Are you preparing to start weaning your baby on to solid food? You’re going to need a great high chair to give your little darling their own little dining area.
A well designed high chair will not only help your baby have mealtimes, but also safe playtime and the occasional sleepy time. We know that feeling of walking into a store and being bombarded with so much choice for feeding baby. Finding the best high chair can be confusing, so we’ve done the time-consuming work for you. This is our list, check out what we found.
Criteria for the Best High Chair?
Before you buy a high chair you should know which features to look out for that will provide most benefit for you and baby.
- Ease of use – we looked at how easy the chair are to use on a daily basis. We researched how easy the chair is to get baby in and out, baby comfort and extra features such as a recline.
- Cleaning – your baby is going to make a lot of mess when weaning. We’ve rated how easy each high chair is to clean, in particular with crumbs and stains.
- Assembly – High chairs can take up a lot of room. We rate how easy the chairs are to assemble, footprint, folding and storage. Portability and weight is important for travel high chairs.
- Safety – Safety is so important with high chairs to prevent any nasty accidents. The features we check for include harness security, tray attachment and release as well as the sturdiness of the high chair.
- Price – We’re aiming to find the best high chairs for all budgets. Expect to pay around £40 – £300 for a baby high chair.
Best High Chair – Top 5 Reviews
Any of these high chairs would be a great buy. Ultimately it will come down to your needs and personal preferences. Of course if money is no object you will get an all singing and dancing high chair. However there are also some great quality high chairs available for all budgets.
1. BabyBjorn Highchair
Pros: easy to get baby in and out, quick cleaning, ergonomic, folds for storage.
The BabyBjorn system is hands down the highest rated and bestselling baby high chair in the UK. Yes it’s a little pricey, but it will provide seating from 6 months right up until 3 years old. The main selling point of this high chair is that it does not have any safety harnesses. The idea is that the tray and crotch post and designed to keep baby securely in the chair. The tray can only be removed by a quick release lever which baby cannot reach. With no straps this chair is very easy to clean, as no nooks or fabric for food to become strapped or stain.
Even though it’s non-padded it’s designed with curves and fold which make it very comfortable for baby. Expect to pay around £150 for this high chair.
2. Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair
Pros: Long lasting, adjustable for baby and child, easy to clean.
Cons: stiff straps, need to purchase tray separately.
If you plan to have a few children (or grandchildren) the Stokke Tripp Trapp is the High Chair to Buy. It’s a great investment as this high chair will last few many years, and still look great. We love how easy it is to clean, no fabric crevices to high crumbs or old food. It’s super easy to use, simply slot the wooden boards out and in to adjust the size to fit your child. Even baby can be part of the family table rather than to the side. If baby prefer a tray you need to purchase this separately.
We found to this chair was the non-padded wood was not as comfortable for babies, although it want a problem for older children. Available in a variety of colours, you’ll pay around £160 for this high chair.
3. BabyDan DanChair
Pros: affordable, easy to clean, adjustable to child’s seat.
Cons: doesn’t fold, requires assembly.
The DanChair Wooden Highchair is a great rated, affordable alternative to the Stokke Tripp Trapp. The chair is designed to use from around 6 months old to 8 years old, which is great for the price. It’s not padded so if you thin k baby will become uncomfortable you’ll have to buy a seat pad. A sturdy base, strong harness and inbuilt leg separator, makes the chair very easy to use, particularly for wiggly or adventurous babies. Best suited to larger homes as the chair does not fold and it has a fairly large footprint.
Very easy to use, even one handed, and cleaning is a breeze too. Available in 4 different wood finishes which will probably fit in with most décor. This high chair will cost around £60.
4. Chicco Polly Highchair
Pros: for babies and toddlers, stable, very padded, lightweight.
Cons: lots of cervices for food bits, bulky when folded.
The Chicco Polly is the best rated high chair for comfort on our favourite list. The chair is really padded, which makes it comfortable for baby, and a good fit to keep the harness snug. Unfortunately the padding makes it easy for food and crumbs to become trapped, however the removable tray makes it easier to clean up. We love that it converts from a simple high chair into a toddler seat as they grow. There is a few options including fun, bright designs which appeal to babies, or neutral colour for a toned down look. This highchair will be used for a good few years, so it’s a steal for around £80.
5. Cosatto 3Sixti Highchair
Pros: rotates 360⁰, height adjustable, dishwasher safe tray, recline, compact, movable.
Cons: small tray, harnesses fiddly to clean.
For a very modern baby high chair design check out the Cosatto 3Sixti. It has a hydraulic, pedestal design which looks like a breakfast bar chair. The simple design make it quite compact and very pleasing to the eye in a modern kitchen. The seat covers are bright and fun for babies, without being nauseatingly cutesy. The chair itself can rotate a full circle and adjust in height with a foot operated button. The tray and seat are both machine washable, which makes it easier for deep cleaning. The biggest drawback with this high chair is cleaning the chair straps as the texture tends to make food cling. The seat is padded with enough leg room and a recline feature to make it extremely comfortable for baby. You’ll be looking to pay around £140 for this high chair.
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Types of High Chair
This is the first type of that will spring to mind when you think of a baby high chair. Just at the name suggests it’s a chair designed for baby at the height you can comfortably feed baby or sit at a dining table. A tray is attached to the seat as a personal table for baby. Traditional high chairs come in three different styles:
- Fixed – Legs stay in a fixed position. Requires a large footprint but offer stability.
- Folding – Chair folds up for storage. Great for space saving but required safety locks.
- Stem – Modern style with a single leg (like a barista stool). Lots of mobility as most rotate and height adjustable, however can be heavy to move.
This type of high chair is designed for parents who need a high chair when out and about. You can check out our reviews of the best portable high chairs here. Designed to be compact, light and easy to assemble. Again Portable high hairs come in three different types:
- Travel – A mini version of a traditional folding high chair. Designed to be strapped to an adult dining chair to add height.
- Clamp-on – A baby seat which can be clamped onto a dining table. Really portable, but isn’t suitable for all types of table such as glass.
- Seat harness – Fabric which wraps around an adult seat with a pouch to hold baby secure. The most portable option, however does not add height for baby and won’t fit all chairs.
Often advertised as a ‘grow with baby’ chair. These chairs often come in parts which create one chair or many different chair options. Most will offer you everything you want in a high chair, but come with a hefty price tag. Although expensive we would recommend this type as they are very economical since you’ll only ever need to buy one chair until your kid hits their tweens. Check out our best modern high chair reviews.
Similar to a travel high chair, a booster is attached to an adult chair with an additional strap to hold your secure your child on the booster. The idea is to ‘boost’ the height of the chair for your child to use at a regular dining table. Booster seat are designed for children over 1 year old. They depend heavily of the stability of the chair they are attached to, so you still need to supervise your child when using one. Read our reviews of the top booster seats on the market.
Booster are great options for restaurants or spending time at family or friends houses. They are usually lightweight but can be quite bulky and usually don’t fold.
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High Chair Materials
The material a high chair is made from will define how easy it is to clean and how portable the chair is. Let’s check out the three different types available:
Wooden High Chair
Traditional style high hairs are often made from wood, similar to restaurant high chairs. These high chairs usually don’t fold away so they do take up a lot of room. The simplistic design makes them very easy to clean, however there is no padding for babies comfort. Modern wooden chair are designs with slatted areas so the chairs can adjust for babies and older kids to use. Wooden chairs are sturdy and long lasting, which also makes them heavy and large. Read our top wooden high chair reviews.
Most modern high chairs are made from metal poles with soft plastic padding. This makes high chairs fold-able, lightweight and portable. The plastic covers and trays are often wipe-able and machine washable. Be careful as sometimes heat can warp the plastic leaving the trays unusable. Extra care is required with this type of high chair as food can be caught in the numerous nooks and crevices. These high chairs are much more affordable then the wooden types, and a great option if your short on space.
Usually reserved for seat harnesses, although some modern high chairs are starting to use natural fabrics for high chair covers. Fabric covers are lightweight, portable and machine washable. Fabric materials are great if you’re trying to save money, space and avoid plastics.
Anatomy of a high chair
This part should provide the most comfort for baby. Padded seats are rated highest for comfort, however they have a lower cleaning score that non-padded seats.
An alternative to a padded seat is a seat insert for plastic or wooden high chairs. These are either made from fabric (similar to a chair pad for your dining seat), plastic or silicone. This way baby get comfort whilst eating and the chair is easier to wipe clean whilst to cover is machine washed.
Whatever seat you choose, make sure it’s comfortable for baby by running your hands over all the surfaces, feeling for sharp or rough edges which can hurt baby’s skin.
Another seat feature to look out for is a chair recline. It comes in handy then baby takes a nap after eating or if your baby has special needs.
This will prevent you baby falling from the high chair when the tray is removed. High chair harness usually come in two kinds:
- 5 point harness – similar to a baby car seat. The five straps ensure your baby’s upper and lower body is secure when fastened. The safest option for all ages, however can be fiddly to use.
- 3 point harness – The three straps hold only the lower body in place around the waist and legs. Suited for toddlers, however are much easier for babies to escape from.
A harness should be easy enough for an adult to unfasten one-handed, but not for a toddler.
Other great harness features to look out for are easy clean material and adjustable straps so the chair is comfortable as baby grows.
All hair chair harnesses within the UK must conform to British safety standard BS 6684.
This is babies own little personal table where you hold bowls, plates, juice cups and toys. Not all high chairs will have a tray attached. The ones without are designed to be pushed against a dining table or the trays are sold separately. Which one you choose will depend on personal preference.
Trays can either be built into the chair or removable so it’s easier to clean. Some removable trays are even dishwasher safe, for your convenience.
Other small details such as raised sides and cup holders help minimise food and drink spillages. Unfortunately this won’t prevent your baby pick up their pasta and tipping the bowl on their head!
It’s not a part of a high chair most parents consider but it’s actually important to helping your baby to eat. A footrest helps to balance your baby’s lower body whilst they eat, so they feel more secure and concentrate more on their food.
As babies grow and pull themselves up, they tend to use the footrest of the chair for acrobatics. The footrest must be strong enough to hold the full weight of a 2-3 year old child (approx. 32 lbs) without breaking.
This is the name given to the pole between babies legs when in the high chair. It’s a safety feature which positions a leg on each side of the post and prevents baby slipping down from the seat.
Crotch posts can be attached to the tray or inbuilt into the seat. The inbuilt post is known to be sturdier and as they cannot become detached they offer more safety. Tray posts tend to be flimsier and can sometimes detach from the seat if baby flails around in the high chair.
The legs will hold your baby roughly three feet off the ground, so they can dine at a family table or you can feed baby at a comfortable height. It’s important that the legs offer stability because a fall for baby can cause serious injury.
High chair legs come in two categories:
- Traditional legs – A wide, stable footprint offer most security. Ensure the feet lay flat on the ground when assembled so the chair does not wobble. Rubber stoppers can prevent wooden chairs slipping on tiled surfaces.
- Pole – Similar to a breakfast bar chair, with a wide base and one thick pole holding the seat. A wide heavy base offer most security with this type of leg, however it makes the chair harder to move.
Wheels on the legs are another common feature. They help you to move and store the before and after use. Ensure there is a lock mechanism so they chair does not easily move when baby is inside. Remember wheel may not be suitable for some carpeted or laminated floors, and may cause irreparable damage.