Mother and Baby

Testing: Mealtime Booster Seats

Section: Shopping Ideas

We try out the best booster high chairs for your growing little one...

A booster seat is ideal for when your child no longer needs a highchair, but still needs help reaching the table. They can be used with most dining chairs, can help your child feel more grown up and take up less space. You can chose a high chair booster seat which has a 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 back rest 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.

Baby Polar Gear booster,

Cost: £22.99

Verdict: This versatile booster seat weighs just 700g yet offers both a height boost and a 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 style

Beaba booster seat,

Cost: £44.95

Verdict: A smart, practical booster seat that can be used with or without a tray. Well made and easy to clean, it has a removable insert cushion and is suitable from 18 months to when your child can sit on a chair unaided. The curved seat back feels comfortable and cocoons your child for extra security. The downside is it doesn’t come with a travel bag.

Best for younger babies

Fisher-Price Healthy Care booster seat,

Cost: £37.99

Verdict: 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

JoJo Maman Bebe pocket highchair

Cost: £14 Verdict: 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

Prince Lionheart soft booster,

Cost: £29.99

Verdict: 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.

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