What are the best booster seats for eating?
Dining chair booster seats are a great alternative to a high chair for your child. Simply strap the booster seat to a regular dining chair to add height and your baby will be able to eat freely from a table. Most booster seats are recommended from 12 months old, however some models can be used from when you baby is able to sit unaided. You can also check out our reviews of the best travel high chairs here.
If you’re looking to buy one, you may be confused by all the choices available. We done all the hard work for you and researched all that available on the market. In this article we’ll discuss
- Top 5 booster seat reviews
- Criteria for selecting a great booster seat
- Booster seat buying guide
- Advantages of a booster seat
First let start buy checking out a our favourite booster seats.
5 Best Booster Seats
1. Munchkin Travel Booster Seat
Colours: one pattern design
- 2 height positions
- Storage section
The Munchkin Travel booster is like a mash up of a booster seat and a changing bag. The side fold away into a neat bag with a bonus hollow middle to store extras like wipes or nappies. This bag is perfect for taking baby to family and friends or overnight stays at the grandparents.
There are three chair harnesses for secure attachment to most chair designs. It comes with a three point harness, with a max weight of 50lb, this makes the chair suitable for children 1-5 years old. Very easy to clean and store away without taking up much room.
2. Safety 1st Easy Care Booster Seat
Colours: 2 colours (pastel or primary)
- Removable Tray
- 3 height positions
- Quick Set Up
The Safety 1st Easy Care booster is a great space saving alternative to using a high chair. This booster is suitable for use from 6 months right up to 3 years old. The legs have padded grips so the booster is very sturdy when strapped onto the chair with the two harnesses.
This chair is very easy to clean as its smooth plastic with no nooks for food to high in. The tray itself is removable to you can also push baby right up to a table with it on, so they can start to eat with the family as they grow. We love that the legs have 3 positions to get the perfect height for different dining tables and chairs.
3. Polar Gear Travel Booster
Colours: one pattern design
- 5 point harness
- Internal storage
The Polar Gear booster seat is our most affordable booster seat option. Even at such a low price you still get a great quality, sturdy high chair. It’s similar in design to the Munchkin booster, but with the extra security of a 5 point safety harness.
The chair folds away in a handy bag with internal storage space. It weights a mere 700g, making it very easy to travel with. The chair is suitable to use from 1-4 years old. The only downside we found was that this booster needs to be used with a high back chair to attach correctly.
4. Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat
Colours: 6 colours (blue, green, orange, pink, lime, silver)
- Easy assembly
- Adjustable straps
- Removable Tray
The Chicco Pocket Snack Booster is like a mini high chair. The legs attach to a regular chair to provide 3 adjustable heights for feeding. This booster is another top pick which can be used from 6 months old right up to age 3. You can fold the chair up after using so it’s great to use as a space saver high chair or for travel use.
The snack tray is very handy for when baby is younger and needs their own space, or a small play area. As they grow you can remove the tray and push your toddler up to a table to they can eat with you. A very simple design which is easy to clean if things get messy.
5. Mamas & Papas Baby Bud Booster Seat
Colours: 3 colours (teal, raspberry, putty)
- Non slip feet
- Additional activity tray
- Removable foam Insert
The Mamas & Papas Baby Bud is our favourite luxury booster seat. It’s suitable for use from 6 months old right up to 3 years old. Not only does it have adjustable heights as you baby grows, but you can remove the foam insert to provide more room for them. The foam insert makes the booster really comfortable for baby, but easy to clean at the same time.
This chair is very easy to use when attaching to the chair, but also to fasten and undo the harnesses. You can buy an additional activity tray inset which convert the booster to a little play unit to keep the little one occupied as you cook your meals. A great choice for a first booster seat.
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There is a lot of choice when it comes to buying a booster seat for eating. We used the following criteria to discover how well each booster chair performed. Certain features will be high priority for you and therefore you should choose a high chair which performs well in this category.
1. Ease of use – How easy is the booster to set up and attach to the dining chair. Consider how long it takes to set up and adjust, because you can be doing this with a cranky baby in tow.
2. Portability – If you want a booster to use when out and about or for travel then it need to be portable. Features we assessed were how compact the chair was when folded, weight and carry handles.
3. Cleaning – Booster seats can get messy especially when trays are removed. We checked for seats and harnesses made from easy clean materials. Extra features such as a removable insert or dishwasher safe tray scored highly.
4. Safety – It’s important you attach a booster seat to a stable and sturdy chair. We assessed each chair for safety features such as number of attachment straps and whether it was a 3 or 5 point harness.
Booster Seat Buying Guide
Before you buy a booster chair you should know which features to look out for that will provide most benefit for you and your baby.
Booster seat come in two types: fixed or travel
- Fixed booster seats – Usually made from plastic with rigid sides which don’t fold. The offer stability and durability, however they are not as compact as the travel type. Fixed seats the best option if you are looking for a second or a space saving high chair.
- Travel Booster seats – Made from fabric with side which fold away compact when not in use. The types of booster is lightweight, compact and very portable, however they don’t offer as much stability and are hard to clean than a fixed booster. This type is a great option if you travel a lot with your baby.
If you will be using your booster chair often its best to buy one which has comfort features for your baby. Most high chairs are unpadded, however some models will come with soft inserts or contoured edges to provide comfort when seated.
You’ll need to consider what age range you want your booster seat for. Some boosters are recommended from 6 months and others from 1 year. Ensure the chair you choice can adjust height to fit at most dining tables. Make sure the chair can adapt to hold a bay securely and give a toddler some wiggle room.
You booster will either come with a 3 or 5 point harness. The safest option is the 5 point as it secures both your child upper and lower body. A 3 point harness only secures the lower body. You must always supervised your child when in a booster seat to avoid any accidental falls.
The number of chair straps will vary from 1 up to 3 per booster. Stability is improved with more straps. The straps should be adjustable to fit to different chair sizes. Consider the placement as high set straps are not compatible with low backed chairs.
Value for money
You’ll find a booster seat to fit most budgets. Budget boosters are great for infrequent use or you may want to buy a luxury option which will withstand daily use. Expect to pay between £10 and £50 for a booster chair.
Benefits of a Booster Seat
Still undecided about whether to buy a high chair or a booster seat? Check out the benefits of using a booster seat for eating. You can find our high chair recommendations and benefits here.
A booster chair is essentially a mini high chair you can take with you when out and about or travelling. Most are lightweight and portable enough to carry or store in a car or suitcase.
Second chair for visiting
If you often visit places or homes which don’t have any facilities for baby eating, then a booster seat come in handy for taking along with you. If your child stays over at the grandparents’ house, they can have their own booster seat to use on the odd occasion and store away when baby goes home.
A booster seat is a great to use as your child advances from a high chair. As you baby gets older a booster chair can be used to seat them at the dining table with the rest of the family so they can join in. Participating in family meals has a lot of benefits for children.
If you don’t have enough room to set up or store a regular high chair then a booster seat can be a space saving option. It’s best to look out for one which has all the convenience of a regular high chair such as a tray. This is a great option especially if you have multiples and require two or more high chairs.
Cheaper than highchairs
Booster seats are a lot less expensive than a regular high chair. A high end booster seat will cost around £50, which is around the price of a budget high chair.