Absolutely Mama’s pick of 6 of the best high chairs out there
Words by Helen Baron
Stokke Tripp Trapp
Mega-popular since its release in the Seventies, the Stokke high chair is a wooden wonder of reassuring quality and heft. Easy to assemble and accompanied by a range of optional extras like tray tables and cushions, it doesn’t fold – but it will resist all the banging and bashing a barbaric toddler can inflict, and perhaps its most attractive plus – it converts to a chair as your little one grows.
Starts at £159.99; mothercare.com
The Supaflat high chair manages to outstrip all the others on our list for retro-inspired Scandinavian charm, especially in the natural wood and white colourway. It’s also the most lightweight and compact high chair ever invented, folding in one slick movement to just 4.2cm thick – so it’s perfect for hanging on a wall hook. It also has an integrated tray – saving you a few quid.
Probably the prettiest high chair ever invented. And yes, the sleekly modern design and tasteful colourways are reflected in the price – it doesn’t come cheap. It’s not even the most practical bit of kit, because it doesn’t fold away. But if you have deep pockets and a bit of room to spare at home, it has to be on your shortlist. Because, well: just look at it.
Budtz Bendix TOWERchair
For urban parents where space is at a premium, it’s crucial that baby gear can be stored neatly when not in use. The TOWERchair is a durable yet lightweight foldaway chair of leather, steel and plywood beloved, apparently, of the Danish royal family. In chic grey, white and black (we love it in black and pink). Factor in the cost of the harness and seat.
The Combelle Convertible is an all-bells-and-whistles affair designed to cater to various needs and eventualities. It has an adjustable footrest, removable plastic tray (with integrated play-beads) and cleverly converts to a lower-level chair with attached table for toddlers and older pre-schoolers. The drawback? All that versatility leads to a slightly busier design.
Ok, a plastic one slipped through the net but this high chair combines a stripped-back and easy-to-clean design with durable construction and the kind of paediatrician-developed ergonomic comfort you’d expect from BabyBjörn. Baby can be placed in and taken out sideways, reducing the stress of high lifting, and the chair is available in on-trend shades of white, mint and pastel pink.