The best highchairs to buy

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A good highchair is a vital piece of baby equipment. They’re used from when
your baby starts weaning to when they are a few years old, although clever versions convert into stools making them suitable for older children. Some
can be reclined, making them suitable for small babies but most are
used from when your baby can sit and hold his head up comfortably,
at around 6 months.
Look for models that have a range of heights, so that you can bring your baby to the table to eat with the rest of the family and if space is at a premium, a folding highchair will be worth its weight in gold.
From cost-effective, simple highchairs, to top of the range baby-to-child seats, there’s something to suit all wallets and homes.
Our parenting expert is Sally J Hall, Editor  of B Baby Magazine  and Author of Eco Baby.


  Brother Max Scoop  
Brother Max Scoop eBay loves: Sleek, modern and versatile.
Watch out for: On the pricey side, base quite large.
RRP: £339

The Scoop is an extremely modern highchair, which comes in stunning white or sleek black with chrome accents – just add your colour choice of cushion insert for that funky look.
It’s been designed to work without a safety harness or other straps – your baby is kept firmly in place by the shaped seat and the play tray. No more sessions where your child discovers how to get out of the harness and tries to wriggle out of the chair. Small babies can use the chair with a seat insert. The Brother Max Scoop can be adjusted through several heights, making it suitable to sit up to any table, breakfast bar or for storing beneath the table and it moves smoothly on its built-in castors. It rotates through 360° so if space is tight, pop baby in from the side, then turn it to face the table.
The highchair has as few places for crumbs and food to collect as possible, which is great when you start to wean. The tray is also very smooth and easy to wipe clean and it can be removed completely. The seat grows with your child - as they no longer need the insert, simply remove it and your child can continue to use the chair. For older children, take the tray off and the seat becomes a stool that can be used up to 5 years.

Tech Spec: Used for: Around 6 months to 5 years. Heights: multi. Reclines: none

   BabyBjorn Highchair RRP £179.99BBab BabyBjorn Highchair 
BabyBjorn Highchair eBay loves: Folds down nice and small, easy to clean.
Watch out for: The legs are quite wide, watch you don’t trip.
RRP: £179.99
With a stylish and contemporary appearance and sleek surfaces that are easy to clean, this highchair grows with your baby. A moulded seat holds a small baby safely in the optimal position for growing back and hips and the tray holds baby safely inside the seat using a two stage lock that can only be opened by an adult. This is especially practical if you’ve an older child as well, who might decide to ‘help’. This can work better than a harness, as some babies learn how to wriggle out of theirs and it also means that it’s harder for a child to try to stand up in the seat, a potential hazard.
The highchair can be used from around 6 months or when your child can sit unaided and will adjust to fit your growing child up to 3 years. The tray can be removed and popped in the dishwasher or washed with the rest of your crockery. The smooth surfaces on all of the rest of the chair make it easy to wipe clean. The BabyBjorn Highchair  neatly folds up when you’re not using it so that it can be slipped beside a cupboard, keeping it out of the way when not in use.
Tech Spec: Used for: Around 6 months to 3 years. Heights: 1. Reclines: none

Graco Teatime eBay loves:  Small highchair that’s neat and slim when folded.
Watch out for: Has no recline, so can’t be used for very young babies.
RRP: £54.99
Graco does make highchairs with an array of extras features such as recline and different heights but this model is great because of its small size and simplicity. It’s a good, all-purpose highchair and scores well because it can be folded to allow you to store it and to keep it out of the way when you’re not feeding your baby. It will also stand up on its own when folded and as it is just 15 cm wide, it's easy to store down the side of a cupboard or behind the kitchen door.
However, this may mean it’s not as good for very large toddlers used from 6 months, it has a well-padded seat in wipe clean PVC. There's lots of adjustability with an easy to alter harness with 5 different sizes, 2 positions on the foot rest and a feeding and play tray that can be moved through 3 different positions as your baby grows.
Tech Spec: Used for: Around 6 months to 3 years. Heights: 1. Reclines: none

Cosatto 3Sixti eBay loves:Great design, can be used for very young babies.
Watch out for: Quite large and a little pricey.
RRP: £165
Suitable from 6 months, the 3Sixti is a modern, pod-style highchair looking modern and stylish. It can swivel through a full 360 degrees, so you can turn it to face any direction in the kitchen and bring your baby to the table to eat with everyone else.
It’s bright and has loads of adjustability; the height of the seat can be moved through multiple positions using a pedal and gas lift, so you can always find the perfect height for your baby. The seat has been ergonomically designed to be comfortable and supportive and as a padded cushion and the back rest can recline through 3 positions, which means that if your baby isn’t yet able to sit unaided, or drops off to sleep mid-meal, at least it will do so in a comfortable position. The base is quite compact for the size of the chair and it has a roller underneath it to help you move it around. There is a harness for safety and the tray is washable and has two parts, so if the top one is dirty you can just take it off and pop in the dishwasher.
One of the best things about this highchair is the range of fabric choices. From cherries to spots to apples, there are five different designs on a white base and you’re sure to love one of them.
Tech Spec: Used for: Around 6 months to 3 years. Heights: multi. Reclines: 3


Stokke Tripp Trapp eBay loves: Adjusts to grow with your child.
Watch out for: Can get expensive, especially if you buy all the extras.
RRP: £159

Designed to ensure that your child is always sitting in the best possible position and that the chair is always at the correct height for the table, the Tripp Trapp has been one of the most popular adjustable highchairs for years. Parents know that it will fit an adult as comfortably as a young baby. Made from solid beech wood, it grows with your child and can be used from when your child is newly born with the addition of the Newborn Set (available separately), which is a little pod shaped seat with harness.
The seat and footrest can be adjusted to suit any size child from 6 months up with the Baby Set (again, you need to buy this separately) and it’s totally height and depth adjustable - even an adult can use it. There is a support for your baby's feet, giving greater stability and which older children can also use to climb up and down into the seat when they are able to do so unaided. The chair can be adjusted to fit any table, so your child can eat with all the family. It is strong and will last for years, (a seven year warranty comes as standard), it comes in a wide variety of colours and finishes and is made from environmentally-friendly wood.

Tech Spec: Used for: Newborn to adult. Heights: multi. Reclines: none


Chicco Polly eBay loves: Seat has many recline and height positions.
Watch out for: Can’t be used beyond three years
RRP: £99.99

Ideal for babies from 6 months to 3 years, this highchair has deeply padded cushions covered with wipe-clean plastic. An inner seat pad for very young babies can be removed as your little one grows. The seat adjusts through 7 positions, so you’ll easily be able to find a height to suit your table. The seat can recline through 3 positions, making it comfortable if your baby is a little tired after all that eating.
The footrest is also adjustable, so that your baby’s feet are supported rather than just dangling. It has good rubber non-slip feet on its base to avoid scratching smooth floors like lino and wood and the 5 point harness has a newly designed buckle to make it simple for you to use but safe enough that your baby can’t open it themselves. The tray is smooth and can easily be wiped clean and has 3 positions so that it will fit your baby as they grow. A separate tray clips inside the main tray is removable and washable. When not in use, it folds up neatly and compactly and it comes in several attractive designs.

Tech Spec: Used for: 6 months to 3 years. Seat Heights: 7. Reclines: 3

Mamas and Papas Juice eBay loves: Change it from a highchair to a junior chair.
Watch out for: The legs are quite widely splayed, may be trip hazard.
RRP: £89.95

The Mamas and Papas Juice is a bright and modern highchair on a plain white base with chrome legs. What is particularly good is that it can magically change from a highchair into a junior chair. The seat is nicely padded and has a great shape to offer good support for your baby’s spine and hips and it is easy to keep clean with just a quick wipe. There’s a good harness, though the buckle is a little tricky to get to, as it is right behind the crotch bar.
When your child is little, the highchair’s legs are extended and the tray is attached. It has a comfortable padded cushion, which can be taken out and washed – you can even do this in the bath with a shower attachment if it’s really mucky! A footrest allows your child’s legs and feet to be supported. The tray can be clipped onto the frame, or removed and you can use the chair at the family dining table. Once your child is older, you can remove part of the legs, the crotch bar and the tray and it becomes a sweet little chair which could be used anywhere in the house. It comes in bright colours including Apple (green) and Raspberry (pink and purple).

Tech Spec: Used for: 6 months to 4 or 5 years. Seat Heights: 2. Reclines: none

Babies R Us Hi-Lo eBay loves: Several seat positions, folds compactly
Watch out for: A little on the bulky side
RRP: £89.99

A truly versatile highchair, this has a seat that slides up and down through 6 heights; this means you can find a good height for your table and also place the chair in its lowest position when your baby is playing, as this position offers more stability. It has a reclining seat, so that even very young babies who can’t yet sit for long can be placed in it to play in safety and comfort, for example if you have lots to do in the kitchen but there’s no room for a playpen. Inside the seat is a removable insert cushion for very young babies and beneath that is a well-padded seat, both of which can be wiped clean.
The two position tray can be completely removed, and its separate inner tray which can be taken off to get it really clean. When not in use, the chair can be folded and stored. When folded it is free standing and it does not take up much room. There is a footrest for added comfort and the crotch bar prevents your baby from slumping down in the seat.

Tech Spec: Used for: 6 months to 3 or 4 years. Seat Heights: 6. Reclines: 3

Bloom Fresco Chrome eBay loves: Nice design, cleans easily, long lasting.
Watch out for: Quite bulky and expensive.
RRP: £370
If you appreciate sleek, modern designs, you may not be put off if it is more expensive than other brands. This highchair is suitable from birth up until your child is around 3 or 4, so you certainly get value for money. It comes in a range of frame and cushion colours with white costing £370 and the black £470. This luckily includes the price of the seat pad in a range of 14 colours. The seat unit is moulded to cradle your child and has a comfortable pad inside. For very young babies, there's also an additional seat pad to keep them secure. The seat unit reclines through a number of positions easily, using a flip handle, from fully reclined to upright (the footrest moves at the same time) and the seat can be adjusted pneumatically through multiple heights up to 91 cm.
There's a good sized feeding tray and a second play tray which are made from FDA food-grade, which you can pop in the dishwasher. The tray and seat are a breeze to keep clean, with no fiddly seams or holes to harbour food and it also has a five point harness to keep baby safe and a centre T-bar strut. The seat can be turned through 360 degrees and has a large, solid base with wheels for mobility.
Tech Spec: Used for: 6 months to 3 years. Seat Heights: multiple. Reclines: several

Baby Dan Danchair 

Baby Dan Danchair eBay loves: Made from sustainable 100% rubberwood, used up to adult years.
Watch out for: May not be comfortable for very small babies, no cushions, no tray.
RRP: £79.99
 
The Baby Dan Danchair is a well-priced wooden highchair made from 100% sustainable rubberwood – this means it will last and last and probably still be in use for your grandchildren. There are 4 colours to choose from, a natural beech finish, black, white or whitewash. It doesn’t have a tray, which means it is intended for you to pull it up to the dinner table but it does have adjustable heights, so would be suitable at breakfast bars and tables that are unusually tall or short.
The backward sloping design also means your baby will be sitting snug against the table with no awkward gaps for food to be dropped down. It is a classic and pleasing design that will suit any home. To ensure that it is stable, it has wide feet, so even when your baby is rocking about, he’ll be safe. As your baby grows, you can adjust the seat and footrest and then later on remove the safety brace and turn it into a child seat, and then into a stool that even an adult can sit on.

Tech Spec: Used for: 6 months to adult. Seat Heights: Multi. Reclines: none
 

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