Once your baby is old enough, holding them in your arms to feed them can become a little difficult. Choosing a high chair for them to use can alleviate the situation. But when you start looking in store after store, you begin to wonder what is the best high chair on the market for your baby.
With that in mind, we decided to do some shopping for you and compile a list of our 10 Best High Chairs in 2018 to give you some ideas of the options out there for you and your little one.
We hope that with our recommendations, we can make the process a bit easier for you so you can spend your time feeding your child and helping them get big and strong.
Ready? Let’s get started.
How To Choose A High Chair – Buying Guide
When we set out to create our list of the 10 Best High Chairs of 2018, we wanted to make sure that our recommendations were put through some pretty tough criteria. That way, when you read our choices, it can help make your decisions easier, knowing the things we looked for along the way.
High Chair Type
While this may not be the first thing that you, as a parent will look at when deciding on a high chair, we would recommend that you do. Choosing the right type of high chair is not only best for you but for your little one as well. After all, they are going to be the one sitting in the chair.
If you’re looking for convenience, a tray that detaches easily and can fit in the sink or dishwasher is a plus. Having a tray on your high chair can offer your little one not only a table of their own but a simple play area as well. As they grow up, it can become more versatile since they can then be pulled up to the table to eat.
Ease of Cleaning
Parents with children learn one thing very early on. Food and other messes will inevitably find its way into every nook and cranny or crack and crevice. When you choose a high chair, you may want to look for all of the hard-to-clean areas and choose one with at little as possible. The harness and seat should be easy to clean or remove to run through your washing machine.
Your child will grow up quickly and may grow out of the high chair that you buy for them very quickly. Some high chairs offer additional versatility to parents by converting to a booster seat of a kid-sized chair that your child can use to eat when they get older.
Part of the appeal of using a high chair is its ability to let your little one join you at the table. and having an adjustable chair makes it easy for them to be at the perfect height. Having an adjustable tray that can make sure your little one’s stomach isn’t being squeezed against the tray. When you adjust the tray, it should lock into place to avoid coming off accidentally.
A wide base will help keep your baby safe and reduce the chances that they could tip over when sitting in their chair. You want to make sure that when they move, it won’t be able to tip, so make sure by giving the chair a couple of shakes to ensure that the chair isn’t going anywhere.
A high chair with a padded seat can be much easier on your little one’s bottom and an footrest can be a nice feature for an older child.
Safety & Wheels
When you choose a high chair, safety is first and foremost the most important thing to consider. Highchairs should come with either a 5-point harness or 3-point harness with a crotch post, that will help keep your child from standing or slipping out of their seat. Be sure to check the buckle. If it’s simple to operate, your little one could figure out how to use it. The straps should be adjustable to accommodate for your growing baby.
Having wheels on a high chair makes it easy to move from the kitchen to the dining room or to other areas of the house. You will want to check to make sure that the wheels lock to prevent an accidental roll-away.
Benefits of a high chair
Many people will look at a high chair and see only one benefit to owning one: meal time. While that is a true and important benefit, owning a high chair can have many other benefits.
One of the better benefits that come from using a high chair is that is can teach your little one to have the proper posture when sitting in a seat. Not only does this 90 degree angle that occurs when they are sitting help their posture, but it can also help them to have better digestion.
A big benefit that comes with owning and using a high chair with your child is the ability it gives you to get other things done around the house or prepare their meals while they are using the chair. When they are in the high chair, your little one can get some time on their own, experimenting with the food or other objects around them. This can benefit their mental growth by letting them learn things on their own without being attended to.
A concern for parents that can be alleviated with the use of a high chair is the worry that their child is safe while using a high chair. With either a 5-point harness or 3-point harness with crotch post, the safety of your child while using the chair can be very beneficial to any parent.
As your child grows up, they are going to want to learn and do more and more on their own. A high chair can help build their independence by giving them access to an area all their own, the tray. Able to be used as a dinner table as well as an activity table, your little one building some independence can be beneficial to you both.
Good eating habits
When your baby is ready to use high chair to eat, at first it may not be the easiest process for them to sit and have you feed them without there being an issue. But over time, they will begin the right habits for eating while they are sitting in their high chair. As they get older, those good habits that they have learned will make it easier when they are a toddler to feed themselves and not make a mess while eating.
Many parents will list convenience as a big benefit of owning a high chair. Being able to feed your children at the dinner table while you eat or place them in your chair and keep them company while you make dinner or work on other tasks around the house can make using a highchair a convenient option.
Different Types of High Chairs
When you begin the process of buying a high chair for your little one, you may be surprised at all of the different types of chair that are out there on the market. We wanted to spotlight some of them so you know what you are looking at when you’re at the store.
When most people think of a high chair, this is what they think of. While this is an excellent choice, and does have its advantages, including price and its simple design, it can also have disadvantages that may keep it from being the right choice for you.
Storage of a traditional high chair isn’t easy as the chair doesn’t collapse to a compact size at all and can lack some more modern features found in other high chairs.
As technology and materials have advanced so have the features in high chairs. A modern high chair can look vaguely similar to a traditional chair but can have sections of the chair that can be adjustable. They include:
- Chair height
- Seat recline position
- Tray height
- Foot rest height
This ability to be adjusted in so many ways give you a way to put your child in the most comfortable position to eat no matter where in the house they are seated. Modern high chairs can also be easily folded down for storage.
Disadvantages for this type of chair can be that generally, they are more expensive than a traditional chair and can be difficult to assemble.
Also known as a booster chair, space saving high chairs allow you to create a high chair out of just about any chair that you have in your house. By putting the chair on top of your regular chair, your baby is ready for mealtime.
It’s small size makes it a great choice if you live in an apartment where space can be at a premium. When your little one is done eating, simply store their chair away until next time.
The only disadvantages with a space saver is that is can take some time to set it up correctly so your child is comfortable and safe and because you’re using a regular house chair as a base, it can get messy from time to time, giving you something else to clean.
Like just about everything you buy for your baby, they will inevitably, out grow it. This is also very true about their high chair. Once they outgrow one, you’re better off putting it in storage or selling it. A convertible high chair can keep it as a useful option for long after they grow past the high chair stage.
Designed to grow with your baby, convertible high chairs can be used until they are three years old and depending on the brand of high chair, can have the following options that they can convert into:
- High chair
- Booster seat
- Toddler chair with tray
- Child-size chair with table
While this type of high chair will get more use, the quality may suffer when compared to buying individual pieces. Also, a convertible chair can take up a good amount of room when storing.
If you’ve ever been to an outdoor concert during the summer, you know the basis for this kind of high chair. Built mainly to be used outdoors, a travel high chair is constructed from a heavy duty canvas stretched over a metal frame and come already assembled.
The legs on a travel high chair stick out a bit further than those on a regular high chair. This is to give the chair a wider base and make the chair sturdier to ensure that your little one is safe when they use the chair.
While it isn’t meant to replace your regular high chair, having a good travel chair is important. A downside can be that the canvas try can sag if your little one leans on it.
Also known as table chairs, named because they clamp onto the side of your dinner table, essentially suspending your baby off the floor. Able to support up to 37 pounds, a hook-on chair is designed to be used early on in your little one’s life. It’s recommended that if you have a heavier child, a standard high chair would be best.
While some parents swear by these when visiting friends, to us, the risk of your baby falling from that height is too great for us to recommend ever using one.
Lightweight, packs up easy for carrying in any bag and is machine washable, a fabric high chairs are a good choice for a high chair while traveling. Using the high chair is as easy as slipping the fabric over the back of a chair, securing your child in the seat and it’s feeding time.
While being able to be folded down into a small size and being machine washable, a fabric high chair doesn’t raise their seating position in order for them to sit at the dinner table with mom and dad and will more than likely need to be washed frequently.
Twins or more
If you are the parents of twins, then let us say congratulations. However, you may notice that a lot of the types of high chair out there are single seat chairs and unless you want to buy two, you will only be able to sit one child at a time to eat.
A number of manufacturers have started to offer parents other options to accommodate families in this situation. Some offer tables that have recessed seating in the table for each of your children. This allows you to see each of them at the same time while feeding but when it’s not dinner time, the table can be used for fun activities.
While this is a great option, it can be expensive to buy this type of high chair and it will also take up a lot of room.
My Babies Planet Overview
Choosing the right high chair is not only an important decision for you, but for your child as well. While it can be a benefit to have a place where they can eat or play with toys, all the while developing good habits, choosing the best one for the both of you is what’s most important.
With all of the features and benefits that can come with owning a high chair, it will ultimately come down to your preferences when choosing which to buy. With our list of the 10 Best High Chairs in 2018, we hope that our recommendations can help make the process of buying a high chair a much easier process.