The average American eats out between four and five times a week. Sure, that's the average, but it may not accurately reflect the dining habits of families with young children. According to a study released by Bloomberg, collecting data from the Commerce Department, last year Americans spent more on dining out and convenience foods than they did on their groceries.
When you have small kids in the house, you may be more likely to eat together at home. But, given the statistics and figures, it's unlikely that you'll avoid restaurants and cafés altogether. That's just reality (which still exists, even if you haven't slept properly in months).
Restaurants provide high chairs and booster chairs, but...
Have you ever taken a good look at the options for children's seating in most restaurants? The safety and security features are seemingly non-existent. And, you really don't know just when they received their last deep clean.
Those chairs are clearly available for convenience, but you're not going to be able to relax and enjoy yourself while you worry about the safety of your baby when he or she is hardly secured and dangling in the middle of the aisle.
And, that's not to mention all those picnics in the park, flights to visit out-of-state family, vacations, and evenings when you're invited to a friend's house. (Even when there are kids in the house, it doesn't mean a spare high chair is available.)
So you need a travel high chair, but what where do you even begin looking?
Fear not, we've got you covered. There are plenty of factors to consider when buying a portable high chair. There are plenty of types, but what you get depends on your baby's needs and your lifestyle. You may prefer one style or another (clip on high chair, booster seat, or camping high chair), but you'll still need to look at the weight-bearing ability of any given seat. And that's before looking closely at the safety features, storage and portability issues, and your budget.
To make your life easier, we spent more than 30 hours pouring over all the reviews and considering the opinions of parents willing to share their experiences. We looked at the questions and concerns that all parents have and based our top choices for portable high chairs exactly that.
Here comes the airplane (or choo choo or whatever convinces your baby to eat)!
It shouldn't come as any surprise that our top choice goes out to Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair. It's a top choice of parenting bloggers (and parents that just write reviews). You'll find raves on blogs like Pish Posh and Travels with Baby.
But, perhaps the merits of this particular travel high chair have been summed up by Mom Blog Society, "If you love to travel, go camping, tailgating, attend picnics, or trips to grandma’s, the Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair makes the perfect choice for convenience and piece of mind."
The Ciao! Baby model certainly has some amazing features, but you shouldn't rule out our other faves altogether. Each one has merit in its own right; it all depends on the factors that matter most to you. As long as you feel comfortable with your child's safety when you're not at home... that's really what counts.