The 8 Best High Chairs of 2021

Give your baby a seat at the table

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This foldable chair has seven different settings and can literally grow with your baby from infancy through school age.
With all the features of a high chair in half the space, this seat seems to provide more legroom for chunkier babies.
This easy-to-store high chair comes at a great price point for parents of multiples on a tight budget.
This high-quality chair will grow with baby even into adulthood and can support an adult of up to 300 pounds.
Best for Easy Clean Up:
4moms High Chair at Buybuy BABY
Just one look and you’ll see that this high chair was designed with easy cleaning in mind, free of hard-to-clean fabric folds, nooks, and crannies.
This portable, collapsible table chair weighs only 4 pounds and can go everywhere, keeping baby in on the action at restaurants and on vacation.
Consisting of fabric rigged with harnesses that drape over a regular chair, this portable high chair can be used almost anywhere.
Transforming from a high chair to booster, stool, and then big kid chair, this high chair will be with your child for years.

First feedings are messy, fun, frustrating, and did we say messy? By ages four to six months, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breastmilk or formula.

While you can certainly start with your baby in your lap, it’s important to have a safe place for the baby to sit while they begin to eat. A proper high chair will help position them safely during mealtime. As the baby grows, you’ll want your high chair to grow too, and accommodate your lifestyle, kitchen, and eating needs. Finally, you’ll definitely want a high chair that keeps the food where it’s supposed to and is easy to clean. 

To choose a high chair, take a look at your lifestyle, eating space, and preferences. For smaller spaces, a booster or clip-on chair might be better than traditional full-size options. If you have a few spots to dine in, a standalone high chair can be moved from room to room. No matter what you choose, safety should always be the focus. Select a seat that has a three- or five-point harness, can be locked or secured in place, a crotch post so baby can’t slide through, and no pinchable or foldable parts that can snag a baby’s finger or chubby rolls. 

Check out the best high chairs for your little one.

Best Overall: Graco Table2Table Premier Fold 7 in 1 Convertible High Chair

What We Like
  • Foldable

  • Grows with Child

What We Don't Like
  • No Wheels On Rear Legs

  • Expensive

It’s hard to find something this high chair can't do. The foldable chair has seven different settings and can literally grow with your baby from infancy through school age. For young babies, the seat reclines for safe eating while the five-point baby harness is easy to clip and unclip. If baby prefers to sit at the table, the seat turns into a reclining infant booster that can be attached to any kitchen chair and can sustain toddlers. 

As baby grows, the seat can be used as a traditional high chair — with five height adjustments to fit any table, a booster seat, and a toddler chair. If that isn’t enough, the seat also becomes a toddler table and chair, hoisting young kids up to six years and 60 pounds. If your family is growing, use it with two kids at once with the infant booster and the toddler chair.

Parents will love the wipeable plastic tray, parts, and machine washable cushion for those mega messes. It also folds to be relatively flat and weighs 17.4 pounds, so it is possible to store. 

Product Weight: 17.44 pounds | Weight Limit: 60 pounds | Age Recommendation: 6 months to 6 years old

Best for Big Babies: Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair

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What We Like
  • Accommodates Bigger Babies

  • Space-Saving

What We Don't Like
  • Requires Use of Kitchen Chair

While this seat is great for bigger babies up to 50 pounds, it’s also an excellent space-saving choice for any family. With all the features of a high chair in half the space, this seat seems to provide more legroom for chunkier babies and can be used with or without the tray.

The reclining seat and five-point harness keep baby safe and secure. It grows with baby, so eventually, it can be used as a toddler booster. As the name implies, this is a space-saver but does require the use of a kitchen chair. While some families would prefer a stand-alone seat, for those with limited space and a bigger babe, this high chair provides major benefits.

Product Weight: 4.47 pounds | Weight Limit: 50 pounds | Age Recommendation: Not Listed

Best for Twins: IKEA Antilop High Chair

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What We Like
  • Easy to Clean

  • Budget-Friendly

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Footrest Sold Separately

  • Doesn't Fold

  • Doesn't Recline

A favorite high chair of seasoned parents everywhere, this budget-friendly option is perfect for parents of multiples. The small footprint, lightweight, easy-to-clean high chair is an example of simple functionality at its best. While it doesn’t recline, grow with your baby, or turn into a million and one pieces of other gear, it’s a comfortable, durable, easy-to-clean (yes, this is worth mentioning again) high chair at an amazing price point.

For parents of twins, the seats can stack for easy storage and the legs quickly pop off if you want to travel or put the high chairs away. Pull this IKEA wonder right up to the table or add a simple, inexpensive tray for baby.

For younger babies, IKEA sells inflatable support pillows to add some cushioning to the seat. Parents of twins are inundated with expensive gear that takes up lots of space and room in your budget. Make your life easier and purchase two of these high chairs to keep your sanity and budget balanced. It'll support babies up to 33 pounds.

Product Weight: 8 pounds | Weight Limit: 33 pounds | Age Recommendation: Not Listed

Best Long-Lasting: Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair Baby Set Cushion & Tray Set

Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair
What We Like
  • Converts to Adult Chair

  • Sleek Design

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Cushion Sold Separately

This chair will last for years and can support an adult of up to 242 pounds, a claim that most high chairs can't make. The minimalist design high chair is well made and a high-quality seat. To use it as an infant seat, you’ll need to buy an add-on plastic seat and optional tray, but it does come with a harness strap.

The simple wooden seat itself is easy to clean but can be hard on the baby’s bottom, so many parents purchase a cushion to go along with it. The straps, infant seat, and tray are a bit harder to clean since there are lots of nooks and crannies that are ripe for spills and crumbs. The chair has a small footprint, but at 17 pounds it's not exactly portable and does not fold.

With its iconic design, this is a piece of furniture that is made to last, has numerous accessories to add on, but it comes at a higher price point. Consider your high chair priorities and if you’ll really use this one into childhood (or beyond) before buying. 

Product Weight: 19.5 pounds | Weight Limit: 242 pounds | Age Recommendation: 6 months to 3 years old

Best for Easy Clean Up: 4moms High Chair

4moms High Chair
What We Like
  • One-Handed Tray Attachment

  • Removable Foam Insert

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't Recline

  • Designed for Older Babies

Just one look and you’ll see that this high chair was designed with easy cleaning in mind. There aren't any fabric folds to clean or nooks and crannies for food to get stuck in, but the foam seat insert doesn’t skimp on comfort. The sleek seat is powered by magnets, which guide the tray in place. Ease the tray down, even while one-handed, and it’ll click directly where it’s supposed to go.

For babies who are self-feeding, magnetic plates, bowls, and utensils are sold separately so they stay on the tray while baby eats. With three height positions, this high chair can work with most kitchens and will support children up to 60 pounds. It’s recommended for babies six months and older and doesn’t recline, so it’s not an option for the youngest babies. 

Product Weight: 15 pounds | Weight Limit: 60 pounds | Age Recommendation: 6 months and up

Best Space Saver: Pottery Barn Kids Inglesina Fast Table Chair

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What We Like
  • Travel-Friendly

  • Collapsible

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Can Only Fit Certain Tables

  • Low Weight Limit

Parents love how this seat can literally go anywhere. The portable, collapsible table chair weighs only four pounds and allows for easy mealtimes on-the-go or at home. Many parents may find they initially purchase one to use at restaurants or on vacation, as it easily fits in a suitcase, but then use it as the primary seat at home too. The only drawbacks to this seat are that it’s only recommended for babies six months or older, has a weight limit of 37 pounds, and can only fit tables up to 3.25 inches thick.

If you dine out, travel a lot, or eat your meals at a high counter or kitchen island, this seat is the perfect way to let your little one join in on the fun. There’s something very inclusive about baby being able to sit at the table with everyone else and not isolated in a high chair away from the action. 

Product Weight: 4 pounds | Weight Limit: 37 pounds | Age Recommendation: 6 months and up

Best Portable: Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Highchair

Summer-Infant-Pop-N-Sit-Portable-Highchair
What We Like
  • Portable

  • Machine Washable Fabric

What We Don't Like
  • No Cupholder

There are many options for portable high chairs, many of which consist of fabric rigged with harnesses that drape over a regular chair. The nice thing about the Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable High Chair is that it can be used in any situation, whether you are visiting family, on vacation, or taking your baby to an outdoor picnic.

Designed so that it can be folded up and stored in an over-the-shoulder bag, the Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable High Chair features a three-point harness, a BPA-free hard plastic tray, and machine washable fabric. It also accommodates children up to 40 pounds.

Product Weight: 5 pounds | Weight Limit: 40 pounds | Age Recommendation: 6 months and up

Best Convertible: Century Dine On 4-in-1 High Chair

What We Like
  • Made with Recycled Materials

  • 3-Position Tray

  • Four Configurations

What We Don't Like
  • Does Not Fold

If you’re looking for a chair that will grow with your child over the years, you’ve come to the right place. This chair starts out as a high chair with your baby and gradually grows with them, transforming into a booster, stool, and then big kid chair. 

The tray, which can be removed with one hand, features a cupholder and extra holder for any other snacks or mealtime necessities. There’s also a removable tray insert that doubles as a dishwasher-safe plate. 

As for recline, your child can enjoy three different recline positions while resting their feet on the sturdy footrest. And if you need to move the high chair, you’ll find two front wheels to help make your life all the more easier.

Product Weight: 17.61 pounds | Weight Limit: 40 pounds | Age Recommendation: Not Listed

What to Look for When Buying a High Chair

Safety

When it comes to buying a high chair, keep safety at the forefront of your mind. While high chairs come equipped with safety straps, it’s vital a child is actually buckled in during mealtime. This ensures they will not be able to slip down and hurt themselves.

To ensure your child's high chair doesn't tip over while they are sitting in it, never leave them unattended. If they’re close enough to a chair or table, they may be able to push off those objects, tipping over their high chair and possibly causing serious injury.

For high chairs that fold, it’s important to ensure they are fully locked before putting your child inside. And, as fun as your child may think it is, never let them stand in the high chair.

Booster Vs. Standing Vs. Clip

As you start shopping for a high chair, you will more than likely notice how many options you have for style. First, you’ll notice there are booster-style high chairs, which strap onto a regular kitchen chair. These are perfect if you’re wanting to save space or easily transport it from one chair to another. They usually come with their own tray that can be removed as your child gets older.

Standing high chairs typically have four legs or are simply free-standing. They don’t connect to a table or chair and are their own chair. These types of high chairs are great for everyday use and, depending on the type of chair, they can fold down and be put away after mealtime. However, they’re usually not very travel-friendly.

For a high chair that is portable and travel-friendly, check out clip-style high chairs. These connect to tables and don’t feature legs like free-standing high chairs do. Clip-style is useful for outings at restaurants or a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. However, because these small clip-style chairs have to support the full weight of your baby, the age and weight limit are typically pretty low.

If you do plan to use a clip-style high chair, be sure it locks onto the table and check if your child can touch the table with their feet. If your child is able to kick the table, they may dislodge their seat from the table, which could cause an injury. 

Longevity

Consider how long you will be using the high chair and how often before purchasing one. A helpful tip to getting the most out of your money in a high chair is to check the weight and age recommendations. Some high chairs have a low weight range, which means your child won’t be using it for long, and we all know how fast kids grow.

Opt for a high chair with a higher weight limit and age recommendation. Then you’ll be able to keep the same high chair for years without breaking the bank for another one.

Another factor to consider is where you’ll be taking the chair. If you plan on using it during many vacations, check out high chairs that are easy to clean and made with durable material. Traveling with littles can be hard enough, so there’s no need to make it harder on yourself.

FAQs

When can a baby sit in a high chair? 

Even though babies develop at their own rate, they can typically sit in a high chair starting at 6 months old. Before they begin sitting in a high chair, you want to make sure they can sit upright without assistance, which is a 6-month developmental milestone.

It’s simply important to just wait until your baby is ready as rushing may be a safety issue. Keep an eye on how their stability is with their head and overall body, and wait until they don’t need support sitting up. 

When will a baby be able to sit without a high chair? 

While it may seem early, some children are ready to move on from the high chair starting at 18 months old, but it can happen after that, too, until about 3.5 years old. At 18 months, they may be more ready for a booster seat while a 3.5-year-old will probably do best in a regular seat. During these ages, they can usually keep themselves more steady for a longer period of time.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's a mom of a 9-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. As a mom of three (mostly) ravenous kids, she's been gifted and has borrowed, bought, and shared many high chairs. She has yet to find one that makes dinner and cleans up messes after eating.

Additional reporting by Dwyer Frame.

Dwyer Frame, Verywell Family's senior editorial director, has two boys and owns the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver at her primary residence (a cramped Brooklyn apartment), the Ikea Antilop at her beach house, and the Graco Table2Table lives at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

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