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How to Pick a High Chair

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With so many options available, choosing the perfect high chair for your precious little one is an endeavor. From safety features to ease of cleaning and versatility, it may seem like there are too many options to choose from. In this guide, we'll discuss essential factors to consider when choosing the perfect high chair so you can make an informed decision.

While a high chair can be purchased at any point, babies typically start using high chairs between four and six months, as this typically corresponds with their ability to sit up with limited support and control their head and neck. This is also when parents may decide to start introducing solid foods. That said, some high chairs offer a deep recline, a 5-point harness, and an adjustable leg support, making them suitable for use by infants. These models are usually labeled as newborn high chairs. Choosing a high chair that accommodates your baby’s age, size, and developmental stage is important to keep them safe and happy during snacks and mealtimes.

There are many high chairs to choose from based on your preferences, circumstances, and little one’s needs. Standard high chairs are standalone chairs with elevated seats, safety harnesses, and food trays. These chairs provide a dedicated space for mealtime and a safe place to try new finger foods. For families with limited space or those who prioritize portability, there are some models of standard high chairs that can be folded. This convenient design allows for easy storage when not in use, making them ideal for compact living arrangements.

Multi-use high chairs are built for more than just feeding; they can be converted into booster seats, toddler stools, or low chairs for snacking and playing with toys. They can feature multiple recline positions, snap-on trays, and detachable high chair seats so they can adapt to your growing child. These features accommodate long-term usability, making multi-use high chairs a practical investment for families.

There are other types of feeding seat options parents can consider as well. Hook-on chairs are portable high chairs that can be safely mounted onto dining room or kitchen tables or even countertops. These products utilize adjustable steel clamps with rubber touch points to protect table surfaces. Some offer snap-on trays and fold flat for travel or storage. Some hook-on chairs have seats that swivel 360 degrees to make feeding and entertaining your child easier. A key advantage of hook-on chairs is their ability to bring a child to the level of an eating surface higher than a typical 30” table, such as a breakfast counter. They can typically be used starting at 6 months old.

Booster seats securely attach to adult chairs to raise children to table height. They often offer multiple height adjustments to adapt to various dining setups. Equipped with a 3-point harness, they ensure safety during meals without restricting movement. They are lightweight and portable, making them convenient for home and outings. Like hook-on chairs, they can typically start being used at 6 months of age.

Choosing a high chair with the right features can make snacks and mealtimes more enjoyable for you and your little one. The most important features to remember are functionality, safety, comfort, and easy to clean.


High chairs offer a range of functional features designed to simplify mealtime routines and adapt to the dynamic needs of both parents and children. Snap-on food trays greatly simplify life when serving a meal to a fussy baby because they can be secured to the armrests with just a push (as opposed to threading them on the armrests). Some trays offer one hand-operation for adjusting the position of the tray or to remove it quickly if the parents’ hands are full of wiggly babies or food. . Food tray liners and dishwasher-safe trays make clean-up faster and easier so parents can spend more quality time with their little ones. Built-in food tray storage on high chair frames is another convenient feature that helps parents keep all high chair components in one place.

As mentioned above, folding high chairs are great for small spaces and occasional use because they can be easily stored. They help promote consistency in mealtimes wherever you go. High chairs with locking wheels also improve portability, making it easy for parents to move them from place to place while keeping them stationary when in use.

High chairs with height adjustments allow children to always be at the right level at the table as they grow. Similarly, high chairs with convertible features can adapt to your baby’s evolving needs to make mealtimes easier for years to come.


High chairs come with built-in safety features to protect your baby. It’s imperative to make sure your baby meets the age and weight requirements of the high chair to prevent slipping, wiggling out, or getting pinched by chair components.

Three to five-point harnesses keep your baby securely in place without hindering movement. The harness should be easy to buckle and unbuckle in case you need to quickly remove your baby from the high chair. Do not rely on the tray alone to hold your baby in the chair; most high chair-related accidents happen to babies who aren’t buckled or are buckled improperly.

For added peace of mind, look for JPMA-certified high chairs. These chairs have been independently tested to the most stringent standards, ensuring they meet the highest safety requirements. Additionally, be sure to read your high chair’s product manual for instructions on proper use.


Comfort features help keep babies content throughout feedings. Look for high chairs with comfort features like padded seats, supportive backrests, footrests, and soft, durable shoulder straps. These features not only enhance comfort but also promote better posture, allowing babies to sit comfortably for longer periods. Ensuring your high chair can keep your baby comfortable helps create an environment that encourages healthy eating habits and enjoyable mealtime experiences.

Ease of Cleaning

Lastly, maintaining a clean high chair is essential for ensuring a hygienic dining environment for your little one. In fact, ease of cleaning has been a consistently top-rated feature by parents. Not only do easy-to-clean features simplify post-mealtime routines, they offer peace of mind when it comes to the cleanliness of a child’s dining area.

High chairs should boast features that facilitate easy cleaning to minimize hassle for busy caregivers. Some high chairs are specifically engineered with cleanliness in mind, boasting streamlined designs that minimize padding, seams, and crevices where food particles can accumulate.

Vinyl seats are a great choice because they can be quickly wiped down when accidental messes occur. Fabric high chair seats can also be a viable option as the fabric can generally be put in the washing machine for deeper cleaning.

Additionally, removable trays, tray-within-a-tray designs, and dishwasher-safe trays make cleaning high chairs easier. These features allow caregivers to easily remove the tray for thorough cleaning in the sink or in the dishwasher.

Many experts do not recommend purchasing used high chairs because they may not meet current safety standards or have been subject to a previous recall.

If you choose to purchase a used high chair, visit to ensure it has not been recalled. Checking for recalls helps mitigate the risk of purchasing a high chair with known safety issues.

You should also carefully inspect the used chair for any visible signs of wear or other safety concerns, such as sharp edges, worn harnesses, or loose parts. Properly clean and sanitize the used high chair before allowing your baby to use it. This involves thoroughly cleaning the straps, trays, frame, and seat cushions to remove any dirt, germs, or allergens that may have accumulated over time.

While purchasing a used high chair can be cost-effective, prioritizing safety and thorough inspection is crucial for safeguarding your baby's well-being. If in doubt, it's best to invest in a new high chair that meets current safety standards and offers peace of mind for you as a caregiver.

Choosing the perfect high chair is vital for your baby's comfort and your peace of mind. By understanding the essential considerations for selecting a high chair and prioritizing your child's needs, you can make an informed choice that enhances mealtime routines, supports your baby's growth and development, and keeps them safe.

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