A very popular type of high chair is the portable high chair as it is lightweight, easy to store, and really easy to pack for your vacation. These portable chairs are classified into two different types separated by their construction and the way you will use it:
The Travel Portable High Chair
As the name suggests, this is a portable chair for outdoor use. Whether you’re having a family dinner in the lawn or camping in the moonlight, a travel high chair is the most suitable option for keeping your child safe and secure. Made from a canvas that is stretched over a firm metal frame, the travel high chairs are convenient because they do not need to be assembled. They can be simply folded for travelling and unfolded for seating.
- Highly portable that can be easily carried in your car’s trunk.
- Wide base ensures balance even on bumpy terrains.
- Weather resistant.
- Not a ready replacement for indoor high chairs.
- The tray can be difficult to clean.
Hook-on (or Clip-on) portable high chair
These portable high chairs (also known as table chairs) are made without a tray or legs because they can simply be clamped to a table. The baby sits in the high chair that is suspended in mid-air with the baby’s feet hanging below. The tabletop in front of the baby acts as the tray for the high chair to allow for easy cleaning. Most hook on high chairs can support up to 37 pounds of weight i.e. they are suitable for infants and toddlers.
However, if your child is heavier than this, you should consider other high chairs. This high chair is recommended for family outings to restaurants or friends but remember that they are not suitable for use with wooden or glass tables (due to the risk of scratching).
- Very portable particularly because they do not have a tray or legs.
- Easy to carry around and store away.
- Can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
- It does not perfectly grip all table tops and may cause damage to certain table types as well.
- Not recommended for heavier (or older babies).
ciao! Baby Portable High Chair Review
A lightweight and flexible travel high chair by ciao! baby that comes pre assembled for ease of use. This travel high chair weighs only 8.5 pounds and measures 23” x 23” x 32” (length x width x height) in dimensions. This ultra-portable high chair can easily be folded and unfolded as needed.
When folded, this baby portable high chair can easily fit into your car’s trunk for convenient carriage. Once unfolded, the high chair locks down at leg support to provide stability for the baby, even on rough surfaces.The t-shaped safety belt on this portable high chair helps keep your baby firmly in place without the worry of slipping.
Here is the producer’s (ciao! Baby) video presentation:
Looking at the drawbacks for the chair, the t-shaped belt on the high chair can make it hard to get your child out of the seat (even when unbuckled). This problem is particularly noticeable when your baby is older. Furthermore, the tray has a tendency to slide down a little by the baby’s push (that can lead to spills).
Conclusively, the ciao! baby portable high chair provides a convenient and secure seating solution for your baby during travel. Whether it is a camping trip, vacations, family picnic, or just the casual family dinner, this portable high chair will come quite in handy.
Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Highchair Review
Featuring a simple and clean design, this travel high chair by Summer Infant offers incredible portability and security for your baby. Weighing only 7.8 pounds, this portable high chair can be folded (and unfolded back) in just a matter of seconds. With dimensions of 21.9” x 21.6” x 37.7” (length x width x height), this travel highchair is suitable for children of up to 3 years of age and 40 pounds of weight.
The hard plastic tray on this high chair is sturdy to prevent unnecessary spills (caused by the baby’s movements). However, cleaning the tray while it is still on the high chair can be a laborious task. Luckily, though, the tray is removable and dishwasher safe for a mess-free experience. The seat beat and the 3-point safety harness are appropriate security measures for keeping your baby firmly in place.
The fabric of the seat paddings can be removed and is machine-washable for easy cleaning. There is also a rear storage pocket that makes it convenient to store the baby’s accessories during travel. The rubber feet on the travel high chair help it grip to most surfaces. However, it is not as stable on uneven ground as other travel high chairs.
Here is the producer’s (Summer Infant) presentation video:
Chicco Caddy Hook On Chair Review
This hook on high chair by Chicco Caddy is a fitting solution for mealtimes on the go. Whether it is a family dinner at home or an outing to a restaurant, this hook on chair will make sure that your baby is comfortably seated at the dining table.
With a weight of only 4.8 pounds, this hook on chair can be completely folded into a small canvas for easy storage and travel. The hooks on this portable high chair can fit on any table that is at least 3/4” in thickness. The rubber grips on the hooks also prevent the hook on high chair from causing damage to wooden or glass tables.
The nylon seat paddings can be easily wiped clean in case of spills or smudges. The clothing canvas can even be taken off and put in a washing machine for thorough cleaning. For safety purposes, the hook on high chair provides a 3-point safety harness with the tabletop acting as the front support for the baby. While this portable high chair is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, it is advised that you take precaution when setting it up with a table top. Ensure that the chair is firmly gripped to the table before you seat your baby. This hook on high chair is recommended for babies of up to 37 pounds (or 2.5 years of age).
To summarize, the Chicco Caddy Hook On Chair is perfect for the dinner time, whether you are at home, at a restaurant, or visiting a friend’s house. The lightweight design and sturdy hooks make this high chair very portable and secure for your baby.