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The best highchairs and how to pick the right one for you

How to choose the best highchair

Gone are the days when picking a highchair was a simple process you didn’t have to worry about until your little one was sitting up. With so many different models to choose from, and some doubling as baby bouncers or reclining to hold your newborn, many modern parents decide to get theirs as early as possible. But which are the best highchairs on the market? And how do you choose? We’ve created this handy guide to help.

The first thing you need to think about is space. If your kitchen is on the small side, you’ll want to be sure your highchair can easily be folded down and stored away compactly. Another factor that will be top of your checklists 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.

It’s no easy task, but we’ve put together some of our top picks, and Mother & Baby Award Winners here.

This stylish highchair can be used at the family dinner table, or in isolation with the simple addition or exclusion of the super-sized tray. The padded rubber seat encourages your baby to sit upright, and the five-point harness ensures your little one isn’t going anywhere. The chair cannot be used until your baby is six months old, but it does convert into an adult chair afterwards to make it worth it’s price tag. Winning a Silver Mother & Baby award, our mums loved how simple it was to use and clean, however they wished it could be folded away. Read more real mum reviews here

Another chair that grows with your baby, the Polly Progress has four different reclining positions and eventually converts into a booster seat. With a reclining seat, you’ll be able to keep your little one in your eye line when cooking. Unlike other highchairs on the list, the Polly Progress is easy to collapse and store away, and our mums loved how compact it was, some even opting to take it with them when going out to eat. Everything is wipe clean, which is always a bonus, especially if you’re heading down the baby-led weaning route. Read more real mum reviews here.

Designed with TOWIE star and mum of two Billie Faires, this highchair features three recline positions and six different height settings. Suitable from six months, this highchair has an extra padded seat to keep your little one comfy, and a fun and fashionable design to fit in with your home. It folds away easily and is a lot cheaper than some of the other highchairs on this list. Read more reviews of this highchair here

Another affordable, basic highchair that has been designed with simplicity in mind. With adjustable straps and a large tray, this chair includes a large storage basket at its base. The Mimzy Snacker Highchair is lightweight, folds compactly and you won’t need an engineering degree to assemble it. It might not be as easy to clean as some of the sleeker highchairs on this page (with plenty of nooks and crannies for crumbs to hide in), and our mums wished it had a height adjustment function and a foot rest. Read more real mum reviews of the Mimzy Snacker here

The first thing that stands out about the Ikkle Bubba Orb+ is the stylist, contemporary design. With a 360-degree swivel, a tilt back mode and an ability to be easily deconstructed and stored away, what’s not to love? Suitable from birth onwards, this is another chair that’s designed to evolve with your baby. Our mums loved the movability of the chair, with all its rotating and reclining features. That said, it’s a pretty heavy and bulky chair, so if you’re looking for one you can move from room to room, this might not be the most practical choice. Find more reviews of the Ikkle Bubba Orb+ here

Picking up a Silver Mother & Baby Award in 2016, the Stokke Steps is another highchair that can be transformed from baby bouncer to booster seat. Although the chair doesn’t collapse, the bouncer does, meaning it’s easy to store. Designed with the modern mum in mind, it’s easy to assemble and has a modern design that will fit in with most kitchens. Our mums loved the interchangeable parts and how durable the highchair was. Read more real mum reviews of the Stokke Steps highchair here.

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