If your baby is now able to sit up on his own and eat solid food, it’s time for you to invest in a baby high chair. It’s quite a handy piece of furniture because it will allow you to feed your baby at the dinner table while the rest of the family is eating their meal.
And it might surprise you to know that nowadays, some baby high chairs feature several reclining positions that make it possible for newborns to nap in or your 6-month old baby to play and eat in while you do your thing in the kitchen.
With so many high chairs in the market and several features to consider, shopping for the right one can be an overwhelming task for any parent. That’s why we’ve done the research for you. We surveyed the favorites of parents all over and checked the features that made these high chairs the best of the best. We’ve listed them all for your choosing pleasure. We’re pretty sure you’ll find one on our list that will suit both you and your baby to a T.
Top Baby High Chairs in 2018 Reviewed
- Top Baby High Chairs in 2018 Reviewed
- 1. Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Convertible High Chair
- 2. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair
- 3. Cosco Simple Fold High Chair
- 4. Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray
- 5. Graco TableFit High Chair
- 6. OXO Tot Sprout High Chair
- 7. BABYBJORN High Chair
- 8. Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair with Pneumatic Lift
- 9. Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat
- 10. Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair
- How to Choose a Baby High Chair
1. Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Convertible High ChairBaby High Chair To Buy
Graco’s Blossom 4-in-1 is our top pick for baby high chairs because it is well worth the price you’ll be paying with all the features it comes with. It will serve your child well as he grows older since it can be transitioned all the way into a youth chair. The chair comes with 6 height positions, 3 recline levels, and 3 foot positions that will allow you to adjust the seat and provide a comfortable eating position for your child. You can even use the infant high chair and toddler booster seat at the same time if you have more than one kid.
- versatile / can adjust to your growing child’s needs
- can seat two children at the same time
- five-point harness
- tray isn’t dishwasher safe
- there are nooks and crannies in the seat padding which can make cleaning difficult
- Not foldable/collapsible for storage
2. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High ChairBaby High Chair For Small Spaces
It’s definitely not the Graco 4-in-1 but this is our next pick for the best high chair for several reasons. For less than $40, you get a chair that grows with your baby, from newborn (reclining seat) to infants and toddlers. There are three height adjustments and three recline positions. And it fits perfectly for families who have limited space because you just attach it to a chair in your dining room.
- five-point harness
- fabric cushion seat requires regular washing
- you need to take the seat apart to clean the seat and straps
- seating area may not fit large babies
3. Cosco Simple Fold High ChairPortable Baby High Chair
If you’re strapped for cash but still prefer a full-sized baby high chair, then this one from Cosco might be exactly what you’re looking for. This costs less than $50 (certain designs cost less than $30 on Amazon) but it comes with a three-point harness, a 3-position adjustable tray, a cup holder (in the tray), and a wipeable seat pad. In addition, you can fold the seat flat for storage or packing into the trunk of your car.
- very affordable
- portable and sturdy
- tray with built-in cup holder fits inside the dishwasher
- not a five-point harness
- backrest is too reclined that babies tend to slouch
- wipeable but cannot be washed
4. Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair With Tray
The Abiie Beyond Junior Y Baby High Chair is one of the higher-priced ones in our list. But don’t let that discourage you from checking it out. Like the Graco, this chair will adjust to your baby’s growing needs. Unlike the Graco, this one can go with him all the way into adulthood. You can easily transition it into a seat for your guest when needed.
The dual restraint system allows you to secure your child safely. You can use the 5-point harness for younger babies and the 3-point harness for toddlers. The cushion is stain resistant and waterproof while the tray is removable and dishwasher safe, ensuring that cleaning is a breeze. And you get a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty to boot.
- easy to clean (both seat and straps)
- easily adjustable
- tray is hard to take off and put back on
- the tray isn’t large enough to fit most plates
- can be hard to assemble for some
5. Graco TableFit High ChairBaby High Chair For Kitchen Island
The Graco Rittenhouse is the perfect answer for those who want a high chair that fits right at their table. This has 8 height positions which enable you to adjust the seat to fit a variety of tables. The three-position recline allows you to use the chair initially for bottle feedings and then slowly adjusting it to the upright position once your child is ready for solid foods. The chair also comes with a convertible safety harness system – 5-point and 3-point harness. You also get the following features: a wipeable and machine washable seat pad, a one-hand harness adjustment feature, a compact snack tray that’s removable, and a 1-hand removable tray.
- easy to clean
- highly versatile
- wheels do not lock
- big even when folded
- not easy to put your child in and out of the chair due to the snack tray
6. OXO Tot Sprout High Chair
Several things about the OXO Tot Sprout High Chair stand out for us. It has a 5-point harness, a very deep tray (can contain more than 7-ounces of liquid) that can be removed with one hand, wipeable seat, removable cushions for washing, and multiple adjustment options.
- converts into a youth chair
- 5-point harness
- 5 seat levels
- hard to thoroughly clean
- the tray traps water
7. BABYBJORN High Chair
Among all of our picks, the BabyBjörn Chair is probably the sleekest in design. The space-age look has more plastic than padding but that doesn’t mean it won’t be comfortable. This ergonomic chair was designed to “hug” your baby, ensuring that they are able to keep sitting upright. The built-in tray drops down to make it easy for parents to put the baby in and out of the seat. And the adjustable table serves as a safety lock to keep your baby in place without the need for a harness.
- ergonomic design
- JPMA certified
- foldable for easy storage
- not height adjustable
- seating area is small
- complicated mechanism to secure the table and fold the chair
8. Boon Flair Pedestal Highchair with Pneumatic LiftEasy To Clean High Chair
The retro design of the Boon Flair Pedestal High Chair isn’t the only thing that will make you sit up and notice it. There’s also the five-point safety harness, the dishwasher-safe tray, the six urethane casters to protect floors, removable waterproof seat pad, two tray covers, and a foot-activated lift for height adjustment.
- easy to clean
- waterproof seat pad
- easily adjustable
- tray surface is too small
- some parents have complained about the brake not working on hardwood floors
- screws tend to loosen over time
9. Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster SeatBaby High Chair Booster Seat
If you want a chair for your baby that can travel with you easily or store at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat is our pick for you. At 4.7lbs, it’s definitely smaller and lighter than most other chairs in the maret. It’s inexpensive which is a real treat. It folds into a compact package that you can carry using its strap. It has three height adjustments and the tray has three positions. It also has a 3-point harness.
- adjustable seat height
- the food drops from the booster seat straight to your adult chair
- tray liner can easily be removed by the baby
- the main tray is difficult to remove and reattach from the base
10. Stokke Tripp Trapp HighchairBaby High Chair Design
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is an expensive high chair. It really is. Despite its price, a lot of parents are loving it. Why? The comfort and ease of use are two reasons. Whether your child is an infant or a preschooler, you’ll be sure that it’s going to be a perfect fit. If you’ll notice, there isn’t a tray attached to this chair (sold separately) because it was primarily designed to enable the baby to join the rest of the family at the table. This JPMA-certified chair is not only suitable for your baby, it’s designed to grow with him into adulthood. As an added bonus, it’s the only high chair that has been part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
- 13 different height positions and adjustable/removable food rest
- made from durable beechwood
- will seat your baby from 6 months to adulthood
- accessories (tray, cushion, etc.) cost extra
- kids can push away from the table using their feet which can cause them to fall
Some baby high chairs that we haven’t reviewed yet but caught our attention may also be of interest to you. These include the Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair, Graco Duo Diner LX Highchair, Peg Perego’s Siesta, Evenflo Convertible High Chair, and the IKEA Antilop.
How to Choose a Baby High Chair
When your baby’s ready for some solid food, you’ll want to have a safe place for him/her to eat. And that means you’ll have to go shopping for a high chair. While your lap or a stroller can be used for this purpose, the mess that your baby will make (don’t ever think he/she won’t) will convince you to make that investment. You definitely want your baby’s first dining experiences to be pleasurable for him/her and you. So, how do you choose which one is best for your baby and you? While we’ve already listed the best ones in the market, the choice is still yours to make. To help you get there, we’ve listed down all the things you’ll need to consider before you hand over your wallet.
How much space do you have?
One of the most important things you need to think about before you even look at anything in the market is to think about how much space you have in your dining area or kitchen. You don’t want to fall in love with a high chair only to find out that it will make moving around your kitchen or dining area feel like going through an obstacle course.
Safety should always come first
Once you know the size of the high chair that you can fit in your home, you need to look at the safety features of a high chair. Is it stable? Or will it fall down when bumped/pushed/shaken by an older sibling? Is there a harness that will keep your baby secure in the chair? A three-point harness is typically used by most manufacturers but the five-point harness is best. Is there a crotch post that will also prevent your child from sliding down the seat? Are there nooks and crannies that your baby could stick his fingers in and get hurt? If the high chair has wheels, do they lock? Does the high chair have safety certifications from JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association), CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission), and ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials)?
Make sure it is easy to use?
It’s a big possibility that you will be holding your child in one arm while trying to maneuver, position, or set up your baby’s high chair. You need to check how easy the chair is to operate with one hand. You also need to see how easy it is to buckle/unbuckle the straps. If you chose a collapsible high chair, is it easy to fold up or assemble?
How easy is the high chair to clean?
You know your baby will make a mess. It’s inevitable. So you need to make sure that the material of the chair is easy to clean, whether it’s wiping it down or throwing the chair’s material into the dishwasher. Check for crevices and grooves that might potentially hold bits of food. What about the tray? Is it detachable for washing in the sink or dishwasher? Some baby high chairs have the tray-within-a-tray that can be removed and placed in the dishwasher, making cleanup a breeze.
High chairs must be comfortable for baby
Feeding your baby could mean sitting him/her down for just a few minutes or a longer period of time than you anticipated. That means you have to ensure that the seat remains comfortable for your baby the entire time he sits there.
One of the main features is versatility
Some baby high chairs can be “converted” to grow with your baby. Reclining positions will allow you fit a younger baby in the chair for naps (like a rocker or cradle) or bottle feeding. Some high chairs can be converted into a booster seat for a toddler then into a youth chair later on. A high chair that features various height adjustment positions means that you’ll be able to feed the baby while sitting down or standing up. You’ll also be able to slide the chair right under the table that allows your baby to feel part of the family dining experience.
Pay attention to price
Money is always a consideration since not everyone has plenty of money to spare. Fortunately, high chairs can cost anything from $20 to over $400. Naturally, the more bells and whistles you get along with a really cool design will add more dollars to the price tag. But you definitely will find something that fits your budget.
Take note that even if you’re planning on getting a second hand baby high chair, you still need to look at all the factors we’ve listed above – space, ease of use, ease of cleaning, comfort, versatility, safety, etc. You need to be sure that your baby’s safety will not be at risk so check if this particular product has the requisite safety certifications and if it has been recalled at www.recalls.gov.