There are several things to bear in mind when choosing a highchair, the top four of which should be comfort, stability, ease of use and size.
Whether or not it’s easy to clean should be a factor and you may want to bear in mind ease of storage too – not just how small it folds away, but whether it’s easy to fold in the first place. Think about whether you want your child to be able to eat with you at the table or separately and adjustability is important to some parents too. Plus, of course, there’s aesthetics, with some parents wanting their child’s chair to be particularly contemporary or minimalist.
1. Stokke Tripp Trapp chair: £159, mothercare.com
We love this new contemporary colour for this iconic, multi-award winning highchair, whose popularity never seems to diminish, largely due to the 13 different heights and adjustable and removable footrest. Don’t expect a built-in tray, but do enjoy the experience of your kids eating at the table. Made from top quality beech wood, it’s made to last throughout childhood.
2. Joie Mimzy high chair: £70, kiddicare.com
Available in three cheery patterns, this has seven height adjustments and three recline and footrest positions, meaning that you can’t fail to find the perfect position for your child. This is also a great option if you’re going to need to put it away a lot as it folds in one simple motion and is freestanding when folded, as well as having handy wheels.
3. Chicco Pocket Lunch high chair: £34.99 mothercare.com
This is very light and folds down smaller than most, as well as having a carry handle, making it great for using outside the home or if you need to store it away a lot. It’s nice and easy to get your child in and out of too. We do have a couple of small grumbles – the tray seems to slope away from the child very slightly, which may or may not bother you, and your baby can slide down a little, but that’s all.
4. Mothercare Hi-Lo Highchair: £39.99, mothercare.com
Lots of useful features with this comfy high chair, including a footrest, storage basket and adjustable height. The harness probably won’t stay white for long – in fact, it seems to stain easily – but that’s our only fault. It’s a doddle to assemble, put up and collapse, and the tray insert is dishwasher proof, which may just prove to be a godsend.
5. Graco Duo Diner chair: £94.95, tesco.com
Don’t go near this if you’re looking for something easy to move around and store away frequently as it’s cumbersome, heavy and awkward to store. But if it’s staying in one place, you get an extremely well padded chair with four height positions, three recline positions and an extra padded liner for tiny tots. You can remove the seat to use it as a booster too.
6. IKEA Antilop high chair: £13, ikea.com
This is a great budget high chair that does everything it should. Don’t expect any frills. There’s not even a footrest, which means little legs just dangle. It’s noticeably less comfy than our other recommendations too. But it’s absolutely fine for short meals or occasional use for either a baby or toddler, and it’s lightweight and easy to clean, as well as being quick and simple to put together.
7. OXO Tot Sprout chair: £204.26, johnlewis.com
This is pricey and it doesn’t fold, but it’s robust, well made, stylish and practical, as well as being as ergonomic and easy to clean as they come. Up until three-years-old, you use it as a high chair, then the seat comes down to the lowest of its three settings and various bits are removed and replaced with a new seat pad (which is included), and this junior chair keeps them going until they’re five.
8. Cosatto Waffle high chair: £160, cosatto.com
At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a Tripp Trapp and there’s no denying the Scandinavian design and classic multi-position seat. But the Waffle is less minimalist and comes with more padding and patterns on that padding. There’s a fold-away, pop-off tray if you don’t want your baby to join you at the table. It’s practical, sturdy and fun.
9. Micuno Ovo high chair: £275, nubie.co.uk
If aesthetics is your thing, you’ll love this sophisticated looking highchair. The frame and legs are made from solid beech, whilst the plastic tray can be put in the dishwasher. Meanwhile, the seat is nicely padded and has a machine-washable and non-itchy cover. Be warned a leatherette harness costs you an extra £25 and the seat pads are an extra £45.
10. Bloom Nano Urban chair: £100, johnlewis.com
This is the smaller, more affordable sister of the Fresco Chrome, which we also love. Aimed at people living in smaller, urban spaces, it looks swish, especially thanks to the leatherette fabric, and it’s easy to use and clean. If you prefer a highchair with adjustable height and backrest, however, it’s not for you and there is a bit of a knack to folding it up.
We absolutely love the OXO Tot Sprout. It’s not foldable, but it has great attention to detail and is extremely well made. If you want something more storable or transportable, we’d recommend the Chicco Pocket Lunch.
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