Lots of chairs to choose from… Which is the best? What do I look for? Padded seat? Tray? Straps? On wheels?
Just remember these simple questions to ask yourself when you’re on the hunt for a high chair:
1. How easy is it to clean?
Babies are messy creatures. Think of your babies food finding it’s way into each little crack and crevice (it will!) You’ll be cleaning it at least 3 times a day – more like 6 with snacks, so an easy wipe tray and smooth surfaces are best. Padded seats are lovely and comfy but a nightmare to clean. Padding that’s easy to remove and wash is a much better option.
2. How is the baby secured?
Does it have a 5 point safety harness or suitable closing to keep baby safe? Growing babies love to climb and it won’t take long for them to try to stand in the high chair, cheeky devils. A bar between the babies legs stops them slipping down or making an escape. Some high chairs feature clever locks and a close fitting tray (like the Baby Bjorn high chair) so you can do away with mucky straps. If you do choose straps check how easy they are to remove and wash.
3. Can you store it away?
Some legs come off, some have clever folds. High chairs tend to have a wide footprint (to make them more stable you see…) so if you want it out of sight when you’re not using it you’ll need to check out the fold. Wheels can be handy to scoot it out of sight or move it around a small kitchen. A lockable wheel means it’ll stay where you want it.
4. How long will it last?
Your baby will most likely sit in their high chair until around 3 years old when they’ll move to a toddler chair. Does it convert? Can you pull it up to the dinner table? Does it look like it will stand up to rough wear and tear and a lot of scrubbing? It’s gonna need to!
5. What else do I need to know to keep my baby safe?
Is it stable? Prone to tipping? Are there any detachable parts that could be a choking hazard? Are there finger traps, moving parts or sharp edges? Take a look at the tray and how it moves. Is it easy to shift with one hand safely?
A couple of notes before we look at a few chairs:
- High chairs are difficult to clean and often that comes down to the fact that feeding babies is MESSY. Apart from your babies safety, you should be thinking about cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!
- If you start feeding your baby before 6 months they may be too tiny and not have enough neck/back strength to sit up in the high chairs below. So you might want to start with something like the Bumbo.
Ready to look at some chairs now?
1. Ikea Antilop: Famous for being cheap and cheerful, the main reason it’s such a popular choice is it’s super easy to clean. I know I’m a bore and any conversation I have with expectant parents about highchairs always comes back to cleaning, but trust me… it’s important! Downside is that it doesn’t have a 5 point harness, only a lap strap. So keep your eyes on baby. $24.99.
2. Peg Perego Prima Papa Zero 3: Shaped like the more traditional chair with a padded seat, it has a removable tray, multiple heights, a recline for smaller babies and a stable wide base that folds for storage. Take a look at the demo and see if you like it. $299.
3. Phil & Teds Poppy A convertible chair – start feeding your baby using the high seat and 5 point safety harness, then as toddler seated at the dinner table. It has a shorter leg option which creates a mini chair. Cute colours, easy wipe tray and seat. It’s a lovely price too. $149.95 It’s on Youtube here.
4. Tripp Trapp: Probably the most versatile, the Tripp Trapp Chair was created in 1972 and aims to bring children to the dinner table. With a fantastic newborn set (purchased separately for $225) that brings baby up from the floor to comfortably seating an adult (yes, really!) I love the adjustable board for little feet. It’s $399 and This video sums up the features perfectly!
5. Bloom Fresco: Whoop Whoop! Check out this mod lil number. Shiny chrome and high enough to sit at the table it’s a stunner. It has a recline system, a 360 degree swivel, and pneumatic up and down. It’s got a huge range of colours (love the Gala Green). It has a 5 point safety harness and if you buy the Universal Snug seat liner ($55) it fits the Bloom Lounger too.. from $699.
Finally , a quick tip from me: One of the best ways to get your children eating without fuss is to model eating from the start. Eat with them as much as you can and they’re more likely to get on with it and eat as you do. A huge congrats on making it to the next stage of your baby’s life!
Which chair is your favourite?