Updated: May 9, 2015
Booster Chairs Reviews:Finding the perfect booster chair for your child - which is the best?
When you have small children, you suddenly realize that the world is designed for grownups, not kids. Big people toilets are too big, chairs are too big, counter tops are too high to reach, but the right height to smack a kid in the head. When it comes to dining, well you need special cups, special utensils, special chairs. For little babies, the answer is the highchair -- this gets your little ones up to table height and keeps them firmly in place. For toddlers though, the booster chair is the answer. Booster chairs are normally placed on top of a regular kitchen chair (though we'll see another variety below) and held in place with straps -- your toddler then hops into the booster and is then sitting at the proper table height. The real problem when choosing a booster chair is finding one that is safe and easy to clean. In this guide, we will look into the best-selling booster chairs and let you know which ones are the best booster chairs, and how much they cost.
Some of the big names in booster chairs are the same names you see in many kids products: Graco, Fisher Price, Baby Bjorn, etc. In terms of style, you'll have to decide if you want a simple booster chair or one with an attached, removable tray. The trays often make it easier to contain and clean spilled food, but they are not bullet-proof. And you have to decide if you like the kind that hang on the lip of the table or the kind that rests on a chair. Personally, I've never been a fan of the type that clips onto the edge of the table -- they don't work for bigger kids, and highchairs are better for smaller babies. You can find booster chairs at most the big stores you might shop at -- Target, Walmart, etc. But if you've got little kids, online shopping is usually more convenient. You can browse the top selling booster chairs online here.
Best Booster Chair:Fisher Price makes several different models of booster chairs, but our favorite and most versatile is the RECOMMENDED Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat -- for $30, you get a really solid, long-lasting booster chair. It has straps for attaching to chair and for attaching to baby, and is adjustable to 3 different heights to get you right where you want to be at the table. The main tray and backrest can be removed for bigger kids, but are perfectly designed for smaller kids. The seat is an easy-to-clean single piece with no cracks. It comes with a feeding tray (and lid) that sits right in the main tray area -- it is removable and dishwasher safe, so cleanup is again a breeze. True, food can still get under and behind the chair, but there is not much you can do about that with any chair -- it just happens. The main thing I like is having an easy to clean tray and seat, and this removable tray liner design is really nice. Yeah, you can knock yourself out researching a dozen other booster chairs, but there is no need to -- get this one (we spend all day reviewing this stuff, but almost 700 consumers have taken the time to rate this seat nearly 5 stars at Amazon - wow!).
If you're looking for a simpler, tray-less booster chair, look into the BabySmart Cooshee Booster Seat. The Cooshee design is basic, and made of a softer material that grips the chair under the weight of your child, so no straps or belts are needed to keep it in place on the chair (designed for solid surfaces like a wooden chair or bench, not for padded chairs). It's one piece design makes it easy to clean and wash, it's also waterproof and bacteria resistant. And it's easy to take with you if you need a portable booster chair for your child on the go. At $35, it's not a cheap booster chair, but most kids and parents like it.