Sarah’s tip for protecting wooden chairs from strap-on booster seats:
My son uses the Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat (recommended by parenthacks). We love the chair, but have two problems: (1) the back of the booster seat cuts into our wooden dining chairs leaving notches, and (2) our dining chairs get really messy really fast. I’ve tried draping a towel over the back of the chair, but it seems to fall off pretty easily no matter what I do. So I started draping an old sweatshirt over the back of the chair. The thickness of the sweatshirt keeps our dining chairs from being marred, and I can quickly slip the sweatshirt off to wash it and put it back on (but it doesn’t fall off).
I’ve also draped t-shirts over the back of the seats in our van to keep sticky fingers/muddy dog paws from getting all over the seats.
I do indeed love the Healthy Care booster seat — each of my kids used it as older babies and toddlers. My daughter is now a petite preschooler and still needs a boost, but not the straps, so we switched to the BabySmart Cooshie booster –nice, soft foam, no more scratches.
Another fun alternative: The Fred Boost (a Parent Hacks Store Featured Find last year)– shaped like the yellow pages!