It seems like only yesterday that you had to support your precious one’s head and neck as they fed from a bottle. Now that your baby can sit up on his or her own and is starting to eat solid foods, a decent high chair is in order. We’ve scoured the market for the best high chair and have come up with reviews to help you choose the top product.
Best High Chair
The Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System understands how fast babies grow and has created a product to accommodate. The best part is its convertibility. With 6 height, 3 recliner and 3 footrest positions, you can easily adjust the seat based on the child’s size or the height of the table.
The seat back insert for infants supports the baby’s head and body as he or she feeds, and then can be removed as your child grows. The infant feeding booster that attaches to a chair secures your child as they eat with a 3-and-5 point harness. When your child becomes a toddler, they can use the toddler booster seat to sit at the table and hone their table manners. Then when he or she is big enough, the seat comes off and converts into a youth chair.
The tray that will both serve as a plate for baby and a base to learn about new textures and flavors is also easily removed with one hand. Just pop the tray in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. To move the chair from the kitchen to, say, the dining room, simply use the front two wheels to roll it and the rear castors to lock it into place.
What we like: Feed two children at the same time, using the highchair and toddler booster or infant high chair booster and youth chair together.
Top 5 High Chair Comparison
Below is a chart comparing the top 5 high chairs based on features:
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High Chair Reviews
Boon Flair Pedestal
This sleek high chair would blend nicely in modern kitchens. The smooth surfaces free of cracks makes this the cleanest product with no chance for accumulation of crumbs or spills. The pneumatic lift makes changing the height of the chair as easy as it is on your desk chair. It moves smoothly across the surface of your floor without scratching it, due to six urethane castors. The 5-point harness keeps your baby locked in safely, and the pedestal base is perfect for fitting easily under tables. It includes one tray liner for your convenience, and the removable tray is dishwasher-safe.
What we like: The easiest to clean on the market.
Summer Infant Classic Wood
It is simple, sturdy and classic wooden with modern conveniences. The 3 recline positions are perfect when feeding infants, and the dishwasher-safe tray has 4 positions, as well, that can be adjusted and released with just one hand. The fun, cute embroidered padded seat is vinyl coated for easy washing, and the 5-point harness keeps your baby safely in his or her seat while eating.
What we like: Timeless appearance is a comfortable fit in most homes.
Graco DuoDiner LX
This high chair will accompany your little one from infancy to toddlerhood. The infant chair reclines to support the feeding baby, then converts into a full high chair with a tray. When your child is big enough, the seat can be removed and used as a booster. The seat pad is both easy to wipe clean or throw in the washing machine, and the one-hand tray is removable and machine-washable, as well. When you’re not using the seat, it is easy to fold up to store or travel with.
What we like: Two trays for easy cleanup.
OXO Tot Seedling
From 4 months to 3 years of age, this chair will grow with your baby due to a contoured and adjustable seat and 3 seat height and depth levels. Easily adjust the seat to 3 recline positions and 5 height positions using large buttons. The one-hand removable and dishwasher-friendly tray can also be stored on the back of the chair’s legs. Four locking wheels provide mobility and stability, and two-part disassembly makes storage simple.
What we like: Seat fabric is so easy to clean and dries quickly.
Types of High Chairs
- Classic: A classic one is the most standard and can be made of plastic, wood or metal. It provides a buckled seat for your child and sometimes a tray.
- Booster: A booster is a space saver with a feeding tray. It straps onto one of your kitchen chairs instead of being its own chair so that it can be stowed away easily when not being used.
- Convertible: Convertible chairs are designed to grow with your baby from infancy to toddlerhood. Generally, they have recline positions for infant feeding, then turn into a traditional high chair, and then the seat can be removed and used as a booster.
- Multifunctional: Similar to convertible, which for the most part are also multifunctional, these chairs have easy to adjust height and the seat for both the baby’s and the feeder’s comfort.
- Table Chair: This is the best for traveling, but can be used everyday, as well. These chairs clamp onto the table and leave the baby suspended in air while he or she eats off the table with adults.
How to Select a High Chair
- Type: The needs of the parent may dictate the high chair you choose. For example, if you have more than one small child, a convertible high chair is the perfect choice because it can last from birth to childhood, and often can be used by two children at once. However, if you need to save space, a booster feeder would do the trick by appearing on one of your kitchen chairs when feeding and disappearing into a cabinet when not being used.
- Cleanliness: Feeding time is messier than changing time. Make sure that the seat you buy will be easy to clean. Are there many crevices for crumbs to hide? What material is the seat cover made of? What about the harness? Is the tray removable and dishwasher safe?
- Sturdiness: Just the words “high” and “chair” can frighten any new parent who fears a 3-foot tumble. Especially if you have an active baby or perhaps other children or pets, find a chair with a sturdy base. Often the wider the base, the more grounded the chair.
- Safety: While we’re on the subject of sturdiness, make sure that the harness is secure. Wriggling or fussy babies might try to make a break for it by unhooking themselves or sliding out from under their restraints. Avoid potential dangers by purchasing a product with a 3 or 5-point harness.
- Adjustability: Decide for how long you will have your high chair, and how often you will use it. Seat adjustments are important for growing children. Make sure that each point of adjustment locks and is secure, as well.
- Comfort: While padded seats add comfort to your child’s feeding, make sure that none of the seams or padding sticks up and can poke your little one’s behind. It is generally a good idea to run your hand over the surfaces of the chair to make sure nothing can stick into or cause discomfort for your baby.
- Wheels: If you feel that wheels are necessary to provide extra mobility for your baby during feeding time, simply make sure that the wheels have sturdy and durable locks, and that the wheels can move easily over different surfaces.
- Aesthetics: From a sleek design, to classic wood, high chairs come in many different shapes and forms. If you are a style-minded parent, choose one that matches the décor of your kitchen.