The Must-Read High Chairs Buying Guide

Antilop high chair
High chair shopping doesn't have to be a task. To find the perfect seat for your tot, read what to look for here -- then check out these 10-star options.
Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

A Seat that Grows with Your Child

In this economy, who doesn't love a product that you can use and use and use? Well you're in luck. Most high chairs today come with a transition option. This means the seat can be used as a comfy cradle, in an upright position for first-time feeding, as a toddler booster for independent (or getting there) eaters, as a youth chair that can pull up and under the table, or as a spare seat at the computer desk. Check out these picks if you're in the market for a seat that will suit every stage of your child's life.

Investment Seat: Svan Birtch

Why We Love It: Simply remove tray and safety guard to use this seat as a full-size chair at the dinner table.

More Perks:

  • Comes in five finishes.
  • 13 seat-cushion options.
  • Blends in perfectly with the grown-up furniture.

Investment Seat: Svan Anka

Why We Love It: Specifically crafted so the tray can be removed, the seat lowers and -- you guessed it -- slides perfectly under the dinner table so Baby can break bread, too.

More Perks:

  • Ergonomic, adjustable frame.
  • Fits up to 50 pounds.
  • Tray stores on the back of the chair.
Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Save Some Space

Just because you have a baby doesn't mean you have to have an obstacle course in your kitchen or dining room. A bulky high chair that requires lots of room can kill the cook's mood. Say bye-bye to room ruiners and space-eaters with these chairs that easily fold up for quick concealing in the pantry or spare closet (all are ideal for city dwellers with teeny kitchenettes).

Space Saver: Astro

Why We Love It: With the lift of a lever, this high chair falls flat to the floor for no-nonsense assembly (and disassembly).

More Perks:

  • Folds flat.
  • Five-point harness keeps Baby locked in.
  • Comes in classic colors (tan, black, white, and cool aqua).

Space Saver: Spoling

Why We Love It: Behind the backrest is a practical storage pocket ideal for bibs or a package of wet wipes.

More Perks:

  • Easily removable machine-washable cover.
  • Folds up in three steps.
  • Pulls up to the table so Baby can socialize with the family.
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Fancy Photography/Veer

Nix Useless Nooks & Crannies for Quick Cleanup

There's nothing worse than a high chair with lots of creases and crevices. They trap gobs of food and tons of crumbs. And worse, sometimes all of this mess goes undetected -- that is until you smell something funky or the family dog becomes best friends with Baby's high chair. Try these chairs that boast cool, smooth lines and hardly any crumb catchers.

Quick Cleanup: Flair Pneumatic Pedestal

Why We Love It: The seat is seamless, making cleanup cake! Just wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

More Perks:

  • Contemporary design.
  • Glides effortlessly in all directions.
  • Fits under most tables.

Quick Cleanup: Zuma

Why We Love It: Double seat pads are easily removed to shake out crumbs and boast this bonus: They are machine-washable.

More Perks:

  • Eight-position adjustable height, with an easy-to-use telescopic mechanism.
  • Three-position reclining backrest; for eating, playing, napping.
  • Easy-to-clean seat.

Quick Cleanup: Antilop

Why We Love It: There are zero nooks and crannies here. Spray it down with a mild soapy solution and wipe clean.

More Perks:

  • Simple design.
  • Seatbelt included for added safety.
  • Ideal for cramped kitchens.

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