The multi-purpose compact booster
An award-winning compact booster seat, the Chicco Pocket Snack is easy to assemble, comes with adjustable straps, so that it fits a variety of chairs and has a safety harness to keep baby wobble-free.
The Pocket Snack tray has three height positions and can come off completely, and it has a cute spoon and fork design on the seat unit. The booster seat is highly recommend by our MFM tester who gave it a whopping five out of five stars.
Buy the Chicco Pocket Snack on Amazon
Stokke Handysitt, £54
The transforming booster
The Stokke Handysitt can be used as a booster seat that hooks onto the back of adult chairs or, with the addition of the additional leg accessories, it can be used as freestanding children’s chair.
Unlike most travel chairs and booster seats the Handysitt is composed of birch wood, not plastic, which makes it a little more weighty, but also sturdier and more durable.
Buy the Stokke Handysitt on Amazon
Phil & Teds lobster, £60
The attachable table seat
The Phil & Teds lobster directly clamps onto the table, so your baby is always at table height. It pops up and is attached and ready in seconds.
It feels durable and keeps your little one safe with a 4-point harness and shoulder straps, but is lightweight and compact enough to fold down and carry in your handbag. The lobster also has a dishwasher-safe, removable plastic food tray.
Read the full Phil & Teds lobster review
Buy the Phil & Teds lobster on Amazon
Bumbo Baby Sitter and Play Tray, £34.99
The young baby-friendly weaning chair
Suitable from 4 months, or as soon as your little one can hold up her head, the Bumbo Baby Sitter is designed to help your baby’s posture as well as be a comfy feeding chair.
It does have a really short life span, only going up to 12 months, but is ideal for weaning, comes with a safety harness, food tray and play centre which sits on top of the tray.
Read the full Bumbo Baby Sitter review
Buy the Bumbo Baby Sitter on Amazon
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