A good high chair with an adjustable footrest is recommended by most feeding experts and occupational therapists. High chairs with proper foot rests help babies and toddlers sit correctly at the high chair and eat better. Here are the best high chairs with adjustable foot rests we found!
After realizing that our son had eating issues as a baby and toddler, we started searching for answers on the internet to see how we can help our toddler son learn to eat better. We found this Picky Eating workshop and course, which was a life-saver. After taking the course and reading more information online from baby feeding experts, I learned how important it is to have a good high chair for your baby that supports your baby properly and helps him or her be more comfortable.
And as you can imagine, if someone is comfortable then they are more likely to sit longer and enjoy their food more! So it's no wonder our son was not eating that well when he couldn't even reach the foot rest in his high chair.
Related: How to Keep Your Child Seated Longer In the High Chair
High chairs with foot rests
One of the best ways to get children to stop wiggling and sit in the high chair is to make sure the high chair has proper support for their feet. And since babies and toddlers grow and change so rapidly, an adjustable-height foot rest is the best invention ever to make sure that your child continues to sit properly and comfortably in the high chair.
Unfortunately, many of the most popular high chairs that we see in stores and on Amazon do not have an adjustable foot rest! So I wanted to write about this to bring to your attention if you are looking for high chairs for a new baby, or trying to improve your child's eating.
So take a look at these high chairs with adjustable foot rests, and then keep reading below to learn more about proper high chair posture and more tips for getting babies and toddlers to eat well!
High Chairs with Adjustable Foot Rests
INFANS High Chair
This high chair is foldable for easy stowing and storage, and most importantly it has a a foot rest that can easily be adjusted into 3 positions, depending on your baby's height.
Asunflower Wooden High Chair
This wooden high chair with a white seat is easy to clean and wipe down, and has a 7-stage adjustable foot plate. While it is not foldable like the high chair above, it is much less of an eyesore and will fit great with most house decors. So as long as you don't need to travel or stow this high chair, it is a great option!
Graco 6 in 1 Convertible High Chair
This Graco high chair has a 3-step adjustable foot rest, and it has a few other awesome features:
- It looks very comfortable
- It has wheels for easy moving around
- It converts to a booster seat with a tray that can be used on any chair (no bulky base at the bottom but your child still has his or her own tray)
- It can be used as a booster seat without the tray, so you can pull your child right up to the dining room table so he or she can feel more included!
Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair
This high chair has the easiest foot rest adjustment and has a dishwasher-safe tray cover.
Jeep Convertible High Chair
I am always surprised when I see that kinds of products Jeep makes other than cars. We have an awesome Jeep suitcase, and this Jeep high chair looks pretty great too. Not only does it have an adjustable foot rest, but it is foldable AND it converts to a toddler chair, meaning you can use this for YEARS.
Tripp Trapp Chair
The Tripp Trapp chair is recommended by many feeding experts AND moms. The great thing about this chair is that you can adjust the height of the seat and foot rest, and you can pull your child right up to the family dining table so they can feel part of the family, instead of having to eat on their own separate high chair.
You can also buy a newborn add-on and an attachable tray if you need to, so this chair is super versatile. This chair can be adjusted for toddlers and older kids, and can even be used for adults once kids grow out of it, so it can be in the family for years, if not decades.
Keekaroo High Chair
This is another great wooden high chair option with a super-easy foot rest adjustment. It includes an infant insert and a dishwasher-safe tray cover.
Embassy High Chair
This neat wooden high chair has a different design if you are looking for something unique, but still has the same great features that a high chair should have: adjustable foot rest, harness, removable dishwasher-safe tray, and it can be adjusted for big kids and adults to use without the tray, if needed - up to 175 lbs!
INFANS Folding High Chair
This folding high chair is my favorite out of all the folding options out there because it is not so massive. This minimalist and practical design, with an easy adjustable foot rest is a winner in my book.
Joovy Foodoo High Chair
This high chair has wheels, which is great if you need to move it around between the kitchen and the dining room. This allows for more flexibility with where and how you feed your child and can be a lifesaver for busy parents!
Proper high chair alignment and posture
Many brands of high chairs boast features such as reclining back and foot rests that can be extended for napping and resting. However, babies and toddlers should never eat in a reclining position. Not only is that a choking hazard, but it is also not very comfortable! Just look at adult dining chairs - there's a reason they are designed the way they are.
Proper high chair posture means that your child should be sitting with all 90-degree angles. They should sit up straight so that there is a 90 degree angle between their upper thighs and their stomach: the weight of their torso and head should be directly above their hips/pelvis. And their feet should be resting on a foot rest so that there is a 90 degree bend in their knees. This way their feet are supported and children are comfortable in the high chair. Otherwise, their feet would be hanging if the foot rest is too low, or their knees would be bent too much and bunched up if the foot rest is too high.
Related recipe: 3 Sensory Tricks to Get Your Child to Eat
More picky eating tips
If you came across this article because you're looking for ways to get your child to eat better, here are a few resources:
- 20 ways to get your child to eat when they refuse
- 7 easy family rules to reduce picky eating
- Free picky eater food worksheet (this was SO HELPFUL for us!)
- Feeding therapy for picky eating