First, consider which style will work best for your home. You'll probably see these options:
STANDARD A freestanding chair. It can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, metal or a combo. Baby can use this chair as soon as she's sitting (typically at six months). It's a good choice if you've got plenty of space (they tend to take up a lot of it) and want something easy to clean. Look for a removable tray that's dishwasher-safe.
EUROPEAN These are usually made of wood and don't have trays, meaning you canbring baby right up to the table. Some models "grow" with your child, so they can be used for many years, starting at nine months. They can be pricey too.
PORTABLE These compact seats clip onto your table or strap onto a kitchen chair. They're as secure as standard high chairs but often have a weight limit of around 35 pounds—perfect for small spaces and for travel!
BOOSTER SEAT You might want this when your baby becomes a toddler. It will raise him up to the table and comes with a seat belt to keep him squirm-free. You can start using after 18 months.
Once you've picked a style, consider these features:
FIVE-POINT HARNESS Keeps even a small baby safe and in place.
SEAT, FOOTREST AND HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY After all, babies come in all shapes and sizes!
ONE-HAND TRAY REMOVAL You'll be grabbing it while holding baby.
WASHABLE It will get dirty.
STABILITY The wider the base, the more stable it will be.
COLLAPSIBLE If you don't have a lot of room in your house, you'll want to fold it between meals.
RECLINING If the seat reclines, baby can sit in it at a younger age. Bonus: post-meal siestas.
LOCKING If your high chair has wheels, it's important that you're able to lock the wheels in place.