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The 7 Best High Chairs So Your Baby Doesn’t Have To Eat Off The Floor

The high chair is one of those baby products that you will find yourself using well-past the toddling stage — because a 2-year-old learning to use utensils needs a wide berth. As for what you’re looking for in this fairly pricey investment? Five things: Easy to clean seat. Easy to clean tray. Plenty of restraints. High enough so you don’t kill your back. And stable enough so dinnertime doesn’t become hospital time. Here are a few of the best seats for every decor and budget.

OXO Seedling OXO Seedling High Chair

Pros: Baby Gear Lab called the Seeding “one of our easiest chairs to set up right out of the box, just under 6 minutes, and earning itself a 7 out of 10 in ease of setup.” It will also accommodate kids from 4 months up to 3 years (or 45 pounds). And The Nightlight gave it their top pick, saying that it “wowed” them in every category but “removable, cleanable straps; one-handed tray removal; a flat tray bottom; parts made of environmentally friendly materials; replacement parts that are easy to get,” set it apart from from the competition.

Cons: If you have a small kitchen, this may not be your solution. BGL says, “The Seedling struggled in our footprint and portability rating metric, earning only a 3 out of 10 when compared to the other chairs. It’s footprint was a whopping 726 square inches, whereas the Stokke Tripp Trapp only took up 396 square inches of space.”

Weight: 23 lbs
Height: Adjustable to 41.3 inches
Max load: 45 lbs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Safety harness: 5-point

OXO Seeding ($120)

Stokke Tripp Trapp

Pros: The Norwegian know how to design some furniture, even if it’s destined to get covered with strained peas. Baby Gear Lab touts the Tripp Trapp’s longevity, saying “It grows with your child with its easy adjustments and can hold up to 300 pounds.” (Of course, your adult son may not want to climb into his old high chair.) Cool Mom Picks says, “The tray covers a large area and has a deep rim to catch spills, but the best part are the 6 tray-top templates it comes with so you can swap letters for numbers for animals.”

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Cons: Even cool designs can still topple over. “There is indeed a tipping possibility if the chair is on certain surfaces and if they can reach a certain part of the table,” says one Amazon reviewer. “So please, please make sure you do not fall into this category before buying this chair.” You’re also going to want to invest in the separate baby set for little ones.

Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 31 inches
Max load: 300 lbs
Dishwasher safe: No
Safety harness: 5-point with separate baby set

Stokke Tripp Trapp ($250)

BabyBjörn High Chair BabyBjorn High Chair

Pros: Consumer Reports gave BabyBjörn good ratings, although they found it a little tricky saying “this very small, lightweight chair will surprise you. Takes up remarkably little floor space, and folds up even smaller. There’s a steep learning curve with this chair, but once you get used to it, it’s easy to use.” And Baby Gear Lab thought that this chair was built from alien infant technology, saying, “When it comes to ease of cleaning, this chair blew away the competition, earning a perfect 10 out of 10. It literally has no crevices for food to get caught in, no big base for food to land on, no cushions to stain, and no inserts to lift up or remove and machine wash.”

Cons: “Some features are tricky — almost counterintuitive — to use,” says Consumer Reports who have doubts about the adjustable tray’s lack of movement and difficulty figuring out the folding feature. Other owners complained that it didn’t fit their toddlers, but CR said, “Although it looked snug, we were able to seat a mannequin representing a 3-year-old child (30 lbs, 38 inches tall).

Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 38 inches
Max load: Up to 3 years old
Dishwasher safe: No
Safety harness: Tray functions as restraint

BabyBjörn High Chair ($300)

Phil & Teds Poppy Phil & Teds Poppy

Pros: Its design doesn’t scream I live with a tiny thing that screams. Beyond the aesthetics, this high chair is dead simple to set up. Cool Mom Picks says, “There’s almost no assembly required, which means you just pop in the legs, pop in the baby and you’re pretty much ready to go.” They’re also big on the lack of seams, so “no wayward bits of organic avocado or quinoa can find their way to where they shouldn’t be.” And Baby Gizmo talks about how the Poppy can grow with your kid, saying “The Poppy transforms into a “My Chair” for 3 to 5 years old (44 lbs) by removing the tray, crotch bar and half of the legs. A high chair that works as a sturdy toddler chair is thumbs up in our book!”

Cons: An Amazon reviewer points out that because the tray isn’t adjustable, a few things may happen, “Food and utensils WILL drop into their laps and beyond. At some point a knee will pop up as they sit in power poses to show you who is boss. And, “You cannot shove them back against the chair and pin them securely in place (if you wanted to).”

Weight: 9 lbs
Height: 44-inches
Max load: 44 lbs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Safety harness: 5-point

Phil & Teds Poppy ($120)

Ikea Antilop IKEA Antilop

Pros: For the price of a large pizza, this fully-functional high chair can be yours. And, unlike a lot of IKEAs modular torture puzzles, putting it together just means attaching the legs (Allen wrench included). One owner on Baby Center says, “The separate tray and chair pads are very inexpensive. Also the perfect chair for grandma’s house at that price!” And an Amazon reviewer says “Sometimes I just lift the chair up and pour all the Cheerios right into the sink.” Pro tip: Take the baby out first.

Cons: “The tray! That blasted tray is awful! It snaps on so easily but is nearly impossible to remove,” says the formerly happy Baby Center customer. Other reviewers echo that sentiment, saying that the price is right, the design is cool, but that unadjustable tray is a dealbreaker.

Weight: 8 lbs
Height: 35 ⅜-inches
Max load: not available
Dishwasher safe: No
Safety harness: Yes

Ikea Antilop ($20)

4moms High Chair 4moms High Chair

Pros: Brand new to the market, the 4moms chair will appeal to those who still wonder how magnets work — because that’s how you attach the tray. One Amazon reviewer noted, “I struggled with our old chair getting the tray on and off with one hand while holding my daughter. This one is VERY easy but still secure so baby won’t break free when in chair.” Other than using physics to secure your kid, it’s also easy to clean and has adjustable height.

Cons: Some early complaints that the magnet isn’t as strong as it could be and the seat is difficult to adjust. But that’s the price you pay for being a high chair innovator.

Weight: 30 lbs
Height: 38 inches
Max load: Up to 3 years old
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Safety harness: 5-point

4moms High Chair ($300)

Graco Contempo Graco Contempo

Pros: It doesn’t have a seamless body, but the seat cover does pop out for cleaning. One Amazon reviewer says, “One of my favorite features of this high chair is its compact footprint when folded up.” Best of all for parents with infants, the seat can recline for bottle feeding. Or just cold chillin’.

Cons: When it’s not folded up, the Contempo will engulf your kitchen. According to an Amazon customer, “The footprint is enormous. This high chair takes up 6 square feet of floor space (its legs are 2′ wide by 3′ long). This makes it impractical for a small kitchen.” And goes on to complain, “The tray is supposed to be easy to clean, with a top layer that pops off. However, because that top layer doesn’t fully cover the bottom layer (especially at the corners, where babies tend to put their hands), I always end up having to clean the bottom layer too. This means twice as much work!” This sounds like it could be solved with a chore chart, though.

Weight: 19.5 lbs
Height: 38 inches
Max load: 40 lbs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Safety harness: 5-point

Graco Contempo ($110)