Updated 8 Aug 2016

Totseat

portable highchair

Snapshot: The Totseat portable seat is a harness that mounts to a chair. Did it pass all our safety tests?

portable highchair
Avg price

$60

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Good points

  • Lightweight and easy to carry.

But

  • Failed one major safety test: the harness couldn’t stop a child from trying to stand up.

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

Model

Avg price
$60
Major failures
1
Minor failures
1
Standards claimed
ns

Specifications

Dimensions H x W x D (cm)
na
Weight (kg)
0.3
Tabletop (mm)
na
Use from
8 months
Capacity
30 months

Features

Harness type
3-point
Crotch barrier
×
Seat heights
na
Tray
no
Foldable