10 Best High Chairs of 2019

Best High Chairs of 2019

May 24, 2019

Best High Chairs of 2019

Best High Chairs of 2019
High chairs run the gamut when it comes to price and features. Whether you're looking for something cheap and chic or the Cadillac of chairs, this guide will help you decide what features work for your family, and which chair is right for you.Best High Chairs of 2019

You know what those adorable pics of babies with chubby cheeks and mashed fruit and veggies plastered all over their face have in common? There’s a high chair (and a mess) in every single one of them. When it comes to starting solid foods, it’s important to have a spot for your little one to nosh in that is safe and easy to clean.

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Do You Need a High Chair?

Yes, we recommend that you add a high chair to your registry for a few reasons. High chairs are convenient, and they help contain the mess that comes along with starting solids. But most of all, they position your little one in the proper upright position for eating, providing a safe, comfortable spot for them to kick off their lifelong journey with food.

How to Choose a High Chair

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 one of your chairs or one that clips to a counter may be right for you so baby can pull up a seat right at the table. 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.

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.

A few other things to consider when you’re choosing the high chair include:

  • 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. 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.
  • How long will you use it? 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.
  • 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 make sure your seat features a restraint system like a 3- or 5-point harness, good stability (if the chair has wheels, make sure they lock in place), a crotch post and nothing that’s going to pinch or catch on baby’s tiny fingers and toes—or on yours.

When Do You Need a High Chair?

Because you’ll be nursing or bottle feeding for a while, you won’t need a high chair until your baby starts eating solid food—usually around six months. But you’ll get good use of it long after that, up to two or three years old or beyond depending on the seat.

How We Chose Our Best High Chairs

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top high chairs they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your little one will love at least one of these items too.

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Best Practical High Chair

Why We Love It

One high chair, so many ways to sit. The Blossom has just the right setup for each stage of your child’s development, from infant to bigger kiddo. It’s designed with lots of thoughtful features like a convertible 3- and 5-point harness, reclining seat, plenty of height and footrest adjustment options and one-handed tray removal. Have two kids? Get more bang for your buck by using the included booster seat for the big sib and the high chair for your little one at the same time.

Keep in Mind

To minimize messes, the seat pad can be wiped down or put in the washing machine (along with the removable straps!). However, some parents find the small nooks and crannies hard to clean. The base is on the bulkier side, and can’t be folded for storage.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Super easy to use, even one handed. Currently use high chair at home and have booster seat at my parents’ house. So multi-functional. Easy to clean.” -Tali

Additional Specs
Weight 32 lbs
Height 41”
Usage From newborn up to 40 lbs; toddler booster and youth chair up to 60 lbs
Height Adjustments 6 positions

The Portable High Chair

Why We Love It

You don’t need a big high chair to get the job done. This 4.2-pound cult favorite clamps right to the end of most tables. 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.

Keep in Mind

There’s nothing better than a high chair you can tote around on your shoulder—this one collapses and fits in its own carrying bag for easy transport.

What Babylist Parents Say

“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

The Built-to-Grow High Chair

Why We Love It

The mod Tripp Trapp checks all the right boxes: it’s stylish, durable, safe and lasts for years. The simple beechwood design doesn’t scream “baby gear!” and fits seamlessly into your home decor. Unlike typical high chairs, the Tripp Trapp is intended to be pulled right up to the table so everyone can eat together. It also transitions from baby seat to kid seat, making it usable for years.

Keep in Mind

This classic Scandinavian-style high chair looks like a cool piece of furniture, not an eyesore. But extras can add up. A tray attachment, Baby Set (infant seat) and cushioning accessories can be purchased separately for more support and comfort.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Easy to clean and adaptable as they grow! Sturdy and well made.” -Kate

Additional Specs
Weight 15.4 lbs
Height 31.1”
Usage Ages 6 months+ (it can hold up to a 300-pound adult!)
Height Adjustments 4 positions

The Best Budget High Chair

Why We Love It

An awesome high chair for just over 20 bucks? Yes, please. The no-frills IKEA Antilop high 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.

Keep in Mind

There’s no footrest and the tray is difficult to remove (many parents just leave it on). The safety buckle clips at the waist, which may not offer enough support for younger infants compared to a 5-point harness. To add more comfort to the basic surface, buy IKEA’s fabric cushion or find other cushions at places like Etsy.

What Babylist Parents Say

“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

The Cost-Effective Classic

Why We Love It

The Keekaroo is a great option for parents who love the look of a wooden chair but at a more affordable price point. An infant insert and tray are all included in the box, and the seat, which comes in huge array of color combos, grows with your little one, eventually converting into an adult chair. It’s also really easy to keep clean.

Keep in Mind

Softer wood means that the chair does get scratched up pretty easily. Adjustment also takes a bit of work, requiring a small tool and a few minutes of your time.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love this high chair. It looks sleek, I love the wood and the modern feel. The seat pad washes super easily and the removable tray liner is awesome. I just wish the leg dividing piece was a bit more prominent.” -Ellie H.

Additional Specs
Weight: 14.5 lbs
Height: 33.5”
Usage: For 6+ months - 250 lb adults (converts into adult chair)
Height Adjustment: Seat adjusts in 1” increments

The Cute & Compact High Chair

Why We Love It

A functional, comfortable high chair doesn’t have to take up a lot of floor space—or any, for that matter. This space-saving seat does exactly what the name promises by attaching to a kitchen or dining chair. The three-position recline feature comes in handy for younger babies, and the tray is easy to remove with one hand. Better yet, it’ll last through the toddler years by converting into a booster seat.

Keep in Mind

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).

What Babylist Parents Say

“Love that we can strap it to any chair and that it can swivel. Sometimes I wish I had one with wheels though.” -Allyson F.

Additional Specs
Weight 8 lbs
Height 19.5”
Usage Newborn up to 50 lbs
Height Adjustments 2 positions

The High Chair with the Best Tray

Why We Love It

Ever think you’d be obsessed with a high chair tray? Welcome to parenting. While most trays tilt when you set them on the counter (leading to extra messes), this one stays flat to keep plates in their place. It’s easy to maneuver with one hand and adjusts to just the right spot, ensuring food lands on the tray, not everywhere else. The Sprout even converts to a child-sized chair for kids up to five years old.

Keep in Mind

The padding is easy to wipe down, but food can sneak its way under the cushions. Parents also say water can get trapped in some of the Oxo Tot tray’s crevices when you wash it in the sink.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Awesome price, modern look and easy to remove the tray one handed.” -Scarlett

Additional Specs
Weight 30 lbs
Height 37”
Usage Ages 6 months-5 years
Height Adjustments 3 positions

The Easy-to-Clean High Chair

Why We Love It

The Boon Flair has a seamless design, making it not only ultra sleek and modern in its looks but also easy to keep clean. With no nooks, crannies or seams for food and crumbs to get stuck it, the chair is simple to wipe clean, and the tray goes in the dishwasher. The lift on the base is foot activated for easy height adjustment.

Keep in Mind

The Boon Flair is a high chair that doesn’t recline, so it’s not for babies younger than 5 months or so.

Additional Specs
Weight 32 lbs
Height 42”
Usage Ages 5 months to 4 years (or 50 lbs)
Height Adjustments From 21”-24.25”

The Fully Reclining High Chair

Why We Love It

Think you need to wait until it’s time to start solids to use a high chair? Think again. The multi-functional Siesta fully reclines, making it the perfect spot to keep your little one close by when you’re getting things done in the kitchen—or anywhere. The ultra-soft upholstery is comfy for your kiddo and simple to wipe clean. During the toddler years, remove the tray and pull your tot right up to the table.

Keep in Mind

Just because the Peg Perego Siesta has all the bells and whistles doesn’t mean it’s bulky. This high chair folds up nice and compact, making for easy storage in smaller living spaces.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Easy to clean. Great size, not too bulky” -Jessie

Additional Specs
Weight 23 lbs
Height 41.1”
Usage From birth up to 45 lbs
Height Adjustments 9 positions

The Foldable High Chair

Why We Love It

The Joovy Nook is perfect for families who want a full-size high chair but don’t have a lot of space or need a chair they can travel with. It has a small footprint and folds down flat, making it easy to stash in a closet or take along on a road trip. The large tray swings open easily to get baby in and out and is dishwasher safe. And the comfy padded leatherette seat with a 5-point harness can be spot cleaned or thrown in the washing machine.

Keep in Mind

The Joovy Nook doesn’t recline, so if you’re looking for a high chair to use with babies not yet sitting up, this isn’t for you.

Additional Specs
Weight: 15.4 lbs
Height: 40.5” (folded dimensions: 23.8” x 9” x 28.5”)
Usage: 6 months to 50 lbs
Height Adjustment: None, but the tray has four depth adjustments

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Choosing What’s Right for You

Before you know it, your newest family member will need a seat at the dinner table. As you decide on the best high chair for you, be sure to consider your space as well as your lifestyle so you make the right choice for your growing—and hungry!—family.

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