When you’re combing through registry items you absolutely NEED for bb, a high chair should be #1 or at least top 5 on the list. The thought of feeding your baby actual food may seem like lightyears away, but the reality is that the first 4-6 sleepless, exhausting months really do fly by. And before you know it, your baby’s ready for the big chair (hallelujah, you even get your arms back). You’re going to want to have it ready and know how to use it quickly and likely with one hand. Otherwise, you’ll be cursing that dang chair in your sleep.
The key to buying a good high chair? Look for one that makes clean up easier. Because, as any parent of a high-chair-sitting child will tell you, the mess is akin to an atomic bomb exploding in your house—destroying literally anything in its path with stains of pea or sweet potato purée. Even a high-tech high chair can’t prevent the mess, but it can make clean up less excruciating, thanks to dishwasher- and machine washable-friendly parts and a little magnetic magic.
To guide you in your search, here are some of the top-rated high chairs on the market today:
This contemporary nano flat-fold high chair (in rose gold, baby), featuring an adjustable footrest and tray, combines both form and function. The European styling and sleek design is designated for urban living—if you’re cramped for space, then say no more. It conveniently folds flat to just 7″ wide and can be tucked away in storage when not in use. Additionally, we love that it’s BPA-free and phthalate-free. The FDA-approved plastic and stainless steel feeding tray has a deep lip to prevent spills (hooray! hopefully no more pea purée on the kitchen floor). Did we mention that it’s great for travel or a visit to the grandparents? Ani K raves, “We got this high chair for our 6 month old grandchild to enjoy while at our home for the holidays. All the features listed online were even better in use. We plan to buy another as the new parents wanted to take it!”
Versatility is key when picking out the ultimate high chair for baby, especially when they grow up so fast. Busy moms will love the EZ-Seat found on Abiie’s Beyond Wooden High Chair. It can be transformed to any height—whether your toddler is playing co-pilot in the kitchen or you need a more traditional dining chair (just remove the tray) for your three-year-old. We don’t typically play favorites but it’s hard not to when you find a high chair that ticks all the boxes: easy clean, water-resistant, quick adjust, and eco-friendly. What’s there not to love? Messy babies are a nightmare—yes, tell us something we don’t already know. Easy access points and stain resistant cushions will make cleanup a breeze the next time baby decides to casually spill an entire bowl of Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli. Once again, this durable wooden high chair is incredibly compact so storage won’t be an issue.
S’cute! Infantino’s Grow-With-Me 4-in-1 Convertible High Chair is exactly what the doctor ordered for the LO (little one) who hates sitting still in their “big chair.” The adorable fox design will be less intimidating, more entertaining. Simply strap ’em in for a fuss-free meal (or so we can only hope, LOL). Not only is the tray dishwasher safe but the cushion can easily be wiped down, too. When it’s not in use as a high chair, it doubles as a toddler chair—they’ll be cozying up to their favorite touch and feel book in no time. One Amazon customer says, “I love that it was so easy to set up, simple to use without a bunch of unnecessary bells and whistles, and is super easy to clean! No fabric covers to wash, etc. Just wipe down and you’re done! The wheels in the front are great too—so convenient when you have to move to another place.”
From the baby brand so many modern moms rely on for safety, simplicity and overall satisfaction comes a high chair that fits the bill. The ZAAZ is more compact than most high chairs, which means it’s easier to slide right up to whatever table you have in your kitchen or dining room and its hidden lift mechanism adjusts easily to any height. But the best part is hands down its unique air foam cushions that make wiping down even the worst messes a total breeze.
Mealtime is no walk in the park for any parent, but the 4moms high chair makes it foolproof thanks to its genius magnetic tray latches. Easily attach the tray with one hand and let the magnets lock it into place. If you also purchase the 4mom bowls and plates, they attach via magnets, too. Another plus: It grows with your child. The adjustable 5-point harness transitions to a 3-point harness to accommodate your child until he or she weighs 60 lbs.
Talk about multi-function! This super practical high chair from Graco offers seven different growing stages, going from infant floor seat to toddler booster seat to big-kid table and chair. It creates the perfect seat for every stage, offers multiple options to seat two kiddos at a time for both meal- and playtime and has 3-position recline to provide the perfect position for your baby’s comfort level. It can even attach to a dining room chair.
If durable is on your list of high chair quid pro quos, you can’t go wrong with this iconic, Norweigan-designed masterpiece. It’s made of solid European beech wood that can support a 300-lb adult! Yep—this high chair really grows with your child, transitioning from a newborn seat, infant seat, toddler seat, big kid seat, child seat and beyond. It pretty much serves as a comfortable, ergonomic chair at your table for any person who’d like to pull up a seat. Sounds pricey, yes, but anyone with a Stokke chair will brag about how it was worth the spend.
If you’re planning to practice baby-led weaning—basically when you let your kid decide when he wants to eat and how he wants to eat it—this high chair is a great choice. It is designed to make clean up as easy as possible thanks to a dishwasher-safe EasyClean tray. Like many other high chairs on the market, it grows with your baby—with four locking positions it can be used as a booster and toddler chair, as well as seat two kiddos at the same time. Parents also love its minimalist design and under $100 price tag.
For the parent who savors simplicity, this is your chair. Looks sleek and slender, and converts into a play chair when the kiddo outgrows the need for a high chair. Its water-resistant cushion, machine washable liner and dishwasher safe tray make clean up as easy as can be. The best part is that its design doesn’t scream “high chair”—plus it comes in four gorgeous matte hues—coconut, grapefruit, blueberry and licorice.
If your humble abode is on the small side, not to fear—this high chair was made to save space. And it has all the same features you’d expect from a full-size high chair. It has 2-height adjustments and 3 recline positions, and transitions from an infant chair to a toddler booster. The seat pad is machine washable and the tray is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
You can adjust just about any feature on this bad boy; designed to last you several years beyond the purée phase. It’s even good for those first few months when you can’t put them down *anywhere* thanks to a nice recline position. This means baby can sit at the table with you pretty much from day one and all the way up to 45 pounds. It’s easy to move around your home since it has front and rear wheels that you can lock in place once in position.
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