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The Best High Chairs

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🕚 Updated March 2022

High chairs make feeding babies as they grow even easier. From compact to convertible to decked out, many designs fit your little one's needs. Here are some recommendations to make your baby part of family dinner fun.

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  Top Choice Best Value Great-Looking Chair Most Fun Design Premium Choice
 
  Graco
EveryStep 7-in-1 High Chair
Cosco
Simple Fold High Chair
Abiie Beyond
Wooden High Chair with Tray
Infantino
4-in-1 Highchair
Stokke
Tripp Trapp High Chair
 
Our SummaryThis high chair is designed to be a part of your child’s kitchen and dining experience for years. This folding high chair is convenient for anyone to set up or put away.This high chair has a design and look that could last a lifetime.This adorable design is too cute to pass up.Invest in a chair that invites your little one to the table at every age and milestone.
ProsSeven stages for child's growth, three reclining positions, booster seat for toddlers, step stool option, machine-washable cushions, dishwasher-safe tray cover, five-point and three-point harness.Easy to fold after each use to save space, fabric wipes clean, three-point harness system, eight design colors.Timeless and eco-chic design, six cushion colors, adjusts from high chair to booster to regular chair, waterproof cushion and wipes clean, five-point and three-point harness system.Cute design, foam wipes clean, four ways to adjust chair, comes with meal mat.Timeless and eco-chic design, 11 colors, adjusts from high chair to booster to regular chair, baby set is dishwasher-safe, five-point harness system.
ConsTakes up a lot of space, food gets caught in straps easily.Cushion/cover is not removable to wash, the seat doesn't go upright.Notches for adjustable foot tray catch food, does not break down easily for storage.Foam cover is thin, chair shows signs of wear easily.This is a more expensive option.
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The Best High Chairs

Mother feeding her baby in a high chair.
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Buying Guide for High Chairs

Baby boy eating out of a bowl in a high chair.
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Why buy a high chair?

Your baby will go through countless stages of development, and when they can have greater control of their head and torso, a high chair can be one of the places they can sit. Even when your baby isn’t ready to start to eat solid foods, they can be reclined in a high chair. As they get stronger, you can sit them more upright, and once they sit on their own, they can start using the high chair to explore meals and snacks. A high chair makes this a safe and convenient place for your baby to grow and develop.

What should you consider when shopping for a high chair?

  • Safety Belts: Babies are climbers. As they grow, they tend to climb even more, even while sitting. A seat with safety belts helps the baby stay seated while eating or playing with a toy.
  • Convertible: Your little one will continue to grow, so you may decide to go for a high chair that can convert to a booster seat at the table.
  • Compact: Compact high chairs can help save precious space while giving your baby a comfortable and safe place to sit and eat.
  • Washable: Your little one will be making many messes, so why not choose a high chair you can easily clean? Some have removable cushions, while others have limited crevices for hiding crumbs.

When will your child outgrow a high chair?

Some high chair options have features that adjust so your baby can use the same chair as a toddler and older, and even other options can grow for life with your child. However, most toddlers will end up saying goodbye to their high chair by the age of two, moving on to a booster seat at the table. Factors contributing to that decision would be the adjustable features of the chair, the size of your child, and their interest level to be at the big table with you.

Our Picks for the Best High Chairs

Top Choice

Graco EveryStep 7-in-1 High Chair

This high chair is designed to be a part of your child's kitchen and dining experience for years.

Pros: If there was ever a product that makes you go googly-eyed, this is one of them. Of course, you want a high chair that will fit every stage of your child growing from about six months to six years of age. The high chair has extra padding for support and three reclining positions for comfort and stability at the earliest stage. With the last stage of this growing-with-you high chair, your child can use it as a sturdy step stool to be involved with you in the kitchen. The stages in between can accommodate different booster seat options for various table setups. Even with so much use, you’ll be able to keep it clean with the machine-washable cushions and the dishwasher-safe tray cover. This convertible chair is available in two colors.

Cons: This high chair is bulky and takes up quite a bit of space. The straps catch food easily and cannot be removed for easy cleaning.

Bottom Line: If you want to invest in a high chair that has the potential to take your infant from purees to your little kid decorating cupcakes with you, this is an excellent choice. Be realistic that part of that dream relies on your diligence in cleaning it properly to last all those years.

 

Best Value

Cosco Simple Fold High Chair

This folding high chair is convenient for anyone to set up or put away.

Pros: This high chair is a safe and effective place for your baby to eat a meal. Unfold the chair, secure your cutie with the three-point harness system, and set up the tray in the proper position for your baby to begin exploring new tastes and develop a sophisticated palate. When it’s not in use, the fabric wipes clean quickly, and it’s just as easy to fold away. This chair is simple but is available in eight different designs.

Cons: The cushion/cover is not removable to clean deeper. The seat is tilted back and cannot adjust to being upright.

Bottom Line: This no-frills chair is excellent for small spaces or keeping at a grandparent’s house. Its lightweight and straightforward design is foolproof for anyone to use and set up safely.

 

Great-Looking Chair

Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair with Tray

This high chair has a design and look that could last a lifetime.

Pros: If you want a high chair that looks a little less “baby” and more modern and eco-chic, this will be an appealing option. From the time your baby is six months old or can hold herself up steadily, this chair is ready to help her explore food in an ergonomic setting. As your child grows, the ergonomic design can adjust for height by lowering the footrest, but the benefits to posture, swallowing, and digestion. When your little one is younger, you can use the five-point harness, and as she grows, you can move to the three-point option. Later on, the restraint system can be removed completely, and you’re left with a timeless-looking chair at the table. The seat cushion is waterproof and easy to clean.  This classy chair is available in six different wood colors and cushion combinations.

Cons: Each notch for the adjustable footrest is a trap for food crumbs and globs. The chair does not break down or fold for easy storage.

Bottom Line: This high chair is one of the more expensive options, but it would be more economical if you can see yourself using it for the long term. The chair is durable and has a timeless design. As long as you are diligent in cleaning the grooves and notches, this chair can look as beautiful as it did on day one.

 

Most Fun Design

Infantino 4-in-1 Highchair

This adorable design is too cute to pass up.

Pros: This adorable baby fox design is heart-melting, but it’s not just a cute face; it has thoughtful features to make your life easier during meals and snacks. For starters, it has two reclining positions to support a baby at six months, plus it has an upright position to encourage correct posture in toddlers. The high chair can be a booster seat secured to a chair with the tray on it or without it, but the meal mat can be used on the table itself. Finally, it can be used as a fun chair for your toddler, lowered to his size, and great for flipping through a favorite book. The tray comes with an optional meal mat that fits with built-in food compartments. The mat wipes clean easily but is also dishwasher-safe. The tray and seat also wipe clean easily so the little fox won’t be stained.

Cons: The foam seat cover is thin, and overall the chair shows signs of wear easily.

Bottom Line: There is a lot to love about this high chair. This is a great option for a high chair and booster seat combination, from the cute fox design to the adjustable features that grow with your child. However, to get that longevity from the chair, it’s important that you gently and thoroughly clean it each day you use it.

 

Premium Choice

Tripp Trapp High Chair from Stokke

Invest in a chair that invites your little one to the table at every age and milestone.

Pros: This chair is another sleek and timeless option that doesn’t look as baby as it does modern and eco-chic. It is a great option for when your baby is six months old or can hold herself up steadily. As your child grows, the ergonomic design can adjust for height by removing and adjusting the back and foot support. Instead of a cushion, this chair comes with a baby set that includes a completely removable seat and is dishwasher-safe. This chair is available in 11 different wood colors and baby set combinations.

Cons: This is a more expensive option.

Bottom Line: This chair is durable and has an ergonomic design that is easy to set up and use for your little one. Its sleek classic look will be a great addition to your family dinner table.

Final Thoughts

A high chair is a convenient purchase for your baby, and there are several options to choose from. After you consider some of the most important features in a high chair for your family, your baby can safely enjoy meals and snacks with you.

Alesha Billie Alesha Billie
Alesha Billie is a momma to three kiddos (unless we count the furry ones) who has been writing and researching for over 15 years. After a start as a romance ghostwriter, she's written countless full-length novels in addition to articles, blog posts, advertorials, memoirs, and eBooks. Read Full Bio »
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