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Best Baby Floor Seats
Updated on
January 4, 2024

Best Baby Floor Seats

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Best Baby Floor Seats

Babies love to sit up and observe the world around them. But until they’re sitting up independently (which usually happens around six or seven months old), they’re going to need a little help—and that’s where a baby floor seat comes in.

Baby floor seats provide the support and assistance your baby needs for sitting up before they’re ready to do it on their own. When used properly, floor seats are a safe spot to put baby after they’re tired of whatever other form of baby entertainment you’ve got up your sleeve, like a play gym or swing, but before they’re ready to fully sit up in something like a high chair. Many feature fun add-ons like toys and sounds, and most are lightweight and portable enough to easily move around your home or even take along on a trip.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Baby Floor Seats

Babylist’s Picks for the Best Baby Floor Seats

Best Baby Floor Seat

This three-in-one seat stands out from the other floor seats on our list because of one significant feature: it was developed with the guidance of physical therapists to encourage a proper upright posture and safe positioning for your baby’s developing hips. It can be used as a floor seat for sitting up, a booster (using the conversion straps) and a feeding seat with the attachable tray.

Best Affordable Baby Floor Seat

The most affordable baby floor seat on our list, the Sit-Me-Up features a wide, stable base and two linkable toys to help keep baby entertained. Bonus: this seat folds up compactly for storage and portability.

If you like this particular floor seat but prefer a tray, Fisher-Price’s Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat with Tray is your best bet.

Best Looking Baby Floor Seat

The dual-option design lets this seat pull double duty as a floor seat and an activity seat with three attached toys. The neutral colors and a subtle pattern means it won’t stick out in the middle of your family room, and the seat cover is machine washable if there’s a mess.

Best Baby Floor Seat for Minimalists

Packed with six activities including a light-up piano with 20 songs and sounds, along with other sensory and tactile toys, this floor seat + play place + booster seat is a good option if you’re short on space or want to minimize the amount of baby gear you own. The toy pods slide apart to reveal a food tray and cup holder underneath and there are also straps to attach the seat to a dining chair when you’re ready to use it as a booster.

Most Versatile Baby Floor Seat

As its name implies, this multi-use seat works both on the floor or on a dining chair and for babies and toddlers from about six months to four years old, making it one of the most versatile baby floor seat on our list. There are a few customization options, including a removable tray with an adjustable height, built-in (and retractable) chair straps and a foam cushion that you can pop off as your little one grows. The seat is easy to clean with just a cloth and some soap and water.

Best Portable Baby Floor Seat

Adventuring outside? (Or just sitting in your backyard?) This portable baby floor seat is specially designed for the outdoors and on the go. It features an overhead UPF 20 canopy to keep baby cool and protected from the sun and a breathable mesh back. It folds flat when not in use.

How We Chose the Best Baby Floor Seats

  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many baby floor seats.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Are Floor Seats Good for Babies?

When used properly, floor seats are a safe spot for your baby to sit in for short periods of time. However, it is important to keep these safety considerations if you decide to use one.

  • Use floor seats on the ground only—and with supervision. Baby floor seats are exactly what they sound like: seats designed for the floor. Although it may be tempting to use them on a table, counter or other elevated surface, it’s not a safe option for your little one due to the risk of toppling over. It’s also unsafe to leave your baby unsupervised in a floor seat.
  • Use floor seats sparingly and for short periods of time. Sometimes called “container baby syndrome,” the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against babies spending too much time in “containers”: items such as car seats, swings, bouncers and floor seats. The concern here is that these types of devices limit a baby’s movements—which in turn means less time for your little one to practice the skills they need to build strength and coordination and learn new skills. Be mindful of how often and for how long your baby spends in any device, including baby floor seats. Consider limiting the time to no more than 20-30 minutes each day, and offer lots of tummy time and other types of free play throughout the day.
  • Follow usage guidelines. Be sure you’re using your floor seat according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, especially around age and size. Ensure your baby has strong head and neck control before putting them in a floor seat.

Jen LaBracio

Senior Gear Editor

Jen LaBracio is Babylist’s Senior Gear Editor, a role that perfectly combines her love of all things baby gear with her love of (obsessive) research. When she’s not testing out a new high chair or pushing the latest stroller model around her neighborhood, she likes to run, spin, listen to podcasts, read and spend time at the beach. In her past life, she worked for over a decade in children’s publishing. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their two boys, Will and Ben.

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