A portable high chair can make travelling with a baby or infant just that little bit easier. See our high chair buying guide for what to look for when choosing one, and how we test to see how we get our results.
Our test covers boosters and harnesses that attach to a dining chair, clip-on seats that attach to a table, and floor seats for young babies. Our review will tell you which seats and harnesses are:
Our rigorous test looks at key safety requirements such as choking and entrapment hazards, sharp points, strength, structural integrity, security of the harness, and security of attachment to the chair or table. Our interactive comparison tool lists the seats' features and specifications to help you make the right choice. Our Recommended list will tell you quickly which portable high chairs we rated the best.
List of brands we tested in this review.
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We recommend models that score at least 80% overall. These pass all our key safety tests. There may be a few small failures with issues such as inconspicuous warning messages when the seat is in use.
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Clip-on or hook-on chairs: attach to the table, which should be solid and stable.
Booster seats or chair-mounted seats: strap to a chair and elevate the child to table height.
Harnesses: strap to a dining chair. They don’t elevate the child to table level, but can be very compact and portable.
Floor seats: designed to support small babies (around 3-6 months old) when they are still learning to sit upright. They must only be used on the floor.
There's no Australian standard for portable baby seats, so our tests are based on relevant clauses from the Australian standard for high chairs AS 4684, plus some tests from the standards for cots, folding cots and toys. We also refer to some clauses of the European and US standards for portable high chairs. The most important tests include whether the seat anchors firmly to the chair or table, whether it has any head entrapment gaps or strangulation hazards, and an adequate harness or other retention system (such as high enough sides). Floor seats (which sit on the ground) are not penalised for having side protection that is less than 170mm, as the risk of injury is far lower.
A tray can be handy for feeding and playtime. If provided, the tray should be secure when fitted but easy to remove, attach and adjust.
We recommend products with a 5-point harness (shoulders, waist and crotch straps), or a 4-point harness plus a hard crotch barrier. 3-point harnesses (waist and crotch straps only) are usually not enough to stop a child pushing or standing up, which increases the risk of falling.
Floor-mounted seats don't need a harness as the risk of injury from falling is low. Harness buckles should be easy for you, but not for your child, to release.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.