Choosing a highchair for your baby is a major milestone for you and your tot. Their highchair will soon become the most important seat at the dining table and will mean your baby can become a part of mealtimes. With so many different models to choose from, and some doubling as baby bouncers or reclining to hold your newborn, we’ve created this handy guide to help you choose the right one for you, your baby, and your kitchen.
Things to look out for when choosing a highchair
Age suitability: Always check what age the highchair is suitable for. Many highchairs can be used from birth while others are only suitable from 6 months when they start weaning. We've included age suitability in our round-up.
Space: If you only have a small kitchen or dining area, you'll want to choose a highchair that can be stored away and folded compactly. We've included the dimensions in our top picks.
Cleaning: As mums, we know how messy our tots can be. So for many parents, it's important to find a highchair that can be easily cleaned. We've included the materials in our list so you can easily see how easy it will be to keep clean.
Weight: If you struggle to lift heavy things or want to be able to easily move your highchair from room to room, it might be a good idea to get a lightweight chair or one with wheels.
Multi-function: Many highchairs can now be converted into many styles of seats, from rockers to booster seats, catering for children as old as 12! If you're looking for a highchair that will grow with your child, check how many functions it has.
Travelling - If you're wanting to be able to take your highchair away with you when you travel, you might want to opt for a highchair that can be folded down for travelling purposes.
Safety tips when using a highchair
Another factor that will be on top of your checklist will be the safety functions. Some highchairs will have harnesses to ensure your little one is secure, but if they don’t, it’s worth checking the safety features. Like choosing a pushchair, lots of designs will have additional benefits; from adjustable seats to the ability to convert the pushchair into a chair for when your baby outgrows it. There are a few things parents should look out for when purchasing a highchair.
Look out for the British Standard EN 14988:2006 safety standard mark
We all know how much babies and toddlers can wriggle. That's why it's important to choose a highchair with a 5-point safety harness, to keep them safe and secure.
To make your job easier, we’ve put together some of our top picks, and Mother & Baby Award Winners, reviewed by our expert mum testers here.
The best highchairs for babies and toddlers
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Babymoov Slick Highchair
Won a Bronze Award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
This 2-in-1 adjustable highchair comes with an ultra soft supportive newborn insert and is height adjustable to five positions. The highchair comes with a tray that opens and detaches from either side making it easy to place baby in comfortably avoiding the need to dangle baby's legs in. It also has an adjustable footrest as they grow and has inbuilt wheels for maneuvering.
Our tester Vicky says: "The product is of great quality and looks very stylish. I really like the style of the tray. This is very easy to clip on and off without disturbing baby and very easy to wash/wipe down. It can also be placed in the dishwasher. Being a padded chair it is also very comfortable for the baby to sit in and the straps are secure and comfortable."
- Age suitability: 0-3 years
- Number of seating positions: 3 reclining positions
- Material: Nanotex water-repellent fabric
- Dimensions: 46 x 77 x 108 cm
- Weight range: up to 15kg
- Extra features: inbuilt wheels
Chicco Polly Magic Relax
Won a Silver Award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
Chicco Polly Magic Relax highchair features super soft, stylish, and washable material. As well as an entertaining removable toy bar, the reducer is double-sided to ensure maximum comfort during summer and winter. Suitable from birth as a baby recliner and from six months as a highchair, the seat is adjustable to eight height positions to help parents find the perfect position and ensure little one is comfy. With a wipe-clean removable tray, this highchair is perfect for any table. It is easy to fold and is free-standing, while the four wheels make it easy to go between rooms.
Our tester Aishwarya says: "This is a great highchair. It folds easily for storage. It is easy to clean. Son very happy in it which leaves me hands free to do chores around the kitchen. It's easy to assemble and stow away if needed. The tray is a good size and again super easy to clean. Overall it's a comfortable, safe, easy to clean place for my child to eat."
- Age suitability: From birth
- Number of height positions: 8
- Material: Washable fabric
- Dimensions: 85 x 63 x 90 centimetres
- Extra features: Wheels
Tutti Bambini Nova Evolution Highchair
Shortlisted in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category.
Designed to nurture that special relationship between parent and baby, Tutti Bambini Nova is the ultimate evolutionary highchair with multiple functions. Whether you’re looking for a rocker for baby, a highchair for weaning, or mini table with chair for playtime, Nova has it all in one clever system!
Our reviewer Sian says: "Not having to worry about my child outgrowing the highchair and what to do next made my life easier. The carry case means that it can be folded away and stored until ready to use at the next stage. The instructions for assembly and disassembly were clear and easily followed but I would recommend making sure you have all the parts out ready so you don’t have to go searching."
- Age suitability: from birth - 12 years
- Number of seating positions: 8 modes
- Material: Nanotex
- Dimensions: 48 x 69 x 98cm
- Weight range:13.8kg
- Extra features: Travel case included
Won a Gold Award in the 2021 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
With its five recline, four tray, and nine height positions, you can use it as a relaxed infant seat thanks to the cosy inlay, as a highchair or as a cool booster seat with tray. Whilst they can't guarantee less of a mess, Maxi-Cosi can ensure a hassle-free clean up as Minla benefits from washable covers and a compact fold, although with its premium fabrics and stylish look, you won't want to put it away.
Our reviewer Jen says: "The product is very easy to clean. The cushion is wipe-clean without it being plastic feel (baby doesn’t stick to it when sweaty) and it’s great that you get a spare cushion so you can wash it. I also love the fact that the chair grows with baby so you don’t need to buy several different products. With the different settings, a small baby can use the chair (ie adults can have a hands free dinner whilst baby lies in the chair) and an older child can also use the chair as a ‘booster seat’. The seat can also be used as a travel seat, connecting to a dining chair. I also love the fact that the chair puts the child in a great sitting position with a footrest."
- Age suitability: birth up to 6 years
- Number of seating positions: 6
- Material: Water repellent fabric
- Dimensions: 86 x 57 x 1060cm
- Weight range: 0-30 kg
- Extra features: compact storage
Joie Mimzy Snacker 2 in 1 Highchair
The Joie Mimzy Snacker 2in1 is ultra-adaptable with its three-position adjustable tray – perfect for accommodating children of all shapes and sizes. When you’re ready to move on to the next stage the tray can easily be removed to allow your kiddo to experience their first tastes of family mealtime around the table. Far from taking up lots of space, the Snacker 2in1 collapses easily with one hand into a slim, freestanding fold that will slip into even the smallest of spaces – making tidy up time quick and simple, so you can get on with the fun.
Our reviewer Emma says: "I really loved the highchair overall. The stand out feature for me was that is was so lightweight, making it easy to fold up and down and move around. The highchair I was using before was actually similar in design but much heavier and bulkier. I really noticed the difference when testing the product. I love the padded seat and the fact baby feels so secure in it - she sometimes sits in it playing with toys whilst I make dinner etc. which is a real plus point."
- Age suitability: 6 months and over.
- Number of seating positions: 3
- Material: Upholstered wipe clean seat
- Dimensions: 91.5 x 56.8 x 76cm
- Weight range: up to 15kg
- Extra features: Storage net
Childhome Evolu One 80 Highchair
Won a Silver Award in the 2020 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
Childhome's award-winning Evolu One is trendy and efficient, with its innovative swivel function, allowing you to feed your child in the seat in three different positions without moving or lifting the entire chair.
Our reviewer Julie says: "I would easily recommend this chair to other people. It's a beautiful design which also comes in grey - a very trendy colour at the moment, therefore, matches a lot of people's interiors, it's very well built, great quality, and super practical. The five-point harness straps make it very safe to use for any age with no fear of the child falling out of it or tilting the chair over. There are also a lot of useful accessories that can be bought separately (padded cushion, toy basket, special feet to turn it into a rocking chair...) We won't be needing any of them because our child is now two but had we had the chair when he was a baby we would have enjoyed the various options."
- Age suitability: from 6 months to 6 years
- Number of seating positions: 3
- Material: Seat: Polypropylene, Legs: Beech
- Dimensions: 56 x 56 x 94 cm
- Weight range: up to 15kg
- Extra features: Detachable safety bumper
Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair
Won a Bronze Award in the 2016 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
The Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair is a modern design that looks fantastic in a kitchen. It’s solid and very sturdy, and fits up right against the table – enabling little ones to be an active part of family mealtimes. The chair has no recline feature but does adjust according to the height of its user. It’s comfortable and compact – great for families with limited space – and is a dream to clean (seriously!).
It is expensive, and accessories (a harness and cushioning, for example) cost extra, but its ingenuity, longevity, quality and convenience make it a worthwhile spend if you have the cash for the initial outlay. It’s more than a highchair; it’s a piece of furniture that'll adapt with your little one as they grow.
Our reviewer Haley says: "I would definitely recommend the Tripp Trapp highchair to others. We've been using it since my little one was six months old and even when he was little his posture has been great and he has been well supported whereas he often slipped from side to side in other highchairs. I also love how I can bring it right up to the table so he feels like he is really sitting with us at meals. The design is very attractive - you can choose from a range of lovely colours and I love that we will be able to remove the baby set kit and continue to use his chair as the years go by. Our daughter is still using hers at age 11!"
- Age suitability: from birth
- Number of seating positions: 5
- Material: Beech wood
- Dimensions: 78 x 49 x 46 cm
- Weight range: up to 139 kg
- Extra features: converts all the way up to adult chair; Extended 7-year warranty is available on wooden components along with a 2 years standard warranty.
Joie Baby Multiply 6 in 1 Highchair
Won a Bronze Award in the 2020 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
The Joie Multiply is where highchair meets table. You can mix it up from a maxed-out highchair to a mini table with every mealtime milestone in between and it has an easy glide tilt which adjusts to three recline angles to give your baby total comfort. The Multiply height adjusts to fit quickly growing and developing little ones and to fit varying table and island heights with a total of five height adjustments.
Our reviewer Charlotte says: "I love how this highchair grows with your child. It makes life easier as a mum because having this highchair saves having to buy a booster chair once they get older and then a little table and chairs because this highchair covers all of those stages. It’s really easy to go from one stage to the next as well which is great. It all just clicks together."
- Age suitability: from 6 months
- Number of seating positions: 4
- Material: Upholstered wipe clean fabric
- Dimensions: 82.5 x 64.8 x 107.3
- Weight range: 15kg
- Extra features: cup holder
Beaba Up & Down Highchair
Shortlisted in the 2020 M&B Awards in the Best Highchair category
The Up & Down chair is practical, suitable for all heights whether you're eating from a breakfast bar or your dining table. What's great about the Up & Down chair is that your little one will always be sat in an optimum position! With six adjustable height levels, mealtimes have never been so easy.
Our reviewer Katrina says: "I really like the fact the Beaba highchair has the six different levels to adjust the height. Many highchairs I have used previously do have the option to adjust the height, but none go as high as this. It is a great thing to have if you have a breakfast bar or a high table you want to sit at with your baby. It is also a great height if you want to stand and feed your baby. One thing which I did find difficult was adjusting the height, I found you had to push in the buttons either side at the same time and get each side a perfectly equal height as it wouldn’t clip in otherwise and be wonky. This may get easier over time, it may have just been a case of getting the correct technique and being a bit stiff as it is new."
- Age suitability: from 6 to 36 months
- Number of seating positions: 1
- Material: Wood; Plastic; Aluminum
- Dimensions: 68 x 102 x 57 cm
- Weight range: up to 15kg
- Extra features: 6 adjustable height levels
Silver Cross Buffet Highchair
The Silver Cross Buffet highchair is suitable for newborns and onwards! So whether you're starting your weaning journey, are in the thick of it, or simply want a chair for your newborn to lay fully reclined in, this chair seems to do it all. This highchair comes in Candy Pink or Cool Grey with a detachable tray which comes with a dishwasher safe tray divider.
- Age suitability: from birth - 15kgs (approx 3 years)
- Number of seating positions: 5-position reclinable seat
- Dimensions: L29 x H94-118 x W53.5cm
- Weight range: 6.8kg (with tray) / 5.5kg (without tray)
- Newborn cradle mode
- 5 adjustable height positions
- Detachable tray with dishwasher-safe divider
- Wipe-clean, removable seat cover
- Compact fold for easy storage