High chairs are not a main priority when your little one is a newborn. But once he hits the 4-to-6-month mark and you're starting to introduce foods like purees and small bites, your baby will need a high chair. While what and how to feed your little one are your main concerns, having the right high chair for your specific needs can make the transition to solids happen more smoothly.

Baby may be using a high chair from 6 months all the way to age 3, when he can graduate to a booster. When shopping for a high chair, ask yourself these questions to find the best fit for your family:

The right high chair for you is the one that makes feeding your baby easy, safe and fun — so, once you're satisfied that a high chair meets safety requirements and is easy to clean, it's really about your family's budget, your style and how you plan to use your high chair. Here's a breakdown of the types of high chairs available:

Your baby's high chair is a safe place to explore food in all its textured, tasty glory. A safe high chair makes the job of supervising meals easier for mom and dad, too — lunchtime is a lot harder if you're chasing a toddler around the house with a spoonful of applesauce. Here's what to know about the safety features that are most important to look for in a high chair. Make sure your high chair is safety certified. Products vetted and approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, or JPMA, meet rigorous safety standards.

We love the Boon Flair because it’s wipeable from top to bottom (with the exception of the straps). No need to remove covers and cushions to wash it. This high chair is also effortless to maneuver, has adjustable heights and glides smoothly in all directions. Make sure to use the lock to keep it in place.

"I got the Boon Flair because I have a pub-height table (which severely limited my options!) and love it. Very easy to clean and I love the look and sturdiness."

This Oxo Tot Sprout will truly grow with your child. Use it as a regular high chair from 6 months to 3 years old. After that, it can convert to a child seat. Choose from 30 different color combinations to customize it to your liking.

"We have the OXO High Chair and love it! The tray is removable and easy to clean. The padding is also removable and washable... But honestly, we took it off and haven't put it back on."

We combed through the What to Expect message boards and discovered that many of our members love the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair. This model attaches to most dining chairs, and can convert from a high chair to a toddler booster with its two different height adjustments and three reclining positions.

We really like the Fisher-Price SpaceSaver. It is reasonably priced and sits on your regular chair so it doesn't take up extra space. We used it from a couple of months (reclined and not for feeding, just for joining us at the table) through 2 years.

The Stokke Tripp Trapp can be used as an actual chair for your little once he joins you at your dining table. It doesn’t come with a tray, but the sleek silhouette (which was designed by Peter Opsvik in 1972) will look great with your furniture. Choose from several colors like natural, aqua blue, black and red and more.

Scratch-resistant and anti-slip, there’s a lot to love about the ultra-posh Bloom Fresco if you’re in the market to splurge. You’ll get a lot for your money: This high chair has three reclining positions, including a fully flat one so you can use it to bottle feed infants. It comes equipped with a five-point safety harness, padded shoulder straps and a smart buckle. It can also do a 360-degree swivel and holds up to 79 pounds of weight. With 11 different colors ranging from coconut white to lunar silver to Bermuda blue, there’s a hue to match every type of decor.

"I have the Bloom Fresco and I LOVE IT! It is a bit pricey so try to look for a second-hand one. You can use it from birth (in cradle position) and then it transitions to a chair. Lots of options and looks nice, too."

The Chicco Polly folds down to a compact 8 inches and can be wheeled into a closet when not in use, making it perfect for homes where space is at a premium. When it’s mealtime, the extra large tray offers enough coverage to catch all the spills and crumbs baby drops. The only downside? The tray is so large that it won’t fit into some smaller dishwashers.

This “bring your own high chair” pick made our list because we love its portability. Moms rave about this hook-on table chair, which can also be folded flat when you're on the go. It even comes with a travel bag sewn into the bottom of the removable, hand-washable seat so you’ll never lose it.

Proof that you don't need to spend a ton of money to get a quality high chair: The Cosco Simple Fold High Chair folds flat for easy storage and comes equipped with a three-point harness to keep your child secure. Both seat and tray can be wiped clean, too.

If you're looking to streamline your kitchen, this high chair could be just what you’re after. The tray is magnetic and attaches to the high chair simply by placing it down — that means no more messing around trying to slide or clip a tray on, and you can do it one-handed. It gets even better: 4Moms also makes magnetic plates, bowls and utensils (sold separately) that stick to the tray, making it a whole lot harder for baby to accidentally (or purposefully) throw their food on the floor.

This high chair is also really easy to clean; you can wipe down the entire chair and throw the tray liner in the dishwasher.

“I personally have the 4Moms high chair and I actually love it! It’s so easy to clean and wash down! We bought the bowls, plates and silverware also, and both my kids have used it. I’m pregnant with my third and plan to keep using it for future kids that we might have as well.”

From bassinet to toddler seat, this high chair easily adjusts to grow with your little one — in fact, it boasts an impressive nine seat heights and five recline settings. One of those is all the way back, so you can use it as a safe and comfy place to bottle feed baby or just have her hang out in the kitchen with you while you prep dinner. The plush insert is easily wiped down and the tray is dishwasher safe. The whole chair folds down, too, so it's easy to stash in a closet when not in use — but with the chic, modern design, you might not feel the need to.

“I like the Peg Perego brand. There are lots of options, but the one that I used was great for newborn (reclining so he/she can chill while you eat), adjustable for each stage, raised up/lowered down), had a rocking component and folded away easily and compactly. It lasted through three children, and I’m buying another for this little girl.”

From infant to toddler, this high chair can do it all. When baby is brand new, use the recline setting to feed baby when he’s at his tiniest. Once he can sit up, it can be used as a traditional high chair or a booster. It’s portable, too, and easy to take along when you’re on vacation or heading to Grandma’s house. But that’s not all: The Table2Table transforms into an actual toddler table and chair, so you really can use it for years to come.

The Joovy is easy to use; the tray can be placed and removed with one hand. Speaking of the tray... it's oversized, which means spills and crumbs are virtually a non-issue. While it does fold down, it is one of the larger high chairs out there and will take up some room in your closet or other storage area, something to consider before purchasing.

You read that right — even adults can perch on this stylish chair. In just 20 seconds, this do-it-all high chair can be transformed into an extra seat with a weight limit of 250 pounds. It also boasts many handy features that will make parents' lives easier, including waterproof, stain-resistant cushions; an anti-tip design; a harness that can switch between three- and five-point; and a tray you can toss into the dishwasher.

This hardworking chair has a fun, Jetsons-inspired vibe and comes in four color choices, including green, pink and blue. It's also an incredibly versatile piece of gear, as it has six different height settings and three recline positions. Parents of infants will love swapping the big tray for the smaller food and cup holder, which allows them to get closer to their baby during meals (the better to wipe those little faces and catch spills before they happen!). Although the chair is good-looking enough to leave out 24/7, it can also be folded and stored upright, with the dishwasher-safe tray hanging from the back.

Not only is this a well-designed high chair that's colorful and easy to clean, but it can also be used as additional seating for a baby or toddler. In the "My Time" position, the top part of the chair and tray can be placed directly on the floor, and it turns into a safe spot for baby to hang out and play. For an older baby or toddler, you can also separate the top and bottom, creating a table and chair for playing or snacking.

Aluminum Frame Baby Gears Baby High Chair

Created by Peter Opsvik — the man who invented the Stokke Tripp Trapp more than 40 years ago — the Nomi already feels as groundbreaking as its predecessor. With a separate cushion and harness, it can be used as a raised bouncer during the newborn months, so baby feels like part of the action during family meals. It can then transform into a tray-free baby high chair with a crotch restraint and harness, and finally, a toddler, child or even teen seat (the weight limit is 330 pounds, and it's super-easy to adjust using a single knob).

The ergonomic footrest will keep your kiddo comfortable while she's noshing, wheels on the back help her scooch herself up to the table and the molded recycled plastic is easy to wipe down. Should you decide you need a tray, one is available for purchase separately, as are additional reversible cushions in three color combinations.

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