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10 of the best travel highchairs and booster seats

The best foldable boosters, seat harnesses, clamp-on seats and travel highchairs for feeding your baby or toddler away from home

Booster seats and travel high chairs

Whether you’re heading on holiday or just packing the car 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, so you’ll need to make sure you have a booster seat or portable high chair to make things a little easier. Many of these seats can also be used at home, to turn a normal dining chair into a baby-friendly high chair so your little one can join you at mealtimes.

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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 folding fabric sling that wraps around your baby and the chair. You can use them instead of a booster or highchair, but they 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.

1. Mamas & Papas Baby Bud, £55

Best for playtime

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. The cushioned seat insert can be removed as your child grows, to increase the longevity of the seat.

There’s a safety harness to keep wriggly toddlers safe, and a removable tray. As an added bonus, you can also buy an activity centre to place on top of the tray to keep your baby occupied while food is being prepared.

Read our MFM review of the Mamas and Papas Baby Bud

Available from: Mamas and Papas, Amazon, Next

2. Chicco Pocket Snack, £19.99

Best foldable seat

An award-winning compact booster seat, the Chicco Pocket Snack is easy to assemble and comes with adjustable straps and a base with multiple height settings designed to fits a variety of chairs. It also has a safety harness to keep baby wobble-free.

The Pocket Snack tray clicks on and off in three positions, and it has a cute spoon and fork design on the seat unit. The booster seat is highly recommended by our MFM reviewer who said it offered “wonderful value for money” and claimed, “at home, it’s replaced the old highchair.”

Read our MFM review of the Chicco Pocket Snack

Available from: Amazon, Smyths Toys, Very

3. Phil & Teds lobster, £79

Best 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

Available from: Amazon, Phil & Teds

4. Venture Bubble Booster Seat, £19.99

Best budget booster seat

This bright and bold plastic booster seat was a hit with our home testers who felt it was a great budget option. Tester Susan said, “overall we thought the quality was great and the seat feels very robust, secure and easy to use.” It fastens to a dining chair with fabric straps, and has a harness and removable tray.

The colourful design with its little toys definitely appeals to toddlers, with MFM home tester Rachael saying, “my son loved this seat and was excited as soon as we unpacked it.” Some testers commented on the fact there’s no cushion, which could make it uncomfortable for long periods of time (if you’re lucky enough to have a toddler who’ll stay seated for more than 10 minutes). They also advised you check the dimensions carefully as it won’t fit all chairs perfectly.

Available from: Amazon, Venture, Tots and Lots

5. Bumbo Floor Seat and Play Tray, from £55

Best for young babies

Suitable from 4 months, or as soon as your little one can hold up her head, the Bumbo is designed to help your baby’s posture as well as be a comfortable feeding chair. The seat is designed to be placed on the floor, ensuring optimum safety for younger babies, and has a safety harness for added security. The optional “play tray” can be fastened on to the front, for toys or feeding.

This chair does have a really short life span, only going up to 12 months, but is ideal if your doctor has advised early weaning, when some traditional high chairs may not be suitable.

Available from: Kidly, Amazon (+ tray), Jojo Maman Bebe

6. Cosatto Grubs Up, £69.95

Best for fun colours

Cosatto is known for its cute prints and fun baby kit, and the Grubs Up high chair is no exception. A clip-on seat that fastens to most tables and countertops, it comes in a number of adorable prints including avocados and eggs, dragons and castles, and pink unicorns.

But it doesn’t just look cute, it also comes with a smart design that features an adjustable safety harness and a vice-style hold to keep it safely attached to the table. It also folds up flat and comes with its own carry bag.

Available from: Amazon, Cosatto, Boots

7. Nuby Travel Booster Seat, £19.99

Best fabric booster seat

Nuby travel booster seat

A classic fabric booster seat that folds down for easy transportation, the Nuby Travel Booster Seat is a great option for toddlers who hate traditional high chairs. It’s waterproof for easy cleaning, and folds down into a bag with a shoulder strap for travel.

Safety straps fasten it securely around most dining chairs, and there’s a 3-point harness to keep your child safely in the seat. The foam booster cushion lifts them up to just the right height to sit at the table with the rest of the family. Parents love its lightweight construction and praise the ease of use when out and about.

Available from: Asda, Amazon

8. Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Seat, £39.99

Best solid booster seat

Many parents choose to use the Ingenuity Baby Booster Feeding Seat instead of a regular high chair. It’s not as compact as some of the folding travel options, but if you’d like your child to sit at the table with the family from day 1 of weaning, this could be the perfect option.

The seat has fabric straps to keep it fastened to any chair, and a removable dishwasher-safe tray. The padded insert can be removed as your baby grows up, converting into a toddler booster seat. It comes in a number of colours to suit your decor, too.

Available from: John Lewis, Asda, Amazon.

9. Totseat seat harness, £24

Best fabric 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, ready to be thrown into your handbag/change bag/buggy basket for a quick mealtime solution while out and about. It’s also washable.

It fits most types of chairs and is really straightforward to use, and it complies to international standards than ensure its safety as a child support. Our MFM reviewer gave the seat four out of five stars for safety, style and value for money.

Read our MFM review of the Totseat seat harness

Available from: Amazon, Totseat

10. Baby Polar Gear Booster Seat and Placemat, £19.99

Best for short trips

Folding down into a light and portable shoulder bag, the Baby Polar Gear Booster Seat comes with its own matching placemat and is great for keeping in your buggy or travel bag for a quick on-the-go solution for mealtimes. It fastens on quickly and easily with fabric straps, and has a harness for safety. MFM home tester Amanda said, “the product is great to be able to take [kids] out for dinner or to family and friends houses who don’t have high chairs, so you can all eat together.” Home tester Sarah said, “This product is extremely handy and makes my life easier,” and praised its budget price tag and ease of use.

However it’s worth noting that it may not be the best option for older toddlers and preschoolers. Amanda had concerns about the recommended age range and said of her 2-year-old daughter, “the straps didn’t fit round her shoulders properly, like she had already out grown the seat.”

Available from: Smyths Toys, Amazon

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