24 Apr 19
A HIGH chair will be one of your most-used baby gear purchases, so you want to find one that ticks every box for you and your little one.
There is a baby high chair in every colour, material, style, and price point you can imagine. We’ve selected the best high chairs based on our own expertise along with the recommendations of other parents and experts.
These high chairs are stylish, safe, multitasking, durable… and many will last long beyond the weaning phase
These days, high chairs do a lot more than just serve as seats for baby to eat in during meal times.
There are high chairs which grow with baby, converting into low chairs or boosters for toddlers or for use when on the go.
Looking for a budget option? Check out these cheap high chairs
No matter your aesthetic, there’s a high chair for you: whether you like colourful and plastic or prefer a high chair that is sleek, wooden and could be featured in the pages of an interiors magazine.
There’s also a high chair for any – and every – budget. One of the top enduring and beloved high chair designs is IKEA’s Antilop – which costs under a tenner (under £15 with a tray).
Just know that the high chair will also be the messiest piece of baby kit you own, so in addition to finding one that’s safe and comfortable for baby, you want to make sure you find a high chair that’s easy for you to clean.
The high chair will be a fixture in your kitchen for many, many months – typically, children will use them until they are two or even older. After all, it’s nice for them to have their own special seat at the table.
1. Best printed high chair
Cosatto Noodle Supa, £89 at Amazon – buy here
Cosatto makes seriously fun, printed and patterned high chairs that will liven up any kitchen space.
The Noodle Supa has six height positions, three tray positions and a reclinable seat to grow with baby and make meal times as comfortable as possible.
The removable tray comes with a built-in cup holder, there is padding on the seat for added cosiness and the high chair folds away if you need it to.
And also, speaking from experience, this chair will last through years and multiple children.
If any issues arise, Cosatto customer service is brilliant.
2. Best from-newborn high chair
Bloom Fresco Chrome, £449.99 at John Lewis – buy here
The Bloom Fresco Chrome is certainly the Ferrari of high chairs.
It’s got an absolutely stunning design made of high-gloss PVC and aluminium and comes in any colour combination you can imagine.
This high chair, unusually, can be used from newborn age thanks to a cradle mode with removable booster seat insert (you won’t want to start feeding baby so young, but it is useful to have a seat for them at the table, or up off the ground.)
Bloom’s Fresco comes with both play time and feeding trays, a 360-degree swivel mechanism, wheels for easy mobility, and three different recline settings, as well as a removable footrest.
This can become a junior seat for children up to eight years old, so even though it’s a pricey investment, it’s also a long-lasting one.
3. Best budget baby high chair
IKEA Antilop high chair with tray, £14 at IKEA – buy here
If you want a frills-free high chair that’s sturdy, functional and looks sleek, but don’t want to spend a huge amount of cash on it, then you won’t go wrong with IKEA’s Antilop high chair.
It does everything it needs to and includes a removable tray which can be washed when baby has a particularly energetic (read: messy) feeding time.
The tray can also be used as a toy table. Parents don’t spare their enthusiasm, calling it “brilliant” and “the best.”
4. Most versatile baby high chair
Joie Multiply high chair, £129.99 at Argos – buy here
This high chair on wheels has many faces, converting from high chair, low chair and to junior dining chair.
It features five seat positions, four recline positions and an adjustable footrest so your baby-to-toddler is comfortable at every stage.
5. Best stylish design high chair
iCandy Mi Chair, £260 at John Lewis – buy here
We don’t blame you for wanting to sit in iCandy’s gorgeous high chair yourself!
It’s a beautifully designed wood and chrome statement piece that grows with your child and becomes an eye-catching furniture piece in its own right.
This is another high chair that can be used from birth (the Newborn Pod, £155, converts it for infants and is sold separately), and it will be enjoyed long after the high chair days as it can transform into a rocking chair for older kids.
6. Best all round high chair
Stokke Tripp Trapp, £174 at Stokke – buy here
This is the high chair for parents who don’t want the high chair look but need a functional, stylish furniture piece to get their kids through meal times – and grow with them over the years.
First developed in 1972, the Tripp Trapp comes in durable beech, oak or ash wood in a plethora of beautiful shades (we really love this midnight blue) and you can add accessories, from cushions to newborn attachments, to customise it for your growing child.
Suitable for kids of any age, right up to parents, who can perch on it, too.
7. Best crib-turned-high chair
Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1, £199 at Amazon – buy here
If you’re looking for a space-saving, money-saving option, then Chicco’s Baby Hug 4-in-1 should appeal: it’s a crib, recliner, baby’s first chair and high chair with music-and-lights toy bar.
The wheeled design is easy to move around and swap from position to position; since baby often gets snoozy after mealtimes, reclining baby and letting them have a nap has never been simpler.
Since it’s not exclusively a high chair, it doesn’t come with a tray and can get messy; the lining is washable, however.
8. Best portable high chair
Phil & Ted’s Lobster high chair, £70 at Amazon – buy here
This versatile on-the-go high chair fits various different tables thanks to adjustable lobster claw attachments so you can bring it out and about when you take baby to a restaurant, or use it at home so baby can join you at the table.
Parents like that it’s super-sturdy and easily transportable.
9. Best easy-clean baby high chair
OXO Tot Sprout high chair, £205 at Kidly – buy here
Parents love the stylish, sturdy design of this OXO Tot high chair, which teams wooden legs with a plastic tray and foam cushions.
They also love how easy it is to clean, thanks to the one-hand removable tray and removable seat pads.
Converts to a kid’s seat so it can last until your little one is five.
10. Best bespoke high chair
Evomove Nomi high chair, from £199.95 at Evomove – buy here
This ergonomic wood and moulded plastic high chair can be designed to your specifications: choose the wood, the colours and the accessories required to make this award-winning high chair everything you need it to be.
You can order a separate baby seat to include baby at mealtimes, or start with the Nomi Mini attachment (suitable from 6 months).
The basic high chair works from two years onwards, and is even recommended as a flexible desk chair for adults.
You can purchase further accessories like a harness, tray and cushion if and when you need them.
11. Best post-meal napping high chair
Peg Perego Siesta high chair, £169 at Uber Kids – buy here
The name of this high chair says it all: the Siesta allows your little one to snooze comfortably post-meals, thanks to a 150-degree incline.
It can be used from birth, with nine height adjustments, an adjustable footrest, a removable tray with two positions and wheels for easy mobility with a Stop&Go system that releases the brakes.
Bonus: when it’s folded down, this high chair is incredibly compact and ideal for storing.
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