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Road Test: Parent-approved highchairs

The best seats in the house for early eaters.

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Give me five

Chicco Polly Progres5, $200
“We tend to eat at either our dining table or kitchen island, so we take advantage of the Polly Progres5’s adjustable height daily. The chair also has five different ‘modes’—including an option to use it for two kids at once, with one in the booster and the other on the youth stool. We’ll be ready when our family expands!”

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Long live the clean

Stokke Steps, $249; Baby Set; $99
“The Steps offers ample support, thanks to its ergonomic seat and two-position backrest. And with a solid beechwood frame and plastic tray, it’s a cinch to clean. It can even be used as a toddler-sized seat when our daughter gets older. The longevity alone makes it a worthwhile investment.”

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Slim fit

Joovy Nook, $120
“The best thing about the Nook is its leatherette seat. Or maybe its swing-open tray. I’m obsessed with both! It’s easy to get baby in and out, and it folds down to fit in our pantry between meals, leaving us with plenty of space for a postdinner family dance party.”

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Instant attraction

Oribel Cocoon, $199
“A unique feature of the Cocoon is its ‘food and cup holder,’ a tiny side table with just enough room for a bottle or jar of baby food. It’s nice not to navigate around a giant tray while I’m feeding my daughter —and it’s even nicer that the giant tray attaches to the back of the chair magnetically, so we don’t have to find somewhere else to stash it.”

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Human revolution

 Graco Swivi Seat 3-in-1 Booster, $70
“Instead of turning baby’s chair sideways, so you can feed him from a comfortable angle, the Swivi Seat rotates on its base for easy interaction. We think it’s so handy! It also reclines, which our little man loves, and we’re fans of its space-conscious considerations, too.”

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Foam booth

Ingenuity SmartClean ChairMate, $75
“Cleaning up after a snack is one of my least favorite chores (the grime has a way of wedging itself in the tiniest of crevices!), but the SmartClean ChairMate has been a game-changer. The EVA foam seat pad wipes down effortlessly, and it’s still plenty cushy for our petite eater.”