Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Busy Baby Booster

Best High Chairs for Small Spaces

by Sarah Stockett |

When you first register for baby items, you will probably register for a high chair. These necessities can get pricey, and they can get pretty huge. Before you commit to a large, solid high chair that will be the main feature in your eating space, check out these really great space-saving high chair options.

Favorite Pick

My very favorite high chair on this list is the Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Busy Baby Booster. Several years ago, we bought a previous version for my first child and absolutely loved it. In fact, we loved it so much that we bought another one to keep at my parents’ house. What I love best about this high chair seat is that it grows with your child.

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The 10 Best High Chairs for Small Spaces

Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Busy Baby Booster

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Best Booster Seat High Chair
I was ecstatic we found the Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Busy Baby Booster. The folks at Fisher-Price get it; they understand what you’re going through. You’ve got a tray for food and an easily cleanable toy that can clip right on top of the tray for whenever your child needs a break. This play break that your child takes is when you get to eat, so cherish and cultivate those moments of play.

Why It’s So Great

This booster seat grows with your child. When you first start using the seat, you’ll enjoy the adjustable straps that help keep your little one secured in the seat. They’ll enjoy the toys. As they get bigger, you’ll enjoy that the tray has 3 adjustable settings so it is always just close enough to catch falling food. Plus, the tray and the back of the seat are completely removable for when you just need a plain booster seat.

The security straps help secure the booster seat to any regular kitchen chair. With a secure booster seat, you know that your child’s seat won’t slip off the chair when they wiggle.

The toy insert tray is easily cleanable and can provide quality entertainment while your child stays secured in his or her seat. When your child is ready to eat, simply remove the toy insert tray.

When you’re finished using the seat, it collapses and has a carrying strap. This allows this booster seat high chair to easily go with you when you travel or eat out. Also, the food and toy trays are dishwasher safe, so they can easily be disinfected on the bottom rack of your dishwasher.

Product Information

  • Item Weight: 1 pound
  • Dimensions: 16.2 x 17 x 13 inches
  • Maximum Child Weight: 50 pounds

Possible Issues

  • The hard plastic may be uncomfortable for your child.
  • The toys may not be entertaining for your child.
  • You may want your child secured with a 5-point harness instead of just a lap restraint.
  • The toy tray fits very securely on the food tray. It has been challenging for some people to remove the toy tray.

Evenflo Symmetry Flat Fold High Chair

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Best Low Profile High Chair

If you love the look of traditional high chairs but need something that can collapse for storage, I recommend the Evenflo Symmetry Flat Fold High Chair.

Why It’s So Great

The Evenflo Symmetry Flat Fold High Chair looks like a traditional high chair. The main difference is that it’s able to collapse for storage. This frees up room in your kitchen or dining room.

Plus, this small high chair is easy to clean. The seat pad is machine washable and the tray insert can be cleaned in your dishwasher.

With 2 reclining options and 3 tray positions, you are sure to find a comfortable eating position for your little one. This versatility also helps this high chair evolve with your child. As they grow, you can change the settings on your high chair so that it provides the support your child needs.

The 5-point harness and padded shoulder covers help secure your little one to the chair. This ensures that you won’t have any escapes during meal times.

The wheels on the front of the high chair allow for you to easily move it. Whether you’re moving the fold flat high chair from room to room or wanting to collapse it and roll it into storage, the wheels help move the high chair so that you don’t need to do as much heavy lifting.

Product Information

  • Item Weight: 14 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 26.6 x 40.2 inches
  • Maximum Child Weight: 40 pounds

Possible Issues

  • Although many people were very satisfied with this high chair, some noted that it seemed cheaply made. They thought the materials, particularly the seat fabric, felt cheap and breakable.
  • It can be a challenge to get your little one into the high chair because of the plastic piece that separates your child’s legs.
  • Some people have said the tray was very challenging to get on initially and that the insert was very difficult to remove.

Inglesina Fast Table Chair

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Best Hook On High Chair

For those who are looking for a high chair that will clamp right on to the table, I recommend the Inglesina Fast Table Chair.

Why It’s So Great

Because of its universal twist-tight couplings, the Inglesina Fast Table Chair can fit on most tables up to 3.5″ thick. Plus, because of the design, it doesn’t leave any scratches or marks on the surface of your table.

Another plus to this high chair is that it is collapsible. Once you have finished using the high chair, it folds down and can be stored in a carry bag that is attached to the bottom of the high chair.

Also, this high chair seat is machine washable. This makes cleaning up after meal time a lot easier.

This model also includes a tray that snaps on to the chair’s arms. The tray’s deep grooves can help keep your child’s food right in front of them.

Product Information

  • Item Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 14 x 11 inches
  • Maximum Child Weight: 37 pounds

Possible Issues

  • There is a gap between the front of the chair and the table. Whether you are placing the food on your table or the tray, it can be swiped into the space between your table’s edge and your baby.
  • Once your child can stand, they become a significant fall risk.
  • There is always the possibility that your high chair could fall off of your table with your child secured within it.
  • There is only a buckle that secures your child around the waist.

Baby HighChair Harness

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Best Travel High Chair

The Baby HighChair Harness is perfect for any on-the-go families because of its cushion, 5-point harness, and ability to be washed in the washing machine.

Why It’s So Great

This easy to carry Baby HighChair Harness folds neatly into a travel tote. Carry it with you and set it up in a flash!

It features safety shoulder and flexible chair belts. This ensures that your high chair stays connected to the seat and your little one remains in it, despite any wiggling.

This cloth high chair fits on most standard chairs. Plus, whenever it gets dirty, you can toss it in the washing machine.

Product Information

  • Item Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 7.8 inches
  • Maximum Child Weight: 44 pounds
  • Child Age Range: 6-30 months old

Possible Issues

  • If your child is active during meal time, the restraints may not be enough to safely secure your child.
  • It may not be comfortable for your child.
  • This high chair is not ideal for use on chairs with a rounded back or bar stools.

Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair

Best Small Baby High Chair

You might want the comfort and convenience of a big, fancy high chair, including the amazing recline that small babies need. But what if you don’t have space? The Fisher Price SpaceSaver High chair solves that problem with, as Fisher-Price puts it: “all the features of a full-size high chair in half the space.”

Why It’s So Great

This high chair has some really handy features. First, it has a full sized eating tray, not one of the mini trays often found on compact high chair seats. This tray is fully adjustable and has a bonus insert for easier cleanup. Both tray parts are dishwasher safe.

The seat itself is large and comfortable. It has large leg openings, which is great news for big babies and older kids (see below). The chair pad is machine washable. The 5 point safety harness can also be machine washed. The seat has 3 position recline and 2 height settings to grow with your child.

And speaking of growing with your child, this seat can be converted into a booster seat. You’ll find a little compartment on the back of the seat where the eating tray can be easily stored when your big kid doesn’t need it.

But my favorite part of this high chair is that you can put the whole thing in the dishwasher. Yes, the entire seat itself can be dishwashed. Goodbye, stinky, sticky highchair with old food smells!

Product Information

  • Item weight: 8 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 16 inches for the base, and about 20 inches tall
  • Maximum Child Weight: 50 pounds

Possible Issues

  • The tray likes to pop off the track.
  • Booster seat sits up high, so little ones have to climb to get it.
  • The chair pad doesn’t wash so well (starts falling apart).
  • There are a few small spaces, like in between the trays, where baby’s fingers could get stuck.

ZOE High Chair

Best Mini High Chair

If you want a sleek high chair that can also turn into a low chair, a booster, and a table and chair set, then the ZOE 5-in-1 High Chair is for you!

Why It’s So Great

If I can pay for something once and use it many times over many years, then I consider that to be a good deal. When you consider that this high chair is in the same price range as most of the other big brand name ones, and your kid can use it up to age 4 or 5, then that just seals the deal.

The first way to use this is as a regular high chair, long legs and all. The high chair has an eating tray that snaps into place. It has a washable tray insert and a safety horn on bottom to keep baby from sliding through. It also has an adjustable 5 point safety harness and a thick, washable microfiber chair pad. The table base underneath acts as a storage shelf. There’s also a handle and a hook for bibs or the tray insert on the back. In this mode, the chair isn’t exactly space saving because it is tall and it needs a lot of room for the legs.

The next mode, which is the one that lands it on this list, is a low chair, aka the mini high chair. It’s just like a high chair, but…lower. The short legs on this high chair make it space saving. It would be easy to place this on the floor near the table while baby eats, or even use it as a floor seat to play in.

You can remove the legs (both sets) and use this as a booster seat. It straps into any regular chair and can be used with or without the tray. It has a storage compartment on the bottom that holds the booster straps until you need them. Simple and basic booster.

In the same way, without any legs, you can set the seat on the ground for it to become a floor seat. There are non-slip plastic mini-legs underneath that keep the seat safely in place while baby sits in it.

The final way to use this product is as a chair and table set. The bottom legs and platform become the table, and the low chair sans eating tray becomes the chair. The table has a mesh storage basket insert in the middle. This could save a bunch of space by giving your child a great place to play and eat!

If you want a slightly cheaper version, there’s the ZOE 4-in-1 high chair, which has one less mode (floor seat) and is a bit lower quality.

Product Information

  • Item weight: about 14 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: Full high chair (with table base): 30 ¾ inches tall, low chair (without table base): 13 ¼ inches tall
  • Maximum Child Weight: They don’t specify, but parents report that it holds their big toddlers, so I’d say 50 to 60 pounds

Possible Issues

  • There is no recline.
  • Only one tray setting on this seat means that there is a large gap between the tray and the seat back.
  • The legs are skinny, but wide and will require some room to sit.
  • This high chair is definitely not great for young babies (less than 6 or 7 months) because of the size and lack of recline.

JOOVY Nook High Chair

Best Compact Fold High Chair

Joovy has a strong following, and it’s not hard to see why. This minimalist and modern JOOVY Nook high chair is just another great product from a great brand.

Why It’s So Great

First, I want to talk about my favorite feature- the fold. This high chair really does fold up small. Not just in half, but into a small suitcase size. It does this by folding like a beach chair. The back of the high chair collapses over the tray, which collapses over the legs. It can even stand once folded!

The eating tray swings open for getting baby in and out. This is so nice because you can actually do it with one hand, instead of holding baby in with one hand and struggling to get the tray on with the other. You can remove the tray fully for cleaning, and the tray can adjust to 4 different positions. It’s a large tray with a dishwasher safe insert.

The seat pad is made from a leatherette material that cleans well and is comfy. It matches the 5 point safety harness that can be fully adjusted to fit baby. The seat pad comes off and goes in the washing machine when it gets dirty.

It’s BPA, BPS, phthalate,and lead free. Plus, it has non-scratch floor pads, and a simple and modern design.

Product Information

  • Item weight: 15.4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 40.5 x 32.5 x 23.8 inches unfolded, 23.8 x 9 x 28.5 inches folded
  • Maximum Child Weight: 50 pounds

Possible Issues

  • You can’t recline the seat and you can’t adjust the seat height.
  • There are a lot of nooks and crannies where crumbs can hide and it’s not easy to clean. .
  • The one-size-fits-all design might not work for every baby.

Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair

Best Wooden High Chair

It’s a high chair! Wait, no, it’s a regular chair! The Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair is actually both, plus more, in one product that saves a ton of space.

Why It’s So Great

For my first kid, we were naive. We bought a big high chair that took up lots of space. All the while, there was empty space at our good-sized dining table. Well, this high chair capitalizes on that unused space. If you have room at the table, it can go there. If not, it’s still a smaller high chair option.

This high chair uses what they call their EZ Seat system. This means that both the seat and the footrest can be easily adjusted to fit whoever needs to use it, be it adult or baby. You don’t need any tools to do this, either.

When used as a high chair, there are two stain resistant cushion pieces that make up the bottom and back of the high chair atop the wooden frame. These are waterproof and easy to clean. You’ll find an easy-to-adjust 5 point safety harness that can later become a 3 point safety harness. Then there’s a click on plastic tray that goes on top of the attached, 2 point adjustable wooden tray. This plastic tray piece is dishwasher safe.

The wood is specially treated and sealed to be totally hygienic and averse to germs. It’s also super easy to just wipe down when it gets messy. The design is really sturdy and very hard to tip over. This chair is a favorite of special needs parents.

As your child grows, you can adjust the seat bottom and the footrest to accommodate their size. Eventually, your child can use this chair at the regular dining table. It also makes an extra chair whenever needed, since switching it is so easy.

Wrap this all in a 3 year warranty, and you can see why it’s the best compact wooden high chair!

Product Information

  • Item weight: 17.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 17.6 x 34.5 inches
  • Maximum Sitter Weight: 250 pounds

Possible Issues

  • The highest setting only goes to table height, so it’s not very tall.
  • Wooden tray is small and heavy and not easy to do with one hand.
  • This is a VERY expensive high chair, but consider that you are basically investing in furniture.

ciao! baby Portable High Chair

Best Portable High Chair

Maybe you are traveling or having a picnic outside and you need something that can just pop up when you need it. Or maybe you need something small to use at a friend or relative’s house. The ciao! Baby Portable High Chair is a pop-up high chair with fun features.

Why It’s So Great

This high chair is basically a fold-up camp chair that is designed like a high chair. The baby sits in the seat part, and there is an attached tray for food. The whole thing locks into place. The best part of this design is that you collapse the chair, fold it up and put it in it’s carrying sleeve, and you have a small and lightweight mini high chair that can go anywhere.

This small high chair is easy to clean because it’s made of durable nylon. You can easily wipe or hose it down when needed. The tray is covered in a vinyl coating and is easy to clean, including the drink holder portion.

You can use the 5 point safety harness to keep baby safely inside. It meets all required safety standards from ASTM, the EU, and CPSIA.

And even though it’s advertised as a travel/portable high chair, you could totally use this at home. It’s not as comfortable as a regular high chair, but I think that it would work well if you were really pressed for space and just wanted something for baby to use until they hit 2 and can use a booster at the table.

Product Information

  • Item weight: 7.9 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 23 x 32 inches when unfolded /li>
  • Maximum Child Weight: 50 pounds

Possible Issues

  • The tray slants towards the baby, so you’ll need one of those suction cup plates (like this SiliKong Silicone Suction Plate) to keep food in place.
  • The leg hole openings aren’t that big and won’t fit chunky thighs.
  • This chair sits low like a camp chair, so it won’t be quite up to tabletop height.

Bloom Nano Urban Highchair

Best Space Saver High Chair

Sleek? Check. Folds up to practically flat? Check. Easy to clean? Check. The Bloom Nano Urban high chair is guaranteed to be a great addition to any urban apartment space.

Why It’s So Great

The whole concept behind this chair was to create an attractive and useful folding high chair for the urban spaces that a lot of people occupy today. This high chair features curved legs that need less space in your home. The tall back and minimalist design also lend to it’s modern high chair appeal. Finally, the fact that it can fold up to just 7 inches tall makes it easy to store away, although it is still long when folded.

The seat is covered by a washable and cleanable leatherette pad. It has a 5 point adjustable safety harness with shoulder pads and a bottom pad, as well as a strap that goes between baby’s legs to keep them from sliding down and out. The footrest can move to 2 different levels to keep baby comfy.

The feeding tray is big and deep, which keeps spills off the floor. It can be moved to one of three positions for baby’s comfort.  It’s made from food grade, FDA approved plastic with stainless steel parts underneath.

Product Information

  • Item weight: 12 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 16 inches for the base, and about 20 inches tall
  • Maximum Child Weight: 50 pounds

Possible Issues

  • The curved back seat might make smaller babies crouch down.
  • The seat itself is deep and the tray sits up higher on the seat, so if you put a short/small baby in this chair, they may not be able to see up onto the tray as well.
  • Between the white upholstery and all the crevices, this chair can be tough to clean.

Why You Need a High Chair

The use of the high chair is a sign of change. You’re moving away from bottles of milk or formula (or nursing, for that matter) and transitioning in to solid foods. It’s a glorious, all be it messy, phase of life.

With all of my excitement about this transition, I didn’t stop to think that maybe my son wouldn’t be as excited as I was. This was a mistake. So, when he was incredibly bored with the food I was trying to feed him, I got frustrated. We started incorporating small toys in meal time so he could take a break from eating but still stay in the high chair.

While your child plays, you can eat. Plus, by keeping your child in the seat, he or she learns to eat at the table all together as a family. No one hops off to leave as soon as they’re finished eating. Instead, everyone stays together throughout the meal. I love this early lesson.

My Recommendation

Although all of these are really good high chairs and are great options for those who need to conserve space, my favorite is the Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Busy Baby Booster. I love that this booster seat can grow with your kids, and I love that it’s designed to help. By providing toys that anchor securely to the tray, it’s like the folks at Fisher-Price are giving you a hand so you can take time to feed yourself.

They anticipated what I needed and provided it before I even knew that I wanted it. That, in my opinion, is genius. Fisher-Price has always been considered a top brand in children’s toys and equipment, and this is why. They solve your problems for you before you even know they exist.

Sarah Stockett
After graduating from TCU with a degree in English, I took a break from writing. After accumulating some life experiences and children, I returned because I finally had something to say. I'm passionate about helping people be their best. Whether it's giving advice for success in parenting or information about how to improve your personal health, my top priority is to give you the best information possible.

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