On the list of baby must-haves, a high chair tops the list for babies who can sit on their own and are ready for a seat at the table. So continuing with our search for highly rated and cost conscience baby products (see our posts on Car Seats and Baby Monitors , we’ve found some great options for you.
What to look for in a high chair? Adjustability to suit your baby’s size, secure yet easy for adults to operate latches and, of course, protection against sliding and falls in the form of a 5-point harness and secure crotch post. Removable trays and other parts for easier cleaning, reclining seat backs, wheels (make sure they lock!) and ability to fold for storage are all extras that you can find at a good price point.
For babies up to 40 lbs, the about $100 Graco Swiftfold meets all the safety standards plus has multiple height positions, easy to clean parts, reclining seat – and it folds. Moms’ also rate it highly. About the only complaint is the shallow seat and non-adjustable foot rest which can be problems for larger babies. Another thing is that the two front wheels don’t lock but the lack of wheels on the back legs do a decent job of protecting against rolling.
This highly rated highchair has lots of features including a totally removable chair that can be used as a booster seat – one reason this chair is rated for up to 50 lbs. Priced at around $70, it’s an excellent value. But Moms’ seem to either love it or hate it. However, much of the hate was due to issues with assembly (not the easiest…) and some parts that were perceived as sharp. Another big complaint was that food could slip through the seat strap slot and was not easy to clean “inside” the seat. Since this complaint was common with other brands of high chairs, best to take precautions and wrap these areas with duct tape or plug/cover any slots or holes.
Safe, easy to clean, adjustable, removable seat to use as booster – check marks for all. But this one can also be used as a toddler stool giving it an up to 60 lb. rating. Its light weight and small footprint were considered a plus by Moms and it was easy to assemble. This model starts at around $107 with higher prices for different seat cover patterns.
The famous kitchen gadget brand is putting their design innovations to work for babies. This $120 chair adjusts for height, seat incline and it’s a dream to clean. No tools needed assembly plus simple two-part breakdown makes for easy storage. Moms’ called it nearly perfect thanks to its thoughtful design and comfortable seat size for baby and ability to use up to 3 years. One complaint was from Moms who didn’t bother to clean the inside of the 2-piece tray. After a while, stuff was growing in there. Forewarned is forearmed!