Congrats! Your twins or multiples are beginning to transition from the bottle to solids and you’re now on the lookout for a high chair that’s suitable for twins or multiples. We’ve got you covered with this post which looks at some of the best feeding chairs.
Spoiler alert - There aren’t high chairs specifically designed for twins or multiples. With that said, we’ve carefully curated a list of high chairs which we think are great options for parents of twins or multiples. While we’ve also listed a checklist of what we recommend considering when purchasing a feeding chair for your twins.
What to Consider When Buying a High Chair for Twins
Buying high chairs isn’t rocket science and relatively straight forward but we wanted to put together 7 tips on things to consider when buying high chairs for multiples.
The Twin Aspect
Our one biggest piece of advice for any parents of twins is to buy the same thing of everything! Maybe not clothes but when it comes to toys or other items, your twins will always want what the other one has. For this reason, we recommend buying high chairs that match so you don’t have one twin getting jealous of the other’s chair.
- Tray - Does it have a tray that can be easily added or removed with one hand? Don’t forget that sometimes you’ll have your child in one hand and be trying to remove the tray with the other hand.
- Wheels - We made the foolish mistake of buying a chair that didn’t come with wheels. As we have the high chairs on wooden floor boards, we’ve found the seats have left marks on the floor from when we sometimes pull them into different positions.
- Grow with your child - You want a chair that will grow with your child. Look for a chair that allows you to customise the height of the chair, provides different recline options and allows you to change the positioning of the table as your child grows.
It goes without saying that when looking at high chairs for your twins that you look for something that’s safe. For this reason, we recommend investing in a high chair that has a safety harness. If your twins are anything like ours, they’ll probably try escape from the seat even with a safety harness. Some seats come with a leg strap which helps keep your twins from going anywhere.
You also want to consider your own safety when looking at high chairs for multiples. If buying a portable high chair where the legs detach, it pays to look at what the mounting mechanism uses. There’s nothing worse then fiddly mechanisms which may pinch your fingers when trying to dis-engage the legs!
Being a parent to twins or multiples, you’re already up for at least double the cost by having to purchase two or more of everything. Fortunately, high chairs for little ones come at all different price points where you’re bound to find something within your budget.
If you’re still struggling to find something within budget, we recommend looking for multiple birth or twin groups in your area where people often sell good condition baby items.
Ease of Cleaning
Having owned two different baby feeding chairs, one for travel and one for home, I can tell you confidently that having a feeding chair that is easy to keep clean is a huge plus!
We made the mistake of purchasing a chair (brand will remain unnamed!) which has lots of little crevices and cracks which are like a magnet for food scraps. These can be difficult to keep clean unless you get a knife or similar to flick out the food scraps that manage to work their way down.
For this reason, we recommend a high chair that is easy to keep clean which does not have cracks or crevices where food might fall.
As your child will end up spending a lot of time in the high chair you’ll want something that’s comfortable for them. For this reason, we recommend looking for a chair that has padding for both their back and bottom.
We also recommend looking for a seat that comes with a foot rest so your little one has something to rest their feet on while feeding.
Build Material And Style
High chairs come in a range of build materials and styles. Whether you’re looking for a chair with a wooden finish or perhaps a chair that suits your Scandinavian decorated home, you’re bound to find something that suits your style.
Age and Weight Limit
Be sure to check the age and weight limit before buying a chair. From our experience, most chairs max out for children aged 2-3 years and 30-40 pounds (13-18kg).
ciao! baby Portable High Chair
What We Liked
What We Disliked
The Ciao! Baby High Chair is a great option for anyone looking for a chair that they can take away with them whether it be camping with the family or staying in a hotel.
There were a few things we really liked about the Ciao! Baby High Chair:
- Easy to clean
- Portable and lightweight
- Great for camping adventures
- Low cost
- Drink cup holder
While there were a few things we disliked:
- Leg hole opening is quite small and might be a problem for older infants using this chair
- Poor weight distribution which results in the table tipping towards your little one and there food falling in their lap
- No lip on the table can result in food falling over the edge of the table due to there being no lip to keep it all in
- Lacking a 5 point safety harness
All in all, a great lightweight chair for anyone looking for a chair to travel with their twins.
Tiny Dreny Convertible Baby High Chair
What We Liked
What We Disliked
Our pick of the bunch, the Tiny Dreny is a great option for anyone looking for a permanent high chair in the home.
In terms of things we really liked about the Tiny Dreny High Chair included:
- Great looking design and perfect for anyone looking to get something that fits in with their Scandinavian themed home
- Different height options allowing you to change the height of the chair as your little one grows
- Good padding meaning your little one will be comfortable while sitting in the chair
- Easy to assemble making setting the chair up a breeze!
While there wasn’t too much negative about the Tiny Dreny High Chair other than it is quite expensive especially when you’re buying 2-3 of them.
Toogel Hook On Chair
What We Liked
What We Disliked
Are you looking for a hook on high chair to travel with? Search no more thanks to the Toogel High Chair being a great option.
In terms of things we really liked about the Toogel High Chair:
- Fits a bench width of 20-80mm
- Lightweight and easy to travel with
- Works for children from 6 to 36 months of age
- Able to hold 37 pounds
While we only had one criticism of the Toogel Hook on Chair which was the safety harness could be tighter. If you’re not careful, your little one might escape out of the harness due to it not being able to be pulled really tight.
The Toogel High Chair is a great option for anyone looking for a stylish hook on high chair to travel with.
Bumbo Multi Seat
What We Liked
What We Disliked
Are you looking for a booster chair that will work well from when your child is young (6 months) all the way through as they become older (36 months)? Search no more with the Bumbo Multi Seat being a great option!
There’s a lot to love about the Bumbo Multi Seat including:
- Can be used on the floor or as a booster seat on an adult chair
- Three point safety harness
- Good upright support and padding
- Affordable if you’re having to buy two of them
While in terms of things we didn’t love about the Bumbo Multi Seat:
- The tray can be difficult to clean as over time it becomes difficult to remove from the seat.
We really liked the Bumbo Multi-Seat but found the difficulty in removing the table tray and being able to clean it a bit of a deal breaker. Perhaps this might have been just our unit but something to bear in mind!
Types of High Chairs
High chairs for multiples come in different shapes and sizes. In this part of our post, we summarise the different types of high chairs on the market.
Traditional (Standard) High Chairs
The traditional or standard high chair is the most basic high chair on the market. Think of a traditional high chair is only providing the most basic features which includes:
- One stand up position
- May or may not fold down for travelling
- Tray may or may not be detachable
- Extra features come at a cost
Multi-function High Chairs
Multi-function high chairs differ to traditional high chairs where they allow you to change the height, recline position and position of the table. While also generally fold up well for storage.
Generally these types of chairs are the most heaviest due to the extra features they provide.
Portable High Chairs
Portable high chairs as the name suggest are best suited for anyone looking for a chair to travel with or are in a small apartment and looking for a chair they can pack away after each feed.
We found with portable high chairs that they don’t provide as much height and recline customisation while also not providing much in the way of padding to help provide support for your little one.
Thanks to portable high chairs not providing much in the way of features, this helps with keeping weight low which works great if you’re travelling and have a pesky baggage weight limit to meet!
Booster seats are a great option for anyone that’s short on space and wanting something that allows your child to sit at the dinner table with you.
Booster seats work by being a seat that straps onto one of your adult seats and converts it into a seat for your little one. The only downside to booster seats is that they don’t provide much in the way of height customisation (due to being on top of an adult seat). With that said though, these make a great option for anyone short on space.
Hook on Chair
Hook on chairs are another option for anyone looking for a high chair to travel with. Hook on chairs work by attaching to a table.
Similar to a booster seat, hook on chairs don’t provide much in the way of height adjustment however are a great option for anyone looking for a small and lightweight seat to travel with.
Hook on chairs generally have a weight limit of 37 pounds (16 kg).
Booster Chair or High Chair?
If you’re the parents to twins or multiples, we actually think booster chairs are the best option. Why? Here’s a few stand out reasons:
- Space - If you’re short on space or not keen on having 2-3 high chairs set up in your kitchen, booster seats are a great option as they easily store away when not in use.
- Long term - Your twins or multiples will eventually grow out of their high chairs and move to booster seats. Why not start them off in booster seats and avoid the transition?
- Cost - Being parents to twins we can relate to the extra costs you incur of having to buy everything twice. Booster seats are generally more cheaper than high chairs so you’re bound to save a bit of money by going the booster seat route.
- Easy to travel with - Do you see yourself travelling to your parents place to visit? Booster seats are a great option for travelling as they easily store away in the car without taking up too much space.
- Easy to keep clean - Finally and probably the most important point, booster seats are easy to keep clean with some even fitting in a kitchen dish washer.
My name’s Alex and I’m a husband, dad to beautiful identical twin boys, cyclist, photographer and connoisseur of great coffee!
Help I’m Having Twins has been created for me to share what I found useful as a new parent and dad to twins.