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When I was pregnant with my first daughter I wondered how to fit a high chair into our 25ft RV. Not only that how would it work at campsites and on picnic tables.
Then I was given a Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable Booster Seat as a baby shower gift. To be honest I don’t know if I would have bought this chair myself. I probably would have hummed and hawed and overthought it but I’m so glad I was given this booster.
I’ve used this as my main high chair for close to two years. I’ve put it through its paces and learned what I love about this chair and some things that could be improved.
Design of the Pop and Sit Chair
The Pop and Sit is made of metal, most likely aluminum since it’s so lightweight, plastic and fabric. It folds up into an included carrying bag for when you are on the go. It also has a side pocket you can toss the safety straps into.
It folds like a camping chair, just push the opposite legs in towards the center and it unfolds in the same way.
When folded and placed in the carrying bag is measures about 15 in x 6.5 in x 6.5. When unfolded it has a footprint of about 12in x 12in.
You can use it as a floor seat or as a booster seat when properly secured to an adult chair using the included straps.
There is a small tray, this is actually one of its downfalls, for eating or activities. And there is a waist buckle to keep your kid secured.
How Portable is the Pop and Sit Chair
Now when I say the Pop and Sit chair is portable I’m not kidding. At only 15 inches long and about 6.5 inches square you can throw it in a backpack or in your stroller basket when you are on the go.
I have brought this chair with us when we travel, I can pack it in my carry on or checked bag. Then when we are out exploring we keep it with us in case we got to a restaurant that:
- doesn’t have high chairs
- all the high chairs are in use
- only has high top tables available.
It has come with us when we are invited to friends’ homes for dinner. Even if they have kids, chances are they don’t have an extra high chair.
We also spend a lot of time at the grandparent’s house. So instead of them having to keep a bulky high chair we bring our Pop and Sit chair over. All we need to do is attach it to a regular kitchen chair and we are good to go.
Is the Pop and Sit Chair Easy to Use
The Pop and Sit Booster is very easy to set up and takes a little over a minute to set up and secure to a chair. It took 1 minute and 17 seconds to be exact, I timed it and I didn’t hurry.
The lap buckle is a little awkward to undo though and it is located in a funny spot. It comes from the seam between the back of the chair and the seat so it’s coming from behind your kid’s butt. Which, in my opinion, is not the best location for a 3 point harness.
The tray is small and a little tricky to get on and off. I think this is because the knobs that the tray slide onto can sometimes angle inwards a bit. Once you’ve used your tray a few times it should get easier.
Now like I mentioned the tray is small. This is one of the biggest downfalls to this chair because very few dishes fit on it. The tray is 15 in by 6.5 in but due to a bit of a lip the usable space is only 13 ¼ in by 4 ¾ in.
I actually bought specific dishes for this chair. Since I was tired of my daughter’s plates being awkwardly balanced on top. These are the suction cup bowls I picked up from Amazon.
But once you feel your kid is big enough or even from the get go you can push them right up to the table and have your child join you to eat. If that’s the case, I highly recommend buying these silicone placemats. It’s got a little trough to catch bits and dishes don’t slide around making it way easier for your kid to eat.
How to Clean the Pop and Sit Chair
Cleaning the Pop and Sit Portable Booster actually depends on the model you have. If you bought the “SE” version with the stripped piping you are lucky because the seat is removable and machine washable, which is every parent’s dream.
If you are like me and have the standard version then you are stuck wiping with a damp cloth or a sponge with soap and water. Fortunately, the tray is top-rack dishwasher safe, so when it’s spaghetti night you can at least shove the tray in the dishwasher.
The safety straps are also wipeable with a damp cloth but they usually don’t get too dirty.
Is the Pop and Sit Booster Seat Safe
When correctly used the Pop and Sit Chair is a very safe high chair but you need to make sure you use the straps to tightly secure it to an adult-sized chair.
There have been unfortunate accidents when parents have not properly secured the booster to an adult chair. Both the back and the seat straps should always be used to attach the chair to a regular chair. You should also never attach it to a stool or any other chair where you can’t securely tighten it.
Before putting your kid in the chair you should give the seat a little shake to make sure the straps are secure on the chair.
As with any high chair, you should always supervise your child when in use.
The 3 point harness should also be used until your child can climb out of the chair by themselves. Even then it’s a good idea to keep them strapped in. My daughter went through a phase of leaning over the sides and it made me nervous she would tumble out so I buckled her up again.
This chair is also only meant to be used for kids who can sit up by themselves and who weigh less than 37 pounds. So it’s great from about 6 months of age up to age 4.
There are many warnings in the user manual so I recommend reading it through. Don’t worry it’s only a couple of pages, and use your common sense.
What I Love about the Pop and Sit Booster
I love how compact, lightweight, and portable this chair is. It has been amazing for travel and keeping it in the car or the stroller for us to grab and use when we are in a pinch.
It’s very easy and fast to set up. It attaches to almost any chair out there and fits well at most tables.
You can use it as a floor seat or camping chair or as a general chair for your kid.
What I Dislike about the Pop and Sit Booster
Now there are a few things that I don’t love about this chair. They don’t stop me from using it and loving it but they do bug me.
The seat cover is not removable so I can’t throw it in the wash when dirty. I have to wipe it down with a damp cloth and sometimes it needs a good scrub.
The tray is very small. It needs special dishes or to just be used directly at the table.
Since the seat is fabric and there is no further support under the seat, it has sagged a bit with time. I will say I have used this chair a ton. It’s not overly surprising that the fabric has stretched but a bit of extra support would be nice.
- easy to set up
- tray is dishwasher safe
- small tray
- not all models are machine washable
- poor belt location
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If you want a versatile travel high chair that can go anywhere, fit on almost any chair and boost your kiddo up to table height then the Summer Infant Pop and Sit Booter is the perfect chair.
It sets up and packs down very easily and quickly. It can fit in your backpack when you are on the go and can be stashed in a cupboard when not in use.
To make things even easier I recommend buying the “SE” model. It’s the same price but has a removable cover making it machine washable.
Although there are a few drawbacks to this booster I still love it. Once my youngest daughter is sitting unassisted I will be buying her a chair too!