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.

This doesn’t stop just because we’re on vacation. I bring a portable high chair and we’re good to go!

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My 10-month-old baby loved eating on the lanai on Kauai in his Inglesina High Chair. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

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.

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.

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We tested out the Inglesina Fast Table Chair on the counter inside our condo on Maui.

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 foldable high chair to her glass table before I read that it was inadvisable.

So, I attached this portable high chair 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!

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Other Portable High Chair Seat Uses

One of the things I’ve noticed while traveling with babies and toddlers is that most hotels/condos aren’t baby proof.

That means I tend to get nervous about what my kids might get into, especially if I’m getting ready for the day or making food for them.

So, I like to use this high chair portable seat as a safe place to keep an eye on my baby. Sometimes I put one of those suction cup toys on the tray so he can play.

Other times, he’s just happy to be off the ground to get a new viewpoint!

It’s much easier to bring a travel high chair instead of an exersaucer or jumparoo to keep babies entertained. And my son is not a fan of the pack and play.

The Inglesina high chair made my life much easier while keeping him happy!

Inglesina Travel High Chair Pros & Cons

After using this baby portable high chair for a full 2 weeks on vacation with my kids, I really got a feel for the product. We tried in on wooden tables, outdoor bar tables, and kitchen islands.

Then, I brought it home and tried it out on our own kitchen island and dining room table.

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I loved that I was able to feed my baby outside with minimal effort. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Inglesina Portable High Chair Pros:

  • 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.

Inglesina Foldable High Chair Cons:

  • 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.
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Final Inglesina High Chair Verdict

I’d definitely recommend taking the Inglesina Fast Table travel high chair when traveling.

There’s a reason it’s one of the best portable high chairs available. 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.

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

37 Comments

  1. We had one of these and they’re a life saver! A definite investment and worth keeping in the car in case you ever find yourself at a sweet little coffee spot that doesn’t have high chairs.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Coffee shops are notorious for not having high chairs! Great idea!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, anything to make travel with little kids fun and enjoyable!

  2. This looks like a great product. I can’t tell if it has a seat belt to keep the babies in, but I assume it does.
    I like the freedom it will give parents and it looks like you can use it on all different heights of tables. I’ll keep this in mind for when I have grandchildren one day. 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      Oh, I should have mentioned that it has a belt inside to keep littles safely buckled in the high chair.

  3. This looks great! I have an 11 month old and I completely agree about using a chair like this at home over a conventional high chair as they just take up too much space! I wish I’d of had one of these as we’ve just been travelling too!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, it’s so much easier and lasts a bit longer than a conventional high chair. Plus, I think it’s a lot cuter!

    • marciecheung Reply

      They do! And they keep inventing new things every year! I’m impressed how many more items there are now than just a few years ago when I had my oldest.

  4. How cool! I dont have kids myself but I’ll totally be passing this on to my mama friends!

  5. I would have loved to have one of these when my boys were little. We were always going to family’s houses for dinner or parties and they ended up eating on someone or we bought an extra high chair just for these occasions. This would’ve been a definite must for me.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, much easier than sitting on someone’s lap!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, as long as your 2-year-old doesn’t exceed the weight limit. I have friends who used their’s until their child was close to 3 years old.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! I don’t remember seeing them until a few years ago!

  6. My mom had something like this in our kitchen for a hightop counter. It ended up replacing the high chair for breakfast and lunch, so this definitely could be a good alternative even if you aren’t traveling. 🙂
    Cheers, Sarah Camille // SCsScoop.com

  7. Amanda at The Light Owl Reply

    What a cool high chair! I’ve never seen anything like that before!

    • marciecheung Reply

      It makes perfect sense! I love that it doesn’t take up as much floor space.

  8. We had something similar to this when my daughter was younger and it was a life saver. So I’d definitely say that if you are a new mom, this is a must have.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Totally a must-have. I wish I would have had it with my first.

  9. I am actually getting ready to go on a road trip and we purchased a chair similar to this and I am so excited to use it because it will make life so much easier with the baby.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s SO much easier to feed a baby in this than holding him/her!

  10. This foldable high chair is awesome! I wish I had something like this with my 3…would make eating time much less of a hassle, especially on vacations or eating out 🙂

    • marciecheung Reply

      YES! Feeding a baby or toddler is no easy task on vacation!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! It’s so much nicer than restaurant ones (that are always sticky!)

  11. I’ve always wondered about these! He looks so comfortable & the fact that it takes up so little room in your suitcase made it even more appealing. Great review 🙂

  12. Like all parent i am trying to ensure all necessary product for baby safety and comfort. Thanks for sharing best portable high chair. I am searching best one for my 2 years baby. Really helpful to choose best one. Thanks against for sharing with us.

  13. Travelling with a baby really taught for mom. For comfortable travel kids need some essential accessories which make travel time easy and comfortable both mom and kids. It’s help to keep kids busy and entertain during trips. Like other mom i am always trying to ensure all necessary accessories to entertainment my kids during car trips. Thanks for sharing really important product for kid. I am searching best travel high chair for my kids. Thanks for helping right one for my little one.

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