A booster seat is ideal for when your child no longer needs a highchair, but still needs help reaching the dining table. Whether you're in your dining room or at a restaurant, they can be used with most dining chairs, can help your child feel more grown-up and take up less space.
You can choose a high chair booster seat which has a removeable tray and cushions while others are essentially just straps. What works for you will depend on what age and stage your child is at and how portable you need the booster seat to be. Some can be used for babies from six months – just make sure it has a supportive backrest and harness. Avoid anything with nooks and crannies so you can clean the seat easily and lap belts are useful too, keeping toddlers more secure.
The best toddler booster seats for your growing little one
Best for kid appeal
This versatile booster seat weighs just 700g yet offers both a height boost and a 3 point harness to help keep little diners in place at the table. The cushion is inflatable so can be packed up and chucked in a drawer or under your pram and the harness comes higher up than a lap belt, making this a sensible choice for younger toddlers. At the end of your meal, just wipe the booster down and fold it up to form a neat and compact shoulder bag, which comes complete with an extra pocket that contains a portable changing mat.
Best for younger babies
Ideal for everyday use in a small home or for keeping at the grandparents, this booster has a supportive seat that is suitable from six months. It’s quick to clean and cleverly incorporates an extra tray and lid. It does fold down but is still on the bulky side.
Best for chucking in your changing bag
A simple, clever fabric harness that ties onto a chair. It doesn’t provide a height boost so won’t help children reach the table, but is still useful for spoon-feeding. It packs down to virtually nothing, which is a huge bonus. Suitable from six months.
Best for feeling grown up
This simple booster is perfect for older toddlers who want to feed themselves but can’t reach the table. It’s made from soft waterproof material and has absolutely no awkward corners, so it’s extremely easy to clean and comfortable, too. It’s sold in a choice of three colours and is suitable from 18 months.
Best for easy cleaning
Rubber grippers on the underside of this booster will keep your baby secure and the three-point safety harness will keep them safe and can be adjusted as your child grows. We all know that baby's can be messy at dinnertime but this booster seat has an easy to clean surface.
Best for style
Available in several sweet designs, this comfy booster seat will add height of 3.1" to your tot. Two extra strong adjustable straps, easily and safely fasten under the chair meaning it won't slip and slide about. Handily the cover can easily be removed and machine washed.
Best multi-purpose option
This clever travel bag easily transforms into a booster seat for your youngster, offering convenient and protective storage section for those much needed essentials such as bottles, cups, nappies and more. A great option if you're on the go a lot, it's ultra-portable with a carry strap included and folds away neatly so is ideal if you don't have much space at home.