Your baby is likely to spend a lot of time in their highchair – not only when they're eating, but as a safe place to sit and colour or play when they're a little older – making it one of the most important items of baby gear. You might want a functional seat for mealtimes or a more sophisticated piece of furniture that will grow with your child. Either way, finding the best highchair is worth it as the more comfortable your child is, the more likely they are to enjoy mealtimes.
Black Friday deals on highchairs
It's officially Black Friday and there are plenty of deals for you to grab a bargain. So many retailers have fantastic Black Friday baby deals so why not take advantage before stock runs out. We have found some of the best retailers for Black Friday high chair deals for you.
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Whether they're weaning at 6 months, doing arts and crafts, or simply enjoying their time at the table with everyone, this essential piece of equipment can come in very handy from a young age. They come in a range of materials, depending on your style and needs, including plastic and wooden.
You're going to be looking at this piece of baby kit for a few years, so make sure you love it! Think about where you're going to use it too, and how the design will work in that space. For example, a chair with wide legs will be fine if it sits behind the dining table, but if it's in a busy part of the kitchen, you're likely to stub your toes on it. And If you intend to use the highchair between meals for playtime activities like drawing or messy play, opt for one with a large tray or one that can be positioned at the dining table so that your baby has plenty of space to get creative.
Highchairs are an essential, and very useful, item for babies. Your little one will love sitting at the table to join in family meal times, as well as being able to use their highchair for craft activities or colouring. Highchairs are a safe way for baby to join in at the dinner table without the danger of falling off, or tipping, an adult chair. There are a lot of highchairs that grow with your child too, so they can be a great investment, especially if you can find a bargain during Black Friday.
The best highchairs 2023 shortlist:
•Best multi-use high chair: Kinderkraft Feeding chair LIVY & CALMEE
•Best stylish highchair: My Babiie Samantha Faiers Safari Premium Highchair
•Best highchair with toy bar: Chicco Polly Magic Relax
•Best highchair for newborns: Silver Cross Buffet Highchair
With so many different models to choose from, including adjustable and cheap highchairs; some even double up as baby bouncers or reclining to hold your newborn, we've created this handy guide to help you choose the best highchair for you, your baby, and your kitchen.
Best swivel high chair
Won silver in Mother&Baby awards 2023 for Best Highchair.
The sleek Munchkin 360° Cloud
- 360° swivel feature
- Dishwasher safe tray
- Seat isn't padded
Best functional high chair
The Stokke Nomi High Chair is suitable for newborns with the special attachment, which allows your
- Grows with child
- Easy to build
- Anti-tilt wheels
- Harness for baby attachment needs to be purchased separately
Best highchair for newborns
The Silver Cross Buffet highchair is suitable for newborns and onwards. So, whether you're
- Comes with a three-year warranty against manufacturing faults
- Dishwasher-safe detachable tray
- Some parents found it tricky to get their child out of the curved seat
Best modern highchair
Won a Gold Award in the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
- Compactly folds away
- Easier to clean
- Grey fabric may show marks more easily compared to other highchairs
Best convertible highchair
The clever Evolve 3-in-1 Highchair converts from a supportive high chair to a thoughtfully
- Grows with child
- Very comfortable for baby
- High-quality wipeable materials
- Timeless visual design
- Tray table needs two hands to remove
Best highchair for use throughout childhood
Shortlisted in the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category.
- Has seven different modes to adapt to your child's needs as they grow
- High-quality design
- Not suitable from birth
Best highchair with toy bar
Won a Silver Award in the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
- Can be used as a recliner and a highchair
- Stylish look
- Some reviews mention the highchair takes up more room than expected
Best highchair with multiple height adjustments
Won a Bronze Award in the 2020 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
- Height can be adjusted to suit the height of your table
- Easy glide tilt
- Some reviews mention it is hard to clean
Best highchair with built-in storage
The Joie Mimzy Snacker 2-in-1 is ultra-adaptable with its three-position adjustable tray – perfect
- Has a storage net underneath to store mealtime essentials
- Simple adjustable tray
- Cover isn't machine washable and tray isn't suitable to be washed in a dishwasher
Best highchair with wheels
Won a Bronze Award in the 2021 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
- The seat cover is water repellent and can be removed to clean in a washing machine
- Super supportive design
- Could be a more exciting colour choices
Best multi-use high chair
**Won Gold in the Mother&Baby awards 2023 for Best Highchair.
The Kinderkraft Feeding chair
- Supports correct posture
- Takes up the same space as a dining room chair
Best minimalistic highchair
Won a Silver Award in the 2020 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
- Can be moved 90 degrees clockwise and counterclockwise to be in a feeding position to suit you and your child
- Five-point harness straps for safety
- A more basic design compared to other highchairs
Best wooden highchair
Won a Bronze Award in the 2016 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
- Extended seven-year warranty is available on wooden components, along with a two years standard warranty
- Strong and robust design
- Self-assembly required
Best practical highchair
Shortlisted in the 2020 Mother&Baby Awards in the Best Highchair category
The Beaba Up & Down
- Ergonomically designed seat
- 6 adjustable height levels
- Doesn't fold down to store away
Things to look out for when choosing a highchair
Age suitability: Always check what age the highchair is suitable for. Many can be used from birth, while others are only suitable from six 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 high chair that's easy to clean. We've included the materials in our list so you can see how easy it will be to keep clean.
Weight: If you struggle to lift heavy things or want to 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 twelve! Looking for one that will grow with your child? Check how many functions it has.
Travelling - If you're wanting to be able to take yours away with you when you travel, you might want to opt for a portable 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. When 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.
What age is a baby ready to use a highchair?
The most common age that a baby will start needing a highchair is around the six-month-old mark because babies typically begin to sit up on their own and eat solid foods at this stage in their development.
How do I get my baby to stay in their highchair?
Does your bubba not like sitting in their highchair? Solid Starts has some top tips for keeping your little one seated.
Exercise right before the meal
Getting the wiggles out before mealtimes can burn off some of your baby's energy. This way, they're less likely to want to move around once it's mealtime. Let them have some tummy time, get them crawling or jumping around before you sit them in their chair.
Bring baby to the highchair hungry
Your little one is more likely to stay seated if they're hungry and motivated to eat.
Serve the food right away
Try not to put your little one in their high chair until their food is completely ready. That way, their stamina and attention span is saved for eating the meal itself.
Hide or cover toys during the meal
Babies and toddlers are easily distracted, and the sight of a tempting toy can throw the whole meal off.
Honour when baby signals that they are done
When babies are kept in their highchairs longer than they want to be, they can develop a negative association with the chair and eating.
How to clean a highchair
If you're wondering how to clean a highchair, you may want to follow these simple steps:
•Brush off any excess food and crumbs
•Wipe it down with a damp cloth
•Disinfect the tray
•Clean the chair, legs and exterior
•Wash the fabric components
•Clean the crevices where food and germs may be hiding
What comes after a highchair?
Once your child has outgrown their highchair, the next step is moving them to a booster seat at the dining table. It will allow your little one to feel more grown-up sitting around the dinner table and will take up less space than a highchair. Your child should be ready to use a booster seat at home and in restaurants anywhere from 18 to 24 months.
Emily Gilbert is the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.