When baby comes along, everything changes. We reconfigure our house and reschedule our lives. Suddenly the house fills with baby furniture, diapers and that very important high chair.
With everything else taking up every bit of unused space, we have to find a place for the high chair.
Older, traditional style high chairs can take up too much room, but today, the marketplace offers several options that fit our need for a compact chair as well as one that will fit our budget.
Light and portable at only 8 pounds, you can take this little travel chair anywhere and it will accommodate babies from 3 months to 3 years and up to 35 pounds.
No assembly is required and you can set it up in seconds right out of the box. It operates like the camp chairs we are familiar with. Made of durable cloth over a metal frame, it folds and unfolds easily.
Baby sits with their legs through two holes in a fabric wall which acts as a barrier so that the baby cannot slide out. In addition, the back of the chair also has a strap that fits around the baby’s chest to further secure them into the chair.
The food tray is covered with clear plastic so you can easily wipe it clean. But on the downside, some people have said it’s not quite stiff enough so often bits of food will slide onto the baby’s lap.
This shopping cart and high chair cover offers that extra level of protection when in public places. Whether shopping at the grocery store or eating in a restaurant, baby will sit on a cover you know is clean.
Constructed of high-quality polyester fabric, the sitting area is made of 100 per cent breathable cotton. This cover will fit most standard shopping carts such as those found in Walmart. For larger carts such as those found in Target and Costco, the company also has a separate and larger product.
In less than a minute, you can fold and unfold the cover for use. The cover remains attached while in use and doubles as storage space where you can stash extra diapers, wipes or snacks. It also has three loops where you can attach toys for baby to play with.
As an added bonus, it’s completely machine washable so you know you can always know that your baby has clean place to sit.
Graco offers this full-featured high chair that takes up very little space and stores easily. With its wide leg base, it is very stable, but has no wheels for easy mobility.
The chair has three positions for feeding, allowing for even very young babies who cannot yet sit up reliably or hold their head up yet to join the family at mealtime. And though smaller than most high chairs, it has a full-sized food tray with a built-in cup holder for bottles or sippy cups.
Storing is a snap with a one-second fold that lets you put it in a closet, under a countertop, or closet. As an added plus, it’s self-standing so you don’t have to lean it against a wall.
The large mesh basket at the bottom allows you to keep extra things, such as wipes, bibs, or other mealtime essential close at hand. The chair pad itself, wipes clean easily. However, some who have purchased this product claim that while the fabric may wipe up with ease, food bits tend to lodge behind it because it can find a path through the slits where the security straps come through.
The security harness converts from 3-point to 5-point to accommodate your growing child at various stages of development. In addition, the chair has a footrest which further helps to keep baby from slipping out as well as giving them a greater sense of security.
This chair has many positives, including the three-position reclining seat, easy storage and portability. However, some have reported difficulties cleaning small bits of food and liquids from small spaces such as where the security straps slide through the chair pad and have returned the chair for that reason alone.
This high chair stands out from the pack in several ways. Made of durable wood, your baby can use it as a toddler, a growing child, and beyond. This one truly grows with baby.
When baby reaches 6 months of age and it’s time to sit them in a high chair, you may opt for this unique piece of furniture from Abiie. The manufacturer says the solid wood frame has undergone anti-microbial heat sterilization to ensure a healthy product for baby.
You begin using the chair when baby is about 6 months old. It has a food tray and a 3- and a 5-point harness system that grows as your child develops.
The seat transforms to multiple height positions as baby grows and can convert into a toddler chair or a traditional dining chair in less than 20 seconds. Although assembly is required for this chair, conversions to different configurations require no tools.
The waterproof chair pad is stain resistant and cleans easily with a damp cloth. The food tray is easy to remove with one hand and is dishwasher safe.
You can use this product from Fisher-Price as your regular at-home high chair, your portable high chair when traveling or eating out, or both. If you’re on a budget or low on space, this little chair may be just what you’re looking for.
Fisher-Price has removed the top half of a traditional high chair with all the usual features and redesigned it to fit on a regular dining chair at home or away. Easily portable at only 7 pounds, this would make a good travel chair for baby.
The chair has a recline position, and straps securely to most kitchen or dining chairs. And the chair has a 5-point harness to keep baby securely in place. The food tray is dishwasher safe and the chair cushion cleans up easily.
This chair also converts from a high chair to a toddler seat so you should get plenty of use from it. As compared with other similar products, this one is also reasonably priced.
Whether you need something that takes up a small amount of space or a small amount of money, these high chairs may have something to offer you. For my money, I prefer the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair. It’s very inexpensive and lightweight at only a little over a pound. I feel like I could take this anywhere. In addition, it easily converts to a toddler seat when you need it.
My second choice would be the ciao! baby Portable Travel Highchair. It’s very lightweight and has a metal frame, which makes it very durable. The nylon fabric cleans up easily any it’s also inexpensive. So if space and budget are considerations for you when purchasing a high chair, take a look at these five. There may be something here you can use.