Booster Seat or High Chair: Which is Better?

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Getting ready for a baby means making lists of all the essential items you need once you bring baby home. While making that list you may be wondering, ‘should I get a high chair or booster seat?’

In short, the answer is both actually because they each have very different and useful functions. But, if you were to only get one I would say it largely depends on your situation (the space you have available, do you travel a lot, etc.).

There are pros and cons with both the high chair and the booster seat. Throughout this article, I will go over each type and the best ones in my opinion for each type. By the end, you will have a good understanding of what will work best for you.

Bumbo seat vs High Chair

ProsCons
Bumbo Seat• portable
• smaller to store
• cheaper
• can use on an existing chair
• baby needs to be able to support themselves
• can be harder to clean
• smaller tray
• doesn’t have a 5 point harness
High Chair• can be used before baby can support themselves
• easy to clean
• can recline for bottle feeding
• adaptable to age of baby
• may need a lot of space
• most are not portable
• more expensive

Baby high chairs

High chairs are a convenient place for a baby to eat when they are too small to sit in a regular chair. Most of them have a removable tray that makes clean up easier, especially if you are doing Baby Led Weaning.

Do I need a high chair?

Not only are high chairs a great place for baby to eat safely, but it is also a safe space for them to hang out in while you are cooking in the kitchen. I loved having my baby close to me strapped into the high chair while I was cooking or baking. They loved watching me while they played with toys on their tray.

You need a high chair if you want a safe place for baby to learn to eat when they can’t quite support themselves.

How is a high chair used

A high chair is designed for babies to eat in. A lot of high chairs are designed for both infants and toddlers in mind. As an infant, you can feed them by the bottle in their chair and as they get older you can introduce solids to them in it.

You will want to look for a high chair that is easy to clean, grows with baby, is comfortable, fits in the space you have, and has a 5 point safety harness.

Best baby high chair

The best high chair for baby is going to have all of the features listed above. After finding a few with the features you want, you can then decide on the other features you need for your ideal situation.

Here are some of the best infant high chairs that are easy to clean, adjust with baby, comfortable, safe, and reasonably priced.

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Features


  • Easy Clean Up

  • Converts to Kitchen Step Stool

  • 7 growing stages

  • Machine Washable Seat Pad

  • Infant Body Support

  • Removable Tray

  • 3 Recline Postitions

  • Durable and Sturdy

  • Wipe to Clean

  • ECO friendly

  • Dual Restraint System

  • Easy to Clean

  • 4 Tray Positions

  • Age 6 months to 5 years

What age is a high chair for?

Depending on the type you get, some chairs can accommodate an infant from 4 months up to 3 years old. The ideal age for most high chairs is 6 months. Babies at this age can sit up on their own, (or almost sit up on their own) and are starting to eat solid foods.

Do you really need a high chair?

Once you start introducing solid foods to your baby, instead of just formula or breastmilk, you want a safe place for them to eat. High chairs allow your baby to sit up straight while eating and gives them the support they need.

The good news is once you start using a high chair at about 6 months you can expect to get a good 2 years or more out of it depending on the type you decide to get. A lot of high chairs these days adapt and grow with your baby.

Do you need a reclining high chair?

A reclining high chair is good if you plan to bottle feed them in a high chair. I loved having a high chair that could recline once my baby was able to hold onto the bottle themselves. It gives just the right amount of incline for bottle feeding.

Best Space Saving High Chair

If you have a small space you might be looking for a compact high chair that can be folded up and stored when you need more room. These portable high chairs are perfect for small spaces when you don’t want to leave the high chair out at all times.

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Why we like it:

This lightweight high chair only weighs 14 lbs. It is collapsible and compact, so you can store it in tight spaces. It can seat infants as young as 3 months. The moisture-wicking fabric makes it easy to clean.

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Graco Slim Snacker Highchair, Gala
  • Fast-folding highchair-the easy one-hand, one-second fold lets you...
  • Ultra-slim folding highchair is designed to fit in compact spaces for...
  • Fold it and forget it, thanks to the self-standing fold

Why we like it:

This slim space high chair can fold up with one hand, making it easy to store in a tight place or closet until mealtime. The machine-washable seat pad makes it easy to clean any messes that can’t be wiped away.

Cosco Simple Fold High Chair with 3-Position Tray (Elephant Squares)
  • 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

Why we like it:

This comfortable compact high chair folds away easily. The durable fabric is wipeable and soft for baby’s sensitive skin. It’s the perfect chair for a small space or for taking on the go for travel. It can hold a child up to 50lbs.

JOOVY Nook High Chair, Black
  • Removable swing open tray with 4 adjustable positions
  • Easy clean up, dishwasher-safe tray insert and leatherette seat wipes...
  • Compact, one-hand, standing fold with carry handle

Why we like it:

This compact high chair is easy to fold and stands up while folded. It also has a convenient carry handle when folded for easy moving. This high chair makes for easy clean up with a removable tray and wipeable seat.

Best High Chair for Travel

Looking for a foldable high chair for travel? All the above would work if you wanted something that can do double duty. But, if you just want a high chair specifically to take traveling, these chairs are perfect.

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Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Highchair, Green - Portable Highchair For Indoor/Outdoor Dining – Space Saver High Chair with Fast, Easy, Compact Fold, For 6 Months – 45 Pounds
  • INDOOR/OUTDOOR DINING – Whether you’re indoors or out, eating,...
  • COMPACT FOLD – With an innovative pop and fold design plus a fast,...
  • EASY CLEANUP – Things can get messy with high chairs for babies and...

Why we like it:

This high chair is perfect for indoor and outdoor dining. It can be used for a baby 6 months to 45 pounds. It comes with its own carry case for easy portability. The tray is removable and the fabric is machine washable. It even comes with a storage pocket for all of baby’s essentials for mealtime.

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Baby Delight Go with Me Uplift Deluxe Portable High Chair
  • PORTABLE HIGH CHAIR // Provides a quick and convenient spot for your...
  • DURABLE FABRIC // The Uplift is standard table height and is made of...
  • FULLY REMOVABLE TRAY // Includes a convenient cup holder for sippy...

Why we like it:

This chair gives you a quick and easy spot for your little one to eat from 3-36 months, making it a great pick if you are looking for a traveling infant to toddler high chair. The 5 point harness gives your baby added safety. The carrying bag makes it easy to carry where ever you need to go.

When can babies sit in restaurant high chairs?

While traveling you may just want to use the high chairs available in restaurants. As long as your child can fully support themselves and can sit up on their own, these work great. Until they can sit up independently it may be a good idea to use an alternative to high chairs.

Alternative to high chair: Booster Seat

Booster seats are good to have when your child can sit up on their own. They can be strapped to a chair to use for eating once your baby can sit up. Some booster seats have more support than the typical high chair found in restaurants.

A lot of high chairs have the option to convert to a booster seat when your child is ready. However, there are also some other good booster seat options. A booster seat can be more portable than a high chair so it is easier to bring along when traveling.

What age can child use booster seat at table?

The age to start using a booster seat at the table is between 9 months to 1 year. Your child needs to be able to sit up on their own before using a booster seat for eating. Be sure to look at the manufacturer’s recommendations for age. Booster seats that have the 5 point harness for safety can be used at an earlier age.

Best baby chair

If you are looking for a good baby chair for baby to eat these are a few of the best options. The first type can be securely buckled onto an existing dining chair. They are perfect for young toddlers that may be starting to outgrow their high chair.

The second option is a booster seat you can clip onto a table. The clip-on seats are great to bring to restaurants when your baby can’t quite sit up in a restaurant high chair.

Booster Seat for chair

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Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat
  • Pull up a chair – booster straps easily & securely to most dining &...
  • Dishwasher safe feeding tray
  • Snap on lid keeps feeding tray clean

Why we like it:

The fisher-price booster seat straps securely to most dining chairs. It has a feeding tray and a cup holder. This chair is easy to clean. There are 3 height adjustments and can be used for an older toddler to use at the table without the tray. This booster seat has a carry strap and is compact enough to travel with.

Summer Deluxe Comfort Folding Booster, Elephant Love
  • 2-in-1: infant feeding seat with tray becomes a toddler booster seat...
  • 2-level height adjustment for your growing child
  • 3-position full-size, dishwasher safe tray

Why we like it:

This booster has an infant feeding seat with a tray and 3 point restraint. It transforms into a toddler booster you can use at the table. It folds up to a compact size allowing you to take it on the go. The seat pad is removable and washable.

Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair, Multicolor
  • All the features of a full size high chair in half the space
  • Infant high chair and toddler booster in one: Customize with 2 height...
  • Dishwasher safe seat, tray and bonus tray insert for easy cleanup

Why we like it:

This Fisher-Price booster seat has all the features of a full-size high chair. The infant chair has 3 recline positions and 2 height adjustments. The tray has a removable insert for easy cleanup. The seat pad is machine washable and has a 5 point harness.

Best Booster Seat for table

Inglesina Fast Table Chair - Award-Winning Convenient Baby High Chair - Use at Most Tables or Restaurants Without Leaving Scratches {Black}
  • EASY & SECURE SETUP - Inglesina's Fast Table Chair fits tables up to...
  • PORTABLE, COLLAPSIBLE DESIGN - Complete with an integrated...
  • DURABLE & WASHABLE MATERIALS - Ideal for babies & toddlers between 6...

Why we like it:

This table chair clips on to tables up to 3.3″ thick. This chair quickly gives your baby a seat at the table without leaving scratches. It can be used for a baby as early as 6 months and up to 37 pounds. It is portable and collapsible, making it perfect to bring along for dinner out. The washable design makes it easy to clean. You can get a tray that attaches.

Chicco QuickSeat Hook-On Chair, Graphite
  • 1-pull tightened cinches QuickSeat securely to dining tables. The...
  • Snap-on tray offers a portable, easy-clean eating surface
  • Seat cover snaps on/off easily for washing. Able to accommodate table...

Why we like it:

This clip-on chair has a QuickSeat mechanism that cinches the seat to dining tables with one pull. It also has a snap-on tray that is included. It can be used on tables .75″ to 1.5 inches. It has a 3 point harness for safety. The seat cover is washable for easy cleanup.

Final Decision: Which is Better?

The high chair is a better decision for young infants and if you get one that converts it will be useful for years to come. The high chair gives baby a stable and secure place to learn how to eat. If you are introducing your baby to solid food using Baby Led Weaning, a high chair makes clean up much easier.

If you don’t have a lot of space, the foldable high chairs are a great option for your baby. The benefits of a high chair outweigh the extra cost.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Graco EveryStep 7 in 1 High Chair | Converts to Step Stool for Kids, Dining Booster Seat, and More, Alaska
  • Highchair converts to kids' step stool to bring your big kid into the...
  • 7 Growing Stages from Infant Highchair to Big Kids' Step Stool
  • Stage 1: Infant highchair with 3 recline positions keeps baby comfy

Why it is our favorite:

This high chair has everything. It has 7 growing stages, starting with an infant high chair. You can use it for 2 kids at a time. It not only turns into a youth seat but a kitchen stool so your child can help cook. Very versatile and convenient for any household.

If you don’t need an option for a young infant and your child can already sit up independently the booster seat would be the better option for you. You just need to make sure you have a dining chair that will accommodate the seat.

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What do you think? Do you have a better idea now of what will work for you?

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