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Best High Chairs 2014
Best Baby High Chair Reviews 2014
I bought my 6 month old son a high chair after doing a lot of research on the best high chairs available and this gives lots of information based on what I've learned. I've also used lots of high chairs with my older son and had lots of experience of bad and good ones when eating out at friends and restaurants!
Firstly, what to consider when looking for the best high chair for you? Then I look at specific examples of the best highchairs.
Easy to clean
You'll be using a highchair everday so you want one that doesn't take too long to clean. Avoid high chairs with lots of creases and places where food can gather. Padding on seats can sometimes hide bits of food. We had been given a highchair where food could accumulate underneath the seat padding which is something else to look out for. Look for easy clean material, a removable tray and read reviews on how easy it is to clean!
How big do you want the highchair? Do you have space at your table for a big chunky highchair or would you prefer a space saver one? You can get booster seats which fit onto a seat and come with a tray which can be used instead of a stand alone high chair. So it's worth looking at the range available. If you are planning on moving the high chair between rooms (eg between the kitchen and the dining room) look for something lightweight and easy to move.
Do you want a highchair that lies flat for storage, so you can put it away at the end of each meal? Or perhaps you would prefer a space saver high chair that doesn't take up much room and can be left out at all times.
Do you want the high chair to grow with your child? Some highchairs can be converted to booster seats that can be used up until 4 years. Look for other features of adjustability too, such as height of the high chair, straps and the tray (see below).
Bigger and wider trays can be good so bits of food will fall on the tray instead of the baby. We have already mentioned removable trays which are easier to clean. Can the tray be adjusted so that it can be moved close to smaller babies so there isn't a massive gap between the baby and the tray and bits of food do not fall onto their laps? Can the tray be moved away so toddlers can have more room in the highchair. Can the tray be moved out so it's easy to get babies in and out?
Comfort for baby
Obviously you want the highchair to be as comfortable as possible for babies so that they will sit as long as necessary for each meal. Having said this, my own baby doesn't seem too fussed whether the highchair is padded or not (as long as there is food in front of him!)
Graco Blossom 4 in 1 Highchair
This is currently one of the bestselling highchairs on amazon.com and if your read all the 5 star reviews it's not hard to see why.
The selling point of this high chair is it's four in 1 system so it will grow with your child and should be the only highchair you need to buy.
It transforms from a functional highchair to an infant feeding booster, a toddler booster, and finally a youth chair.
It can also accommodate 2 children at the same time so great if your family grows quickly.
Reviews suggest it's easy to clean. The seatpad is removable, and can be wiped easily or machine washed and allowed to drip dry. The tray, frame, and footrest can all be wiped down with a damp sponge or cloth and household soap.
It also features six height positions, three recline positions, three footrest positions, and infant head and body support so again great features to grow with your child.
There are also two front wheels and locking rear casters for portability. Great if you plan to move your highchair between different rooms (such as the kitchen and the dining room).
Graco Simple Switch Highchair
I love the concept of this high chair and it's a great choice of a high chair when you're short on space.
You can use it as a high chair with legs and it can easily convert to a booster seat by removing the legs.
Personally, I would use it everyday as a booster seat on a normal chair so you don't have a big high chair taking up space. And when you have visitors around it can be used with the high chair legs and frees up a dining chair for guests.
It is comforable for baby with 3 reclining positions and a padded seat.
The seat pad can be removed and machine washed too.
Best Budget High Chair 2014
If you're looking for a budget option that saves space the Fisher Price booster seat with tray is a good option.
The plastic seat is easy to clean without any creases where food can hide, which to me is a real plus. There's a tray cover that can easily be put into the dishwasher or you can simply wipe it down between meals.
It fits easily to any chair and has three height adjustments to fit different size tables. You can use it with the tray or with just the booster seat and have it at the table.
On the minus side there's no seat pad for comfort but I have used similar ones and I don't think my own baby is that bothered by this. If you would prefer a padded seat you could also check out the fisher price space saver chair below. Also it is on the smaller side so may not be the best purchase for a toddler.
It's certainly a great portable chair. Lots of people have reviewed it's use as a main chair but it is definitely a good option for a spare seat to have at grandma's house or take to friends houses and restaurants.
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Sky Blue High Chair
If you're looking for a mid range priced high chair that looks great with useful features, this could be the one for you.
It's features include:
7 seat height adjustments (good for growing babies and toddlers)
3 position recline (reclining positions are great for younger babies)
1 hand removable tray
translucent blue dishwasher safe insert tray
4 lockable casters
folding legs for storage.
It has a highchair toy which doesn't come with other highchairs. Great for entertaining babies while you're preparing their meal
Summer Infant 3-Stage Superseat Highchair
Another great budget option / space saver but the thing that sets this highchair apart is that it comes with an activity table (which isn't shown in the picture) with 4 toys and 2 cup holders.
Baby Bjorn High Chair
This highchair has been designed after research that found that many high chairs didn't support young babies very well. Research also discovered that babies don't like being strapped in high chairs. Other key findings are that parents didn't like cleaning high chairs which trapped lots of food crumbs and they had to lift babies up high to get them in and out of highchairs.
This highchair addresses the above concerns.
There are no straps. Babies are locked in by the table. They should not be able to stand up or fall out. No straps means less cleaning too!
The high chair has curved back support and an adjustable table so that young babies are properly supported when eating.
It's easy to clean with no crevices or straps to hide food crumbs.
Parents don't have to lift babies high to get them in and out of highchairs. This is particularly good as they get older and heavier. (better for the back!).
Compact - easy to fold up and store.
This highchair looks like an excellent option especially for younger and smaller babies. The only concern is despite being marketed as suitable up to 3 years, reviews suggest it may be too small to accommodate older toddlers very well. Although, by this point you may be able to consider getting a high chair booster seat to strap onto a dining seat or another option.
Stoke Tripp Trapp High Chair
The main features of this chair are firstly it's longevity. It's designed for babies from aged 6 months but can be adapted to use throughout childhood and finally adults can use this chair too. It holds up to 300 pounds. So it's an investment.
Secondly, it's designed to use at the dining table. So baby can sit and eat with the family right from the beginning.
The chair is made of cultivated beechwood so is strong, solid and durable.
It also comes with a five-point safety harness
More Top High Chairs 2014
I have highlighted a range of different high chairs to suit different needs and budgets.
However, there are lots more excellent high chairs out there.
Here are a few more top highchairs to consider.
Another great height adjustable chair.
Can be used from 6 months and holds up to 250 pounds.
Another well reviewed mid range high chair. It comes assembled so no messing about when you receive it.
It features include:
compact and stands upright to fit in your pantry or next to the fridge.
serves as a full service highchair with one hand seat recline
cushioned wipe clean seat pad
pull out tray insert
Six seat heights
An option of a booster chair but this is designed to sit a child up at the table so there is no tray. Great for toddlers and comes in different colors too.
Best High Chairs in the UK
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- Best Baby High Chairs in the UK
This website features suggestions of the best baby highchairs in the UK as well as a baby high chair buying guide.
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