Family meals are a special time, and welcoming your new solid-food eater to the table is a momentous occasion. Tight spaces around kitchen tables, in dining rooms and on outdoor patios, however, can make it challenging to fit a high chair. Luckily, there are options for space-saving high chairs that will let your baby belly up to the table with the rest of you.
When shopping for a high chair for tight spaces, look for models that can fold up compactly so you easily can store them out of the way when not in use. Bonus: These versions also make great high chairs to take with you on-the-go to friends’ or grandparents’ houses. Like any high chair, you’ll also want these compact versions to offer a safe and secure seat for your child as well as an easy way in and out. Easily wipeable or washable surfaces are also a must.
We’ve rounded up the best high chairs for tight spaces so your baby can join the whole clan at the dinner table. From versions that pop open in seconds to designs that grow with your child, find the best one for your home and family. Bon appetit!
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1. Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable Highchair
The Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Highchair is perfect for small spaces, dining on-the-go or even eating on the patio with your little one. Its lightweight design, compact fold and over-the-shoulder carrying bag make it easy to transport, and it sets up in seconds — just pop it open! The hard plastic tray provides a clean and sturdy place for eating. The machine washable fabric cover removes for easy cleanup. A three-point safety harness makes the highchair safe for ages 6 months to 3 years and up to 45 pounds.
2. JOOVY Nook High Chair
With the Nook’s ability to fold like a beach chair, this high chair stores easily in your pantry or kitchen nook to make your room feel more spacious; or, bring it to use at picnics, camping, friend’s homes and at grandparents’ houses. The Nook also features a large swing-open tray that operates with one hand so you can easily hold your child to get the chair set up for mealtime. Getting out is just as simple — simply swing the tray open, unbuckle your child and off you go to the next task. The Nook has a tray with four depth adjustments to accommodate your child as he grows. The roomy, full-size seat with a padded (and wipeable) leatherette seat accommodates tots up to 50 pounds.
3. Cosco Simple Fold High Chair
Lightweight and stable, the Cosco Simple Fold High Chair quickly folds flat after mealtimes for out-of-sight storage or for packing easily into the car. A full-size tray with cup holder accommodates three positions to adjust the chair for your growing child, while sturdy, reinforced legs and a three-point safety harness keep children up to 50 pounds safe and secure. The wipeable seat pad makes cleanup quick and easy. Plus, a built-in leg rest keeps little feet comfortable.
4. Evenflo 4-in-1 Eat & Grow Convertible High Chair
From age 4 months up to 5 years, this four-stage high chair adapts to your growing baby’s needs. It boasts a compact design complete with a removable and washable tray, washable seat pad, sturdy legs and a removable 5-point harness. In Stage 1 position, the full-size mealtime high chair puts your baby at the right height for feeding ease. For Stage 2, the chair becomes a mini meal chair that is lowered to the floor so your kiddo can have his feet on the ground. With the tray removed in Stage 3, big kids get a comfy toddler chair. Finally, in Stage 4 , the chair converts to a separate playtime chair for your independent kiddo to enjoy snacks, crafts and friends.
5. Graco Slim Spaces High Chair
Whether you’ve got slim real estate to work with in your kitchen or you’re looking for a portable high chair to take with you during travels, this compact high chair will take the guessing game out of setting it up. It weighs just 21 pounds, and it even features a stain-resistant and machine-washable pad so you can keep it looking new.