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The Best Toddler Chairs for Lounging at Home and Outside

A comfy toddler chair is the perfect spot for your little one to curl up with a book, stuffie or movie.
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Updated December 19, 2023
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As much as toddlers want to play and run around, sometimes they want to sit back, relax and just chill out too. What better way to make them feel comfortable than with their very own pint-sized piece of furniture? Toddler chairs are designed to accommodate kids’ miniature frames and tend to be lightweight enough for them to transfer around the house. Better yet, they should be stylish enough to be parked anywhere in your home. Your little one will love the endless hours of playing, reading, singing and watching shows from their own designated spot. Plus, it’ll motivate them to sit down for more than five seconds, which is always a win in our book.

So you know you want a toddler lounge chair, but what kind? Whether you’re in the market for a recliner chair, a bean bag chair or an adirondack chair, we rounded up a selection of the best seats in the house for you to choose from. Consider where and how your child is likely to use it—indoors or outdoors, as a place to curl up and watch a show or as a jungle gym (in which case, you’ll want something sturdy). Whatever your budget or style, we’ve got your tushes covered with these top picks.

How We Chose the Best Toddler Chairs

To help you find the best toddler chair for your cutie pie, we looked at different styles of chairs including rockers, recliners, bean bags and folding chairs. Here’s how we narrowed down the many choices out there:

  • We browsed options from an array of leading baby brands and trusted online retailers, considering factors such as size, weight, ease of cleaning and special features.
  • We read reviews to see how these chairs held up when put to use in real life, what parents thought about their quality and value and didn’t consider anything with less than an average four-star rating.
  • Since many of us are parents ourselves, we relied on the experience of our editorial staff with our own children.

Editorial integrity is at the heart of everything we publish. Read about how The Bump develops and reviews all articles, including product reviews.

Overall best toddler chair

Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair
Image: Pottery Barn Kids
What We Love
  • Lightweight so kids can move it
  • Washable slipcover
  • Comes in multiple colorways
Things To Consider
  • Also comes in a big-kid size

A classic choice found in nurseries everywhere, the Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair comes in multiple colors and sweet polka-dot patterns. It’s lightweight, and a handle on the back lets toddlers lug it wherever they like. “We bought this chair for our daughter’s first birthday,” says Daniel Carroll, associate director of e-commerce content for The Bump and father of one. “She immediately recognized it as a chair for her, climbed in and began bouncing up and down. She was delighted! Over the years it became her go-to spot for reading, relaxing and play.”

A machine-washable cover means you don’t need to sweat it when your little one spills their snack or has an accident (because you know it’s bound to happen). Plus, you can have your child’s name embroidered on it so they have a personalized toddler chair. And the chair holds up for a long time, according to Carroll. “Years later, the chair is still in our living room, staying with us after multiple moves. Even now that she’s too big for it, she doesn’t want to let it go!”

Dimensions: 20.5" (L) x 16.5" (W) x 17.8" (H) | Material: Cotton twill (slipcover); foam (insert) | Weight: 4 lbs.

“Our daughter loved having a special chair for herself. Sometimes she would point at the embroidery and say her name proudly!”

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Best stylish toddler lounge chair

Crate & Kids Sherpa Bear Chair
Image: Crate & Kids
Buying Options
Crate & Kids|$399
What We Love
  • Modern, on-trend design
  • Soft, cozy material
  • Comes in two colors
Things To Consider
  • Spot-clean only
  • High price point

Give your playroom an upgrade with this design-forward toddler lounge chair. The on-trend sherpa chair is perfectly sized for little ones, and the subtle bear ear silhouette lends a playful touch while still blending in with your modern decor. The low-slung seating lets littles easily clamber up, and the rounded back and cozy fabric will keep them comfy for as long as their heart desires.

Dimensions: 20" (L) x 21.8" (W) x 22.5" (H) | Material: Oak (frame, base and legs); engineered wood (arms); foam and polyester (upholstery) | Weight: N/A

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Best cute toddler lounge chair

Soft Landings Sweet Seats Plush Chair
Image: Amazon
What We Love
  • Removable, washable cover
  • Lightweight so kids can move it
Things To Consider
  • Interior is made of foam blocks

Kids and parents alike will love this adorable stuffed elephant that doubles as a toddler plush chair. Designed for little ones ages 18 months and up, this faux fur lounger has a machine-washable, removable chair cover for easy cleaning. Only you will be able to take the cover off, though—the zipper is designed to open with a paperclip, so curious toddlers can’t wreak any havoc (at least by stripping the chair cover off).

Dimensions: 13" (L) x 18" (W) x 19" (H) | Material: Polyester (cover); foam (insert) | Weight: 2.9 lbs.

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Best toddler rocking chair

Isabella & Max Villas Kids Rocking Chair
Image: Wayfair
Buying Options
Wayfair| $114.99
What We Love
  • Comes in multiple colorways
  • Won’t tip backward
Things To Consider
  • Spot-clean only

All your little one will want to do is cozy up with a book (or a few!) in this adorable toddler rocking chair. Designed to last thanks to sturdy materials like wood and upholstered seats, the handcrafted chair comes in multiple color options. Most importantly, it rocks gently and smoothly with little stoppers on the back to prevent kiddos from falling backwards.

Dimensions: 21" (L) x 19" (W) x 19.5'' (H) | Material: Polyester (upholstery); wood (chair) | Weight: 15 lbs

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Best toddler recliner chair

Flash Furniture Deluxe Padded Contemporary Kids' Recliner
Image: Target
Buying Options
Target|$219.92
What We Love
  • Arms provide storage
Things To Consider
  • On the heavy side

Let kids feel all grown up with their very own toddler recliner chair. With a whopping 29 colors to choose from, they’ll definitely be excited to try it out for themselves. Complete with a solid wood construction plus a plush headrest, footrest and flip-up storage arms so kids can stash their treasures, this chair is comfy, sturdy and easy to clean. You’ll love how many hours they’ll miraculously stay busy here.

Dimensions: 25" (L) x 39" (W) x 28" (H) | Material: Bonded leather (upholstery); foam (fill); plastic (frame) | Weight: 28 lbs.

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Best toddler bean bag chair

Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Beanbags
Image: Pottery Barn Kids
What We Love
  • Comes in multiple colorways
  • Washable cover
  • Can be personalized
Things To Consider
  • Simple assembly required

Once again, Pottery Barn Kids is the go-to when it comes to toddler chairs. This bean bag chair comes in a variety of colors and patterns including stars and rainbows—and like the Anywhere Chair, you can customize this toddler bean bag with your child’s name or monogram. It’s got a removable, washable slipcover so spills are a breeze to clean, and it’s lightweight so little ones can lug it around.

Dimensions: 31" diameter Material: 100% cotton twill (slipcover); polystyrene (fill) | Weight: N/A

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Best toddler sofa chair

Little Creatives Mini Chair
Image: Maisonette
Buying Options
Maisonette|$480
What We Love
  • Can be configured in multiple ways
  • Machine-washable slipcover
Things To Consider
  • High price point

What’s better than a cozy toddler sofa chair? One that doubles as a toy! This inventive seating consists of eight blocks that can be separated and constructed into towers, forts, a play kitchen—whatever your little one can dream up! It’s basically the toddler lounge chair version of the Nugget couch. It’s made of stain-resistant, machine-washable fabrics that are hypoallergenic and designed to withstand active play as tots work on gross motor skills and creative thinking.

Dimensions: 26" (L) x 19" (W) x 17" (H) | Material: Polyester (slipcover); foam (insert) | Weight: 8 lbs.

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Best toddler Adirondack chair

KidKraft Wooden Adirondack Chair
Image: Walmart
What We Love
  • Classic style
Things To Consider
  • Requires assembly

Get ready for some outdoor fun with this adorable toddler Adirondack chair. A seat sized just for them, this classic and comfortable chair is crafted from solid wood for durability. They’ll love joining in on the outdoor party with a chair that’s made to look just like their parents’. Anything that encourages enjoying the outdoors is a must for us!

Dimensions: 19.1" (L) x 21.7" (W) x 24.7" (H) | Material: Wood | Weight: 7.5 lbs.

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Best toddler folding chair

Melissa & Doug Cutie Pie Butterfly Camp Chair
Image: Target
What We Love
  • No assembly required
Things To Consider
  • Spot clean only

If you’re looking for the cutest toddler folding chair, this one is too adorable to pass up. Available in a whole variety of garden insect characters, your kiddo will love bringing along their new friend to the beach, the park, the campground or anywhere else life takes them. This delightful folding chair is sturdy, water resistant and has a handy cup holder and a convenient storage bag to boot. Did we mention it’s also under $20? What a steal!

Dimensions: 15" (L) x 12.5" (W) x 25" (H) | Material: Metal and fabric | Weight: 2.7 lbs.

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Best budget-friendly toddler lounge chair

Delta Children Cozee Sherpa Kids Chair
Delta Children Cozee Sherpa Kids Chair
Image: Amazon
What We Love
  • Removable, machine-washable cover
  • Comes in multiple colorways
  • Affordable price point
Things To Consider
  • Assembly required

This snuggly toddler chair from Delta is the perfect cozy spot for tots 18 months and older to settle in with a book or movie. It’s lightweight, so you (or even your kiddo) can easily pick it up and move it from room to room, and the seat cover is removable and machine-washable. If the Anywhere Chair—our pick for best overall toddler chair—is out of your price range, this is a good dupe (though it’s not personalizable, it does come in multiple color options).

Dimensions: 25" (L) x 18.5" (W) x 18" (H) | Material: Polyester (cover); foam (interior) | Weight: 5.7 lbs

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