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 for Small Spaces (Splurge) | BabyBjorn Highchair
When we first opened the innovative BabyBjorn chair (that caused quite a stir in the baby market when it was released this past summer), we honestly thought it looked like a tiny doll highchair. Even with all of the hype (It’s ergonomic! Compact! Expensive!), we weren’t prepared for how much smaller it is than the average highchair. Then add in how astonishingly lightweight it is, and we didn’t think it could last as long as the company claims (for kids up to 38″ tall).
But then when my almost-three-year-old child sat in it, fit in it, and loved it, we were astonished. Beyond that, it’s rock-solid sturdy, despite its lightness. And because the tray (which is smaller than average, without much of a lip to catch spills) is ergonomically designed to fit snugly around any-sized child, there’s less food on the seat vs. in your baby’s mouth. All of our tester babies fit in the highchair – from 5 to 39 months – although our chunkier-than-average 14-month tester didn’t look like he could last another year. For that reason, we recommend testing it out before buying. (The baby store Giggle carries them in stock.)
Sure, there aren’t any fancy-schmancy features (like 360-degree spin, adjustable height, or multi-recline seat), but BabyBjorn takes a minimalist approach to quality, making sure everything you need is there: an easy-to-clean surface (no cracks, crevices, or cushions), compact size, and simple fold-down storage. We’re not sure how they designed such a small yet functional chair, but it really makes those bulky plastic monstrosities seem entirely unnecessary.
The downsides: It’s really expensive for something so basic (considering the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Svan High Chair are similarly priced but grow until adulthood), and the highchair’s tray doesn’t catch as much mess as other chairs. But that being said, the BabyBjorn does have compact, easy-to-clean features that are unmatched. Whether you’re willing to spend that kind of money (especially for something that doesn’t grow past the toddler stage) is up to you.
Get it from Giggle, $300