Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Portable High-Chair/Booster Seat with Tray

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At our house tools are things that help you do your job better. Love that definition. You could put such a spin on it. “Honey, this new chair will really make our family read aloud time so much richer. It’s definitely a tool our home needs.” Can you just see husbands everywhere rolling their eyes? I hope you know I’m kidding. I’m too cheap to try that kind of justification. But, I digress. I wanted to tell you about this great tool!

We first bought one of these portable high chairs after our second child was born. It’s been great to take on picnics and to restaurants. The little guy always has a place to sit. When offered a high chair, we jokingly tell the server that we bring our own germs and take our own germs back home with us. It offers me a little piece of mind when dining out.

It’s also come in handy on movie nights when everyone is snacking on treats and I want the baby’s mess a little more contained. We just place it on the floor so that the child can be a part of the action.

We have several of these booster seats thanks to my mom who has picked them up at garage sales and secondhand shops. When guests arrive with young children, we just pull out the booster seats and extra chairs. With this type of booster with a tray the need for extra room at the table is eliminated. We can accomodate more people in our kitchen with these great seats.

An extra bonus is that the tray fits in the dishwasher for easy disinfecting. This is very similar to what we’ve used for most of our kids.

What cool tool makes life at your house a little easier? Post it on your blog and come back here to link to it. (If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay. We’ll still be your friend. Just post your idea in the comments section of this post.)


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  1. Thanks for posting this. I think it is fun to see what tools around the house others use. It looks like Christy Zimms and I were thinking the same thing this week. Thanks again!

  2. I also used these for my twins when they were about 1 and a half. I loved them so much that I sold the highchairs, they save so much room in the kitchen. I also used them on the floor in other rooms of the house to contain their messes, but after a while they figured out how to walk around while still fastened into the seat. Lol! ( I got mine second hand for five dollars a seat.) They are also great for trips and vacations and, when folded, very compact.

  3. Briana Almengor says:

    we bought these type of seats for the boys when they were born b/c our townhome just didn’t have room for 2 highchairs. Now, I’m so glad we opted for this kind of seat. It’s compact and I use it so similarly to the ways you use it. I used to also use it to strap my boys in for video time so that I could grab a shower or get something done…that was before they were glued to them like they are now. 🙂

  4. My not so shabby life :) says:

    Just found your website and wow, what great information. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. dancebythelight says:

    I wish I’d just gotten the seat you mention here. I got the Fisher Price Space Saver high chair, which I like, but you can’t tote it around with you like this one. Since I didn’t start feeding the boys solids until 6 mo. they really didn’t need all the support this chair offers. Now I’d like to get the other ones for going out and to people’s homes!

  6. FishMama says:

    Danielle, you might keep your eyes peeled at garage sales or thrift stores. These are really nice to have. At one point I think we had FOUR. We’re down to 1 1/2 now. I gave a couple away and I ran one over with the van, so the tray is cracked. Oops! I might be tempted to buy this new one on Amazon, though. I like the green and blue, and with another baby on the way, I can justify it, can’t I? 😉

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