Julie McCaffrey, owner of BabyNav Baby Planners who lives with her husband and two kids in northern Westchester, knows just about everything you need to know about readying your home for baby. She last wrote about top strollers for new moms. Here’s her take on high chairs.
Whether you need to purchase a high chair because your baby is going to start solids or you just want to have baby up at the table for family dinners, there are a few things to always keep in mind. Look for a high chair that is easy to clean, easy to adjust and works with your lifestyle. Ask yourself these questions to see which highchair might work best for you.
Best For: People With Large Pets or Other Small Children
If you have a large dog or a curious small child it is a good idea to purchase a high chair that is suitable from birth so you can keep the baby safely elevated. The Peg Perego Siesta is a seat that looks great and will safely and easily work from birth through the toddler years when you want to have your child at the table. The Siesta features a dishwasher safe tray and stain resistant fabric, so it is easy to clean while the scratch resistant casters will ensure you can move this highchair around without any damage to your floors. One of the best features of the Siesta is its ultra-compact fold, so it can be tucked away into any closet. $299. Budget alternative: Check out the Graco Contempo, which functions similarly, at $109.
Best For: Anyone Tight on Space
If you have a small space and need a small footprint on your high chair, the Dutch designed Nuna Zaaz is a great option. This high chair is full of innovation in both its design and function making it a high chair you will be happy to leave out for guests to see. The Zazz is suitable for children to use comfortably from 6 months until 220 pounds! There are no crevices, the harness is easily removed with a hidden key and the tray is dishwasher safe making this super easy to keep clean. The Nuna Zaaz’s small footprint and adjustable height make it a great seat to grow with your baby from high chair to seat at the family table. $249
Best For: Design Lovers
If you love design and are looking for a seat that can stand up against the other furnishings in your home, you should check out the Bloom Fresco. This Fresco is the most expensive high chair on our list but it also has the most flair. This high chair is the only one currently available that is height adjustable up to be high enough to have your child at your kitchen island or bar. With three recline positions the Fresco is suitable from birth up until 70 pounds and its pneumatic lift makes height adjustment a breeze. The seat cushion comes in 14 colors while the frame is available in 4 finishes so you can truly customize this designer seat. www.bloombaby.com $449. Need a more budget friendly option? Check out the Boon Flair at $249.
Best For: Bargain Hunters
Just because you are on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t get a great high chair. Start your search with the Bloom Nano. The Nano has a sleek design, only weighs 12 pounds and features a super easy flat fold so you can tuck this seat away when not in use. This high chair is suitable for children from 6 months to about 3 years and includes an adjustable foot rest for the comfort of your child. The Nano has a dishwasher safe tray and no crevices for very easy cleaning. $149. Need even more budget friendly? Check out the IKEA Antilop. It may not be adjustable or fold but it couldn’t be easier to clean and it is stackable — all for $20.
Best For: People Who Want a Classic Look
If you are looking for a seat that will stand the test of time and fit into the design of your home, the Stokke Tripp Trapp may be the right seat for you. First introduced in 1972, this classic wooden high chair works from 6 months up until 300 pounds meaning this can be a seat your child can enjoy for life. The Tripp Trapp offers a foot rest with 13 adjustable grooves to ensure that as your child grows the seat is at the right height to be at the family table with their feet properly supported. This seat can be wiped clean and accessories such as a baby set, dishwasher safe tray and table top ensure your baby will be comfortable and safe. $249