Amongst many other trials and tribulations of taking care of a baby, feeding is a difficult and messy task. Finding the best high chair for babies is a great way to make your life easier in the early months.
Whether you're still on pureed foods, or are tackling the transition to solids, a good quality, sturdy high chair can be a surprisingly useful helping hand.
There are an abundance of models boasting various styles, materials, safety features and modern designs that you can choose from, based on your own personal desires and criteria.
The highchair market is vast, so here are the 5 models that stood out from the rest, with their individual features and unique designs.
Best High Chair For Babies
1. Love N C are Montana
The Love N Care Montana high-chair is both versatile and attractive, ideal for babies aged 3 months and older. It is sturdy and very stable.
The high-chair has seven adjustable seat heights to ensure that the infant is at the correct height for feeding at all stages of growth, and also at whatever height the parent is when feeding the child.
The footrest is also adjustable to three separate levels.
The backrest reclines at five positions to provide proper support for babies who are not yet sitting on their own.
There is a five-point safety harness with easy to use buckles to secure the infant at all stages of growth as well, which can be washed in the washing machine. The padded insert is comfortable and easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
The food tray is removable for easy cleaning by hand or in the dishwasher and can be stored on the back legs of the chair. An extra tray is a bonus. A convenient storage basket at the base is very handy for bibs, wipes, towels etc.
Handy wheels on the legs make it easy to move the chair around the house with or without the baby in it. The high-chair measures a compact 73 x 57 x 105cm.
2. Chicco Caddy Hook-On-Chair
This portable hook-on high-chair from Chicco Caddy is designed for use at home or on the go. The chair can be securely attached to any table surface 1.9cm to 2.5cm thick with a simple and quick twist to tighten clamp system.
Its soft-grip arms won’t scratch the table surface. The chair should not be used on a pedestal table as this will not be stable enough to fully support the chair with an infant in it.
The chair has a lightweight yet sturdy metal frame and folds easily into a compact size for storage in the boot or back seat of the car.
The high-back is cushioned for support and comfort and has a three-point harness (including crotch strap) for security.
The design allows the infant to sit snugly against the edge of the table and feel supported and part of the action.
This also means that the table does not take up much room in the room around the table.
The fabric seat cover can be removed for easy washing in the washing machine. The high-chair is suitable for children who are sitting on their own and weigh less than 16.8kg.
The chair measures 36 x 36.4 x 64.2cm when installed.
3. Chicco Polly Double Phase
The Chicco Polly Double Phase Sunny high-chair is a 2-in1 design which is suitable for both infants starting out eating solids and children who have graduated to eating with the family at meal-times.
The chair’s legs are height adjustable in six positions, as is its footrest, to allow for the child’s growth and the height of any feeding position, whether it be free-standing or next to a dining table.
The double padding of the seat itself is ultra-comfortable for children of all ages.
Each layer of padding is conveniently removable for washing, while you can still use the high-chair with the other layer in place.
Alternatively, you could use the chair without the padding if you want to avoid the cleaning process.
The backrest reclines in three positions to suit even infants who are not yet sitting upright on their own, and to allow babies to stay in the chair when they fall asleep during mealtime or when otherwise in the chair with the family.
The food tray is removable for easy cleaning, and when not in use can be conveniently folded back against the legs. The whole chair folds up for easy upright storage, with swivel wheels on its legs for easy carrying when open or folded.
All four wheels have brakes for safety, preventing accidents when you have older children wanting to have some fun with the baby! The chair has a handy basket for wipes, bibs etc.
4. Graco Duo 3-in-1
Used either as a high-chair or as a booster seat at the dinner table the Graco Duo Presley 3-in-1 is an investment for the first few years of your child’s life.
The comfortable double padded chair inserts are each removable for washing independently so you always have a clean one available when feeding your baby.
The three-strap harness includes a crotch strap for secure fastening. The chair is adjustable to five height positions that allow you to feed your baby down at the couch or up at the family dining table.
The footrest also adjusts. The seat reclines to three positions to suit an infant who is not yet sitting upright on his own, or to allow a child who has fallen asleep in his high-chair to stay comfortably there for his nap.
The food tray is removable for easy washing and the pull-out insert fits into a dishwasher. There is a handy plastic pocket on the back of the chair for bibs, wipes, utensils, toys etc.
The high-chair frame is designed to easily fold away for storage when the seat is used in booster seat mode at the table as the child grows older.
The high-chair measures 63 x 75 x 110cm when fully assembled.
5. Keter Multi Dine High Chair
The Multi Dine high chair from Keter adjusts to three positions as your child’s needs change from High Chair mode (6 months to 18 months) to Booster Seat mode (18 months to 3 years) to Junior Seat mode (3 – 4 years).
The Keter chair supports a baby through all periods of growth. It remains snug around the child from the beginning to the end of its use.
This is a durable product made from quality products, with all parts being easily cleaned and also stored away within the structure of the chair itself so it stays quite compact throughout its lifespan.
For example, the legs store away within the seat when it's being used as a booster. This also makes it a great travel item.
Six height positions and three reclining positions make it highly versatile over the life of your child.
The soft seat cover is comfortable and machine washable. The footrest makes it comfortable for older children and is adjustable as they grow.
The removable food tray cover is dishwasher safe, and there is a convenient extra tray provided.
The five-point harness provides superior safety when your eyes are not on your child. The raised area between the child’s legs is a thoughtful additional safety addition.
Handy wheels on the front legs make the chair easily transportable around the house as needed.
Choosing the best high chair?
When your baby becomes 4-6 months old, he or she will likely need a high chair. The great thing about these high chairs is that most of them are adjustable, allowing you to keep the same chair until they are 3 years old.
You'll often need to decide on a few things:
Amount of space available
Smaller chairs might be required for smaller kitchens. Likewise if you don't want the chair in the kitchen at all times, a bolt on chair to the table might be a better idea.
How easy the high chair is to clean
Most chairs have a detachable tray and other components that can be washed. If there's a cheaper chair that can't be washed, I'd always choose the more expensive option as there will be many of spills, splatters and crumbs every day!
The tray types
Not all trays are equal so be sure to check if the chair offers an adjustable, removable and dish washer safe tray. Also ensure it's durable and not easy to break.
You'll probably not want something bulky in your kitchen at all times, so ensure your chair can be folded down when not in use to safe space. Some traditional models are difficult to store, while others are very portable.
Some models are cheap plastic, others are metal and some traditional brands might even be wooden (classic style). Ensure the chair is durable and can with stand the weight of your baby.