We Love, You Need: The Best High Chairs of 2013. Which One Should You Buy?

Ready to buy a high chair for Baby? Check out our expert and parent-tested reviews first! (19 Photos)

Kate Bayless on Feb 25, 2013 at 2:09PM

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Oxo Tot Sprout

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a Kate Bayless on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:43AM

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High Chair Stats
Weight range: 6 months up to 5 years
Chair weight: 18 lbs.
Dimensions: 37"H x 24.25"D x 19"W
Price: $250
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Expert Review: The award-winning OXO Sprout is a sleek and modern high chair for kids 6 months up to 5 years. The two-piece plastic seat comes with a back and seat pad that attach via Velcro. The seat height and footrest are adjustable, but a unique feature of the Sprout is the ability to adjust the seat depth to help you find the perfect fit for your child. Babies over 6 months are held securely with a 5-point harness, adjustable tray and crotch post. For children over 3, you can remove the tray, harness and crotch post to turn the Sprout into a youth chair. There's even a separate, included seat pad to swap in that fits the seat without the crotch post. The 17.5" x 8.5" tray doesn't include a liner, which means you'll need to remove the whole thing for cleaning. Fortunately the tray removes easily one-handed and while it's not dishwasher-safe, it can be wiped down. As for cleaning the seat, the pad comes up the sides of the base, which keeps most crumbs from sneaking under the pad -- but it can still be a bit tedious to clean after every meal. The nylon harness straps are removable for cleaning, but the crotch strap is not. With a top weight limit of 60 lbs., the Sprout has a shorter use span than other wooden high chairs that can often hold over 200 lbs. But if at some point you're planning on moving your 5-year-old to a regular chair, this really isn't an issue.

Why we love it: height and depth adjustment for seat; grows with child; blends into kitchen; small foot print; removable crotch post

What we wish it had: tray liner; deeper lip for tray; easier cleaning; seat recline option; ability to fold 

Great for: a blend of a comfortable seat for baby and a modern look for parents; one high chair to grow with your child

Bottom line: The OXO Sprout has a shorter use span than other wooden high chairs that can often hold over 200 lbs, but the Sprout excels in blending a comfortable, adjustable seat for baby with a slim, modern look for parents.

Parent rating:

"This high chair is modern, sleek and stylish. We don't have a place to store it in our apartment, so it sits out in the dining area and it looks good. I'm not embarrassed to have it out in the open!"

"I wish someone would design straps that are easier to clean and easier to safely remove -- I'm not sure how to remove the crotch strap on this chair, and it's already getting kind of gross."

"The tray is great; it's not as large as some other high chair models, but it's big enough for our needs. It wipes clean easily and it slides on and off smoothly -- with one hand."

"It's super compact! I love that it has a smaller footprint than many other high chair models."

"I like the fact that the cushions are BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free."

-- Erika and her 19-month-old, from Jackson Heights, NY

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