Travel with a little one can be challenging! It's nearly impossible to take a full array of high chairs, booster seats, activity centers, bouncers, and saucers with you, whether you're traveling by plane, boat, or car. Luckily, there are lots of portable travel chairs available for babies and toddler today. Some are made for one job, but pack small for ease in traveling, and others can fill multiple roles, from dinner time to beach play. Here are the 7 best travel chairs for babies and... toddlers.
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Not only is the Go With Me Chair a lightweight, multipurpose option, it's also made to be used with a variety of age groups, from infants to toddlers. Your baby can sit in the chair as soon as he or she has good head control and can sit upright. This chair has a 5-point safety harness with a wide, padded belt at the center. There's a cupholder for a bottle or sippy cup in the armrest. The seat can be opened up so that baby's legs can fit through like a play saucer or activity center,... and there's even a mesh compartment with a canvas floor beneath for protection from grass, sand, or other surfaces. You can use the detachable tray for snacks or toys, and there's also a detachable sun shade in case you want to use the chair outdoors. When your toddler gets bigger, you can remove the harness and use the chair for indoor or outdoor activities, with or without the snack tray. The maximum weight for the chair is 75 pounds! There are 8 points of contact from the legs, and the base is wide for extra stability. The whole chair, including accessories, folds up into a travel bag.
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Weighing just 7 pounds, this portable activity center can be used inside or outside. It has a floor pad beneath the leg openings, so baby's feet are always on a clean surface. There are four height positions, so baby is comfortable and safe as he or she grows. There's a snack or drink holder, plus webbing loops along the top frame to keep baby's toys close at hand. The whole thing folds up into a travel bag that easily fits in an airline overhead bin or that won't take up too... much space in the trunk of your car.
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This portable activity jumper folds and unfolds in seconds so you can entertain your baby anywhere. The stretchy chair allows the baby to jump and play easily, plus there are built in toys attached, including a mirror book, rattle, spinner ball, and teether. If you'll be using the jumper outside, you can attach the UV-protective canopy to give baby some instant cool shade. There are three height adjustments so baby can jump comfortably, and the whole seat is removable and machine-washable.
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While this bouncy chair doesn't come with a travel bag, if your baby requires full-featured soothing, it's worth tucking into a suitcase or an accessory bag. You can use the Uplift bouncer everyday at home, as it has an infinite height adjustment so baby can see what's going on with the rest of the family, and it has a vibration mode plus music and sound effects. There's a toy bar, as well, that can be removed if you don't need it. The seat is machine-washable, too. There are... lighter weight bouncers that fold flat, but none that have the extensive height adjustment of this one with the vibration and music built in.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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You can use this portable booster chair to feed your little one on a regular adult chair at table height, or you can use it as a stand-alone feeding chair on the ground. There are straps to keep it securely attached to a dining chair, and the wide base makes it stable when used on its own. There's a three-point harness to hold baby in the chair, plus a feeding tray that can be removed if you don't need it. A mesh pocket on the back of the seat holds feeding accessories or toys. Since the... tray is removable, you can easily use the chair for non-food activities, as well, such as a day at the park or beach. The carrying case has a shoulder strap for easy transport no matter how you'll be traveling.
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This simple but effective portable bouncy chair weighs less than 4 pounds and folds up small enough that you can put it into a standard suitcase and still have room for the rest of baby's clothes and supplies. It unfolds in seconds and can accommodate a baby from birth to 6 months. There's a 3-point safety harness and a deep shell to cradle your baby while he or she bounces. A travel bag with a shoulder strap is included.
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If you just need a safe spot for your baby to chill or join the rest of the party at the table, the TotSeat is a perfect, lightweight, portable choice. Once baby is about 6 months old, or can sit up unassisted, the TotSeat can be used, and can accommodate a child up to about 30 months old. The straps on the TotSeat are adjustable to fit nearly any dining chair, and the front portion comes up under baby's armpits to offer plenty of support. This also prevents the baby from wiggling out of the... seat. The whole thing weighs less than half a pound, and it folds into a travel case that isn't much bigger than your cell phone. It's also machine washable, which is great, since babies are not typically neat eaters!