We’re well into solid food territory with my little one and it was definitely time to begin the search for the perfect high chair. After how much I hated my last high chair, I was dreading it a little bit.

I get kind of attached to most of my baby gear, but my high chair was the one thing that I was not at all sad to see go a few years ago when I got rid of stuff . . . you know, when I was done having kids (or so I thought). I was thrilled to get rid of that thing with all it’s nooks and crannies filled with long forgotten baby food. Never again would I have to clean it with a toothpick.

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I never understood why high chairs are designed with so many horrible little spaces that make them impossible to clean. This time I wanted something that I could enjoy using.

My search started with the one high chair I didn’t hate when my boys were little – the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat. This little wonder attaches to a regular kitchen chair and was super easy to clean. Since it didn’t have any fabric that bunched up (to catch crumbs) you could just wipe the entire surface in one sweep.

It was firmly on my list. The one problem was my baby wanted to sit at the table before she was sturdy enough to sit in a completely upright position.

rightstartimgNext up on my list to consider was the Boon Flair Pedestal high chair. I had heard great things about this one and loved the fact that the stylish design has a small footprint so it doesn’t take up a lot of room in my kitchen. From everything I read, this one is a breeze to use and to clean – a huge bonus for me.

This one ended up in my shopping cart more than a few times as I debated which high chair to buy. In the end, cost was a factor in my decision. If I were on my first baby, hands-down I would’ve chosen the Boon. But I’m 10 years into being a mom and probably don’t have many years left of using a highchair.

In the end, I decided on the Chicco Polly high chair. It comes with two seat covers and two tray covers so you can clean one while the other is in use. The seat covers themselves are not machine washable, which was a real negative, but I heard they were easy to clean. So far I haven’t been disappointed. The seat covers wash off easily and because you can put two on the seat at once, food won’t migrate into those little crevices that I hate cleaning so much. It’s great to adjust and super comfortable for even a younger baby, which was exactly what I was looking for.

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What was on your must-have list when you were high chair shopping?

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3 Responses to The Search for the Perfect High Chair

  1. This was one thing I didn’t reseach for my first and I wish I had. I ended up getting the Stokke high chiar because I wanted it to meld in with our furniture. Little did I know how important a tray would be in life. It’s great now that he’s a toddler and eats at the table with us but I ended up loving a hand me down one like your Fisher Price option the best in the beginning.

  2. Catherine says:

    We used the Fischer Price Healthy Care Booster with our first. My biggest concern when shopping for a high chair option for her was that it not be a huge hulking piece of plastic. We had a home with an attached kitchen, living room and dining room and we did not have a place to keep a big high chair. This time around we’re in a different house and I honestly haven’t given it much thought.

  3. [...] no secret that the search for the perfect highchair is a challenge. Parents write-up a wish list of features and then set out only to find a huge [...]

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