A complete guide of the best baby & toddler highchairs
My Dad bought our highchair as a gift. It was the biggest, comfiest, fanciest creation in the shop, we thought he was bonkers for spending so much!
We were SO wrong, it is a fantastic piece of kit and has worn beautifully through both our children from tiny baby stage to now (my 14-year-old can still fit in the toddler chair!) The most similar one on the market now is the Chicco Polly highchair.
You can srawl through a hundred highchair reviews but in the end, the best baby highchair is the one that suits your family and your home. That’s why we’ve compiled you a complete guide on what’s important in a highchairs and what are according to us the best highchairs you can purchase in the UK.
- Features to look out for
- Our top picks
- Highchair accessories
- Weaning your baby
High chair features to look out for.
It’s basic but a great highchair will be one that you enjoy looking at, even when it is covered in mashed carrot!
There are a huge amount of shapes, styles and pattern to choose from. A baby boy highchair might be a brightly coloured Winnie The Pooh highchair design. Disney fans who have a daughter would love a bright red Minnie Mouse highchair.
The Bloom Fresco highchair is simply stunning. This egg-shaped highchair is straight out of a 1960’s Sci-Fi movie and achingly cool and retro. The bloom highchair range is also one of the few that offers a black highchair, perfect for blending into a sleek, minimalist kitchen.
A wooden baby highchair in natural shades or a white highchair are classic style choices that would fit in with the décor of most homes.
Buying a padded highchair seat and matching highchair floor mat is a great idea to brighten up a neutral background colour and turn a Hauck beta wooden highchair into bright and happy elephant highchair design.
So, the Bloom Fresco is space age, BabyDan produce timeless wooden designs and the budget end of the market, Joie and Argos, offer Disney, animals and rainbow colours. What else could there be? Retro/Scandi!
The Oxo highchair range is gorgeous. The Oxo Tot Sprout highchair is available in warm taupe, creams and browns with wooden legs and a simple shape. A plain highchair splash mat or tablecloth underneath will complete the look.
The material that your new highchair is made from is a key choice. Comfort, ease of cleaning and removability and the opportunity to buy a highchair replacement cover are all factors to consider.
A plastic highchair will be easy to clean but won’t be very comfortable for your baby to sit in.
A padded seat such as the one on the Joie owl highchair will be much softer but has creases and crevices for bits of food to go icky in if you don’t clean it properly.
Most modern highchair cushions will have an antibacterial treatment on them which helps but the Ingenuity highchair with SmartClean is a fabulous option if you’re a bit of a clean freak but want your baby to have a soft seat.
The Ingenuity has a smart foam pad which is comfy, wipes clean instantly and is even dishwasher safe. The 3-in-1 style of this chair also means that it can turn easily into a booster highchair seat.
Removable covers and straps will make your life a lot easier and the highchair much more hygienic. The Phil and Teds highchair is another design to investigate if cleanliness is your priority.
A compact highchair is usually also a foldable highchair. These are both super useful features if you have limited space in your home or the highchair needs to be put away between each use.
A space saver highchair is also a good idea for keeping at grandparents’ homes. They will be much more eager to babysit once they have all the kit ready and waiting to be used.
Our childminder had a Fisher-Price foldaway highchair that had been in use for over 15 years. It was immaculate with no rips or damage and is probably still being used.
The Fisher-Price space saver highchair is a great example of how the brand is still determined to come up with practical solutions for parents. This chair is padded, supportive and has a removable tray. The genius is in its lack of legs and the space that saves. It simply sits strapped securely to a spare dining room chair.
Your budget is an important consideration and the prices of a baby high chair can range from the Aldi Mamia highchair at £19.99 to a mid-range Fisher-Price highchair at £80.00 and on to the Peg Perego highchair at £278.
I was a parent on a strict budget and understand that expensive purchases must be justified. However, when it comes to the nursery kit that needs to do a great job, day-in, day-out and last through more than one child, I believe it’s worth investing in quality and buying the best highchair you can afford.
Adaptability is a fantastic feature in a high chair. Useful things to look out for are:
- A 360-degree highchair that turns to face in any direction you need it to.
- A removable tray so that your little one can sit right up to the table with the rest of the family.
- A 4-in-1 highchair will last forever. A design that transforms from a reclining baby seat to a booster highchair seat for a toddler will give you great value for money. The Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair which has an accessory which will cradle a new baby and will eventually become a chair they can sit on as an adult.
- An adjustable height highchair will sit at any height of table and can also be used low down as a toddler play chair, with or without the tray.
A portable highchair that can be easily moved from room to room is usually lightweight and easy to fold and store.
Folding highchairs like the ‘Snacker’ from the Joie highchair range are worth a look if you need a robust, comfy seat that can be stashed in the car and driven to Grandma’s.
A small highchair such as the Red Kite highchair from their Feed Me range is one of the thinnest and lightest you can buy. It can easily be stored inside a tall cupboard or behind a door.
For the ultimate in portability buy a highchair that attaches to a table. The Chicco travel highchair is awesome! I’d have used it all the time when my children were little as it would have eased the stress of wondering if there were going to be any highchairs in the pub, café or restaurant and whether if there were if they would be too grim to use. Ugh!
- If you suspect your highchair may have been damaged or broken stop using it.
- Keep everyone’s fingers (and toes! It hurts, believe me!) away from the folding hinges and mechanisms on a height adjustable highchair and fastening buckles.
- If you’re using a travel highchair or a clip-on table highchair then check the weight limits and read the instructions carefully.
- Ensure highchair straps are securely attached and always fasten them when your child is in the chair.
- Older babies will start to try and climb out of their chair and may fall. Never leave them unattended.
- The Keter Smart Seat Highchair has three stages so it can be turned into a low highchair or toddler seat. If you choose a height adjustable model like the Keter highchair pay attention to the guidance on weight limits for each stage.
Our pick of the Top 5 High chairs
Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair
£178 on Stokke.co.uk
- Adjustable seat with support for feet and back at each stage.
- Can be used up against the table or with a tray.
- Solid and durable.
- Can take the weight of a 110kg adult.
- Lots of colour choice.
- Easy to use guide for safe positioning.
- Easy to clean.
- Water-based, non-paint.
Stokke accessories: A baby bouncer seat. Teddy bear design 5-point baby harness. Older baby set. Padded cushion. Ergonomic, wipe clean mat with attached bowl – it magically sticks to the Stokke tray so you don’t have to dodge too many bowls of broccoli that your little darling has launched across the room!
BabyDan makes a similar design to the Tripp Trapp and is worth a look if you love this style of highchair.
Chicco Polly Progress highchair
Chicco Polly Progress highchair
£134 on Amazon
- Suitable from birth to 36 months.
- Super comfortable at each stage. 4 reclining positions. 3 leg positions. Soft and generous padding.
- 8 height positions to suit all table heights and uses.
- Removable tray easy to clean tray.
- Easy to remove and clean (dishwasher safe) Chicco highchair cover.
- A great quality, robust build with reinforced legs and superior attention to detail.
- Remarkably light for its size.
- Easy to fold and move around due to chunky wheels.
The Graco Contempo is a similar design to this. It’s a comfortable, height adjustable Graco highchair which we also recommend.
Cosatto 3sixti highchair
Cosatto 3sixti highchair
£199 on Amazon
- Suitable from 6 months to approx. 36 months
- 6 position swivel seat for the ultimate flexibility and ease.
- 3 position backrest.
- 2 Removable, easy to clean trays. One for food the other for play.
- Adjustable highchair height.
- Very easy to remove cover.
- 5-point safety harness.
Cosatto accessories: Extra Cosatto highchair covers are available for use with a new baby or to match new décor in your home.
- Suitable from 6 to 36 months.
- Simple folding mechanism. The highchair has a folded width of a staggering 10 inches.
- Smooth surfaces ensure easy cleaning and a hygienic highchair.
- Ergonomic backrest which hugs your baby and provides a super comfy upright sitting position.
- Two-step lock on the tray and a secure 5-point harness.
- Cool, minimalist space-age design.
BabyBjorn accessories: BabyBjorn has created their own range of plates, bowls and cups which work perfectly on this highchair. They stick to the tray with cleverly designed suctions cups.
Mima Moon highchair
- It looks divine and comes in different colour options.
- A 3-in-1 design which incorporates a newborn lounger, a traditional feeding highchair and toddler high chair and a chill-out seat for an older child up to 8 years old.
- Height adjustable with the simple touch of a foot pedal.
- Easy to adjust seating position from reclining to sat straight.
- Quick release, secure, adjustable 5-point harness.
- The whole highchair, from the tray to the padding, is easy to keep clean.
- Lightweight, robust and durable build.
Mima accessories: The Mima Moon Highchair Baby Headrest which keeps a tiny baby comfortable and supported in lie flat mode.
If you like the design of the Mima Moon highchair you’ll love the Bloom Fresco highchair. Similar egg design chair, a bit pricier but it offers many more colour options.
Honorable mention: Vélu Highchair
Vélu Soft Leather Highchair
£85 on Amazon.co.uk
Foldable with fully adjustable height.
I love the very elegant colour palette. Plus the little extra with the PU leather makes it stand out in terms of design.
At this price it’s a perfect choice for a second chair to place at the grand-parents for example.
Useful and fun accessories
Here’s a shopping list of the accessories:
Highchair toys. ELC still sell the red and blue spinning toy my kids played within their highchair. It was meant to stick on with a suction cup, but it never quite worked, they still loved it. For older babies or toddlers, a 3- or 4-in-1 highchair tray is the BEST place to play with Play-Doh, glitter and paint ESPECIALLY when there is a huge waterproof mat underneath to protect the carpet.
A highchair cover. If you’re planning to leave your highchair out on display, a cover is a great idea to protect it from dust, unwelcome pests such as flies and wasps and your pets.
A highchair mat. Protect your floor from the mess of a weaning baby who thinks it is hilarious to through mashed banana on the floor. (Be warned, that stuff stains!)
A highchair insert. These are perfect for adding colour and comfort to a wooden highchair.
A high chair cushion. Turn plain plastic into a Hello Kitty highchair (or whichever other pattern you fancy!) and add extra cushioning and height to the seat unit.
Plastic plates and bowls. Oxo Tot does a great range of plates and bowls cleverly designed to stick to the surface of a highchair tray. Your little cherub will still throw food but at least it won’t be an entire plateful!
Final advice: weaning your baby
Your first thoughts of which highchair to buy will start when weaning starts being mentioned. Introducing your baby to the joys of delicious food is exciting and health visitors recommend you begin at around six months.
Follow this link to a comprehensive guide to when, how and with what foods to wean your baby: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/solid-foods-weaning/
In the early stages of weaning, when it’s really fun and messy, you will appreciate the convenience of having an easy to clean highchair and a large waterproof mat for under it.
Try not to worry about the process. If broccoli gets violently rejected that’s ok, it doesn’t mean you have a fussy eater, just move calmly onto the next titbit. Remember that at six months, babies are still getting their essential nourishment from milk so baby won’t go hungry.