I recall being mid-mouthful during a bowl of steamed rice when my baby gave me the look. The ravenous, accusatory glare that communicated so clearly that which he could not yet convey with words:
Whether your baby has recently taken notice of the fact that adults chew and consume food, or they are reaching the age around 6 months and it’s time for them to start trying soft solids, you’ll want to set a positive tone for a lifetime of enjoyable mealtimes. One of the best places to start is finding the right high chair for your little one’s first experiences and attempts at eating solid food.
A high chair is more than just a seat for your baby—it’s their gateway to family life at the table. Eating together at mealtimes, especially when baby is just starting to eat solids, is a great way to help your baby feel connected to the family and start healthy eating habits.
Plus, there’s research to support the physical and mental health benefits for children when they eat meals together as a family. Make the most of these magical mealtimes by choosing the high chair that best suits your family’s lifestyle. And don’t worry–we’ll keep the magic in the process by bringing a full list of the best high chairs for babies right to you.
- Choosing a high chair for your baby
- Best High Chair for Small Spaces: Ikea ANTILOP High Chair with Tray
- Runner-Up for a Small Space High Chair: Graco Slim Snacker
- Best Chairtop High Chair: FisherPrice Spacesaver
- Best Converting High Chair: Graco Blossom 6-in-1
- Best High Chair to Table: Evenflo 4-in-1
- Best Portable High Chair: Chicco QuickSeat Hook on Chair
- Best Longterm High Chair: Stokke Steps High Chair
- Best Camping High Chair: Baby Delight Go with Me
- Best Lightweight Yet Sturdy High Chair: Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair
- Most Comfortable High Chair: Maxi Cosi Minla 6-in-1 Adjustable High Chair
Choosing the Right High Chair
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants double their birthweight before starting solid foods. This usually occurs sometime between 4-6 months. Although every high chair manufacturer will have their own recommendations, 6 months is the general consensus for when babies are strong enough to sit on their own in a high chair.
Before buying a high chair, be sure to review the American Academy of Pediatrics Safety Tips for high chairs. Look for one that’s sturdy and secure and never leave your baby unattended in one. Beyond that, there are a variety of features to be found in high chairs, and you can pick the ones of most value to your dining space, your baby’s needs and your budget. Some key features include:
- Freestanding vs. Hook-On Chairs. The typical high chair stands on its own, but if you have minimal dining space to work with, you may want to consider a chair that hooks onto a table or counter. Some seats also hook onto the top of adult dining chairs to save some room.
- Tray removal. Because you’ll be taking your baby in and out of their high chair for a long time, I guarantee you will develop a love/hate relationship with the high chair’s tray. Check for trays that are dishwasher-safe, removable, or easy to adjust and save yourself some heartache.
- Machine-washable padding. Things are going to be messy when it comes to your little one’s first meals, and many high chair manufacturers have graciously offered solutions for cleaning off food. Some offer easy-to-remove padding to easily whip off the seat cover and throw into the wash, so keep an eye out for that handy feature.
- Storage capability. If you want to avoid tripping over your high chair or simply want it out of the way when not eating, consider a high chair model that folds up. Many companies offer chairs with compact designs that can fit into a pantry easily.
Interested in a chair that can change along with your growing baby? Several high chairs convert to booster and toddler seats with different methods and designs.
If you’re paying for a more expensive seat, checking to see if it can convert to toddler seating is a good way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment.
Best High Chair for Small Spaces
- Weight limit: 33 pounds
- Dimensions: 22” x 22” x 34”
Simple and perfect. Easy to install and easy to clean. Great price and way better than some $100+ ones that are out there.”—Ikea review
Large space between tray and baby, padded cushions sold separately
Runner-Up for a Small Space High Chair
- Mesh storage basket
- Dimensions: 24 x 35.5 x 40.8 inches
- Weight limit: 40 pounds
“Very easy to assemble and the tray easily snaps in and out. Would recommend to anyone who needs a high chair.”—Amazon review
Difficult to remove seat cover for cleaning; tray can be difficult to clean
Best Chairtop High Chair
- Dishwasher-safe tray
- Dimensions: 47” x 24” x 21.65“
- Weight limit: 40 pounds
“The design is far superior to other seats that strap to a full-size chair.”—Amazon review
Base can be unstable when attaches to some chairs; some reviewers report issues with reclining feature
Best Converting High Chair
- Dimensions: 41” x 22.5” x 29”
- Weight limit: 40 pounds (or 60 pounds for booster seat)
“Your child can grow with this chair. Perfect for young one starting out in a high chair for the first time.”—Amazon review
Can be bulky with wide legs
Best High Chair to Table
- Adjustable height
- Dimensions: 37” x 21.75” x 24”
- Weight limit: 50 pounds
“The 4-in-1 feature is amazing! I sit on the floor a lot in my living room so I feed my 6-month-old in the chair and have my 4yo eating at the table part.”—Target review
Snapping tray causes potential punching to baby; bulky size
Best Portable High Chair
- Removable washable cover
- Dimensions: 24” x 14.5” x 6 “
- Weight limit: 37 pounds
“This chair is EASY. It takes legit 10 seconds max to install super securely.”—Amazon review
Difficult to clean, difficult to remove cover
Best Longterm High Chair
- Dimensions: 24″ L x 17″ W x 28″ H
- Weight limit: 187 pounds
“It works perfect with our modern decor. It even matches our dining chairs. It’s easy to use, clean and does its purpose.”—Stokke review
Higher price end
Best Camping High Chair
- Offered in a variety of stylish colors
- Dimensions: 33”(H) x 22”(W) x 21.5”(D)
- Weight limit: 75 pounds
“It folds up into a nice, small, lightweight carrying bag, so it doesn’t take up much room, and it’s easy to carry.”—Amazon review
Hand wash only
Best Lightweight Yet Sturdy High Chai
- Weight: 15.4 pounds
- Weight limit: 242 pounds
- Dimensions: 36″ x 32″ x 8″
“We love our Stokke chairs. We had them in two houses we rented while on vacation and decided to splurge and buy them for our 2 year old and 4 year old. The quality is great, very easy to clean, and easy to adjust. Putting them together was a snap and the kids love them. One issue we have noticed is that they are easy to trip over (Grandparents tend to not notice the legs sticking out) and the price. It seems like something you could get at IKEA but again, we thought we’d splurge and we’re glad we did.”-Amazon.com review
Legs may stick out farther than you’d like; higher-end price
Most Comfortable High Chair
- 5 recline positions
- Weight capacity: 50 pounds
- High chair weight: 22 pounds
- Dimensions: 37 x 22.5 x 12.63 inches
- Newborn-6 years with conversion options
“After reading a lot of reviews, even buying some other highchairs (and returning those), and looking at price points….this was the highchair I decided on and I love it!! I love that the tray can be stored at the back as well making it take up less room. It’s easy to wheel around as well! And per the usual – getting is from baby cubby is the best! They are so good at answering questions and helping.”-Babycubby.com review
This high chair does feature a lot of fabric, so be warned that cleaning could be a bit of a process.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age can a baby use a high chair?
Usually between 4-6 months, but consult your pediatrician if you have questions. Also be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight limits on your specific high chair model. And don’t forget the toddler silverware when you’re ready!
Are high chairs good for babies?
A high chair can be a great way to include your baby during mealtime or when they start to take solids. Babies should never be left alone in a high chair, and caregivers should review safety tips before using one.
Do babies need a footrest on their high chair?
Footrests on high chairs are meant to ensure balance as a baby develops their motor skills. Ask your pediatrician for more information on proper posture while eating.
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