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Babble Best Picks:
Highchairs

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

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Readers’ Choice | Maxi-Cosi Leila Highchair

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Our initial reaction to the Maxi-Cosi Leila is that this is a highchair for the second-time mom. The mom who knows exactly what she needs in a highchair: something that’s easy to clean, easy to use, easy to store, and easy on the bank account. The mom who puts functionality and convenience above anything else.

Although the highchair comes with a machine-washable infant cushion, we love that you can remove it for a contoured, easy-to wipe surface without any crevices or cushions to catch crumbs or stains. Even the 5-point harness is made out of rubbery, easy-to-clean straps. And when it comes to everyday usage, the tray slides on and off with one hand (and a dishwasher-safe insert snaps on top), the chair easily adjusts to seven different height positions (along with three recline and four footrest positions), and the entire thing folds down in a snap. (And unlike the Chicco Polly Magic, the Maxi-Cosi Leila’s tray conveniently stores on the back of the high chair.) It’s not the most compact fold we’ve seen, but it’s a good option for storage. Also keep in mind that this highchair is only designed to hold toddlers up to 35 lbs.

Bottom line: It’s a very smart, simple design that eliminates the common highchair hassles. The only negative might be the rubbery straps (some moms might want something more cushiony, although we think they’re brilliant) and the fact that it’s not quite as solid as we hoped. We’re not questioning its safety, but there’s more movement in the frame than other pricier highchairs.

Get it from Amazon, $149.99

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6 thoughts on “Babble Best Picks Highchairs 2011

  1. Gwen says:

    LOVE the Eddie Bauer wooden highchair so classic looking! I might have to get that for my next babe!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like the fact that it’s stackable. I bought 2 so that whenever we have other kids come by, we have a second one for our guests’ child.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I bought this for my grandson and it is great. It is also the kind they use at the daycare.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love my Ikea Antilop high chair. My 1 year old son is an extremely messy eater and it’s so easy to wipe down. I had an Eddie Bauer high chair before and it was impossible to keep clean. So many nooks and crannies. It looks great and classic but it’s just a huge annoyance!

  5. AmazingIvo says:

    This was best gift to my brother and his kids!

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