Babble Best Picks:
Shopping for highchairs can be an overwhelming experience when faced with all of the choices, features, and high, high prices. Luckily, we broke it down for you, testing and comparing over 20 of the most talked-about highchairs on the market. Here are our top picks for any budget and lifestyle. (Make sure to check out the Readers' Choice section for even more of our favorites!) Did we miss one? Nominate it, and tell us why it deserves a spot. - Michelle Horton
Most Budget-Friendly | IKEA Antilop
Let’s be serious: Highchairs are for eating, spilling, and spitting up in. It’s not a decorative piece of furniture, your baby probably won’t be napping in it, and most (non-convertible) highchairs are only used for a couple of years. Yet so many highchairs cost over $100 – even up to $500 – and don’t focus on the one thing that highchairs are meant for: messes.
So that’s why we’ll always recommend the IKEA Antilop as one of our very top picks. First of all, it has a very sleek, modern look (more so than some of the luxe highchairs out there) in a compact package – perfect for smaller spaces. Secondly, there aren’t any crevices or cushions for crumbs to build, so you can just wipe the entire chair down, no matter what kind of disaster your little one creates. But here’s the kicker: It’s $20. (As in one $20 bill.) If you want a highchair tray, add another $5. The only downside is that you’ll have to trek out to your closest IKEA warehouse. (FYI: This is the easiest IKEA product we’ve ever assembled.) And keep in mind that there aren’t any extra features like height adjustability, seat recline, or fold-down mechanisms. But if you just want something basic that does the job and will save you some money for other baby gear, this is the one to pick.
Note: Since this round-up was posted, the IKEA Antilop has been recalled
Get it from IKEA, $19.99 – $24.99