A good 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. Ready to find the right high chair for your little one's (evolving) needs? We've rounded up the best of the best for your viewing pleasure and their dining pleasure. With functionality, aesthetics, and price point top of mind, here are our favorite picks.
Best Traditional High Chair
Made to grow with a child, from 6 months to 5 years, the Oxo high chair features a super-soft cushioned seat, adjustable footrest and tray--which can be swiftly removed with one hand. The seat, back and cushions are contoured but positioned to promote good posture, and a 5-point harness ensures safety and security. The chair and cushion are easily wiped for quick cleanup. For children over age 3, the center post, tray and harness can be taken out to convert to a youth chair so kids can sit at the dining table. The wood provides a beautiful and classic look with a modern edge.
Best Budget-Friendly Chair
Don't want to spend a fortune on a high chair? This Ikea option doesn't offer any bells and whistles, but it is functional, practical, and easy to put together and take apart -- so you can bring it with you on outings. Better yet, for under $20, you can keep one at a grandparent's house or in the trunk of your car!
Ikea Antilop High Chair, $19.99
Best High Chair for Small Spaces
This high chair offers everything you want from a full-size high chair but in a portable size that fits easily on most dining and restaurant chairs. It features two height adjustments and three recline positions for Baby, plus, you can transform it into a toddler booster when your little one is a bit bigger. The deep-dish tray design helps prevent kiddos from pushing food off the corners, and a spill-resistant seat pad and harness are both machine washable. Better yet, the seat, tray and extra tray insert are all dishwasher safe.
Best Table Hook High Chair
Chicco's 360-degree rotating hook-on chair has a seat that locks in six different positions to enable interactive mealtimes. You can face baby toward a caregiver for one-on-one feeding, face baby out to keep them happy and let others play, or face baby forward toward the table for regular mealtimes with a snap-on tray. Rubber grips clamp to most tables easily and securely without causing damage. A compact fold and deluxe carry bag make this a portable option.
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Most Stylish High Chair
The gorgeous 2-in-1 high chair and play chair features a sleek design, a tray that is detachable and dishwasher safe, and a stain resistant and water repellent infant cushion. The reversible foot rest allows your child to feel a sense of stability, and the table height legs are ideal for early development and family meal time. And, yes, it looks beautiful in any room.
Lalo The Chair, $215
Most Innovative High Chair
Want to minimize mealtime mess? It might seem like an impossible task with infants and toddlers, but this high chair can help! Magnets guide the tray into position without having to use two hands or line up cumbersome rails. The bowls and plates stay in place on the magnetic tray top to help prevent unwanted spills and assist with self-feeding. The 4moms high chair is designed with easy cleaning in mind – there is no fabric to clean or nooks for food to get stuck in.
4moms High Chair, $300
Most Versatile High Chair
Yes, many high chairs claim to "grow" with your child, but this multi-use product comes in handy for all sorts of situations. You can use it as a high chair, booster, toddler chair, and kitchen helper step stool. This 7-in-1 high chair has 7 growing stages, and can even seat two kids at once using the step stool and infant booster. In kitchen step stool mode, your big kid can stand comfortably at counter height.
Best Foldable High Chair
The Foodoo High Chair is good from birth up to 4 years of age in the deluxe padded leatherette seat that features an adjustable 5-point harness. It offers height and recline adjustability, and easy-to-clean surfaces. For those with tight spaces, the Foodoo folds up efficiently and easily.
Best High Chair for Newborns
Your baby can participate in meal time well before they're old enough to join you at the table for solids. The Polly Progress Relax from Chicco is a multichair with five unique configurations for every age and stage: newborn recliner, infant highchair, toddler booster, kid booster and youth stool.
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