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.
Nomi Highchair, £179.95, Babyandco
A highchair that grows with your baby, from newborn to teenager, this is one investment that is built to last. Allowing you to bring your baby off the floor and up to the dinner table, our mums loved the easily adjustable design. Winning Gold in our Mother & Baby awards, mums loved the fact it was easy to clean and felt secure. The only downside was not being able to fold the highchair away, but none of our mums seemed to object to the stylish design. Read more reviews on this highchair here.
Nuna Zaaz, £200, Kiddicare
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.
OXO Tot Sprout, £205, Amazon
Winning a Bronze Mother & Baby award and getting an average rating of 4.5 stars, this practical but fashionable highchair ticks all the boxes. Coming in a range of colours, the chair can be adapted to grow with your baby until he starts school; the tray, crotch post and harness all removable. Again, this chair doesn’t fold down, but it’s sleek design does have a small footprint. Our mums loved the easy clean tray and thought the highchair looked great in their kitchens, despite the slightly hefty price tag. Read more reviews of the OXO Tot Sprout here.
Chicco Polly Progress, £195, Amazon
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.
My Babiie Billie Faires Chevron Premium, £59.99, Preciouslittleone
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.
Joie Mimzy Snacker, £50.00, Buggybaby
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.
Knuma Connect 4-in-1, £190, Mothercare
Lasting from six months to six years, this is another chair that you can count on being a good investment. With a five-point harness, a good-sized tray and a footrest, the Knumna Connect 4-in-1 transforms from a highchair into a table and chair. That said, the chair is quite large, thus not ideal for smaller homes. It doesn’t collapse and could do with a lip to prevent toys and food from taking a dive off the edge (a two-year old’s favourite game!) Our mums loved the design and felt like this highchair was built to last. Read more reviews of the Knuma Conect 4-in-1 here.
Ikkle Bubba Orb+, £125, Amazon
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.
Cosatto Noodle Supa, £80, Amazon
With six height settings and a seat recline, we love the stylish (and washable) design of this cute highchair. Easily folded down and light to manoeuvre, this is a good option for those of us who’d rather not make their highchair a permanent fixture in the kitchen. Our mums loved the removable tray top, which makes the post-dinnertime clean-up easier. Read more reviews of the Cosatto Noodle Supa here.
Stokke Steps, £159.99, Babynest
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.
Stokke Tripp Trapp, £169.99, Mothercare
Another stylish looking pushchair, we love the minimalist feel to the Stokke Tripp Trapp and our mums (and dads) felt the same. Although it’s pretty heavy, our testers loved how solid and stable it felt and how it fit nicely under the table. With 13 different heights and an adjustable footrest, the Tripp Trapp is designed for your little one to join you at the table, as there is no built-in tray. One downside is accessories such as a safety rail, a harness and a cushion cost extra. Read more reviews of the Tripp Trapp here.
Moodelli Growi, £399.50
One thing you’ll notice straight away is how different this wooden highchair looks compare to some of the others on this list. Suitable from six months to eight years, the footrest, leg guard and tray are all easily detachable. With extra kits, you can also turn this Moodelli Growi into a rocker or low child’s chair.
Ikea Antelop, £13, Ikea
Don't expect a comfortable padded seat, a footrest or any fancy extras, but for under £15 this simple highchair is a winner for a lot of mums. Easy to clean and light to transport, this is a no-nonsence highchair that is fine for occasional use or short meals.