7 Top Tips For Choosing a Highchair
  • October 11, 2015
  • Leticia Maciel Co-founder, The Inside Edit

    one year old kid boy in a highchair for feeding with a fork and

    Your child is likely to be between 4-6 months (sitting up confidently) before a high chair is used. The perfect highchair will ultimately depend on a number of personal considerations and circumstances but here are our top tips:


    There is a style and design that matches all tastes however consider your home setting and whether you would want a seamless addition of your little to the table setting.


    If space is tight, you will need to consider how wide the legs spray out and whether the highchair can be folded. Some high chairs require the tray to be removed before folding, which is somewhat cumbersome if you’re having to do this several times a day.


    Think about all the adjustments and extras – it can make mealtimes a lot easier and simpler; this includes the seat height and tray.

    Ease of use

    Experiment with the tray and seat height and other functions, making all the adjustments. You’ll be repeating these actions regularly with a wriggly child so best to get an idea early on.

    Easy to clean

    Mess is an inevitable reality of feeding time so it’s best to ensure the highchair is easy to clean. Food getting trapped in little areas and may result is an unattractive and unwelcoming highchair. Plastic parts and a removable seat cover are things to think about.

    Think ahead

    If you are spending a little more on a highchair consider a convertible, designed to grow with your baby, many of which can be used up until three years old. Some brands have mastered this and allow you to convert the highchair into a snazzy piece of dining furniture.


    The base should be wide enough for stability and never placed on slippery surfaces. Make sure your child is properly strapped in and supervised at all times, preventing them from standing or slipping out of their high chair seat.

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