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The Best Baby Camping Chairs (Actually Made for Outdoor Use)

best baby camping chairs

I’m a minimalist when it comes to camping: I don’t believe you need a lot of expensive gear to enjoy the outdoors.  However, after having my second kid, I’m starting to appreciate the merit of some extra gear – and that includes baby camping chairs (aka portable high chairs or portable booster seats).

Note that most portable baby chairs won’t work well for camping.  They are hard to clean, aren’t stable on uneven ground, or simply annoying to use. From my own experience and what other outdoorsy parents have said, here are the best baby camping chairs.

 

Quick Picks:

 

Best Baby Chairs for Camping

1. Baby Delight Go With Me Camping Chair

baby delight camping chair

baby delight go with me camping chair

This is a great camping chair for babies with a lot of features.  It has a canopy to block sun, which you can also remove. The plastic tray is removable.  Unfortunately, the tray does slant forward, which means plates of food might slide towards your child.

The 5-point harness is a big plus, especially for squirmy babies.  Even without it, the camping chair is very stable and you don’t have to worry about your baby toppling over. There’s a storage area under the chair too.

The chair is suitable for babies once they can sit on their own and for children up to 75lbs. This means you can get a lot of use out of the camping chair. The dimensions of the chair are 24.5″ tall x 23″ wide x 22.75″ deep Weight: 4.9 lbs. It folds down to: 8″ x 8″ x 24.5″.

The Good: 

  • Suitable for older children too
  • Removable sun canopy and tray 
  • Build-in cup holder
  • 5-point harness
  • Fabric wipes down
  • Storage pocket
  • Easy to fold/unfold 

The Bad:

  • Tray slants forward

***Get It Here***


 

2. Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat

fisher price healthy deluxe booster seat

This is a really affordable booster seat which works really well for camping or picnics. You can just set the seat on the ground and put your baby inside.

There are some nice features to the booster.  The legs are adjustable to two heights. Everything is plastic and easy to wipe down.  The lid stays on so you don’t have to worry about your baby knocking the entire thing off.  The tray actually has three parts, one of which has a sippy cup holder.  There aren’t any weird crevices, so the entire thing can easily be wiped down.

The booster has 3 safety straps: You can remove the back panel and use it for older children. The legs adjust to two positions, or can even be removed.  With the legs at the lowest position, the booster is two inches high.  It’s rated up to 50lbs.

The Good: 

  • Very easy to clean
  • Affordable
  • Three build-in trays
  • Fits children up to 50lbs

The Bad:

  • Can only use on the ground while camping 

3. Summer Infant Pop and Sit Booster Seat

summer infant pop and sit portable booster seat

The Summer Infant Pop and Sit is designed a lot like normal camp chairs, just smaller and with a tray.  The material is easy to wipe down and the chair folds down very compact.  It’s also very lightweight to carry around with you. It The dimensions are approximately 15×14 inches and 15 inches tall.  It weighs roughly 4lbs.  It is suitable for 6 months up to 37lbs.

The overall concept of the chair is really great.  The one major issue is that the straps are sewn into the bottom of the chair, not the back. This makes the straps sit low on the baby and not hold her in place well.

The Good:

  • Removable Plastic Tray
  • Tray doesn’t slant
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean material 
  • Won’t topple over 
  • Very affordable

The Bad:

  • No 5-point harness
  • Waist straps sewn in a weird way

***Get It Here***


4. Updated Summer Infant Seat


This is the updated version of the baby camping chair from above.  The main difference is that you can completely remove the fabric to wash it.  Another big plus is that the tray has a leg divider, which helps keep your baby from sliding forward or lets you use the tray with older children who don’t need the straps.  They added a storage pocket with this version, but I wish they would have fixed the weird seat strap issue.  It’s a bit more expensive than the older verion.

The Good:

  • Removable fabric and tray
  • Tray doesn’t slant
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean material 
  • Won’t topple over 
  • Storage pocket

The Bad:

  • No 5-point harness
  • Waist straps sewn in a weird way
  • Tray a bit difficult to detach 

***Get It Here***
*There’s also a recliner version of this chair.*


 

5. Summer Pop and Sit High Chair

If you want a highchair for your baby while camping so you can feed her while at a table, this is the best bet.  It has wide legs so you don’t have to worry about your baby toppling over.  The non-slip legs are made for using on dirt and other outdoor surfaces.

The seat and straps are identical to the booster version of this seat, so I wont rehash that.  The high chair does have a wet/dry storage pocket which you can detach. It’s actually a really nice feature; you can put gross napkins in the pocket and then just detach it when you walk to the camp trashcans.  I wish the sippy cup holder was deeper, but it’s not a big deal (I actually tie my kid’s cup to the chair so it can’t fall on the ground).

The Good:

  • Very stable
  • Easy to clean
  • Folds down compact
  • Easy to setup/fold down 
  • Lightweight
  • Suitable for 6 months to 45lbs 
  • Removable storage bag

The Bad: 

  • Tray a bit difficult to detach

***Get It Here***


 

6. Ciao Baby High Chair

Ciao baby portable high chair for camping

Ciao Baby is one of the most popular travel high chairs for babies.  It’s cheap and looks a lot like a normal camping chair. It has a lot of flaws.  The only reason I’d still recommend it is because of the height: your baby will be almost level with you while sitting around a campfire.

The main issue is that the chair sags a lot.  This means that the tray (which isn’t removable) also sags. Older children might not mind, but it won’t be great for older babies/young toddlers.  There are built-in leg holes in the chair.  While this does mean babies can’t slide out, it is annoying to get your baby into the chair.  It will be even more difficult to get older children into the chair.  Kids also won’t be able to get in/out by themselves. So, despite it being rated up to 3 years old, it’s really only suitable for babies.

The Good: 

  • 5-point harness
  • Stable; won’t topple over 
  • Easy setup 
  • Cup holder

The Bad:

  • Chair sags and tray slants forward
  • Tray can’t be removed
  • Leg holes are built-in
  • Older children can’t get in/out by themselves

***Get It Here***

 

 

Is It Worth Bringing a Baby Camping Chair?

I’m a minimalist camper and generally try not to bring too much stuff.  But having a chair for your baby makes camping a lot easier. 

Easier and Cleaner Feedings

A baby chair means you won’t have to hold your baby up while attempting to feed her. It means you can eat in peace.  Your baby is also a lot less likely to get food mush all over her.  A messy baby isn’t a big deal at home, but can be a pain when camping since you don’t have a bathtub handy.

Baby Can Sit and Play

If you get a baby chair with straps (recommended), you can put your baby in it while you do camp chores.

Enjoy the Campfire 

You can put your baby in the chair around the campfire (at a safe distance, of course). That leaves your hands free to poke the fire.  And who doesn’t like to poke the fire?

baby sitting on a box while camping

Once your baby is older you could just use her car seat as a booster, or have her sit on something like a cooler.  Until then, hold your baby or get a baby camping chair!

 

Types of Baby Camping Chairs

Plastic Booster Seats

Boost seats are meant to be strapped onto a chair.  They cannot be strapped safely onto camping chairs. However, you can put them on the ground.

Pros:

  • Better back support
  • Easy to clean
  • Can use at home or while camping
  • Removable trays and adjustable height

Cons: 

  • Don’t fold; are bulky
  • Have to be used on the ground

Folding Baby Chairs

These chairs look like normal camping chairs, just baby-sized.  Depending on the model, you might be able to attach a food tray or the tray will be built-in.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Fold down very compact
  • Suitable for older children
  • Legs designed for use on ground
  • Fabric easy to clean

Cons

  • Fabric often sags
  • Trays often slant due to sagging

Portable High Chairs

Some portable high chairs can work for camping. It’s important that it has four legs or it won’t be stable enough on uneven ground.

Pros:

  • Can use at home too
  • Lots of options and features available

Cons:

  • Big and bulky, even when taken apart
  • Annoying to put together at camp
  • Lots of parts make it difficult to clean

DO NOT Use These Baby Camping Chairs for Camping

Wrap Baby Chairs:

YISSVIC Portable Baby Feeding Chair Belt

These chairs are terrible for camping because:

  • You’ll need an adult chair to wrap baby onto. Doesn’t that defeat the point of bringing a baby chair?
  • Baby will still be too low to eat at the table with you.
  • They are made from FABRIC. This isn’t an issue when you are at home (and have access to your wonderful washing machine).  But do you really want to worry about cleaning gunk off of it while camping?

Hook-on high chairs:

Chicco Caddy Hook-On Chair

I used one of these at home for our daughter. But, for camping, these chairs have some serious problems:

  • You can’t safely hook them onto most camping or RV tables.
  • They only make sense if you are 100% sure that you’ll have access to a picnic table.
  • It can’t be moved anywhere else, like in front of the fire.

Portable high chairs or boosters without food tray:

Munchkin BRICA GoBoost Travel Booster

  • These can’t be safely used on camp chairs, plastic chairs or picnic tables.
  • You won’t have anywhere to put food or toys for your baby.

Folding High Chairs with Only Two Legs

Cosco simple fold high chair

  • Not stable on dirt or sand! You need a baby chair with 4 legs for stability.
  • They usually aren’t made to be portable and are bulky and heavy.

Image credits: From this YouTube video by Ciao Baby
IMG_5199” (CC BY 2.0) by abbybatchelder

About the author /


Diane Vukovic grew up camping and backpacking in upstate New York. Now, she takes her own daughters on wilderness adventures so they can connect with nature and learn resiliency. With dozens of trips under her belt, Diane is an expert in minimalist camping, going lightweight, planning, and keeping her kids entertained without screens.

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