A high chair is the baby’s throne — a high point from which to survey their kingdom and to practice the mastery of new skills. The baby high chair is where children learn the foundations of basic table manners and start exploring the colorful, delicious and nutritious array of solid food before them. It’s the place where meals are consumed, thrown, and sometimes worn on the head. Which is why the best baby high chairs are safe, secure, and easy to clean. High chair mealtimes are a messy time for parents, but they’re also the setting for hilarious discoveries and wonderful moments, like feeding your baby a lemon or watching them try bacon for the first time or presenting them with that little delicacy called a birthday cake.
But before you buy a high chair, keep a few things top of mind. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, falls are the biggest dangers associated with high chairs. So when shopping for one, choose one with a wide base that won’t easily tip over. If you get a high chair that folds, ensure that the locking device is always secure when you unfold the chair.
Always, and we do mean always, strap your kid into his or her high chair. And position it so it’s away from the kitchen counter, so kiddos don’t push at it and tip themselves over. If you use a high chair that hooks onto a table, make sure the chair locks securely onto the table and can support the weight of the child.
You should also note that most high chairs are meant to be used only until your child weighs about 50 pounds (or is 3 years old). In terms of design, it helps to have one with a washable tray, and adjustable chair heights so you can use it longer.
Unfortunately high chairs serve essentially one purpose: house your baby safely during meal time for just a few years. That’s why picking one can feel tedious. We searched high and low for the high chairs that are best for parents: Ones that can fold up, are easy to get set up, and are equipped with machin-washable fabric, dishwasher safe tops, and most important, can grow with your baby. Here are our picks.
The Best Baby High Chairs
This high chair has it all: Five reclining seat positions; nine different height positions, plus of course a footrest that's adjustable. It has locking caster wheels, which is handy, and it's easy to wipe down the seat. It folds down quickly and compactly, and when your baby is ready to lounge after diner, you can simply adjust the seat so he or she is in full recline mode.
High chairs serve a purpose, but ultimately it’s a purpose for just a few years. The Abiie wooden chair offers you a chair not just for your baby, but a chair you could use in your home for many years to come. Plus, there’s a foot rest for your child, and the whole thing is pretty simple to clean. You can use it from the time your child is 6 months old, until whenever they grow out of it. At just under $200, it’s not the most affordable high chair, but you’re getting this to serve as a seat for your baby and ultimately for anyone in your home.
This handsome high chair lets you adjust both the height and the depth, and the recess in the tray can hold more than seven ounces of spilled milk/juice/soup/what have you. It converts to a youth chair when you adjust the seat to the lowest setting. The max weight limit is 60 pounds.
We're adults, and we'd totally sit in this Nomi high chair. It has three stages: Bouncer, high chair, and actual chair and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Yes, it's expensive, but this Nomi high chair will be with you until your kid goes to college. Its unfussy, sleek design means food won't be stuck in crevices to rot. It's easy to clean. It's ergonomic. It has the recommended wide base for safety and stability. And it can grow with your family.
This high chair seat isn't fancy, but it's solid, and it gets the job done. There's nothing bad to say about this workhorse of a table seat. It fits tables up to 3.5 inches thick, is easy to secure and is fully collapsible into a carry bag. It's ideal for babies 6 to 36 months.
Not only does the Oribel high chair look like proper, actual furniture, it wipes down easily, has six height adjustments and three reclining positions. The seat is waterproof and easy to clean. The tray attaches with magnets and has a dishwasher-safe top insert. The chair holds children weighing up to 45 pounds.
This chair ain't cheap, either, but it also grows with your kid, from birth onward. Made of solid European beech wood that can support a 300-pound adult, this high chair has a height-adjustable seat and footplates. It can take a beating (make that many beatings) and look good as new. It's sturdy as hell. It's not ugly. And it's a great investment for your kid's entire childhood. Note that your baby needs a harness for it, and it's sold separately.
Let's be clear: With this chair, it's all about aesthetics. It's modern and chic. The height is not adjustable, and it's ideal for tables that are 28 to 30 inches high. The footrest flips over for added inches and better leg support as your baby grows older. You can use it from the time your child can sit up, until the age of three. The infant cushion is machine washable, and the straps can be spot-cleaned or washed in the machine on a gentle cycle.
This high chair folds up easily, which is a huge bonus for those of us with no space. But all that aside, it features a large swing-open tray that operates with a one-hand motion and has four depth adjustments that allow you to get the tray positioned to keep food on it. We love the wide base of this chair. Plus, it folds compactly like a beach chair and stores easily, meaning you can travel with it. Your child should be a minimum 6 months old before using it and the maximum child weight is 50 pounds.
The makers of our go-to swing have, of course, created a go-to high chair. This high chair has a magnetic tray top that you can place one-handed, which is so genius, we wonder why no one thought of it before. The magnetic tray does have its limits: Kids can knock bowls and plates right off, if they try hard enough. It's suitable for kids up to 60 pounds.
This hair chair has a six-position height, giving parents the ability to use at any table, counter, bar and island to feed their child. This elegant, space age–looking high chair has a three-point safety harness and can be used for babies and toddlers up to 60 pounds. The tray is removable, of course, and the cushion is machine-washable. It does not fold, so you'd better have ample space for it.
Another wonderful option from the geniuses at Stokke, this chair goes from bouncer to high chair to a regular chair your kid can use for years. The caveat: The accessories are sold separately, but at least you don't need to buy 43 items and can stick with just one big purchase. It comes with an optional tray for easy feeding. It has a 187 pound weight capacity.
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