Best high Chair for Cleaning – When selecting baby gear for their growing families, most parents want products that are budget-friendly, durable, portable, and easy to clean and use. The same is true for the best high chairs.
As a mom and former foster parent, I have owned multiple high chairs. Drawing on my own experience and many hours of research, I have compiled a list of the best easy-to-clean high chairs on the market, today.
When you’re dealing with a tiny human who hasn’t quite mastered the art of eating, a high chair that’s a breeze to clean is an invaluable asset. When you’re shopping, keep in mind that the best easy-to-clean high chairs are made with materials that can be wiped with a damp cloth, like wood, vinyl, and leatherette, and they have detachable trays that can be put in the dishwasher. Plus, many of them have removable seat pads and straps that can be machine washed.
Reviewers could barely contain their enthusiasm that a high chair this durable and compact could exist at such a reasonable price. “Lightweight, easily cleans, sturdy, portable to Grandma’s house and easily folds for storage. I love this high chair I bought for my Grandson. The tray is easy to clean as well, the pattern is cheery too,” raves one reviwer, adding, “I would buy another in a heartbeat should I be blessed with another baby in our lives.”
Another reviwer calls this “by far the best high chair on the market.” “I have 5 children and needed to find something that was quick, easy to use and folded up for storage. This does all those things and more,” says another. Another reviewer used all-caps font multiple times to express how pleased she was: “I bought two of these chairs for my twins and they’re PERFECT. It’s a GREAT price and it came ALREADY PUT TOGETHER. I literally had to put the triangle things on the feet and it just folded out ready to go!”
Pros & Cons
- Easy wipe seat makes all that baby goo simple to clean
- Folds flat and stands on its own, making it easy to hide away
- Compact fold great for taking on the go
- No nonsense design sets up in just seconds. CHOKING HAZARD - Children Under 3 - This toy is not suitable for ages under 3 years. It contains one or more of the following items: marbles, small ball, or small parts
- 3 point harness keeps child up to 50 pounds secure
- Wipe able seat pad
Easy is a word that comes up in hundreds of reviews of this high chair and booster seat, starting with putting it together. According to one reviewer, “I assembled it in about 15 minutes with two children under two in the room. The instructions are clear and easy to understand and there aren’t any small, mystery pieces.” Dozens of other enthusiastic reviewers were equally pleased with how easy it was to clean this high chair after inevitable messes.
One happy mother remarked, “The best part is the ease to clean; the seat cover is one piece (so no rogue food bits hiding underneath) when a simple wipe down isn’t enough the whole seat cover easily comes of and goes into the washing machine, even the straps easily come apart and can be thrown in the washer; air dry it all and the high chair is good as new!” Aside from its functionality, reviewers praised the high chair’s adorable appearance, with one going so far as to say her son “looks SO comfortable in this chair we say he looks like a king on his throne.”
Pros & Cons
- 2-in-1 high chair converts to a booster when your child is ready
- 3 recline levels allow the high chair to adjust for easy feedings
- Machine-washable seat pad makes cleanup easy
- One-hand removable tray makes getting your child in and out simple
- Built-in storage keeps parts together when you transition to booster mode
3.Joovy Nook High Chair
Reviewers of the Joovy Nook were thrilled about this high chair’s large and functional swivel tray, a feature that came up in hundreds of reviews. According to one very enthusiastic reviewer, “The swing out tray is an absolute lifesaver, no running back and forth to get the high chair ready and then grabbing the baby — I just put him on my hip, and I can swing open the high chair tray with one hand, it’s amazing.”
Other reviewers agreed with this happy mom, who explains that the tray’s plastic top which is very easy to remove and wash: “The removable tray is a great feature, especially for messy meals. Just pop it off and you have less the mess.” The seat is also easy-to-clean. As one parent attests, “The seat cover is SO nice – I wish my car’s upholstery was made out of this stuff. It wipes clean but has this really cool leather look to it.”
Pros & Cons
- Removable, swing-open tray with 4 adjustable positions
- Easy clean up, dishwasher-safe tray insert and leatherette seat wipes down easily
- Compact, one-hand, standing fold with carry handle
- Non-scratch floor pads; Open size: 41 x 23.5 x 32 inch (H x W x L); Folded size: 9 x 23.5 x 28.5 inch (H x W x L)
- Adjustable 5-point harness, max child weight 50 pounds. BPA/BPS/phthalate/lead free
4.Graco Slim Snacker
You can open and close this high chair with one hand, which means one reviewer “can easily maneuver with the chair while wrangling my wiggly 8-month-old, and folding it down is a breeze.” The folding design makes it easy to store in limited space, which one small-apartment-dweller appreciates. She also describes both feeding her son and cleaning the aftermath as “easy” with this chair: “My son sits comfortably and is at a level and height I can easily feed him.
Cleanup is easy; a wet cloth or Clorox wipe, and all is right in the world.” The plastic tray and seat pads are easy to remove, which helps with that cleanup. “It survived our daughter’s first-birthday smash cake,” writes one reviewer, who says this “easy-to-wipe down” chair is also “pretty durable,” seeing as she has used it for both of her children. Even though it folds up at the yank of a strap, she adds that the chair’s tray still has “a ton of room for her food, and room for a slap on suction cup tray toy.”
Pros & Cons
- Fast folding high chair, with a one-hand, one-second fold
- Ultra-slim folding high chair is designed to fit in compact spaces
- Fold it and forget it, thanks to the self-standing fold
- Seat pad is wipeable for easy cleanups
- Large storage basket keeps baby's essentials nearby during meals
“Hands down my favorite baby item I’ve ever purchased,” says one reviewer, who bought this hook-on high chair as a last-minute purchase for travel but has been using it in lieu of a standard high chair ever since returning home. “I use it at the table when we eat as a family and I’ll attach it to my kitchen bar.
My daughter loves to sit in it and watch me wash dishes and cook,” she adds. Another parent hooks the chair “to our picnic table when we eat dinner outside,” and a pleased grandparent bought it “to have a place at the table for my grandson without adding furniture to my kitchen. Easy to store when he isn’t here. Easy to wash too.” Because it’s so compact, with no legs, it’s “easy to store” yet still “really secure. My 9 month old, 21 lb daughter loves bouncing around in it, but that sucker is so tight on the table that there are no worries.”
Pros & Cons
- Twist-to-tighten design fastens securely to most tables
- Soft-grip arms firmly clamp onto table without scratching
- Compact fold for travel and storage convenience
- Removable seat cover for easy cleaning and care
- High-back cushioned support for added comfort
- Lightweight metal frame
- 3-point harness for security
This legless high chair securely attaches to other chairs of various sizes — including office and dining-room chairs — something that’s appreciated by more than 200 reviewers who live in small spaces. “This is great!” writes one reviewer whose cramped apartment didn’t have room for a full-size high chair. “We can use it on the floor and in a chair at the table. [It’s an] inexpensive option for a serious space saver.” They’re especially a fan of the chair’s adjustable back, which came in handy when their son “was starting to eat at 5 months but couldn’t completely sit up on his own yet.”
Another reviewer calls it the “perfect solution for a small space,” as they don’t have a formal dining room. “A traditional high chair was a no-go!” They say this chair “fits nicely on our kitchen counter and is low profile enough to slide under the cupboards when we’re not using it.” And a third reviewer even went so far as to declare there’s “no reason to ever buy a huge, expensive high chair” after they purchased this one. They say this booster has worked wonderfully for their five daughters because “it does not take up any extra space, it just sits in a chair we already had. My [youngest] daughter is happy and comfortable in it and I could not be happier.”
Pros & Cons
- All the features of a full-size high chair in half the space for portable and easy-clean eating
- Adjust as your baby grows from infant to toddler with 3 recline positions
- Deep, extra-large tray with tray liner has one-hand release and helps keep food off the floor
- Dishwasher-safe tray and tray liner, plus machine-washable seat pad and 5-point harness
- Portable with sturdy base and straps that fit on most dining chairs
Do You Need a High Chair?
Yes, we recommend that you add a high chair to your registry. High chairs position your little one at the proper upright position for eating, providing a safe, comfortable spot for them to begin their lifelong journey with food. They also help contain the mess that comes along with starting solids. (Trust us, there will be a mess.)
When Can Baby Sit in a High Chair?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are several developmental signs to look out for that indicate your baby might be ready to start solids.
- Baby should be able to hold their head up and sit in a high chair with good head control.
- Baby may open their mouth for food.
- Baby can move food from a spoon into their throat.
- Baby has doubled their birth weight.
All babies develop at different rates, but for most, they’re ready to start solids somewhere between four and six months of age, so you’ll want to be sure you have your high chair purchased, assembled and ready to go by then.
When positioning your baby in their high chair, there are a few important tips to keep in mind.
- Keep the phrase “90/90/90” in mind. That means you’ll want a 90-degree bend at the hips, knees and ankles and should only use a high chair with a footrest. This will ensure your baby is in the safest position for eating.
- If your child is leaning in their seat, consider adding support. A rolled-up towel or swaddle blanket behind their back or on either side often does the trick.
- Always feed your baby in your high chair’s most upright position; baby should never be leaning back while eating.
How to Choose a High Chair
Before you choose a high chair, you’ll want to think a bit about your lifestyle, space and budget. Here’s what to consider.
- Space. Do you live in a smaller space and eat most of your meals around a tiny table? Then a booster-style seat that straps right onto one of your chairs or one that clips to a counter may be right for you. Do you have a larger table, or live in a home with multiple eating areas? Then a standalone seat that comes with its own tray and can easily be moved from room to room may be your best bet.
- Lifestyle. If you’re a family who’s often on the go, consider adding a portable high chair to your registry in addition to one that stays only at home.
- Cleaning. When it comes to cleaning, some parents don’t mind sacrificing form for function and choose whatever high chair best fits their favorite aesthetic. But if you know constant scrubbing or getting into nooks and crannies is going to drive you nuts, you may want to stick with a basic, plastic model or one with wipeable fabric.
- Foldability. If space is an issue, you may want to consider a full-size chair that can be folded down and stored or a portable high chair.
- Durability and longevity. Planning on a large family and passing your high chair down from kid to kid? Although they’re on the pricier side, investing in a well-made wooden seat might be the best choice for you. You also need to think about how long you’re hoping to keep your little one in a high chair. There are several chairs that grow with your child, either by converting to a booster seat or even to an adult-sized chair.
- Safety. Always consider your child’s safety when buying any piece of baby gear, but especially when it comes to choosing the best high chair. You’ll want to make sure your seat features a restraint system like a three- or five-point harness, good stability (if the chair has wheels, make sure they lock in place), a footrest to ensure your child is properly supported while eating, a crotch post and nothing that’s going to pinch or catch on baby’s tiny fingers and toes—or on yours.
For even more info on choosing the right high chair for your family, check out our how-to video:
When to Stop Using a High Chair
Many parents choose to keep their children in a high chair for at least several years, up until two or three years old or beyond. And depending on the model of high chair you use, you may be able to use it much longer—some convertible high chairs hold the weight of an adult.
When selecting the best high chair for your little one, there are three main ideas to keep in mind: portability, cleaning method, and your individual family needs.
Some high chairs can be folded easily and moved from place to place, while others are stationary. Evaluate which style will work best for your lifestyle before purchasing a high chair.
Do you have an extremely messy eater? If so, a high chair with a machine-washable seat insert and dishwasher safe tray may be a better option for you.
Will you have more than one child? Would you prefer to only make one purchase? If so, a convertible high chair, or one that features an additional booster seat may be a good option for you.
One of the biggest determinants for which high chair you can purchase is the space you have. If you have a large, open dining and eating space, then you can shop away! If you have less space, you might want to consider a hook on high chair or a space saving high chair.
< id="How_should_I_safely_use_a_high_chair">How should I safely use a high chair?
According to healthychildren.org, powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, when using a high chair, you should remember to:
- Make sure the legs are spread out to the fullest extent so it doesn’t tip.
- Check that the legs are locked for those that fold.
- Always use the safety harness in the chair and don’t forget the lower, vertical strap.
- Using the belt around the waist, without using the crotch strap may allow the child to slide down and can result in serious injury.
- Children should never stand in the chair.
- You shouldn’t place the high chair on a table. Scooting motion by the child might cause the chair and child to fall off.
- Don’t let other children play on the chair whether or not it is occupied.
- Don’t leave your child alone in a high chair.
- Exercise caution with clip-on style chairs. These should have a sound, working locking mechanism to avoid accidents. These may be dangerous if the child can push against the table and cause the chair to dislodge the seat from the table.
< id="What_can_I_use_to_clean_a_high_chair">What can I use to clean a high chair?
It depends in part on what is the material of your high chair (or the part of the high chair that you are cleaning). I recommend a mild solution of dish soap and water, followed by a going over with sanitizing wipes, if necessary. Carry sanitizing wipes and, when using a restaurant high chair, give it a good going over before installing your child.
Note: You don’t want to apply too much water to wood. You can sparingly apply the dish soap and water solution, however, using a damp cloth. Follow with sanitizing wipes, if necessary, and then dry if you have any concerns about residual moisture.
The tray should be cleaned after every use. If it can go in the sink or dishwasher, all the better. The seat (and other parts your baby regularly touches) should be cleaned regularly. The cleaning of the cushion will be determined by its material.
Personally, I would not have a cushion in a high chair for a child who can easily sit up (unless the high chair design demands it). That said, most waterproof cushions can be cleaned with the same soap and water solutions and sanitizing wipes. A cloth cushion or its cover can, hopefully, go into the washer. If not, it will have to be hand washed (again, dish soap and hot water is acceptable).
< id="How_do_you_clean_the_straps_on_a_high_chair">How do you clean the straps on a high chair?
Most can be removed and washed in the washing machine. Air dry.
It is often adequate, however, to use a cloth damp with a mild dish soap and water solution. After I do this I generally clean the cloth itself thoroughly and then use it to wipe the straps again with hot water only.
< id="At_what_age_should_a_child_be_in_a_high_chair">At what age should a child be in a high chair?
Most children should be in a high chair at around 6 months when they can sit, and will need to use a high chair until somewhere between 18 months and 3 years.
< id="Can_you_put_a_high_chair_tray_in_the_dishwasher">Can you put a high chair tray in the dishwasher?
If at all possible, check the instructions for your particular high chair. If the tray is not wooden, it is likely that it can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Such a tray is usually easy to wipe down, however, so, if in doubt, just use a mild solution of dish soap and water, followed by sanitizing wipes.
< id="Which_sanitizer_disinfectant_can_I_use_for_a_baby_high_chair">Which sanitizer disinfectant can I use for a baby high chair?
Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Spray or Clorox wipes (allow to dry, then wipe down with a clean, damp rag). Alternatively, or for more regular cleaning use, hydrogen peroxide, which may be more baby-friendly.
Many people recommend a solution of vinegar and water, which is fine for cleaning but does not sanitize (kill germs).
The baby brand, Babyganics, has a cleaner that is baby safe. Again, it does not sanitize.
< id="How_often_do_I_need_to_sanitize_my_childs_high_chair">How often do I need to sanitize my child’s high chair?
While it is important to clean regularly, it is not always necessary to sanitize. There is some indication that children who grow up in the presence of germs develop stronger immune systems.
At the same time, most babies suck on anything within reach, assuring by their own behavior the development of their immune systems. I would use sanitizer for a very small baby, a sick baby, or if I suspected a surface may have come into contact with any germ that is particularly noxious.
So when shopping for one, choose one with a wide base that won’t easily tip over. If you get a high chair that folds, ensure that the locking device is always secure when you unfold the chair.
High chair safety tips to remember
Your baby’s high chair should be a safe place for him to explore food in all its textured, tasty glory.
So you can focus on the food and not any scary incidents, experienced moms, as well as The American Academy of Pediatrics, give the following advice:
- Never leave baby unattended in the chair. This should be a given, but baby might topple the chair or choke if eating while not supervised.
- Always make sure baby is buckled up. Your high chair should have, at the minimum, a T-style strap that goes across baby’s lap, through his legs and connects in the middle for a snug, secure fit. Curious little ones have been known to go exploring — and that can be dangerous. Just attaching the lap table is not enough to make sure baby’s secure.
- Make sure your chair is a safe distance from the table or other edges. Baby loves to stretch his legs and push, and that could mean an unexpected fall.
- Look for a chair that doesn’t tip over easily. You want to ensure that, even as baby gets bigger and more boisterous, he won’t be able to topple the chair.
- Always follow height and weight guidelines. They’re set for a reason, and following them will ensure your baby is sitting safely.
- Make sure any casters or wheels lock. You want to make sure baby doesn’t go for any strolls without you.
- Be super careful when folding and unfolding your chair. “Safety features such as locks will ensure they stay in place when assembled,” says Brittany Ferri, an occupational therapist based in Rochester, NY. And make sure baby is at a safe distance while you’re folding it back up. You don’t want little fingers or toes to get caught in hinges or locks.
- If you’re using a portable chair, make sure your table can support it. Check to verify that any table you’re clipping a portable chair to can support the weight of the seat — and baby — before securely attaching the chair.
How we made our picks for the best high chairs
We scoured through the comments from users of the What to Expect community to find their favorite high chairs and used the above guidelines to narrow down the best picks. We also considered input from our editors on the ones they have tried and loved with their own kids — resulting in a curated selection of the best high chairs currently on the market.
Always, and we do mean always, strap your kid into his or her high chair. And position it so it’s away from the kitchen counter, so kiddos don’t push at it and tip themselves over. If you use a high chair that hooks onto a table, make sure the chair locks securely onto the table and can support the weight of the child.
You should also note that most high chairs are meant to be used only until your child weighs about 50 pounds (or is 3 years old). In terms of design, it helps to have one with a washable tray, and adjustable chair heights so you can use it longer.
Unfortunately high chairs serve essentially one purpose: house your baby safely during meal time for just a few years. That’s why picking one can feel tedious. We searched high and low for the high chairs that are best for parents: Ones that can fold up, are easy to get set up, and are equipped with machin-washable fabric, dishwasher safe tops, and most important, can grow with your baby.
Best high Chair for Cleaning – You know what those adorable pics of babies with chubby cheeks and mashed fruit and veggies plastered all over their faces have in common? There’s a high chair (and a mess) in every single one.
When it’s time to start solids, it’s important to have a spot for your little one to nosh in that is safe and easy to clean.
Ahigh chair is the baby’s throne — a high point from which to survey their kingdom and to practice the mastery of new skills. The baby high chair is where children learn the foundations of basic table manners and start exploring the colorful, delicious and nutritious array of solid food before them. It’s the place where meals are consumed, thrown, and sometimes worn on the head. An easy to clean high chair transforms messy mealtimes into a series of hilarious discoveries and wonderful moments, like feeding your baby a lemon or watching them try bacon for the first time or presenting them with that little delicacy called a birthday cake.s
But before you buy a high chair, keep a few things top of mind. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, falls are the biggest dangers associated with high chairs.