Updated 8 Aug 2016

Phil & Teds


Snapshot: The Phil & Teds Lobster portable seat mounts to a table and has a removable tray. Did it pass all our safety tests?

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Good points

  • Passed all safety tests.
  • Comes with a carry bag.
  • Removable tray.


  • Seat height isn’t adjustable.

How we test

There is no Australian and New Zealand standard for portable seats, so we base our testing on some relevant parts of the AS/NZS 2195:1999 standard for high chairs, with a few other tests specific to portable seats.

Major failures include risk of a fall due to insufficient side and rear barriers, choking hazards from easily removed small pieces, insecure attachment to a chair or table and a harness that allows a child to stand up. Minor failures include less serious examples of major failure conditions, plus limb/finger entrapment hazards.

We also check the stability of the portable seat. If it fits to a table or chair, we check how securely it attaches and that it doesn’t move too much when pushed forwards or sideways. And if it can be used as a floor-seat, we check it doesn’t tip over.

We won’t recommend a portable seat if it has a major safety failure.

Key data


Avg price
Major failures
Minor failures
Standards claimed
EN 1272:1998, ASTM F1235-03


Dimensions H x W x D (cm)
31 x 36 x 44
Weight (kg)
Tabletop (mm)
18 to 65 on box, 20 to 95 on instructions
Use from
6 months


Harness type
Crotch barrier
Seat heights