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
Best Looking | OXO Tot Sprout Chair
If you’re into quality design and pretty aesthetics, this is one of our favorite highchairs of the bunch. Everything about the seat screams quality, from the molded (BPA- and phthalate-free) plastic seat and easy-to-wipe, water-resistant cushions to the wooden base with adjustable footrests. It’s all very simple yet effective: The tray slides on and off with one hand, the seat easily adjusts to three different heights, and the highchair’s tray holds an astonishingly large amount of liquid. (Yes, we tested it, and yes, it was a mess to dump. Let’s just say that your child will never spill more liquid than the tray can handle.) And even though the highchair doesn’t collapse down, it’s still nice and compact.
Because of the roomier seat and lack of recline, you’ll have to wait until the six-month mark to use this highchair. But after that, it will grow into a child’s seat to accommodate up to 60 lbs. (usually around five- or six-year-olds). Everything about the impeccably executed design is made for convenience and ease of use, and we can’t find much negative to say, except that we’d love to see a dishwasher-safe tray to snap over the highchair’s tray.
If you prefer a more European aesthetic, check out the Scandinavian-design Svan high chair for an attractive alternative.
Get it from Amazon, $249.99