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 save 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. Convertible high chairs are just such an item.
Travel chairs are usually designed for ages 6-months to 3-years-old, although some include a helpful newborn seat so you can use them on day one. They’re extremely versatile. Many morph into a tiny toddler chair that kids can sit in to watch Daniel Tiger when they’d rather not eat, while others convert into a table-and-chair set for playtime. One of the options below brings s a different meaning to the word ‘convertible’ altogether and turns into a smartphone-controlled baby swing.
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. Here are seven of our favorite convertible high chairs,
Abiie Beyond Junior Y Chair
With a handsome beech wood frame and sleek mod aesthetic, it’s easy to see why the Beyond Junior Y chair has an overall 5-star rating on Amazon (with over 1,000 reviews). 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 extra seat on poker night ⏤ it holds up to 250 pounds. It has a dual restraint system (3- and 5-point harnesses) comes in one of four colors (olive, raspberry, blueberry, or black), and includes a dishwasher safe tray.
Childhome Evolu One.80° Infant High Chair
Winner of this year’s JPMA Innovation Award in the “Feeding/Bathing/Changing” category, the Childhome Evolu One.80° is a handsome Belgian beech wood high chair with a seat that swivels 90° clockwise or 90° counterclockwise (and locks in one of three positions) for easier feeding. Cooler still, it morphs into both a pint-sized toddler chair and a reclining newborn seat.
Kidsmill High Chair Up!
Similar in design to the Abiie Beyond Junior Y, the Dutch-designed Chair Up! converts from infant (6 months) to toddler chair with a simple seat/footrest adjustment, comes in one of six colors, and can be tricked out with a matching tray, cushion, and safety bar (all sold separately). Cooler still is the attachable reclining infant seat that converts to an on-the-floor rocker. The only challenge with the Kidsmill is getting ahold of one ⏤ there are a limited number of dealers in the United States.
Oribel Cocoon High Chair
Aptly named the ‘Cocoon,’ this pod-like chair from Oribel has six height and three recline positions so a baby can gradually move from lying down to sitting upright (it’s good from 6 months to 3-years-old or 45 pounds). The 2-piece, dishwasher-safe tray can be swapped out with a smaller food and cup holder (it attaches to the back of the seat with magnets when not in use), the waterproof foam seat pad is seamless (so, no crumbs), and it folds in half for easy storage.
Evenflo 3-in-1 Convertible High Chair Dottie
While it may not blow your socks off visually, it doesn’t get more versatile than the stackable Evenflo Dottie. First, it’s a standard high chair for infants and babies. Detach the seat from the base, however, and it becomes a low-to-the-ground feeding chair for smaller kids. And finally, the base is actually a table so your toddler has their own chair-and-table set for eating, drawing, playing, etc ⏤ and getting two pieces of furniture for the price of one is the coolest thing of all.
Skip Hop Tuo
If you can look past the recall earlier this year ⏤ 9,900 Tuos built between December 2016 and September 2017 had faulty front legs and were prone to topple, an issue that’s since been fixed ⏤ it’s hard not to admire the sleek styling and clever design. As your baby grows into a toddler, simply unscrew the Tuo’s beechwood legs and it converts into a tiny toddler chair that perfectly matches the living room’s minimalist mid-century aesthetic. It also features a reversible seat pad, removable tray, and a secure 5-point harness.
Primo 2-in-1 Smart Voyager
The cool thing about the Primo Smart Voyager is that it’s more than just a high chair for kids 6 months to 3-years-old ⏤ for the same money you also get a smart swing that’s ready for use the day baby gets home from the hospital. Cooler still, the swing is Bluetooth-enabled and not only kicks on automatically when it hears crying but can be adjusted remotely (swing speed, swing timer, customizable music) on a tablet or smartphone. It boasts 8 swing speeds, 6 height levels, 5 seat recline positions, 4 timer settings, 3 tray and footrest positions. Also, built-in Bluetooth speakers.