Feeding a baby is a messy business. Liquefied rice, vegetables and fruit are just begging to be smeared around. Once your child discovers how to blow raspberries with her tongue, you are likely to be sprayed, repeatedly, with carrots, followed promptly with a huge grin.
A high chair isn’t going to make your child a more civilized diner. It can, however, safely contain her during mealtime. Feeding seats, whether traditional high chairs or portable boosters, have come a long way since we were kids, says Paula Motte, senior editor at Babycenter.com.
“Designers are getting really great at intuitive, smart design,” Motte said. Chair patterns now go beyond ponies and giraffes, she said, to fit more seamlessly into the design of your home, with sleek styling and modern fabrics in solid bold or neutral colors. Some models have a simple foot pedal to raise or lower the seat height, depending on who is feeding the baby, Motte said.
“People are looking for versatility,” Motte said. “Anything that makes life easier.”