Shopping For The Best High Chair – How I Selected a High Chair for My Baby

Shopping For The Best High Chair

Shopping For The Best High Chair

I am not associated with any of the high chair companies. I purchased Oxo Tot Seedling High Chair on my own and was not sponsored by any of the companies to write this review. This review is my honest experience and opinion. This review contains affiliated links. That means I will get a commission if you click the link and buy the item (at no extra cost to you). Your support helps my work in bringing you useful information about baby products. Thank you!

 

Finding a high chair that is right for your baby is not easy. There are many high chairs available in the market and I didn’t know which one to buy. I did some research online about different kinds of high chairs, talked to friends and also asked for recommendations and feedback from other moms who already own a high chair. I also went to the store with my baby to try out the chair.

Through the research, what I realized was that there is no perfect chair. Each chair has its strengths and weaknesses. You have to figure out what features are important to you and your baby. For example, I really liked Peg Perego Siesta in the begining. It is a good looking chair, has a good quality materials, by far the most comfortable seat I think, with height, recline and footrest adjustment and easily wipeable cushion pad. However, when I had my baby sat on the chair, I realized it wasn’t the chair for us. First, the chair didn’t have a one hand tray. You needed two hands to take out the tray and put it back in. I thought for me, that would require too much work when holding the baby on the other hand on a daily basis. Another thing that stopped me from purchasing the Peg Perego Siesta  was that the harness was too loose for my daughter even after I adjusted it to tighten the harness to the maximum. My daughter was just learning to sit and I wanted to make sure the harness was tight enough to hold her safely. The chair’s wheels also didn’t move in all directions. I could only move it from back pushing the chair forward. If I wanted to go backwards or sideways, the wheels didn’t turn, then I had to move the chair by hand with my daughter in it which could be heavy considering this chair is not light. For me, moving the chair freely all directions with my baby in it was very important feature.

 

4 Moms High Chair

4 Moms High Chair

​After deciding not to purchase the Peg Perego Siesta, I turned to 4 Moms high chair4 Moms high chair was also a very good, modern looking chair. The chair  has a magnetic tray that is also very easy to take out and put it back in. This  chair also had a height adjustment which was important feature for me. The  seat looked comfortable and the seat pad was easily wipeable for cleaning.  There seemed to have no crevices or nooks for food to hide which is a huge  plus for ease of cleaning. The downside of this chair was that it was not easy to  use the harness. It looked like you have to connect all the harness point at the  same time and then lock them which is not easy to do with one hand.  Although this chair had so many features that I was looking for, I didn’t  purchase it because I didn’t want to deal with using this type of harness on  everyday basis.

 

Shopping For The Best High Chair

Shopping For The Best High Chair

The next chair I looked at was Oxo Tot Sprout high chair. This was also a very nice looking chair with wooden legs. The seat looked comfortable with the seat pad and the cleaning looked pretty easy. However, I realized the seat pad is wipeable to clean but not machine washable, the tray is not dishwasher safe. Also, when I tried to change the height, the height adjustment was not smooth, I had to give a few tries. Other than that, it seemed like a nice high chair.

Many moms suggested Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair. This chair can be pricey but they all said it is worth the money. The chair looked very nice with Italian beech wood, it looked like a real furniture. The seat and tray looked very easy to clean. The good thing about this chair is that you can use this chair for a very long time. This chair accommodates an adult up to 300 lbs so you can have the chair grow with your child beyond toddler hood. The chair also has an adjustable footrest which offers good comfort for the child. The downside of this chair was a price. After purchasing the chair, you also have to purchase a baby set attachment, a tray and a seat cushion separately. It could get pricey after purchasing needed parts. It is a good investment for the chair if you are planning to use the chair for a long time. For me, I liked the seat in the Peg Perego Siesta so much better than this type of style. I also didn’t want to spend this much for the high chair so this chair wasn’t for me.

The next chair I looked at was Chicco Polly high chair. The price is very affordable and it seemed to have many features so I decided to take a look. Compared to other chairs, the chair seemed to use the lower quality materials. The chair had multi-adjustment features for height, recline and footrest which was a huge plus. However, the chair didn’t have the crotch restraint/ post which goes in between the baby’s legs. This feature was important for me since my daughter was just learning to sit and I had to make sure she is safe. The crotch restraint/ post adds more security so I wanted this feature in the seat. Also, the chair looked like there were some crevices that food can get in or hide which make cleaning not easy.

Many moms also praised the IKEA high chair which is also super affordable. The chair looked like it has a seat and tray that is easiest to clean. However, the chair didn’t have 5 point harness or height adjustment which was important for my daughter. I thought this would be a great second chair to put it at grandma’s house for the times we visit.

Oxo Tot Seedling High Chair

Oxo Tot Seedling High Chair

I came across the Oxo Tot Seedling high chair. I didn’t really pay attention to this chair since the chair has a big foot print. However, after my husband’s suggestion, I decided to give it a try. This chair was awesome! First, the tray was one hand, easy to take-out/ put-in tray. The harness fitted my daughter very good and was easy put on. The seat looked comfortable with the seat pad which is wipeable and also machine washable. There seemed to be no places for food to hide which makes everyday cleaning easy. The recline and height adjustment was pretty easy. The wheels on the chair change directions very well which makes the chair roll very nice. The tray is easy to clean and the depth of the tray was perfect for my daughter where as some other chairs, the tray was little far. The price is also affordable, you can get very much for your money. For me, this was the chair that I could use very easily on a daily basis. The only downside is that it has the big foot print compared to other chair but I didn’t mind it that much. Peg Perego Siesta is a much nice looking chair with a better quality but this chair won me over with practicality and ease of use. It had the features that I was looking for.

When you are looking for a high chair, think about the features you want on a daily basis when you use the chair. You may need a compact, easy to move, easy to clean chair like a Baby Bjorn high chair. However, Baby Bjorn doesn’t come with adjustment features for height or recline. Think about which feature is important to you. Also, see if your baby fits well in the chair. Some people have small baby or big baby, the baby’s size and growth over time is different with each baby.  The seat, depth of a tray, height of the tray, height of the chair, the harness is not the same with each chair and the chair may not fit well for your baby. In addition, one chair may have a comfortable seat with lots of padding but may have some nooks for food to hide when your baby is making a mass. One chair may be very easy to clean but may not have any adjustment features for the comfort. For some parents, Peg Perego Siesta or Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair may be the perfect chair for them depending on what they want for them and the baby.

So far Oxo Tot Seedling high chair is working nicely for me.  I am glad I have found a high chair.


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