When we adopted our son, I swore I wouldn’t fill my house with colorful, plastic baby gear, and I meant it. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against plastic. Any parent who’s ever been hit in the face with an eco-friendly wooden taxi knows that plastic toys are where it’s at. I’ll take off-gassing any day in exchange for keeping all of my teeth. But when it comes to furniture, it’s important to me that Levon’s pieces blend seamlessly with the rest of our decor. His highchair was the first and most expensive piece we invested in, since it would live front and center in our dining area. We purchased the Stokke® Steps™ Chair and clip on bouncer, and I have NO REGRETS. In addition to meal time, Levon spent hundreds of hours sitting in his chair during his early-intervention therapies, not to mention all of the times I dragged it into the bathroom while I showered or brushed my teeth. He’s now four, and the chair still sits at our table, serving as the perfect toddler seat.
Below are my favorite high chairs for fellow design-loving parents.
Joovy® Nook™ High Chair
Folds down flat for storage. Suitable for children up to 50 pounds.
Tavo High Chair
Upholstered seat available in black, brown or white enviroleather. Base is solid maple wood with a clear or espresso finish, or solid walnut finish.
BABYBJORN® High Chair
Folds up and easy to transport. Available in white and light green.
OXO Tot® Sprout™ High Chair
Height and depth adjustments, as well as removable parts, allow it to convert from high chair to youth chair. Available in a variety of color and wood combinations.
phil&teds® Poppy™ High Chair
Coverts to a child seat. Foldable for storage. Tray is diswasher safe.
Available in four colors.
Jessica Butler is the creator of "Raise Magazine," stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to "Raise," she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son, Levon.