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Booster Seats for the Table

At some point, every preschooler lets their parent know that they are way too cool to eat their meals in “baby chairs,” and that they want — nay, need — a booster seat for the table. Like big kids.

Listen up: there are a ton of booster seats for toddlers and preschoolers out there (enough to make your head spin). Don’t get lost in the thicket — we’ve chosen a few of our favorites that are simple to use, portable, and easy to clean. Here they are, in order of price (from lowest to highest):

Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat ~$29 — Best for Younger Toddlers

Prince Lionheart Soft Booster Seat ~$34 — Best for Older Toddlers/Preschoolers (Tie)

Ingenuity Smartclean Toddler Booster ~$34 — Editor’s Choice (Tie)

KABOOST Portable Chair Booster ~$39 — Best for Older Toddlers/Preschoolers (Tie)

Bumbo Toddler Booster Seat ~$39 — Editor’s Choice (Tie)

Best Booster Seats for the Table

Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat ~$29 — Best for Younger Toddlers

If you’d like something with a little more back support and a little more lift, we like the Chicco pocket snack booster.

The adjustable stand on the bottom offers six inches of extra height (or it can be folded up for a flat seat). The whole thing secures firmly to the chair with straps under the bottom and around the back and has a three-point harness to keep little ones planted. It collapses flat for portability and also has a removable tray.

Prince Lionheart Soft Booster Seat ~$34 — Best for Older Toddlers/Preschoolers (Tie)

The Prince Lionheart booster seat has a very simple design that provides your kiddo with a 3-inch boost. While it doesn’t have straps to attach it to the chair (or to keep your kid strapped into the seat), its textured bottom keeps it from slipping around while in use. This ultra-simple booster is waterproof, easy to clean, lightweight, and very well reviewed.

Better for slightly older kids, given the lack of a harness.

Prince Lionheart Squish Booster Seat ~$19

If you definitely need straps, Prince Lionheart also makes a booster with a harness.

It’s low-profile, easy to wipe clean, and durable.

Ingenuity Smartclean Toddler Booster ~$34 — Editor’s Choice (Tie)

This popular seat is one of our favorites. It can boost your child either two inches (without the foam insert) or four inches (with the insert), so you’ll get years of use out of it. This table booster seat comes with straps that attach the seat securely to your chair and a removable 3-point harness to keep your wiggliest toddler in place.

We love that it’s dishwasher safe, and the neutral slate color will go with just about any kitchen decor. Not to mention, it’s also lightweight and easily portable for family dining excursions.

KABOOST Portable Chair Booster ~$39 — Best for Older Toddlers/Preschoolers (Tie)

Getting points for creativity, the Kaboost ka-boosts up your entire chair, rather than just your preschooler. It snaps onto the chair’s legs and offers two height positions (3.7 or 4.5 inches). Its feet are rubberized to protect your floors and non-slip for safety’s sake; however, the rubber feet also make it impossible to slide your kid closer to the table without lifting the chair. The company recommends using felt furniture pads to help with this issue (and it really does help). As a clever alternative to a typical booster seat, the Kaboost is the ka-bomb!

Bumbo Toddler Booster Seat ~$39 — Editor’s Choice (Tie)

Similar to the Ingenuity Smartclean, the Bumbo booster seat (which Meg and Melissa own and recommend) attaches to your dining chair with adjustable straps. It features a (non-removable) three-point harness to keep your child nice and safe. Easy to clean and transport—if you’re looking for a booster seat with a harness, you really can’t go wrong with the Bumbo.


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  1. Are these all good to use on non-hard chair surfaces? We have a built in cushion…. which one would you recommend? Thanks!

    1. Sonia — I wouldn’t think you’d have a problem with upholstery, but I suppose it would depend on the exact fit with the chair… I think you’d *likely still have a good fit! Good luck!

  2. Hello,
    I have small antique chairs and all of the boosters will hang over the edges. I wanted to get the ingenuity. I am not sure if this ok or not. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Charli! What about purchasing a cheap folding chair specific for use with your toddler and their booster seat. It will protect your antique chairs and be big enough for modern booster seats. If that’s not a possibility, make sure to get a booster that can be strapped down below the seat and around the back of the chair. That should ensure no tip overs. Hopefully that helps!

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