As the name implies, convertible high chairs convert from baby chairs to toddler chairs and even to booster seats to give younger children a lift at the table. Our top two wooden chairs, the Stokke Tripp Trapp (Est. $250) and Svan Signet Complete (Est. $250) are often considered convertible high chairs, although they only work from 6 months and up, not from infancy.
The best chair to take your child from birth right up to the time they can sit at the table in an adult chair is the Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System (Est. $150). Its modular design is highly versatile, transforming from an infant feeding seat to a traditional high chair, then a toddler booster and finally a youth chair. It can even seat two children at the same time. It gets the highest rating for safety from one independent testing organization and includes an infant support pillow that fits into the chair's five-point harness. The five-point harness converts to a three-point for older children. Parents say it's sturdy and the wheels lock securely.
The Blossom gets great reviews from owners for ease of use. They say it's a breeze to make all of the adjustments and the Blossom is easy to clean. Recline and tray functions can all be performed one-handed, and the infant and toddler boosters are great for travel. Graco markets this as the only high chair you'll ever need and parent reviewers say that claim is an accurate one.
While the Graco Blossom is about as traditional-looking a high chair as you can find, the Bloom Fresco Chrome (Est. $550) is probably the most modern-looking chair on the market. It's also one of the most expensive, but it comes with everything you need to transition from cradle to high chair to play chair without any additional purchases. The scoop-shaped seat reclines like a space-age cradle, and includes a five-point safety harness and a crotch post. The seat rotates 360 degrees so baby can face the action, a feature parents love.
Like some other high-end high chairs, the Fresco Chrome gets higher marks from professional reviewers who don't use it in real-world situations than from owners. Many parents say it's hard to move around, even though it's wheeled, and report that it's very difficult to clean. It also takes up a lot of space, so it isn't a good choice for a small eating area.
For the price, features, versatility and longevity, it's tough to beat the Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System.