Feeding a Baby on Vacation
I’m one of those rare Moms who gets super excited about feeding babies solid food. Babies react so differently to trying new foods. I love being part of the experience by making my own purees, finding a variety of teething crackers and introducing my kids to unique flavors.
However, I get really stressed out about how to continue feeding my baby solids while traveling. I don’t like getting messy myself, so holding him while feeding is not my favorite option. With my oldest, I had a fabric travel high chair that slipped over a chair. But, that meant my baby couldn’t reach the table to grab finger food. I’d heard of parents using baby carriers as a portable travel high chair, but I’m too scared to get my carriers dirty. And others use their travel strollers, but I try to keep our strollers semi-clean. So, when we decided to head to Hawaii with our 10-month-old baby, I knew I needed to find a better option. (Contains affiliate links.)
Inglesina Fast Table Chair
The Inglesina Fast Table Chair is for children 6-36 months who are 37lbs or under. It features simple, twist-tight couplings to secure it to a table or counter top. This fastening system is compatibly with most types of tables and leaves them scratch free. This portable travel high chair is ultra-light and collapsible. It also comes with a carry bag. A dining tray is available as an optional accessory.
I contacted Inglesina and they sent me their Inglesina Fast Table Chair to test out on our trip to Kauai and Maui. My Mom lives on Kauai and has a glass top table. I had originally planned to attach the travel high chair to her glass table before I read that it was inadvisable. So, I attached it to her kitchen counter top instead.
Installing the Inglesina Fast Table Chair was surprisingly easy and took hardly any muscle strength. I was a bit skeptical at the sturdiness until I started trying to wiggle it. The chair wouldn’t budge. My baby was eager to test it out (and have a snack) so I buckled him inside. He loved it! He was bouncing around while eating and he looked really secure. That gave me another idea.
My Mom’s condo is ocean-front and has a bar on the lanai. I reinstalled the chair outside. This was a game-changer for me! My son was content looking at the ocean and watching the palm tree fronds shake in the breeze. Since he was outside, I felt a bit more relaxed about the dropped food. He spent a lot of time on the lanai eating his meals and having the best view ever!
Inglesina Travel High Chair Pros & Cons
- It’s lightweight.
- It folds up compactly.
- It’s easy to attach to indoor and outdoor surfaces.
- It’s sturdy.
- The backrest is high to accommodate babies and toddlers.
- The seat is padded.
- There’s a storage pocket in the back for bibs, child utensils or snacks.
- There is an optional tray attachment.
- Cannot be used on glass tables.
- The fabric could be tricky to wipe down with spilled liquids. But, it’s removable and washable.
- I thought the carry bag was a bit cumbersome and I don’t think I’d use it.
I’d definitely recommend taking the Inglesina Fast Table travel high chair when traveling. It took up about as much room as two pairs of jeans in my suitcase. Had we eaten out more on this trip, I would have brought it with us. We actually missed it when eating at a picnic table at a food truck because we realized it would have been so much easier to have our baby in the Inglesina Fast Table Chair.
To take it one step further, I think we will be replacing our traditional high chair at home with this one. It will take up less of a footprint in our kitchen. It will also last a bit longer than our current high chair and keep our son closer to the table for family dinner.
Inglesina sent me their fast table chair and tray for review purposes. All opinions are my own.