Requesting Information About Highchair Use

Updated on October 02, 2008
M.D. asks from Ann Arbor, MI
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I have a highchair that was handed down to me from a friend and although it works well it takes up a lot of space. I would like to purchase another but money being tight I'm doing some research. My questions are: How long to children typically use a highchair for? Could you give me some ideas for an inexpensive, smaller, yet effective highchair...

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Thanks for all of the excellent information.. I was amazed at the response and very pleased to have this valuable resource. I'm really surprised that I hadn't thought of the booster chair (I actually have one) but may purchase the fisher price seat instead due to the praise. I don't always think outside of the box too well so thanks again!

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N.G.

answers from Detroit on

We have a small kitchen and we also thought a high chair would take up a lot of room, so my sister in law advised us to get a booster seat that straps onto the kitchen chair. So we bought a booster high chair that attaches to the kitchen chair and we couldn't be happier. We have been using it since my son was 6 months old and we love it. (He is now 19 months old.) I think fisher price or safety first makes it. It was inexpensive, reclines for different stages of development and has a strap to hold seat belt them in. It has been great for us. :) Best of Luck!

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A.N.

answers from Detroit on

I I bought a highchair at IKEA for less than $20!!!! It is plastic, does not take up a lot of room, and is safe and functional!

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C.G.

answers from Detroit on

If you want to conserve space, I would recommend getting a seat that just straps right to a dining room table chair. I saw one in Meijers the other day that was $40 and was convertable from newborn to toddler. however, since you have a 13 month old, you can get a slightly cheaper one that isn't "newborn friendly" and is just a straight little booster seat with a detachable tray. I had one from about 1 year until he was 3 - it was great!

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M.H.

answers from Detroit on

Have you thought of getting a seat that straps to a dining chair? I got one for my son and he still uses it at 3 so he can sit at the table and feed himself comfortably. I got it from Target for $10 a couple of years ago, it's actually their own brand "circo". It's molded plastic and very easy to keep clean, and has straps for safety. It doesn't have a tray but you don't need one because it slides right up to the table. It will take your child up until they no longer need one.

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N.W.

answers from Detroit on

By 9 mos most kids can move to a booster type chair. Depending on the size of your child, they can use a highchair until about 2 1/2.

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M.M.

answers from Detroit on

they have plastic highcharis for $20 that totally are the BEST! they sit in a regular chair and strap on extremely secure and as a bonus you can travel with it! It makes no sense to spend more in my opinion!

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M.N.

answers from Jackson on

I purchased a "highchair" from Toys-R-Us. I am not sure what the brand name of the chair is, but it is an "off" brand name. It straps into a regular kitchen chair or even a folding chair. It was $12.99. It has only 3 pieces and all 3 can go into the dishwasher. There are three height levels and if you wish it can be a booster seat for an older toddler to sit and use the table. I highly recommend this chair.

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K.B.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Hello, I too had a small space and not much room for a high chair. I instead chose to use a seat and tray that strap on to your existing kitchen table chairs. I used this with both of my kids from the baby stage to when they could sit in a booster without a strap. This saved space and is very cost effective. You can even store it better for use with guests. I also have a family highchair but we keep it in the dining room for when we eat family dinners in there. Good Luck!

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J.T.

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Mary -

We used it longer with our first than we did our 2nd. With our first, we used it until she was oh, 18 months or so and then we moved her to a booster at the table. We have the fisher price one from Target (~$25, blue, white, and green cover on the tray) because of the adjustable height feature. We also used it before that when we went to Grandma's who didn't have a highchair. Our 2nd, we got rid of it at 8-9 months. I was tired of tripping over it so he's in the booster now and is doing just fine in it. You just have to make sure that you keep things out of reach or they may end up on the floor. :)

J.

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M.H.

answers from Grand Rapids on

I would purchase one that straps onto one of your kitchen chairs, they have them at Target. I think they cost around $25-$30. We had a big high chair for my daughter and my parents had this one at there house. I loved it and takes up very little room. Plus they love being right at the table with you.

If we have another child I am not going to even get the big one out...

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S.K.

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We use the fisher price booster, it fits on a regular chair at the table and has a tray. Our son loves it and it was around $23.

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R.P.

answers from Detroit on

buy one of those chairs that you can strap on to your own kitchen chair! They have different styles, they also come with detachable trays. they are great if you ever travel you can easily take them with you to grandmas house!
to get it a little cheaper try looking around at the specific 2nd hand stores that are for babies. (but I think they are well below $100 new!)

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N.A.

answers from Lansing on

We have a small high chair that we take on trips with us. It attaches to a regular chair ( it has straps that strap it on so it is safe. Then it has a tray and straps to strap the baby in like a regular high chair and later on it is a great booster seat just pushed up to the table.

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A.H.

answers from Benton Harbor on

A great alternative to a highchair is a booster seat with a removable/washable tray. They are inexpensive ($20-30), strap to your existing dining chair, and are portable. You can push your child directly up to the table without the tray attached. However, I don't recommend this...my little one uses the tables to push off and has almost knocked the entire chair over backwards.

My older daughter used hers from about 18 mon. to 2 1/2. My younger daughter moved from the bigger highchair into a booster at about 10 mon. and is still in it. We went on a road trip recently and took it along with us. It was great...we used it at about 5 different places. A very good (and cheap!) investment.

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J.S.

answers from Detroit on

We bought a highchair that attaches to any chair at Babies R Us. It was bet 25-30 dollars and it has the regular trays just like any other highchair but it is transportable. We also have a booster seat (from Target) that folds down and fits under the seats in my car. I wouldn't recommend it early on, but around 7 months or so it works wonders and travels VERY easily.

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D.Y.

answers from Detroit on

We use the Fisher Price Space Saver high chair and it's worked really well for us. It straps right into your dining room chair, has an adjustable height feature, leans backwards, and converts to a booster seat for bigger kids later down the line.

http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2002&e=product...

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A.H.

answers from Detroit on

I used a grow with me booster seat that fits into a regular chair. It worked out so much better and if I needed to take it with me to a restaurant or on a trip, it was much more compact.

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L.G.

answers from Detroit on

Due to space, we also only have a booster style chair that straps to the adult chair...same as jennifer, it's the fisher price healthy seat, blue white green. i think they also come in orange and red and white.

I HIGHLY recommend this. we LOVE it. SO, SO easy to clean, and easy to take along if necessary. we have others like this one in the family, because we currently have 3 one year olds. we have two styles of safety first (cheaper) but definitely not as good and user friendly. i recommend the chair to everyone having a baby. i think regular high chairs are bulky, hard to clean , and unnecessary!

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K.V.

answers from Detroit on

I'm going to echo the praises on the Fisher Price chair that straps to your own dining chair. (Also perfect to take along places with ease.) As mentioned, it isn't very expensive - it's also nice looking and easy to clean. My son started fighting going into his high chair around 2 years of age - and it was a little more difficult to get him in it around the same time.

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R.W.

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With my first two children I used your standard high chair and it seemed to work well in our old house because I had a corner to keep it in. Our new house has a very open floor plan and there wasn't much room for a high chair. On top of that the old high chair was really old and the thought of spending the money to purchase a new one or even a used one for just a couple of years use seemed silly.

When I had vistited my best friend I saw that she was using a portable high chair on her breakfast bar. I then remembered that I had purchased one of those for my first. We only used it when we traveled or when we went out to eat.

Currently we have a high top table and it fits fine on there. We have moved it over to our breakfast bar sometimes too. What's really nice about it, is that it lets the child actually sit at the dinner table with the rest of the family and we can still remove it and take it with us if we are going out of town.

I have been using it ever since my daughter has been able to sit up. She's two and a half now, so you shouldn't have a problem with your 13 month old. I believe that you can pick one of these up for about $40 new, which is about half the cost of a high chair. Here's a link to one:
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2957947

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C.J.

answers from Detroit on

You might want to check out the Mom-to-Mom sale on Oct 11 at 9:00 at Lake Fenton HS. You may find a nice used one there.

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T.K.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Hi Mary,
I have the same Fisher Price seat that Jennifer has and I can't say enough good things about it. Our daughter has used it since she was about 7-8 months old and she is 18 months and still uses it. I too like the height feature because she can sit at the table with us, but the tray is nice too for feedings that she may be eating alone. Also we take this a lot of places too (family wedding receptions, baby showers etc) and the green cover on the tray is excellent for times that you may not be able to clean up. The straps make the seat very secure on the chair.

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E.M.

answers from Detroit on

We have a small house so a traditional high chair was not an option. We got one that straps to the adult chair at the table. It reclines so you can put a little one in there and then it grows with them. My son used it until he was about 16-18 months. Then we switched to a booster (like at restaurants). He now wants to sit in the seat like us, but is so short it is hard for him.

I do not recall the brand we got, but I did some research and looked at a lot of reviews.

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M.C.

answers from Detroit on

Check out your local Once Upon A Child resale store. Call them to find out what they have in stock. They usually carry several different types of used but good condition high chairs at great prices and could probably tell you if they have what you are looking for.

MC

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S.S.

answers from Detroit on

We went to a portable chair that can sit on our dining room chair or any place else when the time was right. Check Craig's List or Ebay. BTW if you shop on Ebay, I can help you to earn free stuff. Want to know how? Ask me.

S.
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S.B.

answers from Grand Rapids on

We have been very happy with the mini one that you strap on to one of your regular high chairs.

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