How to Choose a High Chair
Feeding your baby solid food is a huge milestone. It opens a door to an entirely new world — to explore by tasting, smelling, and touching all kinds of new foods. It also means … it’s time for a high chair. For older babies, it might mean it's time for a booster seat!
The good news is that high chairs have come a long way over the last several years. Today, there is a high chair to meet just about every need, from convertible chairs to those designed for small spaces..
Choosing the Best High Chair
A Chair that Grows with Baby
The Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 and Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1 are both designed to grow with baby, from infant through toddler years. The SmartClean version has an added easy-wipe-down feature for the seat pads. Both are three products in one: a full-size high chair, a booster seat, and a toddler “smart chair.” They’re even designed so two children can be seated at the same time when used in booster and toddler chair modes, so they’re perfect for families with multiple little ones.
There are some really handy features, including (lockable) swivel wheels, three recline positions, and a three-point harness for restaurant-style mode or five-point harness for full-size and booster modes, to keep babies safe and secure (find more high chair safety tips here). The tray can be removed easily with one hand, has multiple positions to accommodate growing babies, and can be popped in the dishwasher for simple clean up.
“ There are not many nooks or cracks for food to fall into either, which is a major perk when you have a little one who is grinding food everywhere she can!” — Jamie, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine Gear Review for the Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair
Space-Saving High Chairs
The ChairMate is a more portable seat that secures to a chair with straps. It has four height positions to fit most table sizes, and a pad that wraps all the way around the edges to prevent crumbs from getting trapped under the seat. A two-position recline makes this work for both babies and toddlers, and a “Smart Level” feature keeps the tray level even if the seat itself is reclined. This chair easily converts to a booster for the toddler years too.
“It's a great high chair, has a harness system for babies who like to climb out, [and] attaches to the dining room chair so it doesn't take up additional space.” — Lisa, mom and Toys”R”Us Reviewer
The Baby Base 2-in-1 is great for both mealtime and playtime. It provides the support that lets baby sit up, so they can enjoy floor time, or be safely secured to a dining chair for meals. The Baby Base is lightweight and includes a removable tray that can be stored beneath the seat, so you won’t have to keep up with separate pieces. Plus, the tray is dishwasher-friendly.
Just for Toddlers
The Ingenuity SmartClean Booster isn’t just easy to clean, it’s designed specifically for toddlers. It’s roomy and soft, with foam inserts that add comfort. Straps secure the chair to a dining chair, so it can work with virtually any table. And it’s lightweight, so it’s great for dining on-the-go. The seat pad is super easy to clean, just wipe it down or put it in the dishwasher for monster messes. A three-point harness is included to keep babies safe and secure.
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