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 Bells + Whistles | Bloom Fresco Loft Highchair
You’ll find plenty of bells and whistles on the Bloom Fresco Loft – and for that price, you’d expect to. Thankfully, it’s not just a highchair. Starting in the newborn phase, the pod-like seat fully reclines to make a cocoon-like cradle, and the 360-degree swivel adds a nice touch. Then, beginning around six months, the multi-recline seat can be pushed upright to serve as a convenient feeding chair (you can raise it up to 36″ high so it’ll reach even the highest table or counter). We also like that this chair comes with both a snack tray and larger snap-in feeding tray, both of which are nice and snug and don’t leave too big of a gap between the tray and baby. And because of the adjustable height and removable tray, you can even pull the chair right up to the table, making it ideal for toddlers and young children (up to 79 lbs.). In fact, my almost-three-year-old prefers this chair to any other, even just to sit and spin.
The thin seat pad, which comes in a variety of vibrant colors, is very easy to keep clean (no crevices or bulky cushions) and easily lifts up to wipe underneath. The only part we’re not crazy about is the large crotch cover, which is begging to be caked with dropped food. (Luckily the fabric is easier to keep clean, while the straps themselves prove more difficult.) And above anything else, every component adjusts smoothly and effortlessly.
On a more superficial level, the Bloom Fresco line is the definition of contemporary chic. Eye-catching in a retro-meets-modern way, we’re especially glad that such a pricey purchase will last so long. The only downside to the design is that the egg-shaped seat doesn’t promote good posture as well as some of the other hard-backed chairs.
Get it from Amazon, $489 – $500