The Best High Chairs of 2019

9 high chairs you'll want to park in your kitchen for the next few years.

The Best High Chairs of 2019

From baby's first taste of food to conversations about the first day of school, some of the best family memories are made at the kitchen table. Where you little one's going to sit to be part of these memories is going to be just as big a decision as what he or she is going to eat. Thankfully, the baby aisle is now full of high chair options that are not only practical and long lasting, but also high design. The kind of high chair you get depends on where you eat, how much cleaning you'd like to do after each meal and how much space you have. To help you in your quest, we rounded up some of the latest options to enter our little ones' dining market. From the classic to the foldable to the feature-heavy, here are the best high chairs of 2019. 1. Bloom Fresco. Modern and stylish, the Bloom Fresco Titanium high chair is much more than it's good looks. The highest of high chairs, it can be placed both at the kitchen table and at the breakfast bar. But what we really love about this chair is that it can be used from birth. Imagine sipping your morning coffee while gazing eye to eye with that beautiful baby of yours. Keep her off the ground and up at your level while you work or cook dinner; and with a 360-degree swivel, you can keep your eye on baby from anywhere in the room. $650, buy here.


2. Cybex LEMO Chair. Cybex is venturing the world of high chair, and we are pretty excited about it. The Limo chair is for life. Literally. Your little one can use the chair from infancy (with the Limo Bouncer, which is sold separately) until 99 years old! With the one-hand adjustment, you can adapt the seat and footrest height to your growing child in just seconds, and there are even different depth positions to ensure comfortable seating no matter how big your little one is. The wheels, which go unnoticed, prevent tipping and allows for mobility around the house. And let's not forget how modern and minimalist it looks. Whatever your decor, the Limo Chair is sure to fit it! $299, buy here.

3. Nuna Zaaz. The compact and narrow frame of the Nuna Zaaz makes it great for small-space living. The height is adjustable, meaning you can push the seat up to the table with enough clearance for the tray. And once your little one doesn't need the tray anymore, this chair transforms from baby chair to big kid seat, no tools required! Clean up's a cinch, the padding can easily be wiped down and the tray is dishwasher safe. $299.95, buy here.

4. Stokke Tripp Trapp. The Stokke Tripp Trapp is a pure classic. Even as new high chairs hit the market, this one simply never gets old. This ergonomic chair is meant to last a lifetime, suitable for 6 month old babies and adults alike. It has a minimalist design that we love, and the mix-and-match accessories that come in an array of color choices are meant to suit anyone's style and decor. $349, buy here.

5. Baby Bjorn. The high quality, low profile high chair from Baby Bjorn is simplistic and ergonomic in design. It has a quick assembly that doesn't require tools, easily wipes clean and the removable tray top can be put in the dishwasher. But the fact that this high chair folds for storage and transport is what makes it really special. It can be used starting at 6 months and fits most children up to 3 years old. $299, on sale for $198.99 here.

6. OXO Tot Sprout. We love that the OXO Tot Sprout is an aesthetically pleasing, budget-friendly pick in the wooden high chair category. The tray slides on and off with one hand and lays flat on the counter top. With a narrow yet study frame and many color combinations to choose from, the Sprout is sure to fit your style as well as your small apartment. And better yet, it grows with your child up to 5 years old. $249, buy here.

7. 4MOMS. Hello magnetic high chair! We love this concept for two reasons: magnets make popping the tray on and off super easy -- for grownups that it. But what's really genius are the magnetic bowls and plates that stick to the tray. So if you've got a kiddo who loves chucking his plate of spaghetti across the room, this high chair has your back. With 3 adjustable height and tray positions, this high chair fits kids up to 60 lbs. $299.99, buy here.

8. Phil and Ted's Lobster. The Phil and Ted's Lobster doubles as a space saving and travel-friendly seat. Use it around the house everyday, even easily move it from room to room, to save valuable square footage. And take it with you on weekend trips and restaurant outings. It packs flat and even comes with a convenient travel bag. It might be small but it's mighty, seating kids up to 3 years old. Plus, it's a budget-friendly option! $89.99, buy here.

9. Stokke Steps Chair. We know Stokke already made the list, but we couldn't not mention their newest high chair, the Steps! Designed with independent toddlers in mind, the Steps chair offers a tool-free adjustable footrest so that your little one to get in and out on their own. This high chair is versatile and accommodates your growing child's needs; and paired with the baby bouncer, it can be used from infancy! What's more, we love how minimalist and chic it looks. Starting at $249, buy here.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Time-saving formula tips our editors swear by

Less time making bottles, more time snuggling.

As a new parent, it can feel like feeding your baby is a full-time job—with a very demanding nightshift. Add in the additional steps it takes to prepare a bottle of formula and, well… we don't blame you if you're eager to save some time when you can. After all, that means more time for snuggling your baby or practicing your own well-deserved self-care.

Here's the upside: Many, many formula-feeding mamas before you have experienced the same thing, and they've developed some excellent tricks that can help you mix up a bottle in record time. Here are the best time-saving formula tips from editors here at Motherly.

1. Use room temperature water

The top suggestion that came up time and time again was to introduce bottles with room temperature water from the beginning. That way, you can make a bottle whenever you need it without worrying about warming up water—which is a total lifesaver when you have to make a bottle on the go or in the middle of the night.

2. Buy online to save shopping time

You'll need a lot of formula throughout the first year and beyond—so finding a brand like Comforts, which offers high-quality infant formula at lower prices, will help you save a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, you can order online or find the formula on shelves during your standard shopping trip—and that'll save you so much time and effort as well.

3. Pre-measure nighttime bottles

The middle of the night is the last time you'll want to spend precious minutes mixing up a bottle. Instead, our editors suggest measuring out the correct amount of powder formula into a bottle and putting the necessary portion of water on your bedside table. That way, all you have to do is roll over and combine the water and formula in the bottle before feeding your baby. Sounds so much better than hiking all the way to the kitchen and back at 3 am, right?

4. Divide serving sizes for outings

Before leaving the house with your baby, divvy up any portions of formula and water that you may need during your outing. Then, when your baby is hungry, just combine the pre-measured water and powder serving in the bottle. Our editors confirm this is much easier than trying to portion out the right amount of water or formula while riding in the car.

5. Memorize the mental math

Soon enough, you'll be able to prepare a bottle in your sleep. But, especially in the beginning or when increasing your baby's serving, the mental math can take a bit of time. If #mombrain makes it tough to commit the measurements to memory, write up a cheat sheet for yourself or anyone else who will prepare your baby's bottle.

6. Warm up chilled formula with water

If you're the savvy kind of mom who prepares and refrigerates bottles for the day in advance, you'll probably want to bring it up to room temperature before serving. Rather than purchase a bottle warmer, our editors say the old-fashioned method works incredibly well: Just plunge the sealed bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and—voila!—it's ready to serve.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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