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Highchair Choices

Lottie Manns

I had quite a lot of fun, and also a fair bit of stress, choosing our highchair. It’s one of those momentous purchases. The time when your little baby starts moves on to solids and starts to become a messy food machine.

The choices are baffling and in honesty I’m not going to say I’m an expert on this matter but we thought it would be useful to share what a few of the team purchased and how they found them. Believe me, there is a lot you would never consider about such a simple piece of kit.

Lottie

When it came to choosing Molly’s highchair five years ago I desperately wanted a Stokke Trip Trapp but wasn’t sure how suited it was to a little baby (silly me) or the Bloom Fresco. That egg shaped trendy number that seemed to be everywhere back then. But blimey, the price. I spent hours scouring Ebay to find a good one that wasn’t too far away. My quest failed and actually I am quite glad. They were still super spendy even second hand and when my sister in law secured one (she is a demon ebayer) I actually realised it was quite large as the base is so big it took up a lot of floor space. I now wish I hadn’t been so short sighted and had opted for the Stokke instead for all the reasons Lolly gives below.

Instead I opted for the Bloom Nano which is a foldy version in a more traditional highchair style and I got it on an offer for around £60. I liked the styling of it and the fun colours it came in. We opted for lime green for some random reason but in truth it did hide the multitude of food splatters! It was incredibly sturdy and I always felt the girls were secure in it. It is quite roomy so I bought the baby insert cushion for it to help keep them secure when they were smaller. The one downside was I couldn’t tilt it back when they were tiny so they were quite upright. It had good straps to keep them secure and nice padding on them so I always felt they were comfy. The tray was really big which was great once they started feeding themselves as it meant there was less risk of bowls flying off and most splatters ended up on there and not on the floor. In retrospect it was perhaps a little larger than I planned as it did take up a sizeable amount of space. That said it folded really flat so if I did ever need to put it away I could. I wish I had perhaps gone for something more simple like the Stokke but hindsight is a fine thing. I never was very good at thinking long term.

When we first started weaning the girls we also used the Bumbo with a little tray. I would pop it on the floor or on the table in front of me whilst I fed them. I only ever did this when I was sat by them as I know there are all manner of safety issues with leaving them unattended in the Bumbo. It worked well for us although Alice only managed to stay in it for a few weeks. Lets just say she had rather chunky thighs and tended to get stuck!

Fern

We have the Ikea Antilop one that EVERYBODY has – bought purely because of one of Charlotte’s post on RMS about buying one for Mabel. I love it because it’s so easy to clean, easy to transport and cheap. Only £13. The whole thing comes apart, the legs, the seat and the tray. Plus it’s very minimal looking and goes with our kitchen colour scheme (!) I wouldn’t bother buying the cushion that comes with it, as it just gets SO filthy, you end up washing it everyday. A towel or some muslins rolled up to support your baby would be fine, and they soon grow out of needing the cushion anyway! We love it, and I think 99% of my Mummy friends have the same one.

Lolly

I purchased the Stokke Steps highchair with the walnut legs (although it does come with light Birch wood legs too) and have loved it ever since we first started using it with Hector aged 5 1/2 months. It’s been a godsend in so many ways and I’m really glad that we chose to outlay what was quite a substantial amount for a chair that was no doubt going to be trashed within an inch of its life.

Both Ste and I were keen on a highchair that was sturdy and that was attractive to look at, after all we knew it was going to be a permanent resident in our kitchen for the next few years at least with not only Hector but with any other kiddies that might make their way onto the scene. The concept of the highchair is that it essentially grows with the child, from secure highchair to essentially a chair that is high for children aged up to ten years old.

The chair is the main component of the system and comes with a variety of accessories that allow it to be used in different ways. It can be used as a support for the Stokke Steps™ bouncer (sold separately), allowing you to raise your little one off the floor and join you by the table when you’re eating. As they get older the Steps Babyset can be used to help them sit at the dinner table with you; the Babyset has a height adjustable backrest to keep your baby properly supported and includes a 5 point harness for safety complete with soft padded cushion and large tray that clips on and off for easy cleaning. This was especially useful during weaning! Lastly when Hector gets older still, the highchair insert can be removed so that the Steps system goes back to a basic chair without any restraints. There’s also a footrest that can be easily adjusted and is perfect for helping a more independent toddler to step on and off when they climb in and out of the chair.

So far so good. It still looks brand new and the cushion padding can be easily stripped off and chucked into the washing machine whenever it looks a bit grubby. I can definitely see it staying with us for many years to come and I’m know my sisters have their eye on it for when we no longer need it. I’m really pleased that we decided to spend a little more initially because it’s been worth every penny from a practicality as well as a style perspective and I’d definitely go back and make the same decision again.

 
What highchair have you chosen? Any particular ones you have your eye on?

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39 Comments. Leave new

I cannot rave about the Baby Bjorn highchair enough – can’t believe noones mentioned it ? It has no straps or cushion so no getting caked in food. The whole thing is plastic so pressure washable ? And the tray is removable so you can bung it in the dishwasher. I got our white one on eBay second hand half price (they’re nothing to go wrong or grotty on it ) and now see they do a minty green – gutted! It really is the bees knees and anyone looking I’d strongly recommend having a look at it.

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 7:50 am

Oooh Minty green sounds immense. Of to have a peek xx

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Becky Sappor
21st June 2016 1:16 pm

Victoria we have this high chair too and I’m really looking forward to getting it back out once the new baby arrives and is ready for some good old food. The no straps, no nooks for food to get stuck design is brilliant. We lived in an apartment when Leo arrived so we needed something small as well and it was one of our best purchases! 🙂

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Ikea antilop here! It’s stylish and you can put the tray in the dishwasher and rinse down the rest without worrying about fabric getting wet or grotty. And the price!!! No contest here.

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I was desperate to have the Stokke Tripp Trapp too and in fact did buy two on eBay for my twins however I didn’t realise they had changed the design over the years so they didn’t work with the baby set I got them so they’re still in the garage. We’ll probably use them when the girls get to an age where they don’t need the baby set but are too small for a normal chair. What we did end up with though, and I’m so glad that we did, is the Phil and Ted’s Lobster. It attaches to our table so we’re not losing floor space or having to find somewhere to fold up and store two highchairs. The girls sit opposite each other and can interact (mostly by blowing raspberries at each other, jabbering away and applauding each other’s silliness) and they’re portable so if we’re out for the day we can just take them off, pop them in their little bag and chuck them in the car. The seat can also go in the washing machine so it’s easy to keep clean. Your littles are also sitting at the table with you, instead of away from the table. Once all my nct friends saw ours they ended up getting them as well, they’re seriously genius! The only thing that bugs me about it is the tray doesn’t sit very securely so my girls just pull it straight out and start playing peekaboo with it or waving it around and throwing it on the floor (cue more applauding from other child and copying!)

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 7:49 am

Sarah, I had completely forgotten how jealous I was of my friends lobster. It was genius! I seem to remember she didn’t use the tray and just put an oilcloth on the table and let them get messy there xx

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Ooh good tip, I wasn’t sure you could use it with a tablecloth as well but that would help save my kitchen table, especially as it was lovingly restored by my father in law! It currently has weetabix almost ground into the grain, you could build houses with that stuff!

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 8:51 pm

Ha ha! Yep, my pine table has a myriad of stains and marks but I figure it is a bit of family history!! x

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We have the Stokke Tripp Trapp which I love! I bought the newborn seat off eBay which was brilliant when Felix was tiny. I love that Felix can sit right up to the table and that it will grow with him!

We also have the ikea one at my parents and love that- it so supportive and sturdy for so little money. I’m always pleased if we go to a pub or restaurant and they have the ikea chair as Felix will sit in it for ages!

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 7:51 am

Its always great finding the same highchair when you are out. When we were on holiday the hotel had Tripp Trapps and it just made me wish even more that we had bought one. Alice loved them as she could climb up and down herself and mostly instead on having the baby bars on it despite not being able to get her squishy thighs in!! x

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We tried the Stokke but she did BLW from the off and we missed a tray. Ended up with the IKEA and couldn’t rate it more highly. Fern obviously has higher standards than me because we used the cushion. To be honest it rarely got messy. She figured out pretty soon how to hit her mouth.

Any ideas on booster seats for proper chairs now she wants to sit at the proper table?

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You beat me to my next post Rebecca! We purchased the girls this chair from Ikea rather than a booster seat and they adore them. (http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/00165213/) Granted, we did have to watch Alice a bit as she had a tendency to fidget and insisted on sitting on it from about 18 months. Great purchase though.

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This is not the first time this has happened! We’re just those crucial few months ahead of some of the RM babies and I find Lottie’s and Charlotte’s posts much more identifiable and useful for future planning.

I need to get home and measure the table now. This one is probably more to our home style http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/90146456/ but brilliant – I never even knew Ikea did junior chairs!

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 8:53 pm

He he! Yep, ours are just a touch older so hopefully will be in line with lots of things. Honestly, the junior chairs are ace. I was so impressed when we found them as looked like a kitchen chair but just that touch higher for the littles x

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We found the Tripp Trapp pushes up to our kitchen and dining room table brilliantly so we bought a wipe able table cloth and let Felix feed himself!

We’re currently on hols in Anglesey and the holiday let has a red kite high chair which Felix slides down in! We’ve had some very casual dinners! The little kitchen is however the best designed kitchen ever! It’s also a gorgeous pinky grey….

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 2:54 pm

Pinky grey you say? Sounds perfect. Have fun xx

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We’ve had a few different highchairs in the last 2 years! For the first few weeks of weaning we used the mamas and papas snug, similar to the bumbo but much roomier and with an insert you can take out to make it even bigger. Infact P still fits in it now at age 2.
Then we had the ikea one. Very cheap and cheerful, so easy to clean!
Then I saw a wooden one in an aldi baby event which is ideal now that P is older and can sit up to the table much better in it. I think its similar to the stokke, but no fancy baby attachment. I’m assuming it’ll be around in the next baby event they do.

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We have this Aldi one too! Our two year ago loves climbing in and out of it ?

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Claire Jones
21st June 2016 8:26 am

I adore my baby bjorn too – no straps, stylish, easy wipe, small, comfy and looks like new after a year. Worth every penny!

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We started out with the IKEA and though it is ace and cleans easy I found myself constantly tripping over the legs (they jut out past the width of the seat back) because of how I had to have it positioned in the kitchen – just me? We moved on to the OXO Tot Sprout which we got on offer in John Lewis. I’ve been really pleased with it, I can take the tray out with one hand and it looks decent in the kitchen too thanks to the wooden legs.

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Definitely not just you, Lynne. I trip over the legs of our Antilop about 83 times a day. As for my size 12-footed husband…

Even the dog has been known to trip on it 🙂

WHY?!

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Natalie Hammond
21st June 2016 8:49 am

We bought a second hand baby’s R us high chair before she was born but when it got to weaning time I was recommended the IKEA antilop and it was so much smaller, simpler and stylish than the baby’s r us one that we sold that one. We had the cushion for the antilop because we found without it she got food all over herself as she’d slump back in the seat, and i’d rather clean the cushion than change her clothes all the time! I must admit feeling quite smug about the price!

We also have a Mamas and Papas baby bud booster seat that we take if going to friends or away for the weekend and that’s been brilliant at first with the tray attachment but now at the table as she’s big enough to reach it, it still has growing room too as the insert can come out as she gets bigger. It clips easily to any chair and feels safe and secure.

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I can’t rave about the IKEA highchair enough!

We had the nano but little man didn’t like being slouched back so bought IKEA one instead and he loves it! Handy too as whenever we go out it always seems to be IKEA ones available.

We also have this for holidays abroad that we love using https://www.amazon.co.uk/iSafe-Booster-YummyLUV-Marina-Highchair/dp/B00FX30EBY

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Oh And yes the IKEA cushion gets filthy!! Get two cushions!

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We got the Bloom Fresco Chrome. It was one of the few highchairs on the market that raised high enough to work at a breakfast bar (where we eat most meals) and it’s been a godsend. It’s also one of the only highchairs that can be used from birth and provided a safe space to lay the baby in the kitchen away from the slate floor and dog, she loved being able to keep an eye on things from that high vantage point. It also meant she could join us at mealtimes long before she could support herself sitting which got her used to being at the table way before we started weaning.

Now she’s a toddler, a lot of my friends are having to buy kitchen steps or toddler towers for inquisitive little ones who want to see what’s going on, but the Bloom covers that off too. Like the Stokke, it is pretty futureproof size-wise.

It was on the spendy side but I got it with a discount at the Baby Show and we’ve used it extensively every day since Fern was born, pretty much. It’s not that bad to clean either. The area it takes up on the floor is less than the Antilop and being a monoped, it is much less of a trip hazard. I can take or leave the look of it but for me all its practical benefits overshadow any aesthetic concerns.

I also have the ubiquitous Ikea Antilop in the dining room and for when we eat outside. It’s a classic. A trip hazard, yes, but a classic.

My friend has the Oxo one which is a real beaut. I like the look of the Baby Bjorn too but can’t get my head round how a highchair without straps works….

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I was adamant that we wouldn’t get the Stokke Tripp Trapp but when push came to shove I gave in. Luckily I live in an area with a very active buying and selling group, so we managed to get one from a local mum for a bargain £50, and I bought the baby set (ours is new enough to fit the new version – clue to anyone buying second hand I think from memory you want a serial number on the Tripp Trapp starting 3 or higher, some websites will give you more information about that…) and the tray, which have been fantastic I must say. We have the harness too but for the moment our little one isn’t too interested in trying to escape, so while it is fitted I don’t actually put her in it yet (otherwise it would constantly need to be washed with her feeding habits!). I’m really happy with it as it tucks in quite nicely under the table so doesn’t protrude too much, and is pretty easy to wipe down. I did wince when I saw the price of the brand new ones though…!

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I really really want the Ovo by Micuna – purely based on design (bad, I know): http://ovobymicuna.com/#/gallery. However, there is no way I can justify the pricetag for a highchair and I think we’ll inherit one from family anyway 🙂 If not, we’ll probably go down the trusty Ikea route!

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Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
21st June 2016 11:43 am

Maike I loved that one too and nearly bought it but my mum pointed out that having a tray on the side was ridiculous and that babies want to smear everything in front of them. I’m so glad we listened to her!!

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Very true, I really don’t think it’s that practical but oh the design is lovely!

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Lottie Manns
21st June 2016 8:55 pm

Oh my gosh, this is too gorgeous. Can I have one in my size please? x

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Just started BLW and love the IKEA antilope! So easy to clean, supportive with the cushion and great that everywhere out seems to have them. The quality for £13 is fab!

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Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
21st June 2016 11:46 am

We also bought this portable highchair ( http://baby-travel.uk.com/products/isafe-baby-fast-fit-booster-seat-yummyluv-table-highchair-buon-cena?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=443452993&gclid=CKCb24n4uM0CFbcW0wodM5MKpw ) for when we’re out and about. As lovely as the wooden ones you see in lots of restaurants are, Hector just wilfully slides out of them so this is an excellent way of keeping him contained! It’s been brilliant!!

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I cannot rave enough about the baby bjorn one!

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The Tripp Trapp definitely wins in the style stakes, and I did want one, but we went for the Antilop in the end. The reviews for it were just as good as those for the Stokke and it is waaaay cheaper. I love that it goes in the dishwasher and I’ve taken it outside and hosed it down on particularly messy days.

We did get the cushion and are still using it at 18 months. I like it because it stops her from climbing out, as she can’t get the angle with the cushion wedged in to the seat. I rarely bother strapping her in as a result. If I think it’s a meal that’s going to go everywhere I just take the cover off – the insert is plastic and therefore wipe clean. 🙂

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We had the IKEA and first time around and it did the job, until the day T managed to escape from it and somersault on to the floor headfirst. Scary stuff. I think because the seat area is square there was just enough wriggle room for her to get out just at moment we had our backs turned.
So we went and bought a Tripp Trapp pretty quickly and I just wish I had got it from the beginning.
We are now using it with our second. She is 9 months and has sat nice upright in from 6 months. Even now when we try other ones in restaurants she get very slouchy. The fact that it goes straight up to the table (with a wipeable table cloth obvs) has been great for meals with 2 kids as I can sit in between them which makes feeding the little one lots easier and means I’m not distracted for the older one.
Definitely worth the money.

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I got a Svan high chair which I love, it’s currently in the loft waiting for Seth to get big enough. They are not cheap but come up on eBay every now and again. It’s wooden so wipe clean and comes with a plastic tray cover which is fab.

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I have a Tripp trapp too and I love it! Our house is so small and we have a lounge diner so I wanted a high chair that would blend in with how our house looks. The Tripp trapp is so perfect. Arthur sits at the table and bangs his little hands and just has a wonderful time. The best thing about it is that my incredible BFF managed to pick me one up at a second hand sale for £25!!! I got the baby set secondhand too and treated Arthur to lovely new cushions. Did I mention how much I love it?

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I also love love love the Stokke steps. My daughter is now 2 years and 8 months and we’ve had it since she was 5 months. It is pricey but it has stood the test of time and grown beautifully with my daughter. It looks good which is important for me as the kitchen is such a key room. Plus it has worn really well, cleans easily. We used it first with baby seat and cushion and the tray. Then took off the tray, then baby seat and now my daughter uses just the chair and climb in and out easily. I think she’ll still be in it for another couple of years.

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