Name: Bloom Fresco
The Basics: This high-chair to play seat has a pneumatic lift for height adjustment, reclines to several positions and swivels 360-degrees (whee!), weighs 34 pounds.
Pros: How cool does it look!? Kind of like the egg Mork traveled from Ork, but a highchair. Can hold up to 79 pounds! Gorgeously sleek and comfy like a cocoon.
Cons: Price. But you get a lot, that lasts.
Get It: babesta.com
Name: Anka by Svan
The Basics: A minimalist, but sturdy, birch wood high chair a five-year-old will be able to use once converted (or 50 lbs., whichever comes first).
Pros: Beautiful, but subtle, doesn’t have a huge footprint and the legs fold so it’s easy to store. Plus, it comes with a washable cushion.
Cons: There is some assembly required.
Get It: ankababystore.com (Free shipping!)
Name: Rochelle Windsor wooden high chair
The Basics: The maple chair comes in three finishes, honey, cherry and natural. Has a footrest, safety belt and a tray that adjusts to three positions (not so with the old-school versions).
Pros: Not hard to assemble, gorgeous rich colors, well-made – a chair for generations!
Cons: Cleaning wooden chairs can strip the sheen and color – so add a tray protector ($14.99). Not comfy for little fannies, so add a cushion (try the NoJo High Chair Cover, $24.99).
Get It: highchairs.com
Name: Hi-Seat Portable Booster Seat
The Basics: A lightweight, easy to fold booster with a tray – take it off and use it for your older children. Once collapsed, it’s 12” by 13” (6” deep). Safe for kids up to 55 pounds.
Pros: Takes up very little space and will last through preschool years since you can remove the tray and pull it up to the table without scraping knees.
Cons: The tray is not adjustable.
Get It: onestepahead.com
BEST for LESS
Name: Ikea Antilop
The Basics: Ikea’s super simple and lightweight plastic highchair (with steel legs) is easy to assemble (and store).
Pros: Did we mention it’s $19.99? Also now comes in blue, red and white. Great for people who don’t like the look of a bulky chair. Comes with safety belt.
Cons: Does not come with a tray, but those are available at Ikea for $5.00. Heck, buy two!
Get It: ikea.com
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Name: philampted’s metoo
The Basics: A nylon and aluminum hook-on booster seat (comes in red, navy and black) that clamps to most tables at home and in restaurants.
Pros: Very lightweight – two pounds! Collapses to just one-inch thick. Easy to clean and holds tight to tables.
Cons: It doesn’t work on every type of table – for example, we’d avoid it with glass ones or tables with any kind of a lip.
Get It: travelingwithkids.com
BEST LOOKS-LIKE-FURNITURE CHAIR
Name: Stokke Tripp Trapp
The Basics: This beechwood highchair has five-point harness, easily pulls up to a table once the tray is no longer needed. Resembles a grown-up chair and complements grown-up dining tables.
Pros: Comes in a beautiful selection of vivid colors and the cushion fabrics are outrageously pretty.
Cons: The accessories add up – the cushion is $39.99, the baby rail is $39.00.
Get It: giggle.com
Name: Baby Smart Cooshie Booster
The Basics: And it is basic—a 15” by 14” foam seat that is comfortable and easy to move from chair-to-chair.
Pros: Comes with a tote bag. Go ahead and leave the table with it – makes for comfy seating while watching fireworks or parades. Very, very easy to clean. The rubbery material keeps it from slipping around a lot.
Cons: Can’t think of many, though it doesn’t come in a wild array of colors and it’s a tad bulky, albeit lightweight.
Get It: rightstart.com
BEST RESTAURANT HIGH CHAIR
Name: Tundra – visit this site and decide for yourself if you like plastic or wooden.
Price: Pine chairs cost only $31.89—$42.95 for mahogany.
The Basics: Yup. The nylon restraint. The chair. That’s about it.
Pros: Feel like you’re eating at a restaurant at home!
Cons: Feel like you’re eating at a restaurant at home!
Get It: etundra.com
BEST POP-UP SEAT
Name: Eddie Bauer Pop-Up Booster Seat
The Basics: Lightweight booster for home and travel.
Pros: Ridiculously easy to use, simple to clean and carry.
Cons: Don’t love the color. Toy pocket in the front is more often than not a food-you-discover-weeks-later pocket.
Get It: Target.com