What is the BEST Highchair?

So I have spent 2-3 sessions over the past few weeks scrubbing down my daughter’s highchair and I still need to hit it with another round to try and get more tight spaces with a toothpick or tool TBD… I won’t lie I have been tempted to toss it out the window or throw it away and really have no desire to use it for baby #2. Don’t get me wrong it has been a great highchair and I originally selected it because it folds nicely to store against the wall or in the corner for more compact storage. I wiped it down quickly after each use and have periodically scrubbed it down similar to what I am doing now, but I have literally taken it apart this round as much as I can in attempt to get all these impossible to reach crack and corners. 

I started this extreme cleaning because I was planning to store it in the garage and upgrade to a nice booster seat or another highchair, but am frustrated that my original plan to purchase something that would work from infancy through toddlerhood is not going to happen. And the “use it for multiple kids” plans are also looking bleak. When I was pregnant and even as my daughter has grown, I have searched high and low for the best products. I didn’t have the resources and knowledge I have now when I started my registry or baby gear shopping a couple of years ago, but I had great intentions when planning what gear to purchase. 

What is the best highchair out there you have used or seen? I want something that is high quality that will last through multiple kids, will grow with your child and is EASY TO CLEAN. Stylish is also a nice perk, but the other features definitely take priority. Forget these crack and crevices where food seeps in and breeds bacteria for all I know and are impossible to clean! I’d love feedback for what has worked for you, what you have drooled over or if you have any top recommendations! 

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. I really dislike the big, bulky high chairs with the elaborate covers and the back that reclines. They're terrible to thoroughly clean.
    We've had 2 and I've given both away…no questions asked.

    We now have this high chair, from Ikea…http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30069724
    And I love the simplicity of it. It's easy to clean & even though it doesn't fold up, it doesn't take up much room.
    And I've seen this one from Ikea in action, and it's cool too.

    We have a booster seat for Austin, but I'm really tempted to buy another one of the high chairs for him, because he loves it just as much as his little brother does.

  2. dirtydiaperlaundry.com says:

    I have a boon flair. It is very easy to clean. I just would like a spot for a cup, otherwise it is perfect. It has wheels and he gets rolled around to wherever we need to feed him. Worth the investment.

  3. Teresha@Marlie and Me says:

    we just bought a Chicco Polly High Chair because the wheels move easily across our slate floors. Marlie had a major blowout while sitting in it on Tuesday…I removed the cover and gave it a good scrub. It was easier than I thought to clean. I imagine that once she gets older she will want to sit at the table with us. I hope she will be content to have the high chair pushed up to the table, but we prepared to get a booster.

    I also heard good things about the IKEA chairs

  4. I have the Ikea high chair that Sidnie has. VERY easy to clean and my 28lb 13 month old fits in it with room to spare.

  5. We use a fisher price booster as a high chair. http://www.buybuybaby.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=16700762&

    We didn't register for a high chair because I wasn't sure what I wanted. Also, everything I looked at took up so much space!

    We used a Bumbo in the beginning. Then borrowed a highchair from a neighbor. (lovingly nicknamed "The Plastic Beast") Once I was sure B could sit well we bought the booster.

  6. I also have a FP Booster. Love it. And it fits all your criteria, plus it's really, really cheap. We've also brought it travelling with us.

  7. Amber Liddle says:

    We have the Ikea Antilop high chair. Very easy to clean, doesn't take up much space, and it fits right up to the table so Ingrid is part of dinner, not off to the side somewhere. And also, it's like $20! Very affordable!

  8. I love the Keekaroo! Wooden and grows with your child forever! And very stylish too.

  9. we have the fisher-price space-saver and have really enjoyed it. easy to clean, and grows up to a booster.

  10. Attila & Tamara says:

    We have used a booster (1st steps) since the beginning because we live in a small apartment! We love it. It cost $15, has held up well and doesn't take up a lot of space. We can also pick it up and take it with us if we need to without any trouble. Doesn't have too many crevices and is small enough to take to the shower and spray down, if needed. I do occasionally have to give the chair that it is attached to a bit of a scrubbing, since the food inevitably manages to reach down there, as well. We have also used the IKEA chair but didn't have space for it in our apartment. Great deal!

  11. I have the Chicco Polly b/c I couldn't pass up the deal I found and I need a high chair STAT. But the one I REALLY, REALLY wanted…

    Keekaro. It's the best I've seen!

  12. Our kitchen has a very small dining space, so we don't have room for a high chair. We have The First Years Newborn-to-Toddler Reclining Feeding Seat. It has come in really handy when we go on vacation or visit my grandparents. Now that my son is older, we use it like a booster seat without the tray.

  13. I have the Graco 4-in-1 Blossom highchair. It doesn't fold up, but I love it.

  14. Dianna@KennedyAdventures says:

    yet another vote for the Ikea Antilop high chair. We even took them to the park for our twins' first birthday party …. they were filthy — just sprayed them down with a hose! I love them!

  15. This is our third baby, and now we have a chicco that attaches to our dining room table! The tray is made to lay ontop of the table and is easily put in the dishwasher. I love that the seat unsnaps and goes into the wash. The fact that it swivels and locks into place is fantastic. works great for feeding, and for those times you just have to put the baby down and fix a meal. I have used it in restaurants, other peoples houses and our travel trailer. It is just the best thing I could imagine :)

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