Mealtimes can be stressful enough, but what do you do when your little one reaches that in-between stage where they are too big for a high chair and too small for a regular chair? A junior chair or booster seat for the table could be the answer.
A junior chair is a perfectly sized all-in-one seat that replaces a regular chair at the table. A toddler booster seat, on the other hand, secures to an existing chair to give littlies the boost they need to enjoy their toddler meals at the table or bench.
Whichever style you go for, a perfectly proportioned junior chair allows height-challenged tots to join in with family meals, learn good table manners and develop greater independence.
What to consider when buying a toddler dining chair
Type – After a toddler dining solution for when you’re out and about? A portable booster seat could be the answer. These attach easily to most regular chairs making mealtimes a cinch when you’re on the go. A junior chair is a piece of furniture that you’ll most likely only use in the house.
Safety – If your tot is quite young, you may like to consider a seat with a built-in safety harness or restraint to keep them safely secured. Also, keep in mind that while toddler booster seats are designed to be attached to household chairs, they are not suitable for use in vehicles.
Adjustable height – After a junior chair to see you through many years? Some brands offer height-adjustable seats that grow with your child. This also comes in handy if you want to be able to share the chair with other kiddos.
12 junior chairs and booster seats for table use
To help you find a toddler dining chair for mealtimes, we’ve rounded up a collection of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order:
Here are 12 of the best toddler booster seats for tables in Australia for 2022:
This Scandinavian toddler chair boasts a lightweight, ergonomic design that seamlessly blends into the modern home. Lower the level of the footrest and seat to accommodate longer limbs and adjust the backrest to support growing bodies. Clever!
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Available in table and bench heights, the GroChair is a safe, sturdy and practical solution to mealtimes with minis. Not only is the chair height-adjustable to grow with your child, but it also has thoughtfully designed legs, backrest and seats to ensure little bodies are comfy.
These pretty little perches are just the spot to pop a bot at mealtimes. Suitable for 18 months up to eight years, they come in a glorious range of prints and colours. Each seat is splash-proof, lightweight and totally portable – because trust us, you’ll want to take these everywhere!
Looking for a solid chair that grows with your child? The Evolu 2 is a European-designed dining solution that comes with a five-point safety harness, safety bar and footrest. From baby’s first food right through the toddler years, this one’s got you covered.
Seating minis up to 3 years or 15kg, the comfy Izimini baby seat comes in 5 gorgeous prints. Keeping bub safe with its built-in harness, it’s easy-clean, lightweight and portable. Bonus, there’s even a pocket at the back for extra essentials like bibs.
Specially designed to allow kids to sit at the dining table with the rest of the family. The Mocka Soho has a front bar for safety and adjustable seat and footrest heights making it a great long-lasting junior chair.
Inspired by 1950s French industrial design, the evolving Tibu high chair features ten different seating configurations. Made from birch plywood veneered beech with a steel frame, kids 8 years old and beyond have best (and most stylish) seat in the house.
This portable feeding solution attaches securely to most types of dining chairs. Designed with longevity in mind, it can be used with the foam insert for younger tykes, and without the insert for growing tots. It comes with a 3-point safety harness and a removable tray.
From camping trips to visits to Nan’s, this portable booster seat is light enough to take everywhere. In a choice of white or mint-green, it easy to clean and comes with a rubber strip underneath for extra grip. It’s best suited for tots above three years and fits most chairs.
Little ones as young as 18 months can enjoy the extra height this comfy backless booster provides. Lightweight and boasting a smooth all-over surface that won’t scratch your best chairs, this is an easy one to take with you on your outings.
This lightweight, 3-in-one booster seat for tables works hard at home or out and about. The seat itself houses a clever storage space for essentials and can be carried like a bag for travel. With sidebar protectors and an anti-slip base, kids aged 6 -36 months will love sitting up at the table.
If your toddler has an aversion to being strapped in, then this could be the answer. Sturdy, modern and easy to clean, this much-loved chair has a ladder-like design giving your little monster the freedom to come and go as they please.
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