Nourishing your kiddo with love, experiences, education, and, yes, food is part of the joy of parenthood. And when your little one starts to nourish himself — well, that’s a whole new developmental milestone to witness. Bonus: Moms and dads may finally get to sit down and eat, too!
Around 18 months of age, most toddlers can use child-sized utensils (and hello, their fingers) reliably enough to get their food from plate to mouth. Granted, there will be a fair amount of spillage, but practice will — eventually — make perfect. Eighteen months is also about the time many toddlers are ready to transition from a high chair to a booster seat. It’s important to choose a booster seat that encourages self-feeding so your little one can work on mastering this important skill — and you can start eating hot food again.
The best booster seats for self feeding allow your child to sit safely and comfortably at the dinner table. Cushioned seats, slip-resistant bases and safety straps are all a must. And because toddlers are not known for their neat and tidy table manners, make sure you choose a booster seat that’s easy to clean, as well.
We’ve rounded up the best booster seats for self feeding so you can start the nightly tradition of family meals at the dinner table when your little one is just a toddler. From a version that self-inflates to one that fits under the dining chair, you’ll find the perfect one to give your little foodie a seat at the table.
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1. Prince Lionheart Squish Booster Seat
Designed for toddlers 18 months or older, the Prince Lionheart Squish Booster Seat lets your child sit safely and comfortably at the family dinner table so she can start mastering the skills of self-feeding. The suspended seating area has a comfy spring to it and sits on a rigid base for stability. Slip-resistant feet and three sets of straps keep the seat securely on the dining chair — and your squirmy diner in the seat. Lightweight and portable, this seat is ideal for use at home or on the go. This booster has a maximum weight limit of 60 pounds and a maximum recommended age of five years.
2. The First Years On-The-Go Booster Seat
This First Years On-The-Go Booster Seat can appear and disappear like magic. Simply pull out the valve and it self-inflates into a sturdy and comfortable full-size booster seat. Then, once mealtime is over, press out the air and fold down the back. With a self-carry handle, it’s compact, lightweight and ready to go. The adjustable safety belt with T-restraint will help hold your child, starting at 9 months of age and up to 50 pounds, securely.
3. KABOOST Booster Seat
The KABOOST portable chair booster is perfect for little kids who want to sit like big kids. Unlike traditional boosters, this one fits under the chair. An adjustable spring system firmly grips 4-legged chairs and snaps on in seconds, staying attached when the chair is moved. Its rubberized feet are non-slip and won’t scratch floors. KABOOST’s sturdy design is engineered to improve chair stability and can hold up to 300 pounds. And because it weighs only 3.5 pounds and is easy to fold and carry, KABOOST is travel-friendly, too.
4. SmartClean Toddler Booster Seat
The SmartClean booster seat for toddlers has a lightweight design and built in handle, making it easy to use both at home and when you’re on the go. The cushy foam seat insert will help keep squirmy toddlers extra comfortable when they need to sit still, while the three-point harness and straps keep both child and chair secure. Plus, the seat and straps remove easily for cleaning.