Busting out your baby’s high chair is a monumental moment (baby’s growing and their food choices are expanding!). But while you’re excited for this next step, admit it: you’re also low-key groveling over the bulkiness of the thing. Before you start to mourn your space — or lack thereof once you set up the clunky seat — take a look around. If your eating area isn’t spacious, or you’d simply prefer not having this decor-clashing seat on display at all times, skip the stationary place setting. Instead, invest in one of the best folding high chairs on the market. This way, your little one can get accustomed to meal times, learn table manners and feel included, while you can feel better knowing the new fixture is collapsible (aka storable).
It’s no secret: High chairs aren’t exactly the most stylish additions to your home decor. They are, however, necessary for your growing child. They also make feeding time so much easier on everyone involved. Folding high chairs, specifically, can be set up all around the house for TV-dinner moments, and aside from keeping your child contained and focused on their mashed peas and sweet potato, they can also serve as a play area for your little one while you tidy up or take a shower.
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It’s worth noting, though, that just because folding high chairs are collapsible and travel-friendly, their convenience doesn’t make them any less safe for your child. Below, we’ve rounded up the best folding high chairs that are not only the anti-eyesores of your options, they’re also secure and sturdy enough to grow with your child.
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1. JOOVY Nook High Chair
The JOOVY Nook High Chair may look simplistic in design, but it’s actually one of the most geniusly constructed folding high chairs out there. It features a removable swing-open tray that can be operated with just one hand (which is great, seeing as your other hand is likely holding a very hungry child) and is dishwasher-friendly so cleanup is minimal. The leatherette seat is both comfortable and safe for baby, with an adjustable five-point harness seat belt to keep them strapped in. Plus, the entire contraption is collapsible and super compact, so it’s easy to store in the pantry or pack it in the trunk for picnics, travel, visits to relatives houses and more.
2. Baby Trend Sit Right High Chair
A large majority of the high chairs out there aren’t particularly stylish and clash with your home decor. That being said, the Baby Trend Sit Right High Chair does offer some really cute prints. Available in two designs — bobble headed zoo animals and a vibrant paisley print — this folding high chair might just be the one you don’t mind leaving out after mealtime is over. The high chair features six height and three incline adjustments to grow with your little one, with a three-point safety harness that keeps them snug and secure. Its seat cushion can be wiped down in a jiff while the serving tray is dishwasher safe, adding up to one swift clean up for mom or dad.
3. Cosco Simple Fold Deluxe High Chair
We dare you to look at this adorable monster-adorned high chair and not smile — between the vibrant, cheery design and your own little creature who will be happily munching in it, the Cosco Simple Fold Deluxe High Chair will provide an instant mood boost to your kitchen. But it’s not all for show: The slim metal frame is incredibly easy to fold and unfold in seconds (without requiring you to remove the tray), and even stands upright on its own when packed away. The adjustable tray is not only dishwasher-safe but also comes with a deep cup holder, minimizing the chances of your baby’s sippy cup getting knocked down to the ground. While the cushy nylon fabric isn’t removable and thus can’t be machine washed, cleanup is simple enough: just wipe it down with a soft cloth that’s been dampened with soapy water between cleanings to keep things fresh. We especially love that this high chair holds up to 50 pounds and be transitioned into a toddler chair that sidles right up to your dining table — simply remove the tray and it’s ready to grow with your child.