Gear Girl: High Chairs for the High Life

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Agood high chair needs to offer a perfect blend of function and fashion. Here's why: With the exception of perhaps your stroller, the highchair is one of the most visible pieces of baby gear you'll buy. From roughly 5 months up to 2.5+ years, your child will use the high chair multiples times a day. And unless you have a super small dining area that requires you to fold up and put away the high chair after every meal, there's a good chance your high chair is going to be out, in your kitchen or dining room, for all the world to see, for 2-3 years. Hence the importance of buying a high chair that looks nice and offers the features you need. Here are a few of our favorite picks if you're in the market.

There are plenty of plastic behemoths available on the high chair aisle, but a growing number of brands are offering designed not to be hidden away in the corner, but to be a statement-making focal point in your dining room. The Mutsy Easygrow (1) has a minimalist design with the ability to transform from an infant high chair into an young adult chair, capable of holding up to 100 lbs. New to the market and making me swoon is the Nuna Zaaz high chair (2) which has sleek, straight lines, a subdued color palette, and offers a thick seat pad and an easy-to-clean frame. The Bloom special edition Fresco Chrome high chair (3) falls far into the splurge category price-wise, but its list of features is impressive - modern aesthetic, pneumatic lift height adjustment, 360° swivel, a lay-flat cradle position for newborns, and a wipe-clean seat in 14 vibrant colors.

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My personal favorites - modern wooden high chairs. They provide a safe seat for my sons to nosh in and blend seamlessly with my kitchen cabinets. They all involved some serious assembly, butcan grow with your child as he grows and all transform into functioning adult chairs holding at least up to 250 lbs. The Stokke Tripp Trapp (1) not only comes in three wood stain options but also seven painted wood colors ensuring a perfect pairing with your home. Plus it has a crazy small footprint (roughly 18" x 19"). Svan's Signet Complete (2) was the high chair of choice for my three boys. I love the shape of the high chair and its sturdiness. My 2-year-old could climb into it on his own - over the tray - without it even wobbling. The Keekaroo Height Right high chair (3) offers an affordable wood high chair options with an extra cushy seat pad for baby.

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If you fall into the category of needing to fold up the high chair after every meal to save space, then you need a high chair with a simple design and a slim fold. Two of my favorites are the Bloom Nano high chair which comes in nine modern colors and folds easily and compactly to just 7" deep, and the Baby Bjorn high chair which offers a simple, easy-to-clean seat and a compact 10" fold.

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There are so many great high chairs on the market today. Tell us below -what's your favorite eat seat?

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