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The Best High Chair

Or how to keep your baby Houdini snug while you wrestle pureed carrots into their mouth.
Sarah Idle
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Sarah Idle
Updated 
Oct 16, 2020
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At a glance

From the second that line appears on a stick, you’re in for a life-changing adventure. Although there are plenty of firsts coming up (first smile, first laugh, first fart at the most inappropriate moment), the first solids are pretty memorable. It’s the time when baby unleashes their inner Jackson Pollock and experiments with how much food can go around the mouth, rather than in it. It’s also prime hilarity time as they discover what they love (and not so love).

The best high chair can help the eating experience. It’s safe and sturdy, keeping baby tight inside. It’s easy to clean. It might be flexible and grow with baby, lasting a few years. Here’s our guide to Australia’s best high chairs, chosen from hours of research that includes expert opinions and insights from the real experts – Australian parents. 

Best for most

Stokke Tripp Trapp

The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair grows with your child, thanks to its hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates and timeless design. Made of durable wood, it’s sturdy, easy to clean and easy on the environment too. RRP $320, you need to pay extra for the Baby Set.

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Best for luxury

Star Kidz Bimberi

For flexibility, we think the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair is a good choice. It offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. Plus, it can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair.

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Best for budget

IKEA ANTILOP

Simple yet sturdy, the IKEA ANTILOP is loved the world over. Just $24.99, this durable plastic and stainless steel high chair is easy to clean. It comes with a removable lap strap and raised edge tray. Note it’s lacking shoulder straps – a 5-point safety harness is recommended by the experts.

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How we picked

Because high chairs are essential baby kit, there was plenty of research available. We started with CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They put a huge number of high chairs through their expert testing. To narrow our search down, we focused on high chairs that were still sold in Australia and were easily available. By that, we meant they were sold by more places than just 1 dodgy-sounding Amazon reseller. 

Armed with a huge list, we turned to the real experts – parents. We wanted to know how real baby Aussies got on with high chairs. For this, we went to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. To get on our shortlist, we wanted good consumer reviews (at least 3 stars out of 5) from a good number of reviews (at least 30). We discounted any high chairs that didn’t have any consumer reviews.

This still left us with plenty of contenders. So, we took into consideration whether any high chairs had won an Australian parenting award. We went with the long-running, annual Australian Mother & Baby Magazine Awards. Every product they pick has been tried, tested in real-life situations and voted on by real mums, babies and their expert panel. We looked at their 2018 high chair winners, as they didn’t have high chairs as a 2019 category. 

We wanted to represent a range of functionality, from the most basic models to ones with all the bells and whistles. All high chairs had to meet safety standards. Ideally Australian ones but also internationally recognised ones, like European. We also wanted to offer a range of materials. Plastic is easy to wipe clean and hygienic but it’s not always the most planet-friendly choice. Wood is a more sustainable option but it’s harder to clean and more expensive.

Taking all this criteria into account, we finally narrowed it down to the 10 best high chairs in Australia. 

Note that our guide doesn’t cover portable high chairs. These are things like boosters, harnesses (which convert chairs to high chairs through straps and padding) and clip on seats. They’re ideal for travelling or eating out.

Best for most -> Stokke Tripp Trapp

Stokke Tripp Trapp

The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair grows with your child, thanks to its hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates and timeless design. Made of durable wood, it’s sturdy, easy to clean and easy on the environment too. RRP $320, you need to pay extra for the Baby Set.

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The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair is probably a lot older than you: it was designed in 1972. There’s a good reason it’s been so popular - this ergonomically designed chair grows with your child. It takes them from birth to adulthood (fingers crossed they’re not still at home using it by this stage).

A great example of design simplicity, this wooden high chair aims to bring baby closer to the table and include them in family life from day 1. There are hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates for back and foot support, which allows it to fit a lifetime’s worth of use.

Made from 100% sustainably sourced beech wood, it comes in a range of classic colours to fit any home. Paint is water-based and non-toxic and no harmful substances, like bisphenol and phthalates, are used in it. It meets the Australian safety standard AS 4684-2009 – Safety Standard for High chairs, and a wide range of international safety standards too. Thanks to being made of wood, it’s easy clean with a wipe of a damp cloth. 

The Tripp Trapp High Chair will set you back around $320. This includes an extended 7-year warranty on the wood parts. The downside to the Tripp Trapp is that this cost is just for the chair, which will suit a 3-year-old up. Which means if you want to use with your baby, you need to pay extra for the Tripp Trapp Baby Set (around $100). This includes a 5-point harness, backrest and rail. It’s made of easy to clean materials (recyclable plastic), with the back plate being dishwasher safe. It comes in a range of colours to match your chair and it doesn’t require any tools to install. It’s suitable for use from 6 months and cushions are extra.

If you’re wondering how you can use it from newborn, you need to buy the Newborn Set for that. This is around $200.

It’s easy to see with the Tripp Trapp how costs can add up. You’re looking around $420 for the chair and Baby Set. But the quality, safe materials used plus the length of time it should last you (i.e. into adulthood) means we reckon it’s an investment worth making.

We’re not the only ones who think so. The Tripp Trapp is a Mother & Baby Magazine Awards 2018 Bronze winner and is has almost 60 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Getting almost 4.5 stars, it’s currently Australia’s third most popular high chair. It’s also been reviewed by CHOICE.

Why buy the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair

Grows with your child

Massively height adjustable, it can last from newborn through to adulthood.

Ergonomically designed

To support your growing child, comfortably.

Easy clean

Because it’s made of wood, you don’t need toxic cleaning materials. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Plus, the Baby Set is made of easy clean plastic, including a dishwasher safe back plate.

Stable

The Z-shape design means this is a sturdy and stable high chair that baby shouldn’t be able to move.

Safety considerations

All paint is water-based and non-toxic, and no harmful substances are used in it. The Baby Set includes a 5-point harness.

Longevity

Thanks to the wood and the design, the Tripp Trapp should last you for years, which justifies the investment.

Brings baby to the table

Rather than feeding them on a tray, you can bring baby into the heart of the family and include them in mealtimes. 

Design icon

This classic design has been around since the mid-70s, ensuring it fits seamlessly into every home. It comes in a great range of colours too.

Environmentally-friendly

It's made of wood, rather than plastic, which is a more sustainable, planet-friendly choice. The Baby Set is made of recyclable plastic.

7-year warranty

Which we think is impressively long for a high chair.

Popular with Aussies

It’s currently the third most popular high chair in Australia, according to ProductReview.com.au. Aussies rave about its looks, versality and durability.

Award winner

Mother & Baby Magazine awarded it a Bronze in their 2018 awards. We like these awards because all products are tried, tested and voted on by real mums plus a panel of experts.

The not-so-good bits

Accessories extra

At $320, this chair is an investment. That $320 doesn’t include accessories that you’ll need to feed baby in it, like the Baby Set. Throw on an extra $100 for that. You’ll also pay extra for cushions or a tray.

Not foldable

You’ll need to be happy with how it looks because you can’t fold it away. It’ll be a permanent feature in your home.

No wheels

Meaning you’ll need to pick it up to move it around.

Not-so-easy clean

A few consumers complain about how it’s not so easy to clean, because food can get trapped in many places. Like the grooves where the plates move up and down, the foot plate and on the straps and cushions. Though in our hours of research we haven’t found anyone not complaining about saucy food staining straps and cushions on any of our picks.

In summary 

The iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair grows with your child, taking them from newborn through to adulthood. This is thanks to its hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates and timeless design. The Tripp Trapp brings baby to the table, helping to involve them in family life from day 1. Made of durable wood, it’s easy to clean and easy on the environment too. A sturdy high chair, it’s RRP $320. Although it comes with an impressive 7-year warranty on the wood parts, you do need to pay extra for the accessories, including the Baby Set.

Best for luxury -> Star Kidz Bimberi

Star Kidz Bimberi

For flexibility, we think the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair is a good choice. It offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. Plus, it can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair.

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At the other end of the design scale is our luxury pick, the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair. It’s a futuristic looking high chair that will take baby from 6 months to up to 3 years. Highly adjustable, it offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. It can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair. 

Unlike the Stokke Tripp Trapp, it comes with everything you need. This includes a 5-point safety harness and PU seat cushion. This makes it very easy clean and it’s also washable. Although the Bimberi is made of plastic, it’s free from nasties like BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Nitrosamine. It also conforms to Australian and European Safety Standards for high chairs. 

With 4 wheels, it glides easily from room to room. When it’s not in use, it folds to an ultra-slim 25cm for easy storage and transport. 

RRP $449, this is a luxury high chair, the joint most expensive one we reviewed. The other is the Chicco Polly Progres5 Highchair. It was a close call between the Bimberi and the Polly Progres5. This one has more consumer reviews. It gets an impressive 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au from almost 40 reviews, with people loving how easy it is to clean and how adjustable it is. But it hasn’t been reviewed by CHOICE – the Polly Progres5 has.

Why buy the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair

Adjustability

There’s so much flexibility to suit this high chair to your needs. This includes 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions.

Multi-use

Not just a high chair, you can use it as recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair.

PU seat cushion

Which is plush and comfortable for baby and wipe clean for you.

Safety considerations

The plastic is BPA and certain chemicals free and it conforms to Australian and European Safety Standards for high chairs. It comes with a 5-point safety harness.

Wheels

Move it around easily thanks to the 4 wheels.

Foldable

If you want to store it away or bring it somewhere, it folds to a compact ultra-slim 25cm.

Removable feeding tray

So your child can sit easily at the table when they’re old enough.

Consumer reviews

It’s got 4.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au, just 1 spot behind our Tripp Trapp winner.

The not-so-good bits

Price

At RRP $449, it’s the joint most expensive high chair we reviewed.

Length of use

It’ll last you up to 15kgs, which is around 3 years. This is fine for a more affordable high chair but we’d like a longer use time for the joint most expensive.

1-year warranty

For the price, we’d expect a longer warranty.

No CHOICE review

Which means it hasn’t been put through its paces by experts.

In summary 

If you’re looking for flexibility, we think the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair is a good choice. It offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. Plus, it can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair. It’ll take baby from 6 months old through to about 3 years. A PU seat cushion keeps baby comfortable and makes cleaning easy. Four wheels gets it gliding easily about and you can fold it down to 25cm for easy storage and transport. All these features means it has a RRP of $449, making this our luxury pick.

Best for budget -> IKEA ANTILOP

IKEA ANTILOP

Simple yet sturdy, the IKEA ANTILOP is loved the world over. Just $24.99, this durable plastic and stainless steel high chair is easy to clean. It comes with a removable lap strap and raised edge tray. Note it’s lacking shoulder straps – a 5-point safety harness is recommended by the experts.

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Can this be a guide to the best high chairs without mentioning the IKEA ANTILOP? Probably not. It’s loved by parents the world over and for good reason. Simple and sturdy, it features a lap strap to keep baby snug inside. Note, it’s not a 5-point harness with shoulder straps. The removable tray has raised edges to keep spills contained. It’s easy to take apart and assemble, making it ideal for travel or café visits. It’s also stackable if you’ve got multiple kids under 3 needing their own high chairs.

Made of durable plastic, it’s simple to clean. IKEA states that this plastic “has been tested, approved and is completely free from substances that may harm your child's skin or health”. Plus, it can be recycled after use. It complies with European standard EN 14988:2017. We tried to discover if it complies to an Australian standard – apparently it says on the underside of the chair that it complies to Australian safety requirements.

It costs just $24.99. If you want to customise it or make it more comfortable, you can get an inflatable supporting cushion ($2.99) and cover ($6.99).

It has 4.5 stars from almost 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au – the highest number of reviews we’ve ever come across. It’s the 2nd most popular high chair in Australia with Aussies loving its simplicity and price. It’s also been reviewed by CHOICE.

Why buy the IKEA ANTILOP

Price

Obviously. At just $24.99, it’s the most affordable high chair we reviewed.

Sturdy

Thanks to the tough plastic construction and well-positioned steel legs.

Tray with raised edges

To keep spills contained. It’s removable for easy cleaning.

Portable

Easy to take apart and assemble, you can take it with you wherever you need.

Stackable

Which is ideal if you have more than 1 of them.

Easy clean

Due to its plastic construction.

Length of use

You can get up to 3 years of use from it.

Customisable

With the affordable inflatable supporting cushion and cover.

Loved by Aussies

It’s your #2 high chair on ProductReview.com.au, with almost 250 reviews.

The not-so-good bits

Lap strap only

With no shoulder straps, it doesn’t have the recommended 5-point safety harness.

Not height adjustable

It sits at 90cm only. 

No footrest

This isn’t a dealbreaker for us as kids can use a footrest to tip themselves backwards but some parents like the added comfort of them for their little ones.

Not foldable

Stackable yes, foldable no. 

No padding

But this is easily fixed with the $2.99 inflatable cushion. 

In summary 

Simple yet sturdy, the IKEA ANTILOP is loved the world over for delivering everything you need in a high chair. Just $24.99, this durable plastic and stainless steel high chair is easy to clean. It comes with a removable lap strap and tray. The tray has raised edges to contain any spills. It’s portable and stackable and can handle children up to 3 years old. It’s even customisable thanks to the additional supporting cushion and cover. Note it’s lacking shoulder straps – a 5-point safety harness is recommended by the experts. 

The competition

It took us hours to narrow down our top picks for Australia’s best high chair. To get you buying, rather than scrolling, here are the 6 other high chairs we think are worthy of your time.

Childcare Pod Timber High Chair

The Childcare Pod Timber High Chair is a modern-looking timber high chair that screams Scandi. It suits children from 6 months to around 3 years, with a maximum weight of 17kg. The foam padded seat keeps baby comfortable and is wipe clean. The food tray is removable, and you can also adjust its height. When you’re done, pop it in the dishwasher. The footrest is also removable. It has a 5-point safety harness to keep baby secure. Bonus: it converts into a toddler chair when baby is older. 

RRP $179.99, it’s been reviewed by CHOICE and is a Mother & Baby Award winner twice over, taking gold in 2016 and silver in 2018. It has middling consumer reviews, racking up 2.6 stars on ProductReview.com.au. This is from a limited number of reviews though. 

You can’t adjust the seat height and the white straps, which aren’t removable, might be only for the brave. 

Choose this if...

You want a Scandi-inspired high chair that keeps baby secure and in comfort thanks to the padded chair and 5-point harness. It also converts to a toddler chair. Although you can remove the tray and footrest, you can’t adjust the height of the seat or remove the white straps which may be muck magnets.

Target Snacka Highchair

Looking for an alternative to our IKEA ANTILOP budget pick? Meet the Target Snacka Highchair. Looks-wise, it’s very similar. A plastic body with steel legs means it’s simple, durable and easy clean. Like the ANTILOP, it’s got a removable tray, doesn’t have a footrest, will last up to 15kg and has been reviewed by CHOICE. 

Unlike the ANTILOP, it’s height adjustable, converts to a low chair and has a 5-point safety harness. It comes in at $29, $5 more. 

With all these additions to the ANTILOP, it’s a worthy alternative. The only reason we preferred the ANTILOP is its popularity with Aussies (those 250 great reviews). Currently, the Snacka has just 1 review, giving it 4 stars. 

Choose this if...

You want a good alternative to the IKEA ANTILOP that is height adjustable, converts to a low chair and has a 5-point safety harness for just $29.

Chicco Polly Progres5 Highchair 

The Chicco Polly is the alternative to our luxury Star Kidz pick. It’s the same RRP ($449) and has similar features. As the name suggests, it’s 5 chairs in 1: newborn recliner, high chair, booster, big kid booster and youth stool. It can also accommodate 2 kids at once: 1 in the booster and 1 in the stool. 

It has a 5-point harness, removable tray (which slides onto the rear legs for handy storage), 8 height positions and 4 recline positions. The seat is removable and wipeable for easy cleaning. It has 4 wheels to glide around effortlessly and it folds down to 29cm – not quite the slim 25cm of our luxury pick.

It will last you from newborn up to 23kg (that’s in youth stool mode). Unlike our Star Kidz pick, it’s been reviewed by CHOICE. However, it has less consumer reviews. But it still gets a respectable 3.7 stars on ProductReview.com.au.

Choose this if...

You want a versatile chair that’s 5 in 1 that’ll last until baby isn’t a baby anymore.

Nano Bloom

The Nano Bloom is a sleek, minimalist high chair that suits the modern home. With a removable, large, dishwasher-safe 3 position tray with a deep lip to contain spills, you’ve got the option to feed on the tray or at the table. It has a height adjustable footrest and a 5-point safety harness.

The seat upholstery is leatherette, making it comfortable for baby and easy clean for you. It comes in 5 classic colours to match your home style. It folds up to just 18cm and weighs 5.5kg so it’s easy to store and carry. It can take baby from 6 months to 3 years. 

Bloom was founded by 4 dads who include thought for the planet and baby’s safety in their designs. They choose recyclable plastics and metals and low VOC finishes. They also guarantee their products are free from harmful things like lead, BPA, phthalates, PVC, formaldehyde and MDF.

It’s RRP $199 and has been reviewed by CHOICE. Currently, it has very limited consumer reviews.

Choose this if...

You want a sleek, minimalist high chair that’s lightweight and compact.

Keter Multi-Dine High Chair

As you’d expect with the name multi-dine, the Keter Multi-Dine High Chair includes 3 seating modes: a high chair, booster seat and junior seat. It’ll last up to 25kg, which is around 3-4 years. The tray can be adjusted to suit each mode. It has a 5-point safety harness and footrest too. 

We like Keter’s smart design. This includes dishwasher safe parts, like the trays and soft seat cover, and the fact that all parts can be stored in the bottom of the chair. It weighs just 2.6kg for easy carrying, making it ideal for travel. 

RRP $199, it’s been reviewed by CHOICE and has good but limited consumer reviews.

Choose this if...

You want a light, compact high chair that stores into itself and converts into a booster and junior seat with dishwasher safe parts.

Phil & Teds Poppy

The Poppy converts from a high chair to a toddler chair, taking baby from a 6 month old to a 5 year +. Alien pod-like, it’s covered by soft and spongy aerocore. This makes it comfy for baby. It has extra benefits of being insulating, hypo-allergenic, UV resistant, non-toxic, waterproof and wipe clean.

There’s an adjustable footrest, 5-point safety harness and a dishwasher safe, removable food tray that clicks in and out with a 1-touch button. Extra wide, it curves around baby, keeping them snug and catching a large amount of food. It weighs just 4kg, making it lightweight and easy to carry. 

It’s multi-award-winning, taking home the Mother & Baby Awards 2017 – Gold and Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2017 by Mum Is – Bronze.

RRP $149, it’s been reviewed by CHOICE. It gets 3.5 stars on ProductReview.com.au with some Aussies pointing out that the wide legs take up lots of space and pose a trip hazard.

Choose this if...

You want an award-winning high chair that’s lightweight to move around (but not foldable) that converts from a high chair to a toddler chair

How we picked

Because high chairs are essential baby kit, there was plenty of research available. We started with CHOICE, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. They put a huge number of high chairs through their expert testing. To narrow our search down, we focused on high chairs that were still sold in Australia and were easily available. By that, we meant they were sold by more places than just 1 dodgy-sounding Amazon reseller. 

Armed with a huge list, we turned to the real experts – parents. We wanted to know how real baby Aussies got on with high chairs. For this, we went to ProductReview.com.au, Australia’s first consumer opinion website. To get on our shortlist, we wanted good consumer reviews (at least 3 stars out of 5) from a good number of reviews (at least 30). We discounted any high chairs that didn’t have any consumer reviews.

This still left us with plenty of contenders. So, we took into consideration whether any high chairs had won an Australian parenting award. We went with the long-running, annual Australian Mother & Baby Magazine Awards. Every product they pick has been tried, tested in real-life situations and voted on by real mums, babies and their expert panel. We looked at their 2018 high chair winners, as they didn’t have high chairs as a 2019 category. 

We wanted to represent a range of functionality, from the most basic models to ones with all the bells and whistles. All high chairs had to meet safety standards. Ideally Australian ones but also internationally recognised ones, like European. We also wanted to offer a range of materials. Plastic is easy to wipe clean and hygienic but it’s not always the most planet-friendly choice. Wood is a more sustainable option but it’s harder to clean and more expensive.

Taking all this criteria into account, we finally narrowed it down to the 10 best high chairs in Australia. 

Note that our guide doesn’t cover portable high chairs. These are things like boosters, harnesses (which convert chairs to high chairs through straps and padding) and clip on seats. They’re ideal for travelling or eating out.

Important features to consider

The biggest thing to look for in a high chair is safety. As baby gets older, they’re going to get more mobile. Which means sitting in a high chair isn’t the best fun. They might squirm, kick, try to stand up or climb in or out of it. Or they might get fingers, toes or limbs trapped in gaps or crushed by moving parts. 

Safety features to look for include:

Stability

Go in store and rock it to see how stable it is. Legs should spread outwards further than all other chair parts. Perfectly vertical legs aren’t as stable. 

Construction

Push on the seat and backrest to check if they squeak, sag, deform or collapse. You want a solid, sturdy chair that’s going to last.

Gaps

Look for any nooks and crannies for little fingers to get trapped in.

Moving parts

Ensure they won’t pinch, crush or trap baby’s finger, toe, limb or head – or your fingers as you adjust or fold it. Ensure chair and tray edges are smooth, not sharp. Look for easily detached parts, including stickers, that baby could pull off and choke on. 

5-point safety harness

This includes shoulders, waist and crotch straps. Shoulder straps should attach to the seat at shoulder height. The buckle should be easy for you to release, but hard for baby. A non-removable harness or one that needs a tool to remove it (like loosening a screw) is best. This is because if you remove it, you might lose it or forget to reattach it (because, sleep deprivation).

Compliance with safety standards

The Australian Standard is AS 4684:2009. The European equivalent is European Standard EN 14988.

Here are some other features that are handy in a high chair

Wheels

Not essential but if you opt for a larger, heavier high chair, wheels are handy to help you move it around when cleaning, etc. Make sure at least 2 of them are lockable. 

Reclining positions

Not all high chairs will have reclining positions because they’re intended for use once baby is sitting up by themselves (around 6 months old).  But if they do, these are good for younger babies who can’t sit upright for long. A reclining high chair is also great for bottle feeding.

Tray

Most high chairs come with trays. These are helpful because they (in theory, anyway) contain the mess rather than spread it over your table. Look for easily removable trays. Bonus points if they’re height adjustable to suit your growing child. They should be easy to clean with a wide lip to contain mess. Some are dishwasher safe for even easier cleaning. 

Height adjustable

Some high chairs are height adjustable, allowing you to bring baby to your table height. It’s not essential -  a lot of the more affordable high chairs aren’t height adjustable. If this is the case, pay attention to how high they are and check that works for your table.

Foldable

You might not want to make a design statement out of your high chair. If that’s the case, opt for a foldable one. It’s handy for storage and keeping it out of sight. A foldable option is also ideal if you’re limited on space or want to travel with it.

Lightweight

If you’ll regularly get the chair out and store it away again, or want to travel with it, go for a lightweight one. 

Footrest

CHOICE reckons a footrest is important to support your child’s feet and calves. An adjustable one will suit your growing child. However, our research shows as children get older, footrests can be a source of fun. It can be used to swing themselves backwards from, stand up, launch themselves off, climb up or down – whatever you can imagine, your kid will probably try. So, we reckon you should look for a removable one.  

Easy to clean

Look for a smooth high chair that doesn’t have many nooks and crannies for food to hide down. Covers should be wipeable and ideally, washable. We haven’t yet found a high chair with shoulder straps that are easy to clean. Pro tip: invest in a cheap large plastic mat to sit underneath the high chair. The splatter zone is impressive. Alternatively, get a dog.

What you get if you spend more

Pay more and you won’t get any more advanced safety features than we covered above – and those are the most important things.

You might end up with a design classic (hello Stokke Tripp Trapp) or be paying for a name.

You’ll probably get multiple chairs in 1. It’ll be a high chair that converts to a booster seat plus a toddler chair and more. This extends the life of your investment, lasting you 4-5 years and beyond. However, if you opt for a more affordable high chair that costs less than $100, you probably won’t mind it only lasting a year or 2.

You’ll also get increased versatility, like more height adjustability and seat recline positions. Honestly, we’re a bit wary of the most expensive, multi-functional high chairs. Mainly because you don’t know what baby will enjoy. Some hate being confined in a high chair. Others will play happily for hours in one. It’s not great to part with $500 only for your baby to hate it and never use it. Future-proofing sounds great in theory but after 3-4 years of use, it might be looking pretty grim. So, you might not fancy having it hanging around as a toddler chair. Plus, these models tend to be larger and heavier with more parts to store which means you need a bigger home. 

The bottom line

To increase your chances of Insta-worthy meal times, all glossy hair and sleek surfaces, you need a decent high chair. The best one is safe and sturdy, keeping your baby Houdini snug inside while you wrestle pureed carrots into their mouth. This includes having a 5-point safety harness. It’s easy to clean, ideally with wipeable or dishwasher safe surfaces and removable, washable covers. 

We reckon Australia’s best highchair is the iconic Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair. Ergonomically designed, it grows with your child, taking them from birth to adulthood. This is helped by its use of durable beech wood and hugely height adjustable seat and foot plates for back and foot support. Easy care, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Costing around $320, it comes with a 7-year warranty on the wood parts but you need to pay an extra $100 for the Baby Set. This includes a 5-point harness, backrest and rail. We think the quality, safe materials used plus the length of time it should last you means it’s an investment worth making.

Our luxury pick is the Star Kidz Bimberi High Chair. This futuristic-looking high chair will take baby from 6 months to up to 3 years. Highly adjustable, it offers 7 different height positions, 5 backrest recline positions, 2 tray table positions and 3 footrest positions. It can be used as 4 different things: recliner chair, high chair, toy table and dining chair. Unlike the Stokke Tripp Trapp, it comes with everything you need. This includes a 5-point safety harness and PU seat cushion. When it’s not in use, you can fold it to an ultra-slim 25cm. RRP $449, it’s loved by Aussies for how easy it is to clean and how adjustable it is. 

Loved the world over, our budget pick is the IKEA ANTILOP. Simple and sturdy, it features a lap strap to keep baby snug inside. Note, it’s not a 5-point harness with shoulder straps. The removable tray has raised edges to keep spills contained. It’s made of durable plastic which is simple to clean. It costs just $24.99 and you can make it more comfortable by buying the optional inflatable supporting cushion ($2.99). With 4.5 stars from almost 250 reviews on ProductReview.com.au, it’s currently the 2nd most popular high chair in Australia.

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