It sounds like a simple enough task, but when it comes to highchairs there are a lot of features and choices to be made. Which one is the best highchair for your precious baby? What are the benefits of the various styles? Which is most space-efficient? How does each one work with a safety harness?
In this post, I will break down all of your highchair options to help you make an informed decision about which one will work best for you and your child. Let’s dive right in!
Best Highchair Features to Look For
Sadly, not all highchairs are made with harnesses that provide you with a snug fit. All’s well that ends well if your child isn’t opposed to the idea of sitting down for a few minutes to eat. However, some kids just can’t be bothered to stay seated for longer than a minute.
A harness will help keep your child from scaling the side of the chair to climb down and helps you keep him in place. Look for a sturdy and comfortable harness. Some come with extra padding for a softer and snugger fit.
What parent doesn’t dread cleaning up after their child has made a mess of the kitchen? Although unavoidable, there are ways to make cleanup easier.
First, choose a high chair that has a removable tray. Having a removable tray comes in handy when you’re giving your child a snack and don’t need the tray to hold him in place. It’s also easier to clean, so you don’t have to worry about crumbs getting caught in the cracks.
Next, look for a tray that’s easy to remove and clean using mild soap and water. Some trays are dishwasher safe but read the directions first. Be on the look out for ones that are made of easy-to-clean material such as plastic or stainless steel. For the safety of your child, make sure that the tray cannot be pulled off or moved to one side and that it’s fixed in place at a comfortable height for them.
In addition, some high chairs come with removable and machine-washable covers. The best ones have a simple design with no exposed zippers or hard to clean features.
Some models sit low to the ground and take up less space, while others come with wheels to move around as needed, such as the Graco Slim Snacker. For smaller spaces, look for a lightweight model that can be folded and stored away. Make sure the legs don’t extend so far out that they prevent others from easily maneuvering around the dinning room.
Another option is getting a highchair that attaches to a dinning room chair you already have. These often will pull up right to the table, such as the Fisher-Price Space Saver.
Your baby will be using their highchair into toddlerhood. So, it’s important to find the best highchair that grows with them. Look for one that has different height and safety harness options, such as the Abiie Beyond or Graco TableFit.
Best Highchair Designed for Comfort
When it comes to comfort, look for highchairs with large seats and cushions that are soft to the touch. Some have more padding than others. Padded seats are great because they are softer and more comfortable for your child to sit in for longer periods without getting uncomfortable. Look for one that is made of sturdy material that won’t crack or tear with everyday use, such as the 4moms Connect highchair.
Weight and Style
When you’re shopping for a highchair, weight is an important consideration. You can buy light models that fold up when not in use or large, heavy ones that will stay put in the kitchen. Look for one that is sturdy and won’t tip over when your child independently tries to get in and out of it.
In addition, look for the best highchair that fits in your décor and style. There are wooden highchairs, designer-look ones and those with modern designs, such as the The Chair from Meet Lalo.
As you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for the best highchair. You’ll want to find one that features all the factors you’re looking for: easy to clean, comfortable for your child, and still looks good in your kitchen. If you are looking for more baby product suggestions check out Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny’s Childcare Product Recommendations.
About The Author
Aussy Aportadera is pursuing the unhurried life in the beachside town of La Union, Philippines. After a career in communications and publishing for luxury lifestyle, food, and wine, she is now a yoga teacher and co-owner of a ceramics brand. Find her on twitter and instagram to learn more about her!