A baby high chair is a must-have in any household with babies or young toddlers. It is heavily utilized for at least 3 times a day or even more!
We’ve done an in-depth review of our TOP 3 baby high chairs – Stokke Tripp Trapp, Graco Blossom 6-in-1 and Peg Perego Siesta, so that you’ll spend less time researching, and spend more time with your baby:)
We will also guide you through some of the factors you should consider when deciding which highchair best suits your needs, taste and budget.
Very often, a high chair is not only used for feeding during meal times. Many parents also choose to keep their baby close to them by seating the baby in the highchair to play or relax, while they are busy in the kitchen, doing household chores, etc.
Given the heavy utilization, both you and the baby have to be comfortable and happy to use the high chair, rather than finding it a hassle or an eye sore.
Many of the highchairs today also include reclining seat feature to accommodate bottle-feeding babies (as young as newborns), so if you begin your search early, you might be able to find a high chair that can serve you over a longer period of time.
Moreover, kids grow up really fast. Before you know it, your baby is already moving on to solids and it’ll probably be too late to start frantically looking for a highchair then.
- Here’s Our Reviews Of The 3 Best High Chairs On The Market:
- #1: Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair – Best for Family Meals
- #2: Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair System – Best for Families with a Baby and Toddler
- 6 Ways To Use The Graco Blossom and Accommodate 2 Children At The Same Time
- Graco Blossom 6 in 1 vs Graco 4 in 1 Highchair
- More Features About The Graco Blossom Highchair That We Like:
- Other Product Specifications:
- What Are The Drawbacks Of Graco Blossom 6-in-1 High Chair?
- Who Is Best Suited For Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Seating System?
- #3: Peg Perego Siesta High Chair – Best Folding High Chair
- Buying Guide: Features To Consider When Choosing The RIGHT High Chair
- What’s Next?
Here’s Our Reviews Of The 3 Best High Chairs On The Market:
#1: Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair – Best for Family Meals
The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair has been in the market since 1972. Its classic design (both in terms of functionality and style) has been tested through time. What I love about the Stokke Tripp Trapp is that it is able to fit right up to the dining table, grows with the child and offers an ergonomic sitting position for any age.
It may be pricier than the majority of the highchairs, but here’s why…
What Are The Selling Points Of Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair?
1. Made of good quality solid wood
The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair is made of strong, solid, cultivated Beech wood which makes it eco-friendly and good quality… in fact, it’s almost heirloom quality – reliable and long-lasting.
There have been many anecdotes of families growing up with the Stokke Tripp Trapp, either by transforming it from a baby highchair to an adult chair or passing it down from sibling to sibling. There are even cases of the Tripp Trap chair being used over 2 generations!
The wooden finishing is also certified to the European regulations, which are generally higher than US standards. So, if you are a wooden furniture lover like me and hoping to avoid plastic materials for my young kids… this is the baby high chair for you.
2. Highly adaptable and adjustable – Grow with your child through to adulthood
The standalone solid chair frame itself is suitable for 36 months and above, and can be used for years up to a maximum weight limit of 300 pounds!
For children under 36 months, it’s recommended that you purchase the Tripp Trapp highchair along with the Baby Set. The baby set is suitable for use when your baby is able to sit upright unassisted, which is usually around 6-9 months, through to 3 years old.
The Tripp Trapp baby set has a high back support and rail, with an integrated passive crotch post so that your baby can sit securely and comfortably. It is easy to attach and detach, with no tools required.
As your toddler grows older, you can remove the baby set insert and just use the Tripp Trapp as a booster chair at the dinner table along with the 4-point harness system. Eventually, you can even remove the harness system when your toddler is old enough to deem it a surplus.
As your toddler starts learning how to climb, you can even teach them to get up onto the high chair by themselves using the footrest as a step. In this manner, you are encouraging independence and motor skill. You no longer have to lift them in and out every time.
As your child grows into teenhood, this Stokke highchair can even be adjusted for an adult to use as a desk chair etc. The longevity of this model explains why Stokke is offering a 7 year warranty for the Tripp Trapp when you register your purchase online.
Having said that, you will need an Allen wrench every time you want to re-adjust the seat and footplates. So, it is not exactly something that you want to adjust too frequently and customize to any young visitors to your home.
3. Ergonomical design
The Stokke Tripp Trapp chair is ergonomically designed to ensure that your baby will be seated with adequate foot support from a young age. Both the seat and footplate are adjustable in terms of height and depth to ensure that your child’s elbows, hips, knees and ankles are kept at a 90-degree angle when seated.
Stokke provides clear instructions and guidelines on how to set the seats and footrest according to the age/size of your child.
The stable footrest will provide the much needed support and comfort compared to many other toddler booster models that leave the child’s feet dangling in the air.
The double curved back provides adequate back support and helps in the spine development for the young one.
Some parents do complain that if their babies have chubby legs, their little one looks “forced” into/out of the baby set. If you still face the same problem even after adjusting the seat depth as mentioned above (or as per Stokke’s instructions), you can try pinching the plastic tab of the baby set where it’s fitted to the bottom of the chair seat to lift the baby set, hence increasing the size of the leg holes.
4. Designed to pull right up to the dining table
The Tripp Trapp is lower than most highchairs as it is designed to bring the baby to the family table. The seat height is such that it can allow comfortable reach to tables of 28.35-29.9 inches tall, while having a 90 degree elbow angle.
5. Easy to Clean
The sleek and clean lines of this Scandinavian design also mean that the Tripp Trapp is extremely easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth (to maintain the wood quality) without much crevices for food and debris to get in.
The baby set is made of dishwasher-safe plastic.
The only lowlight is that the harness is not so easy to clean as there are many straps to wipe clean. The good thing is that the buckle itself does not really collect much crumbs.
6. Small footprint and lightweight
This high chair is compact. Moreover, when the chair is not in use, you can easily slide it under the dining table just like any chairs and it will blend in just like any other piece of furniture.
It is lightweight so it can be easily moved around the house or the kitchen.
6. Color and style
This Strokke high chair is adaptable to almost any décor. The sleek and elegant Scandinavian design is compatible with most modern home décor while the wooden nature of this furniture allows it to fit into traditional homes. Most importantly, it does not scream ‘baby’ at first sight.
The Tripp Trapp also comes in so many different colors that I’m sure you can find one that matches your home. The baby set also comes in matching colors, but well… you have the option to be adventurous and customize! You can mix-and-match the chair frame and baby set color options as you wish.
There’s even a variety of cute and beautiful cushion covers that you can play with to customize your highchair.
7. Other safety features
It comes with a 4-point harness system that can be used with the baby set or chair frame, and can be removed when your child has outgrown the need of a buckling system.
The Stokke chair makes use of water-based, non-toxic paint so you can be assured that the high chair your little one is seated in is free from harmful substances such as bisphenol and phthalates.
The Tripp Trapp chair comes with gliders at the back legs. When used with the baby set, Stokke recommends purchasing the optional extended gliders to provide additional backward stability and to reduce the risk of tipping over.
You may have seen some Youtube videos about how a toddler manages to push himself away from the table and cause the highchair to tip backwards. The extended gliders is meant to allow the chair to slide backwards instead of tipping over. Nonetheless, adult supervision is still needed, just like with any other high chairs.
Stokke has also voluntarily obtained the safety certification from JPMA.
What Accessories Can I Buy For The Stokke Tripp Trapp?
I really love the variety of beautiful and cute designs of the seat cushions. And I’m sure many moms love them too…
However, on a more practical aspect, I’m more hesitant about getting these cushion paddings as they are made of cloth. For a messy toddler, it will just get dirty after every meal.
The good thing is that it is machine-washable and seems to wash well without much issues on stains. However, that means that you have to either contend with wiping it with a wet cloth after every meal and throwing it into the machine every week, or you have to face the hassle of washing/changing them every day.
In doing so, you will need more than 1 set to alternate and air-dry. And boy, these beautiful cushions are not cheap… It is also not so effortless to change the cushion as you will need to take the entire harness system apart and loop them back in again.
In terms of whether the kids really need these cushion paddings to feel comfortable, the opinions are expectedly mixed. So you might want to observe your child’s comfort before investing in multiple sets of cushions.
Some babies appear to be more comfortable with the cushion padding. Without the padding, some seem to be bothered by the plastic piece of the harness at the back.
However, some are comfortable with the bare wooden seat alone. This is especially so for many toddlers who find it easier and less slippery to climb up the chair or pick up food that drop onto the seat without the obstacle of cushion.
2. Baby Set
As mentioned earlier, the baby set is recommended for ages 6-36 months. It has to be purchased separately from the Tripp Trapp chair frame.
3. Newborn set
Strokke has now introduced the newborn set so that you can actually attach it to the Tripp Trapp chair, bringing your newborn up to the height of your table to allow for eye contact and interaction.
Mealtime can really become family time right from birth as you no longer have to juggle dinner with the baby in one hand, or having one parent tasked with keeping the baby occupied. However, the newborn set is currently not available for the US market. We’ll update the information as it becomes available.
Just bear in mind that Tripp Trapp was initially developed and designed for the European market with the intention of bringing the baby to the table. Hence there was no tray initially and was only added for the US market.
Hence, it is not as adjustable or well-designed as many other models. There has been complaints by some parents that it is poorly designed, such as it being too small and the tray bottom being a food trap that is hard to clean if the messy toddler grabs the underside with his/her dirty hands.
What Are The Lowlights Of The Tripp Trapp?
The basic Stokke Tripp Trapp purchase is just the chair itself. All other accessories have to be purchased separately, which means that the total cost can add up very quickly.
The 4 point harness is somewhat bulky, fussy and not easy to deal with single-handedly. It is also not that easy to clean.
Installation instructions and pictures can be improved but it’s not that difficult once you figured it out. The good news is that you can find some very helpful installation videos on Youtube.
Want To See The Stokke Tripp Trapp In Action?
Here’s the official video that shows how you can best use the product, as well as some useful tips that you’ll find helpful:)
Other Product Specifications:
Weight: 15.4 Ibs
Dimensions (length x height x width): 19.3″ x 31.1″ x 18.1″
Who Is Best Suited For Tripp Trapp?
Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair is best suited to bring families together during mealtimes as it pulls right up to the dining table. It helps to set a family routine from a young age, develops the child’s social skills and is a great way to get toddlers to eat well and try new food with the rest of the family.
It is a pricey high chair. But you know that you are paying for something that can last for years and grow with your child well into adulthood. More importantly, your child can enjoy an ergonomic sitting position at any age. If you are a lover of sleek wooden furniture, you will love it for sure.
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is suitable for kids around 2-3 years (you will enjoy the chair more when your kid has outgrown the harness system as most of the complaints are centered on the harness).
Any younger will require additional accessories to be purchased, such as the baby set or newborn set. Just be aware of the additional costs of these accessories.
#2: Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Convertible High Chair System – Best for Families with a Baby and Toddler
The Graco Blossom 6-in-1 highchair seating system is one of the most valued for money and highly versatile high chairs. The quality is decent and it comes packed with features.
6 Ways To Use The Graco Blossom and Accommodate 2 Children At The Same Time
As you can decipher from the name, this Graco high chair can be used in 6 different ways!
1. Infant High Chair with Recline
A removable infant head and body support insert is available to provide the necessary support for smaller babies.
2. High Chair: Up to 3 years old, or 40 pounds
The high chair is the standard traditional set-up that can be used from 4 months to 3 years (or up to a weight limit of 40 Ibs).
3. Infant feeding booster: Up to 3 years old, or 40 pounds
The entire seat portion of the highchair can be easily detached with the press of 2 buttons and snapped into the booster base strapped onto a regular chair. This gives you the infant feeding booster. While the entire Graco Blossom setup is bulky and not foldable, this infant feeding booster option is portable and allows you to bring it easily… say to grandma’s place during the weekend.
4. Toddler Booster: Through 3 years old, up to 60 pounds
The Blossom also comes with an additional toddler booster seat, as well as a removable and adjustable seat back insert. The back insert can also be used with the youth chair.
5. Toddler Chair: Through 3 years old, up to 60 pounds
The base of the highchair (after removing the top seat portion) can be used with the seat back insert as a youth chair. This gives you an additional dining chair for young toddlers, which can be slid under the dining table after use.
6. Seat 2 kids at the same time
The Graco Blossom 6-in-1 high chair system is such an innovative modular design. It is not only a highchair that grows with your child (from infant to toddler), but also one that allows you to seat 2 children of different ages at the same time.
You can use it in the following combinations:
- High chair for the baby + toddler booster seat for the older toddler
- Infant feeding booster on a regular chair for the baby + toddler chair for the toddler
Thankfully, Graco has provided a video showing how to assemble, how to fold, and how to use the versatile chair in 4 different ways:
Graco Blossom 6 in 1 vs Graco 4 in 1 Highchair
Some of you might be more familiar with or have heard about the Graco Blossom 4-in-1 high chair.
According to Graco, there is no difference between the 2 models. Graco 6 in 1 highchair is just an update model name to better reflect the number of ways the high chair can be used.
More Features About The Graco Blossom Highchair That We Like:
- 1 hand recline to 3 recline positions
The one-handed recline feature is simple and convenient. However, only the back portion of the seat reclines so it’s less comfortable compared to models with both the seat and footrest reclining together.
- 6 position height adjustment
You can easily adjust the height to 6 different settings by pressing and sliding two well-marked buttons on both sides of the highchair. This gives you great flexibility to find a comfortable height to feed the child, pull up to the dinner table, or simply seat your child in to relax/play while you are busy.
- Removable and adjustable 3-position footrest
The footrest is adjustable to 3 different heights to accommodate the growing child. However, the downside is that the footrest cannot swing upwards to a horizontal position.
- 3-tray system
The Blossom features a multi-tray system consisting of 3 layers of trays!
The top-most tray insert has compartments (for food and cup) and is made of dishwasher-safe plastic. But note that it may not fit into smaller dishwashers. It covers the entire 2nd tray and is not easy for the little one to lift it off.
You can easily pop the dirty top tray off for cleaning, and still have a big roomy tray for the baby to play/use. The 2nd tray is a plain flat tray that can be detached via the two levers on the sides, leaving the bottom-most small snack tray. The downside is that the smaller tray do not fit snuggly to the baby, leaving a big gap between the tray edge and the baby’s tummy for food to potentially fall through.
You can also try to remove the top 2 trays together but it can be pretty heavy to do it single-handedly.
- Convertible 3 and 5-point harness system with 1 button release
This Graco high chair comes with a 5 point harness. However, some parents have complained that it’s a tad too complicated and tricky to buckle up a squirmy baby. The 5-point system can be converted to a 3-point system.
The buckling system can also be re-threaded and adjusted as your child grows.
- Large stable base
The highchair feels sturdy and stable, aided by a large base.
- Comfortable seat padding that is easy to clean
The infant insert is removable and machine-washable.
The cushion covering the entire seat is a soft leatherette that can be easily wiped clean. However, you might need to wipe clean quickly to prevent staining. The entire seat padding can also be removed for a good wash when needed.
There are also not much nooks and crannies beneath the cushion to trap food crumbs. If any food did drop under the seat cover, you can easily lift up the seat padding to wipe clean the plastic base.
- Subtle style that comes in 5 different colors
The Blossom 6-in-1 has a more subtle style and tone, which helps to blend into many homes. It comes in 5 different colors – Sapphire, Fifer, Nyssa, Vance, Winslet.
- Easily wheeled
Portability of the graco blossom within the house is good as it can be easily wheeled around.
Other Product Specifications:
Weight: 32 lbs
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 41″ x 22.5″ x 29”
What Are The Drawbacks Of Graco Blossom 6-in-1 High Chair?
The brakes on the 2 rear wheels are tiny, which makes it difficult to lock or unlock the brakes.
It’s also somewhat difficult to maneuver as only the rear wheels rotate and the front wheels do not swivel.
The rear plastic castor wheels may also potentially scratch wooden floors.
Graco Blossom footprint is big, bulky, and it does not fold.
The crotch post is connected to the bottom-most snack tray. Hence, if you removed the snack tray, the seat will lose that extra safety feature to keep the baby in place. The baby may slide down, especially if the seat is reclined. Some parents get around this by lifting the child in and out of the highchair with the snack tray attached. But it will be harder to buckle and unbuckle the harness.
Some customers also noted that if they try to adjust the snack tray closer to the baby, the crotch post seems to push up against the child’s crotch and that seemed to create some discomfort for the little boys.
Who Is Best Suited For Graco Blossom 6-in-1 Seating System?
The Graco Blossom is best suited if you are looking for a versatile highchair system that not only accommodates a growing child but also a growing family.
The innovative modular design makes it a unique high chair system that can seat a baby and a toddler at the same time, as well as function both as a standalone high chair and one that can pull right up to the family table. You’ll get to enjoy all these features without any additional costs.
However, the large footprint and lack of foldability, renders it unsuitable if space constraint is a major issue.
#3: Peg Perego Siesta High Chair – Best Folding High Chair
The Peg Perego Siesta is an Italian-made highchair that does not compromise modern design with functionality and versatility.
Take a look at this cute 2-minute video to see what it offers at a glance:
“Siesta” means afternoon nap and the Peg Perego Siesta highchair is rightfully named so because the high chair can be transformed into a comfortable recliner for nap time. Simply said, it is 2 products for the price of 1 – one that you can use as a high chair or as a recliner from birth so that the baby can join you at the dinner table.
Features That We Like About Peg Perego Siesta
1. Foldable High Chair – Ultra-compact and self-standing fold
One of the major selling points of the Peg Perego Siesta is its ultra-compact fold. Once folded, it can stand on its own with a folded dimension of 11.83 inch x 34.6 inch.
This is by far one of the most compact high chair, which allows you to store it away easily (especially if you living spare is small and space constraint is a major consideration for you ). It is even compact enough for you to fit into the car trunk.
The fold mechanism is smooth and easy. All you need to do is to ensure the seat back and tray are in upright position, wheels tucked in, and press on the 2 red buttons on both sides to fold. You can further lower the seat height to make it really compact.
2. Highly adjustable – 5 reclining seat positions and 9 different height positions
Not only is the Siesta a highchair, it is also a comfortable recliner that can be used to keep young babies close to you at the dinner table or while you are preoccupied (e.g. preparing meals in the kitchen).
The 5 recline positions ensure that your infant can find a truly comfortable position. It is equipped with the Evolved Tilt-N-Space to allow the seat to fully recline, hence making Siesta suitable to be used for newborns through to toddlerhood (with a 45 Ibs weight limit). What’s nice is that the entire seat reclines, rather than just the back of the seat.
Moreover, it has a 1-hand recline function using a lever behind the seat back.
The Siesta high chair also allows you to adjust the seat height to 9 different settings easily with the two triggers on both sides of the highchair. The highest height setting is one of the tallest among all the high chair models.
You can even lower the height all the way down to the floor level to set it low and reclined for an afternoon nap or to allow the toddlers to get into the seat themselves.
With such a wide range of height settings, you’ll surely find the right height for your baby or toddler to be seated at the dinner table. You can also adjust the seat to a height convenient for you to keep your baby up and close to you while you are cooking, cleaning, working, or simply just to keep the little one out of reach from their young siblings.
3. Three position adjustable footrest
The footrest can also be adjusted to different angles for greater comfort. In this manner, smaller babies will still have the back of their legs supported.
4. Mar-resistant wheels with automatic wheel lock
The push is smooth and wheels are scratch proof. But what’s really worth highlighting is that the Peg Perego Siesta’s wheels are automatically locked. You will need to press and hold the 2 “Stop & Go” buttons to push/move the highchair.
This is much easier and safer for the parents compared to flipping the tiny levers on every wheels.
5. Double tray system that are dishwasher safe
The top cover is the feeding tray with compartments for cup and plates. You can easily lift it off to reveal the flat play tray so that your child will still have a clean tray to use while you clean up the dirty top tray. Both trays are large, roomy and dishwasher-safe.
You can also detach the entire 2 tray system single-handedly via a lever in the front, so that you can have the child eating at the table. The tray can be conveniently stored on the legs of the highchair.
6. Sleek design with cheerful colors
The Perego Siesta is modern-looking and comes in 8 vibrant and cheerful colors that will definitely lift your spirits.
7. Easy to wipe and comfortable upholstery
Your little one will definitely be comfortable in this Peg Perego high chair as the eco-leather upholstery is buttery-soft and plush. The material is also durable, stain-resistant, and easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth and neutral detergent.
Even with such wipe clean features, I still find that the seat paddings could do with some real good wash every now and then. So it’s great that the seat cushion can also be removed for washing.
However, do note that the slight folds along the edge may trap food.
8. Restraint system – 5-point harness with 1 button release and passive crotch post
The Siesta features a 5 point harness with a passive crotch post integrated to the seat. Hence, you do not have to worry about your child slipping down when the trays are detached. The one-hand release allows you to easily unbuckle your baby.
9. Storage net
There’s even a rubber storage net at the back of the high chair, which is a nice addition as you can keep items like a clean bib handy for mealtime.
Other Product Specifications:
Weight: 23.2 Ibs
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 41.2” x 23.7” x 29.5”
Folded Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 34.6” x 23.7” x 11.83”
What Are The Drawbacks Of Siesta High Chair?
Even though both trays are designed to be one-hand detachable, many parents find it difficult to remove/insert them quickly or smoothly.
The harness is also screwed to the highchair, so in the event that you want to take the harness out for a good wash, you will need to unscrew the straps with a screwdriver. It is a bit more troublesome but at least you can remove them.
The wheels are also more difficult to maneuver on carpeted floor. Some customers (but not that many) have noted that it may take a few tries to align the wheels for the self-standing fold.
Who Is Best Suited For The Peg Perego Siesta?
If space constraint and portability is a major consideration, you will like the Siesta for its ultra-compact and self-standing fold.
Though it’s relatively simple to use, this Peg Perego high chair is still full of buttons and triggers. If you’re the type who loves figuring out your gadgets, you will probably enjoy this versatile high chair.
However, if you are someone looking for a very simple and traditional highchair, then this probably is not the one for you.
Buying Guide: Features To Consider When Choosing The RIGHT High Chair
As always, safety first.
- Sturdy and stable
You’d want a high chair that is stable and sturdy, not wobbly. A wide base will help to increase the stability of the baby chair.
- Restraint system
Some highchairs have a 3-point restraint system. Others have a 5-point harness system, which includes 2 shoulder straps and 2 waist straps that are buckled into one crotch strap.
The 5 point harness system provides added safety against falling/tipping as the shoulder straps help to prevent the little one from standing or leaning over in the high chair. Nonetheless, the most common complaints by parents about 5-point harness system is that it can be tricky to buckle and unbuckle a squirmy child.
A one-hand release mechanism for the buckling system is a bonus point as it will come in handy in the event that you need to quickly get a crying baby unbuckled and out of the chair.
Also, make sure that the harness system can be adjusted easily to provide a snug fit for the baby in his/her seat as he/she grows.
- Crotch post or crotch restraint
This refers to the bar between the baby’s legs to prevent the little one from slipping down the high chair. This can be part of the actual chair (also known as a stationary or passive crotch bar) or attached to the tray (hence removable).
A passive/stationary crotch post is preferred as it is safer. If the crotch post is attached to the tray, the child might slip downwards when the detachable feeding tray is removed.
- Wheels are lockable, if any
If you are going for a highchair that has wheels, make sure that the braking system is sound and easy to engage. The wheels need to be lockable so that you know that your baby isn’t going anywhere around the kitchen where he/she shouldn’t be.
- Look out for choking and pinching hazards
Look out for small parts, such as caps, plugs and fasteners, which might fall off and end up being a choking hazard. Also do check out for any small holes, hinges and pinching hazards, especially if the baby chair is foldable, has detachable trays, or has a reclining seat.
2. Adjustability and Adaptability
- Seat recline
A reclining seat feature is an important one, if you plan to start using the high chair before your baby can sit upright on his/her own (typically around 6-9 months). It is useful for bottle-feeding or just keeping the baby comfortable while you are busy.
Note that you shouldn’t be feeding your baby in a reclined seat (except for bottle feeding) as it can result in choking.
Highchairs with both the seat and footrest reclining together will be more comfortable for the baby, compared to the ones that only has the back part of the chair reclining.
- Height adjustability
This is a great feature for the convenience and flexibility of the parents, and for the comfort of the baby.
You can lower the baby chair to match your dining chair’s height if you are feeding the baby while seated, or have your little one join the rest of the family at the dinner table.
Alternatively, you may want to raise the height of the high chair if you are feeding the baby or just having him seated high and close while you are busy with other tasks, such as doing the dishes in the kitchen.
Just bear in mind that you shouldn’t be adjusting the height when your baby is already seated in.
- Grow with your child
If you are looking for a highchair that can be used for years to come, do look out for ones that can be adapted and adjusted according to your growing child.
For highchairs with lifespan extending from babyhood to toddlerhood, some models come with a toddler booster seat while other models can be converted to a booster chair for toddlers.
Also look out for high chairs with removable feeding trays and adjustable height. This will allow the baby chairs to be pulled right up to the dining table so that your little one can be part of the action at the dining table when they are ready.
- Depth adjustability of feeding tray
This refers to how far/close the feeding tray can be adjusted from/to the baby. Not only will this make eating more comfortable, a smaller gap between the tray and the baby’s tummy also means a smaller gap for food to fall through.
Be mindful that the tray adjustment feature should not be a pinching hazard for the baby’s small and nimble fingers.
As we’re talking about full-size standalone highchairs (not portable high chairs) in this article, portability refers to how easily the highchair can be moved around your kitchen (or around the house if there’s a need).
Some high chairs have wheels, but you may be surprised to know that having wheels does not always necessarily mean that they’re easier to move around or maneuver.
Of course, a lightweight and less bulky high chair will fare better in terms of portability.
Look out for highchair designs that allow your baby to be seated in an ergonomically correct position.
Here are some checks you can perform to see if your baby is seated comfortably:
- Is he/she seated comfortably or wriggling in his seat?
- Is he/she sliding down?
- Does he/she feel squashed or too far away from the tray?
- Does his/her legs have enough room? Is the crotch post making him/her uncomfortable?
- Are his/her feet resting on the footrest?
Some highchairs come with cushion. In this case, do watch that the upholstery seams are not scratching your child’s legs. While the paddings often make the seat more comfortable, it also often means more washing and cleaning.
Do look out for features such as easy-to-wipe or machine-washable paddings and designs that minimize nooks and crannies. On the other hand, some wooden high chair do not come with any paddings.
If you’re using it for infants below 6 months old, you will need infant inserts to provide more head and neck support for the baby.
Also, check on the edges and finishing to make sure that there are no sharp or rough edges that can scratch your child. Areas to look out for include the underside of the feeding tray and edges of the arm rest, seat back and the seat itself.
5. Ease of Use
You’ll be getting your baby in and out of the high chair many times daily. Hence, ease of use is an extremely important factor for busy moms and dads.
If you find it too much of a hassle, you might as well just give it up and buy a new one. It will be such a waste but unfortunately, many people ended up doing so…
Here are a few of the more crucial things we look out for in determining the ease of use:
Easy to get the baby in and out
- Well, without making the little one look convoluted or having one leg stuck in the chair
- Not too tricky to harness the baby securely and easy to unbuckle quickly
- Easy to attach as well as to remove, yet not easily kicked or pushed off
- Easy to clean, for example dishwasher-safe
- Multi-tray system – Having a top tray insert that completely covers the tray and easy to snap off will allow you to remove the dirty tray yet still have a clean play tray for your child. This is a nice feature for busy moms as you can wash the tray at a later time.
Ease of cleaning
- Padded seat covers
- Seat paddings should be easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. Vinyl-like material are easier to wipe clean but they may start to peel and may not last so many years. Newer materials such as rubber or foam seat pads are also easy to wipe clean while also being sleek-looking.
- Cotton-like fabric on the other hand may be easily stained and needs to be washed more often comparatively. Therefore, the cushion should be easily removable and machine-washable. Usually you will need at least 2 sets of covers to alternate between, and also allow for enough time for one to be air-dried.
- Even if the paddings can be wiped clean, I find that they’ll need some real good washing at times. Hence, removable and machine-washable feature is useful especially in major messed up events, such as a diaper blow-up or a spate of vomiting.
- Avoid designs with too many seams or decorative stitchings as they can trap food and add to the chore of cleaning.
- Avoid designs with unnecessary nooks and crannies that trap food and crumbs
- You can be sure that you can’t escape from having to wipe clean the belts and buckles. So watch against buckle designs that can trap food.
- There will definitely be food dropping onto the floor, so if the high chair has a large base it will be a food collector and you will need to clean it afterwards.
6. Space Saving High Chair – Small Footprint and Foldability
The footprint (amount of floor space taken up the highchair) and foldability of the highchair is an important consideration for many apartment dwellers.
If space is a real concern, you might not want a big and bulky high chair that takes up a big chunk of your precious space.
You can also look out for a collapsible high chair so that you need to fold up and store the high chair after use. TIP: Do check that the fold mechanism is smooth and the folded dimensions. You will be surprised that some fold up high chair models take up almost the same space even when they’re folded.
Given that you will be spending at least 3 figures on this baby item, you’d want to know that you are getting something with good workmanship, high quality material and long-lasting.
You will find that some of the high chairs are safety certified by JPMA but note that it is a voluntary process for the manufactures.
8. Ease of Set Up
You probably only have to set it up once, but it helps if it’s easy to assemble right from the box. Clear instruction manuals are highly appreciated to avoid any frustration and make sure that you are off to a good start.
Hopefully this article is useful in helping you narrow down your options of baby high chair, and enable you to select one that suits your needs and lasts a long time!
If you are looking for something with a small footprint and allows your baby to join the family right at the table during mealtimes, you’d be pleased with the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair. To accommodate a growing family with a baby and toddler, the Graco Blossom 6-in-1 system will be a flexible and economical option. If you are looking for a foldable high chair and have a love for sleek gadgets, Peg Perego Siesta high chair is the one for you. It can double up as a napping recliner!