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Best High Chairs of 2024
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April 3, 2024

Best High Chairs of 2024

By Jen LaBracio | Medically Reviewed by Holly Peretz OT
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Best High Chairs of 2024

You know what those adorable pics of babies with chubby cheeks and mashed fruit and veggies plastered all over their faces have in common? There’s a high chair (and a mess) in every single one.

When it’s time to start solids, it’s important to have a safe spot for your little one to eat. But a lot goes into choosing the right high chair for your baby and your family. Most parents consider factors like cost, size, longevity, safety and—of course—how easy it is to clean. We polled thousands of Babylist parents and tested dozens of high chairs ourselves for our list of best picks.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best High Chairs

Babylist’s Picks for the Best High Chairs

Best Convertible High Chair

The Scoop
  • A classic since 1972
  • Grows with your little one; converts to an adult chair that holds up to 242 pounds
  • Pulls right up to dining table
  • Expensive, especially with add-ons
What Our Experts Think

We’re not going to lie—we have a major soft spot for this Scandinavian classic that’s been around since 1972 and is still going strong.

The Stokke Tripp Trapp checks all the right boxes: it’s stylish, ergonomic, durable, safe and lasts for years. Called a “chair for life,” it really can take you from the baby days all the way through the big kid years and beyond, eventually converting to a regular seat that holds up to 272 pounds. The simple beechwood design doesn’t scream “baby gear” and fits seamlessly into your home decor. It’s also really easy to keep clean. And unlike many high chairs, the Tripp Trapp is intended to be pulled right up to the table so everyone can eat together. (You can also purchase a tray separately if you’d like.)

What’s Worth Considering

There’s no getting around the Tripp Trapp’s biggest flaw: cost. The seat itself is expensive, then once you start throwing in extras like the Baby Set, tray or cushion, things can really start to add up. (If you want a package deal, check out the Complete set; it comes with the high chair, Baby Set, Cushion and Tray already bundled togetether.) The straps on the Tripp Trapp are also notoriously hard to adjust.

If you like the look and convertible aspect of the Tripp Trapp but want to spend less, our two favorite more affordable alternatives are the Keekaroo Height Right High Chair and the Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair with Tray.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Having three children at home, and having used multiple highchairs over the past 6 years, I can honestly say I wish I had tried the Stokke TrippTrapp sooner. This highchair is simply perfect. The attention to detail from design and aesthetics, to ergonomics, to how it will function practically for incorporating baby into family meals, it really is in a league of its own.” -Amanda

Additional Specs
Weight 15.4 lbs
Height 31.1”
Usage Ages 6 months+ (it can hold up to a 242-pound adult!)
Height Adjustments 4 positions

Best Modern Convertible High Chair

The Scoop

  • Easy to assemble and clean
  • Adjustable seat and footrest, no tools needed
  • Grows from baby through big kid and beyond

What Our Experts Think

Just when we thought nothing could come in the way of our love for the Stokke Tripp Trapp…enter Bugaboo’s Giraffe, a sleeker, more modern and slightly more compact take of one of our all-time favorite high chairs. This beautifully designed and very well-thought-out seat has everything you need (or might ever want) in a high chair. For starters, setup is incredibly easy; we put it together in minutes with no tools needed other than the small hex key wrench that’s included. Any adjustments you may need to make to the Giraffe are similarly simple. Both the seat and the footrest slide up and down in seconds with the squeeze of a button, a feature we love as it assures your little one is in a safe and ergonomic position for eating.

Other features to rave about include ease of cleaning (zero nooks or crannies to worry about), a super stable base and a dishwasher-safe tray that’s effortless to get on and off. We also love that the chair pulls right up to the table and grows with your child. There’s an easy-to-attach Newborn Set available for the six-months-and-under crowd and a baby set with a five-point harness for your toddler that you can use until your little one is about three years old, at which point the Giraffe turns into a chair that can be used up to 220 pounds.

What’s Worth Considering

If you’re dealing with a wiggly toddler, the shoulder straps on the Giraffe are apt to slide down if they’re not perfectly centered and tightened enough. (We found removing the strap cushions to be helpful.) The Giraffe doesn’t fold for storage. The high chair is also really expensive, especially if you add on extras like the Newborn Set or the Junior Pillow.

Additional Specs
Weight 11 lbs
Height 30.1”
Usage Newborn Set (sold separately): 0-6 mos, up to 20 lbs; Baby Set: 6-36 mos, up to 33 lbs; Giraffe Chair: up to 220 lbs
Height Adjustments Seat, 5 positions; footrest, 9 positions

Best Affordable High Chair

The Scoop
  • Ultra affordable
  • Easy to clean
  • No footrest
  • Not supportive for younger infants
What Our Experts Think

There’s no denying the beautiful simplicity and unbelievable affordability of this IKEA high chair. At just under $30, this no-frills chair is sturdy, compact and a breeze to clean thanks to the molded plastic surface. Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to move around. Lots of families keep one of these at grandma’s house since it’s easy on the wallet and easy to store.

What’s Worth Considering

There are a few major drawbacks of this seat. There’s no footrest and the tray is difficult to remove, so many parents just leave it on. The chair doesn’t fold for storage. (Although the legs do pop off fairly easily.) The safety buckle clips at the waist, which may not offer enough support for younger infants compared to a five-point harness. To add more comfort to the basic surface, buy IKEA’s support cushion and cover or find other cushions and a footrest at Yeah Baby Goods.

If you don’t mind spending a bit more, Evenflo’s 4-in-1 Eat & Grow Convertible High Chair is another popular, budget-friendly pick among Babylist parents. The design is similar to the IKEA high chair with a few extras: a four-in-one design (the high chair converts from an infant chair to a toddler dining chair and tray to a standalone toddler chair and eventually into a big kid table and chair), an included seat pad and a five-point harness.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Our IKEA high chair is stylish, easy-to-clean, and cheap. You. Can’t. Beat. That.” -Katie

Additional Specs
Weight 7.9 lbs
Height 35 3/8”
Usage When baby can sit up unassisted (around 5-6 months) until toddler age
Height adjustments: None

Best Modern High Chair

The Scoop
  • 4 ways to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Babylist-exclusive color
  • Large footprint
What Our Experts Think

This Skip Hop Eon is a popular Babylist parent pick and a high chair you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re looking for a modern, multifunction seat. The streamlined chair is more than just good looks—it’s also almost effortless to keep clean thanks to the smooth, crevice-free surface. The other perk is the seat’s many functions. The Eon grows with your little one from a high chair to a dining booster, tableside booster and finally to a toddler chair.

Two more features to love: an adjustable two-position footrest (so you’ll be able to position baby safely for eating) and a tray that’s both easy to get on and off and dishwasher-safe.

What’s Worth Considering

Just like the Lalo (and many other similarly designed high chairs currently on the market), the splayed leg style of this seat means that it takes up a good amount of floor space and that it’s easily tripped over. And due to the shape and size of the seat, it’s not ideal for younger eaters; you’ll want your baby to be able to sit up completely independently and have excellent head and neck control before using it.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Pros: Extremely easy to set-up; did so without instructions. Easy to clean with a removable tray cover. Love that it will grow with our baby. Maybe Con: No cushions included or even sold separately, but that allows for easy clean-up post feeding. No complaints!” -Nick & Akiko H.

Additional Specs
Weight 17 lbs
Height 36”
Usage High chair: 6 mos-3 yrs (up to 33 lbs); Booster: 6 mos+ (with harness); Big kid chair: supports up to 80 lbs
Height Adjustments None

Another Modern, Versatile Pick

The Scoop:

  • Modern, minimalist and fun design that’s easy to clean
  • Converts to a booster and a toddler chair
  • Not much support for younger babies

What Our Experts Think:

The look of the Lalo stands out from a lot of what’s out there in the high chair market, and that’s one of the things we love the most about it. The modern, minimalist design accents any space rather than detracting from it. The smooth surface (including the large tray) is easy to wipe clean and assembly is really simple and takes only a few minutes. There’s also a two-position footrest, a supportive feature we always look for in a high chair.

The other cool feature of this chair is its versatility. You can purchase Play Legs (sold separately) to convert the high chair into a toddler chair that can pull up to Lalo’s Play Table and most other play tables. You can also buy the Booster Conversion Kit to convert your Lalo into a booster seat for babies four months to three years old.

What’s Worth Considering

The Lalo isn’t great for supporting younger babies, even with the seat cushion added. (And speaking of the seat cushion, some parents don’t love that food gets stuck underneath it after a meal.) The splayed design of the high chair’s legs means the footprint is fairly large and it’s easy to trip on if you’re not paying attention.

One more modern high chair worth a look: the Maxi-Cosi Moa 8-in-1. It has eight different modes (infant chair, toddler chair, stool, booster and more), a three-level adjustable footrest, a water-repellent and machine washable cushion, tool-free setup and a contemporary design.

What Babylist Parents Think

“This modern-looking chair doesn’t stick out in my home like so many other baby gear items. And I love that I’ll be able to use it as a toddler chair once my baby gets a bit older.” -Kristin

Additional Specs
Weight 10 lbs
Height 33”
Usage 4+ mos or when baby can sit up unassisted up to 3 years old; play chair holds up to 200 lbs
Height Adjustments 2 positions, one in high chair mode and one for play chair

Most Versatile High Chair

The Scoop
  • 7 growing stages
  • Grows with baby and can be used for two children at once
  • Lots of height, recline positions and footrest adjustments
  • Large footprint, tough to clean
What Our Experts Think

Versatility is the name of the game with the Graco Table2Table. It has just the right setup for each stage of your child’s development, from infant to bigger kiddo. It works as a traditional high chair, an infant booster, a toddler booster and a youth chair, and also converts to a toddler-sized table and chair set.

It’s designed with lots of thoughtful features like a convertible three- and five-point harness, a reclining seat, plenty of height and footrest adjustment options and one-handed tray removal. We also love that this chair can be used for two kids simultaneously; the included booster seat can be used for the big sibling while the high chair can be used with your little one at the same time.

What’s Worth Considering

The Table2Table has a fairly large footprint when it’s open (although it does fold pretty compactly for easy storage), so it may not be a good choice if you’re short on space and want to leave the chair open all the time. (If that’s the case, check out the Slim Snacker, another popular and much lower profile seat from Graco that features a one-handed fold.)

And although the seat pad can be wiped down or put in the washing machine, some parents report that the small nooks and crannies are tough to clean and that there’s a lot of space between the tray and your baby where food can fall through.

If you like the versatility of the Table2Table but prefer a high chair with a sleeker look (and don’t mind spending a bit more money), take a look at Maxi-Cosi’s Minla 6-in-1 Adjustable High Chair. The modern design features neutral colors and the high chair can be used for years thanks to five recline positions, four tray positions, eight heights and the ability to convert from an infant seat to a tableside booster seat.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Great high chair. Bought for my own home for the grandbabies visits. I spent time researching and comparing several high chairs. This was super easy to put together, easy to clean, has great functionality and portability. Love that it folds up for storage and more than 1 child can use simultaneously with the toddler booster/infant recliner high chair. Definitely recommend.” -NJ Grandma

Additional Specs
Weight 25.2 lbs
Height 44”
Usage From newborn up to 60 lbs
Height Adjustments 5 positions

Best Portable High Chair

The Scoop
  • Hooks directly to most counters or tables
  • 4.2 pounds
  • Removable, washable cover
  • Works for babies 6+ months and up to 37 pounds
What Our Experts Think

If you travel or go out to eat a lot, or simply don’t have the space for a traditional high chair, the Inglesina Fast Table Chair is a great option. This 4.2-pound parent favorite clamps right to the end of most tables and countertops. Although it’s small, it still boasts features that provide maximum comfort, like a high backrest and padded seat. Use it at home, at restaurants, on vacation or anywhere your child needs to eat food you’ve lovingly cut into small pieces that they undoubtedly will throw on the floor.

What’s Worth Considering

This chair doesn’t have a footrest, so we don’t recommend it as your child’s primary high chair for everyday use. You’ll also want to keep an eye on weight. This seat maxes out at 37 pounds, which is fairly high but not quite as high as most full-sized high chairs on the market.

What Babylist Parents Think

“I think this chair should be on every parent’s registry! I love how easy it is to wash and travel with!” -Nora

Additional Specs
Weight 4.2 lbs
Height 11”
Usage For babies 6 months and up until 37 lbs
Height Adjustments None

Best High Chair for Small Spaces

The Scoop
  • Affordable
  • Compact and attaches to most dining chairs
  • Converts to a booster
  • Hard to clean
What Our Experts Think

If your living space can’t accomodate a full-size high chair, this space-saving chair that attaches onto most dining chairs is a good, really affordable choice. There are lots of features that mimic a full-size seat like a three-position recline feature (which comes in handy for younger babies) and two height adjustments. The tray is easy to remove with one hand and features a deep dish to help prevent food from flying off of it. We also like that it lasts through the toddler years by converting into a booster seat.

What’s Worth Considering

Keeping this seat clean is the major complaint here. The seat fabric is machine washable, but removing it to throw in the wash all the time isn’t ideal because of all the straps you have to undo. (And you’ll need to wash it pretty frequently since it’s not the type of fabric that can easily be wiped clean). Another common complaint is the seat’s angle; some parents say that despite the recline angles, the pitch seems off and their little ones just don’t seem comfy in it.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Best thing ever! We use this high chair multiple times a day, everyday. She loves her chair so much!” -Holly

Additional Specs
Weight 7.6 lbs
Height 21.65”
Usage 4-24 mos, up to 50 lbs
Height Adjustments 2 positions

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Best High Chair for Baby Led Weaning

The Scoop
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Adjustable seat and footrest
  • Easy to clean
What Our Experts Think

If you’re planning on doing baby-led weaning (a way of introducing solids that skips over purées and spoon-feeding and focuses instead on self-feeding and finger foods), you’ll want to pay extra attention to the ergonomics of the high chair you choose and the proper positioning of your baby while eating. The Nomi, created by the same designer who invented the Stokke Tripp Trapp in 1972, was created with exactly these things in mind. Based on the idea that children need a safe and stable platform from which to move, it features a supportive base, an adjustable footrest and pulls right up to the table. Other pros: it’s super easy to clean and doesn’t trap food (a must-have for baby-led weaning!) and converts to a regular seat that holds up to 330 pounds. This bundle comes with the Baby Set so you can use the high chair once your little one hits six months.

What’s Worth Considering

The Nomi is really expensive, especially if you purchase any add-ons (all sold separately) like the tray or the cushion.

What Babylist Parents Think

“I debated for a long time whether to go with the Nomi high chair or the Stokke Tripp Trapp. I am so glad I ended up choosing the Nomi! I have so many great things to say about it - mainly how easy it is to adjust the seat/footrest height, and how incredibly easy it is to clean. I also love how light it is and that it can hang on my table when I am cleaning up the floor.” -Rebekah

Additional Specs
Weight 10.8 lbs
Height 32.8”
Usage 6 mos to 330 lbs
Height Adjustments Seat height from 20.4-22.8”

Best Foldable High Chair

The Scoop
  • Most compact folding high chair on market
  • Stands when folded
  • 4 height positions
  • Fairly large footprint when unfolded
What Our Experts Say

Lots of parents like the idea of a full-size high chair but don’t have the kitchen or dining space to accommodate one at all times. The City Bistro solves for this—it folds down to 80% of its size than when it’s unfolded, making it super compact and easy to tuck away next to a counter or even in a closet.

Other than the fold, which is definitely this seat’s standout feature, there are a few other things to love about the City Bistro. The seat is covered by a really comfy pad that’s stain-resistant and machine washable. There’s calf support, a dishwasher-safe tray and a five-point harness. Two other unique things we loved are the tray storage on the back (the tray clips right onto the back of the high chair when folded, keeping everything organized) and that the chair stands independently when folded.

What’s Worth Considering

Although this high chair does have an impressively small footprint when folded, it’s on the larger side when it’s unfolded; we found ourselves tripping over the back legs quite a bit. And the seat pad is removable (a huge plus), but we did find that food tended to get trapped beneath it, making it a bit of a pain to keep clean.

The Joovy Nook NB High Chair is another great option if you’re looking for a foldable seat, as is Graco’s Slim Snacker. Just note that while the cushion on the Slim Snacker is technically removable, parents complain that it’s really hard to get off—which results in a high chair that’s difficult to keep clean.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love the having the convenience of a full-size high chair combined with something so compact that it barely takes up any room when folded. It’s really durable and easy to clean, too.” -Jen

Additional Specs
Weight 15.4 lbs
Usage Children starting at 6 months; up to 40 lbs
Height adjustments: 4 positions

Best Easy to Clean High Chair

The Scoop
  • Tray and seat are dishwasher safe
  • Adjustable seat and footrest
  • Converts to a toddler seat
What Our Experts Think

Ever wish you could simply toss your entire high chair right into the dishwasher? (You will after only a few weeks of introducing your baby to solids, trust us.) Meet the Boon Grub. Both the tray and the seat are dishwasher safe, and we could not be happier about that.

Other things we love include the adjustable tray and a five-position footrest and that you can use this high chair either at table- or counter-height, a valuable feature that’s not common in many other seats. The Grub converts from a high chair to a toddler seat and will work until your little one hits 50 pounds.

What’s Worth Considering

This high chair has wide, splayed-out legs, so it requires a pretty big footprint. You’ll also need two hands to remove the tray, a feature parents don’t love.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Love this high chair! I live in the city & needed a bar height high chair because that’s our only table option. I was surprised there were NO options to add to my registry at the time. But, the Boon Grub high chair came out right when my babe started solids, so I was excited! It’s super easy to clean.” -Amanda

Additional Specs
Weight 14.5 lbs
Height 30.25-36.25”
Usage 6 mos to 6 years; up to 50 lbs
Height Adjustments 3 positions: counter, table and toddler chair height

Best Travel High Chair

The Scoop
  • Folds flat and weighs 2.5 lbs
  • Holds up to 75 lbs
  • Fits almost all adult chairs
What Our Experts Think

Nope, the Bombol isn’t a cool piece of origami art—it’s (an also very cool) travel high chair! This 3D seat just might be the way of the future when it comes to traveling and eating out with your baby in tow. It’s incredibly light, weighing in at two and a half pounds, so carrying it around is super convenient. It holds a child up to 75 pounds and the seat’s fabric is stain, abrasion and odor-proof. And the coolest part? It folds flat to about the size of a large book. You can easily slip it into a diaper bag or a tote and be on your way. When it’s time to eat, simply pop it open, lock it in place, secure it to your chair and you’re good to go. (And yes, it’s incredibly sturdy. We tried it!)

What’s Worth Considering

Although it’s approved for use with babies six months and up, we found it works best once your little one is a bit bigger and more stable. It’s also pretty pricey for a booster.

Additional Specs
Weight 2.5 lbs
Height Folded: 11.8” x 10.8” x 1.4”; Unfolded: 11.8” x 11” x 10.6”
Usage 6+ mos up to 75 lbs
Height Adjustments None

Best Baby Camping Chair

The Scoop

  • Outdoor or indoor use
  • Grows with baby through three stages
  • Folds flat, easy to pack and carry

What Our Experts Think

If you’re a family who camps a lot or just enjoys a good adventure, you may want to consider purchasing a high chair designed specifically for outdoor use. Baby Delight’s Go With Me Venture Chair is one of our favorites. It boasts three stages that grow with your baby from about three months old up to 75 pounds. It’s also really stable, with a wide base that stays put even in grass and dirt. There’s a detachable canopy for shade and the whole chair folds up into the included carry bag quickly and easily.

What’s Worth Considering

Although the polyester fabric is resistant to fading, stains and mold, it’s wipe-clean only. If you’d prefer a seat with removable, washable fabric, check out the hiccapop OmniBoost Travel Booster Seat. It won’t last you as long as the Venture and doesn’t include a canopy, but it’s a great outdoor high chair option that’s super portable and really easy to keep clean.

What Babylist Parents Think

“Our three children have all been able to use this chair. They are 8, 5 and 1. It is mainly for our 1-year-old. I love being able to strap her in while we are having meals or around the campfire. The straps are incredibly important around the campfire. The material cleans up easily. The sunshade is great and covers completely. It folds easily and it’s so lightweight to move around. Our other kids have also sat in it and all fit comfortably. Even our 8-year-old, who is pretty tall, fits in it just fine. We’ve been really happy to have this chair. I would definitely recommend it.” -JLead

Additional Specs
Weight 4.9 lbs
Height 24.5”
Usage Approx. 3 mos up to 75 lbs
Height Adjustments Converts to three stages: sitting, standing and big kid

Best Rotating High Chair

The Scoop
  • Unique swiveling seat design
  • Clean, modern aesthetic
  • Easy to wipe clean
What Our Experts Think

Starting solids with your baby is about exposing them to lots of different foods, but it’s also about sharing the experience of mealtime together. The Munchkin 360 high chair has a unique swiveling seat that makes interacting with your baby during meals a lot easier. The other feature that sets the 360 apart is its sleek, modern design. The seat is completely clear, which not only looks cool but is pretty effortless to clean. (There’s a removable cushion if you’d like to add that on as well.)

What’s Worth Considering

The modern look of the clear seat appeals to lots of parents, but keep in mind that it will also show handprints, smudges and any residual mess. The 360 also has a wide base and a fairly large footprint. And the seat and footrest aren’t adjustable.

What Babylist Parents Think

“I love the modern design of this high chair. I found it easy to assemble with minimal work. It’s easy to clean and keep clean looking. I like the fact that it swivels so you don’t need to keep moving the high chair to turn the baby. I do find that it’s a little wide but we still love it!” -Amanda

Additional Specs
Weight 16 lbs
Height 40”
Usage 6 mos to 3 years, up to 33 lbs
Height Adjustments None

High Chairs We’re Keeping an Eye On…

The high chair space is exploding with new seats and new styles at what feels like every turn as of late. Here are a few we’re keeping our eye on.

  • Versatile, low profile and super stylish, the Cybex LEMO 2 High Chair 3-in-1 Set ($349.95) is a seat you can use from day one through adulthood. We love the sleek, ergonomic design, the easy-to-clean finishes and the trendy colorways.
  • Just like rotating car seats, high chairs with a rotating seat are quickly becoming a feature that brands are beginning to explore. The TruBliss 2-in-1 Turn-A-Tot High Chair ($169.99) is budget-friendly and has a swiveling seat that turns 360 degrees so you can find just the right angle for feeding or playing. It’s also easy to clean, always a plus.
  • If a foldable high chair is a must for you, the Munchkin Float Easy Clean Foldable High Chair ($169.99) is one to consider. This compact seat collapses with the touch of a button and is super easy to clean (yay) thanks to zero nooks and crannies. Other pluses: tool-free assembly and an adjustable footrest.

How We Chose the Best High Chairs

  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • 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 high chairs.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

Types of High Chairs

While shopping for a high chair, you’ll find that most fit into a few basic categories:

  • Full-size high chairs. Full-size high chairs are what most people think of when they picture a traditional high chair. Full-size high chairs can be made from wood or plastic and often have a large(ish) footprint. Features vary, but a few common ones you may find include things like wheels, an adjustable seat and/or footrest, recline options, an infant seat, safety straps, wheels or the option to fold for storage. Some full-size high chairs, called convertible high chairs, even convert to boosters or adult seats to extend the seat’s usability.
  • Portable high chairs. Sometimes also called travel high chairs or clip-on chairs, portable high chairs are designed for on-the-go. (But that doesn’t mean you can’t use one at home if you’d like, so don’t worry.) Portable high chairs are lighter and much more compact that their traditional counterparts. Most feature clips that attach to a table or counter or pop-out legs that make the chair easy to set up and break down.
  • Booster seats. Booster seats are designed for older toddlers and children who need less support at the table. A booster seat straps onto a regular chair to create extra space and for added convenience. Some also come with removable trays.

When Can Baby Sit in a High Chair?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are several developmental signs to look out for that indicate your baby might be ready to start solids and it’s time for a high chair.

  • Baby should be able to hold their head up and sit in a high chair with good head control.
  • May open their mouth for food.
  • Can move food from a spoon into their throat.
  • Baby has doubled their birth weight.

All babies develop at different rates, but for most, they’re ready to start solids somewhere between four and six months of age, so you’ll want to be sure you have your high chair purchased, assembled and ready to go by then.

When positioning your baby in their high chair, there are a few important tips to keep in mind.

  • Keep the phrase “90/90/90” in mind. That means you’ll want a 90-degree bend at the hips, knees and ankles and should only use a high chair with a footrest. This will ensure your baby is in the safest position for eating.
  • If your child is leaning in their seat, consider adding support. A rolled-up towel or swaddle blanket behind their back or on either side often does the trick.
  • Always feed your baby in your high chair’s most upright position; baby should never be leaning back while eating.

How to Pick the Best High Chair

Before you choose a high chair, you’ll want to think a bit about your lifestyle, space and budget. Here’s what to consider.

  • Space. Do you live in a smaller space and eat most of your meals around a tiny table? Then a booster-style seat that straps right onto a dining room chair or other existing seat or one that clips to a counter may be right for you. Do you have a larger table, or live in a home with multiple eating areas? Then a standalone seat that comes with its own tray and can easily be moved from room to room may be your best bet.
  • Lifestyle. If you’re a family who’s often on the go, consider adding a portable high chair to your registry in addition to one that stays only at home.
  • Cleaning. When it comes to cleaning, some parents don’t mind sacrificing form for function and choose whatever high chair best fits their favorite aesthetic. But if you know constant scrubbing or getting into nooks and crannies is going to drive you nuts, you may want to stick with a basic, plastic model or one with wipeable fabric.
  • Foldability. If space is an issue, you may want to consider a full-size chair that can be folded down and stored or a portable high chair.
  • Durability and longevity. Planning on a large family and passing your high chair down from kid to kid? Although they’re on the pricier side, investing in a well-made wooden seat might be the best choice for you. You also need to think about how long you’re hoping to keep your little one in a high chair. There are several chairs that grow with your child, either by converting to a booster seat or even to an adult-sized chair, so pay attention to weight limits too.
  • Safety. Always consider your child’s safety when buying any piece of baby gear, but especially when it comes to choosing the best high chair. You’ll want to look for safety features such as a restraint system like a three- or five-point harness, good stability (if the chair has wheels, make sure they lock in place), a footrest to ensure your child is properly supported while eating, a crotch post and nothing that’s going to pinch or catch on baby’s tiny fingers and toes—or on yours.

For even more info on choosing the right high chair for your family, check out our how-to video:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are high chairs worth it?

High chairs can be worth it for parents who want a safe and convenient way to feed their baby or toddler. They provide a dedicated space for children to sit and eat, and many models are adjustable to accommodate growing children. The more important question to ask yourself when shopping for a high chair is, “Is this the right high chair for my family and my lifestyle?” High chairs are expensive and can take up a lot of space, so you’ll want to be sure you’re considering your individual needs and preferences when shopping.

How to clean high chairs

It’s always best to consult your high chair’s manual for specific cleaning instructions, as they vary by make and model. In general, to clean a high chair, first, remove any loose food or debris. Then, wipe down the chair with a damp cloth and mild soap, paying extra attention to any spots or stains. Rinse the chair with a clean, damp cloth and let it air dry. If the high chair has a removable tray, take it off and wash it separately in warm soapy water or in the dishwasher if the tray is dishwasher safe. If your high chair has cushions that are machine washable, follow the manufacturer’s directions and wash as needed. 

When to stop using a high chair

Many parents choose to keep their children in a high chair for at least several years, up until two or three years old or beyond. And depending on the model of high chair you use, you may be able to use it much longer—some convertible high chairs hold the weight of an adult.

Do high chairs have weight limits?

Yes, like many baby products, high chairs have weight limits. They vary wildly depending on the brand and model, ranging anywhere from around 30 pounds up to over 200—so it’s always best to check your particular manufacturer’s guidelines.

Do high chairs expire?

Yes, high chairs can expire due to wear and tear, safety concerns and changes in industry standards. It is important to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and expiration date before using a high chair.

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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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