Babies can start to eat soft foods when they're around six months old. This means that both you and your baby will want to be sitting together to have dinner. Highchairs are perfect for this because it allows them to sit with you, have their little plate and share mealtimes with you. Highchairs are chairs which are raised from the ground to the height of an adult's table. They make everything so much easier when it comes to mealtimes!
If you’ve just had a baby and you're looking for a high chair, or if your baby's current highchair is looking a little worse for wear and you need a new one, or perhaps you have a friend of a family member who has recently had a baby and you want to surprise them with a little practical gift that will really help them out? Well, whatever the reason may be, we’ve got you covered with this ultimate guide, where we have rankings of the best highchairs on the market, reviews of these products, and lots of hints, tips and info so you can choose the best one for you. Let’s get started!
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- 2 First things first
- 3 The best highchairs in the UK
- 4 Shopping Guide: Everything you need to know about highchairs
- 5 Shopping Criteria
- 6 Summary
First things first
- Highchairs are great since they can be made bigger so they can last for a long time as your baby grows - perfect!
- Make sure that the highchair you choose has a safety belt so that your child can be strapped in safely.
- The best type of highchair to get is one that can recline so your baby can fall asleep or rest after dinner time.
The best highchairs in the UK
We’ve had a look at the different highchairs on the market, analysed prices and customer reviews, and come up with this comprehensive list of the best in the UK. You can see each of our favourite highchairs in the selection below, alongside a little description of each product. We’re certain that by the end of this ultimate guide, you will have chosen the best highchair for you and your baby!
Shopping Guide: Everything you need to know about highchairs
You’ve seen the best highchairs on the market, now it’s time for the buying part. You’ll have to consider a series of different aspects that go well beyond price when the time comes to buy a highchair for your child. If you’re interested in buying one, then we’ve put together this fab list of things we recommend that you think about before making your purchase. We’ve also got a list of the most frequently asked questions by people who are considering buying a highchair and we’ve answered them, so by the end of this section, any remaining doubts will be dispelled and any remaining questions will be answered. Let’s dive right in.
How do you know it's time to use a highchair?
What are the advantages of using a highchair?
Highchairs are safe and children are usually strapped in so you don't have to watch them all of the time! Also, most highchairs these days are fully adjustable so children can use them for years because you can make them smaller or adjust the footrests to match their height.
How long can a baby use these chairs?
If you're lucky, you may be able to find a highchair that can be used for many years because they have that many adjustable parts that they can adjust to the height of your dining table for up to ten years!
Are there any regulations for highchairs?
What are the important elements of a highchair?
Another thing you can make sure it has it a 'leg separator', where there is something that keeps their legs apart so they don't slip down the seat. This can be in the form of a harness or of a raised plastic part of the seat.
All of these things are vital if you want your child to be happy and comfortable during dinner time - a happy child = happy parents!
When you’re thinking about buying a highchair, it’s important to think about lots of things. All of this new information could be overwhelming but luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work. We’ve summed them up below – take a look!
- What type of highchair do I want?
- How old is my baby / will my baby be when they start using it?
- Is the highchair I'm interested in safe?
- What material is it made from?
- Do I like the design and is the size correct for my home?
What type of highchair do I want?
The first thing to think about is what type of highchair you want. Have another look at our ranking because it features all of the types we're going to explain!
Firstly, you can get a foldable one which has a simple structure and can be folded up either to take in the car or to transport it wherever you like, or it can be folded to store if you haven't got a big house.
You can also get a highchair that is fully adjustable where you can change the height of the chair and the position of the footrests so that you can continue to use the highchair as your baby grows. They back of the seat can also be adjusted to recline. These are the best type of highchair because, even though they cost more than the basic models, in the long run, you'll be able to use it for a while because it can grow with your baby.
In a similar vein, you can even get a highchair which can be turned into a car seat and a toddler chair, so three chairs in one!
How old is my baby / will my baby be when they start using it?
It is very important to look at the age of the child when buying a highchair. Baby highchairs are suitable for children from six months onwards, although the age at which the child outgrows the chair may differ. As your child grows, it will be necessary to monitor what weight the chair can support whilst still being safe. Most highchair models are suitable for children up to three years of age, or 15kg.
There are highchairs that grow with babies until they're no longer toddlers and are fully-grown children. These highchairs are much different because they are 100% adjustable and their components are removable. With this type of highchairs, the seat can be adjusted to different heights and the tray and harness can be removed. These are models that will end up becoming normal chairs.
Is the highchair I'm interested in safe?
As always, the most important thing to think about is if it's safe. We've already touched on this, but you need to make sure that the plastic is BPA free, the chair is made to EU regulations, the chair is firm on the floor and it holds quite a lot of weight and is comfortable.
Don't forget to take a look at the harness or seat belt that comes with the highchair. The best models have a five-point harness so that there's no chance of your baby slipping out! Make sure that the base is made of a non-slip material too.
What material is it made from?
Highchairs can be made from wood, metal or plastic. These days, the most common material is plastic since it can be very strong and it's easy to clean - unlike wood which could get dirty or metal which could get cold. However, wood and metal are very strong materials so it's worth having a look at all of your options before buying one.
Take a look at this table below:
Easy to clean
|Can be ugly|
|Plastic|| Easy to clean
|Not as strong|
Do I like the design and is the size correct for my home?
It is essential to take into account the space you have in the dining room or in the room where you plan to place the highchair. You should also assess whether a more portable highchair is a better option for you. If so, one with an easy folding system or one that fits in the boot of your car is ideal.
For families who have a big house, easy folding highchairs are useful as they can be used in different rooms of the house. When it comes to the design, you can choose between one that fits well into your house, like a plain highchair or one with only a few colours, or you could buy one with lots of colourful patterns on, or little pictures of your child's favourite thing (there are even dinosaur highchairs - take a look at our ranking! In the end, the first thing you should do is look at the dimensions to make sure it fits, then choose the design to make it fit wonderfully into your home.
Buying a highchair is an important decision as a new parent. They're essential and it's such an exciting time when you buy a highchair because your little baby is going to embark on the new adventure which is eating!
Depending on the model you choose, it is possible that the highchair will be used for a lot longer than you think. There are those parents who prefer to spend a little more now to have a highchair that lasts a lot longer. The decision lies in choosing a highchair that is suitable for your home and guarantees that your baby is always safe.
Thanks for reading! If you liked this ultimate guide and found it useful, leave us a comment in the section below and tell us which highchair out of our ranking is your favourite, or if you have any top tips on how to make mealtimes super easy! You can also share it on your social media so more of your baby-having friends can reap the many rewards that highchairs offer! Happy buying!
(Source of featured image: Oksana Kuzmina: 25493860/ 123rf.com)