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 girl or boy booster seat (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 baby 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 best high chairs on the market today:
If space is a concern, then you’ll appreciate this chair’s compact nature and no-nonsense design. With an easy wipe seat and a 3-position adjustable tray (built-in cup holder, included), this bad boy is a steal. As one reviewer points out, versatility is key here, “It’s easy to fold up so it’s out of the way, to take with us when we travel, or just going to the grandparents.” Another customer adds, “This is my new favorite baby product. I recommend this to everyone. It folds up soooo small and stands up on its own. I can take it to visit family (they live 4 1/2 hours away so we usually have to take a bunch of stuff with us). We also have friends over all the time so having an extra high chair that doesn’t take up a bunch of space when it’s not being used is huge!” At less than $50, what more could you ask for? *Adds to cart*
With summer in full swing, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spotlight this Pop ‘n Sit Portable Highchair from Summer Infant. Doubling for both indoor and outdoor dining, it’s the perfect fix for backyard BBQs and socially distanced picnics. Take it wherever baby goes for one less worry if/when your iCal changes or the babysitter cancels at the last minute. Between the space-saving design and the A+ storage bag, you’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
One Amazon customer weighs in, “Not only is this easy to set up, it’s also very handy in homes where you are limited in space options (thanks to easy folding and unfolding), and easy to lift and move around with one hand (like when your baby is in the other arm). I’ve not tried using it outdoors, but the handy carry bag would seem to make it easy to tote around.” We can’t stress the convenience factor enough. Says another busy parent, “If you are on the go a lot, you NEED this! We have used the heck out of ours in just a few short months. It’s essentially as easy as taking a folding lawn/camp chair with you! It’s great for vacation, or just going over to family for dinner where there isn’t a high chair.”
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.
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.
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.”
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