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 Travel | Phil + Teds Lobster Highchair
Some parents get a little nervous with clip-on highchairs, but the new-ish Phil + Teds Lobster, with two heavy-duty clamps, has an incredibly secure hold. In fact, it’s the sturdiest clip-on highchair we tested. (It’s actually one of my very favorite baby gear finds of all time, which says a lot.) The Lobster will attach to a variety of tables (.8″ to 3.7″ thickness) and will hold up to 37 lbs. (around 3 years) in its 5-point harness, but be smart about where you hook this on. Make sure the table is sturdy (not a top-heavy pedestal table or rickety fold-down table) and tighten the Lobster clamps as far as they’ll go. I regularly use the Lobster for my 30-lb. child without a single safety concern. We especially love that you can machine-wash the fabric part of the chair and easily wipe down the metal components, which is a major plus. We also love the convenient compact fold that fits neatly into a tote bag – and weighs only 4 pounds!
The only downsides: The Lobster won’t work on tables with a shallow lip underneath the edge because the clamps need a good chunk of table to attach. If you have a lip on your table, check out the Joovy Hook, which came in at a very close second. Another design issue we have is that the included dishwasher-safe tray doesn’t secure to the seat, meaning kids can slide it across the table. But considering most clip-on highchairs don’t even come with a tray, we can’t complain too much.
Get it from Amazon, $79.99