Between car seats and cribs, swings and strollers, the parenting gear you need for a new baby adds up fast. So any time you can conserve space and cash by buying a product that does more than one thing, or at least grows with your child so you’re not replacing it in a year ⏤ all the better. Toddler high chairs are just such an item. The best high chairs transition from baby feeding thrones to actual chairs that older kids can use.
And while most convertible high chairs share a similar utilitarian aesthetic, there are a handful on the market that put design front and center. Not only are they highly rated, but they also look pretty damn cool in the house. And you get plenty of use out of them. Pay attention to weight limits, how easy they are to clean, and whether or not the chair grows with your child. Some can even serve them well into their teen years.
This folding convertible high chair turns into a counter-height stool when your child outgrows it. The weight limit, in stool form, is 200 pounds and it turns your kid into a sous chef. It has a height adjustable reclining seat, wipe-clean seat cover, and a removable dishwasher-safe try insert. There are also back hooks for bibs, so you're never scrambling for one.
Baby furniture can be straight out of a designer showroom. Like this high chair. It has a weight limit of 330 pounds, so it will last you well into your kid's teen years. It's all about comfort, too: You adjust the height of the seat and footrest, to perfectly fit your child. It transitions from high chair to regular chair, and can be suspended from the table so you can clean underneath it when empty. It's lightweight and easy to move around.
Your kid can use this convertible high chair from six months through adulthood. Seriously. With a handsome beech wood frame and sleek mod aesthetic, it's easy to see why the Beyond Junior Y chair has great ratings. It doesn't hurt that it can also grow with your kid from infant to adult and takes less than 20 seconds to transform from high chair to that extra seat you need on poker night ⏤ it holds up to 250 pounds..
One of the most beautiful high chairs we've ever seen is the Lalo. It comes with two sets of legs, which let you transition it from high chair to toddler chair. The tray is detachable and dishwasher safe. There's a reversible foot rest that keeps your child feeling stable as she grows taller. You start using it when your baby is sitting up, until he or she is 3 years olds.
A beautiful chair that lasts your child well into high school, this one has a weight limit of 187 pounds. You simply wipe it down to clean it. You can clip-on the bouncer (sold separately) if you have an infant, which is a bonus. And the back- and footrest can be easily adjusted without needing any tools.
The king of all convertible high chairs is the classic Stokke, which has a highly adjustable seat and footplate for the right support at any age. This perfect high chair fits babies from six months to three years; you just need to use a harness with younger kids. But once your kid is done with being in a high chair, this turns into a regular old dining chair that fits adults. And it's hella comfortable, too.
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