Buying Guide to High Chairs


When your baby's ready to switch over to solid foods, you'll want a high chair where they can savor their first meals of rice cereal and strained peas. With so many different options out there, we can help you narrow it down to a few top contenders.

High Chairs

High chairs range from deluxe, full-sized models that can take your baby through the preschool years, to sleek travel models that are perfect for meals on the go. So first consider how you plan to use it-and how much space you'll have to accommodate a high chair.

You have You can use
A relatively spacious kitchen A full-sized high chair features a wide, sturdy base and a nice-sized feeding tray for your baby. Many models can be moved to different heights to allow you to comfortably feed your baby sitting or standing, or put her right up to the table as she gets older.
A teeny-tiny kitchen A basic or foldable high chair takes up less real estate by folding up when unneeded, or by being of smaller stature. These may come with fewer bells and whistles than a full-sized model, but still provide all of the safety features.
What kitchen? A travel/portable high chair can simply be strapped on to any dining chair, making it perfect for ultra-small kitchens, or on-the-go dining.

High chairs can come in everything from bare-bones models to deluxe, every-bell-and-whistle options. Here are some of the most common features that you may want your high chair to have.

Feature What It Does & Why You Want It
Dishwasher-safe tray Plastic trays that can be easily removed and thrown right in the dishwasher make post-meal cleanup a breeze.
Wheels If you'll regularly need to move the high chair from room to room-or simply off to a corner after feeding time, wheels can make it easy to get it where it needs to go.
Reclinable A seat that reclines can make it easier to bottle feed in a high chair.
Adjustable height Some models allow you to change the height of the high chair to make feeding comfortable for you and your baby, from a standing to a seated level-or even sit right up to the table, by removing the tray.
Safety straps and crotch post The crotch post keeps baby from slipping and sliding out beneath the bottom of the tray. Many models include that along with a three-point harness; safest yet is the five-point harness, which won't let kids climb out over the top of the harness.
Foldable If you're short on space or just want to be able to move the high chair out of sight, a foldable one will be a real boon.
Soft seating For your child's comfort, most high chairs feature cushioned seating. Look for seats with easy-wipe vinyl covering or which are easily removed for washing, to make cleanup a breeze.