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High chair reviews

46 high chairs tested in the CHOICE labs, including models from Ikea, Stokke, Peg Perego and more
 
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01.Introduction

high-chairs

We review 46 high chairs, priced from $30 to $600.

Through our rigorous testing we reveal which high chairs:

On this page, you'll find:

Once babies develop their neck strength (at around six months of age), they're ready to comfortably sit in a high chair to feed.

To avoid injury a high chair should:

  • be sturdy with a stable base
  • have no exposed gaps or traps
  • ideally have a five-point harness that goes over the baby's shoulders, around their waist and between their legs
  • be set up at least 500mm from areas such as windows, doorways, stoves, appliance cords and curtain/blind cords as well as surfaces that the child could push against, tipping the chair over.

Injuries involving high chairs occur when:

  • the child falls after trying to stand up in, climb into or out of the chair.
  • the child's fingers, toes or limbs get pinched or crushed by moving parts or gaps
  • the child chokes on easily detachable small parts
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Video: Kids and Baby Council - Safety Standards

A panel of experts have discussed hot topics affecting Australian parents at the inaugural CHOICE Kids and Baby Council. Here they talk about safety standards.

Brands and models tested

  • AGE HiLo chair
  • Baby Solutions Moda Flat Fold
  • Baby Solutions Retro Hi/Low Chair (A)
  • BabyBjorn High Chair
  • Bertini I-Feed Hi Lo Flatfold
  • Bloom Nano Urban
  • Boori Country Jaiden # (A)
  • Chicco Happy Snack (A)
  • Chicco Polly Magic
  • Chicco Polly 2 in 1 Double Phase #
  • Childcare Atlanta XT
  • Childcare Capri HiLo Chair
  • Childcare Fizz
  • Childcare Vista #
  • Combi Roanju
  • Fisher-Price Baby Studio Collection (A)
  • IKEA Antilop
  • IKEA Leopard
  • InfaSecure Brielle #
  • InfaSecure Yasmine (A)
  • InfaSecure 588 Feed ‘n’ Read
  • Leander Chair #
  • Love n Care Futura #
  • Love n Care Portebebe
  • Mamas & Papas Juice
  • Mamas & Papas Pixi #
  • Mothercare Arc (A)
  • Mothercare Oslo Stripe (A)
  • Mothercare Wooden Folding Highchair (A)
  • Mother’s Choice Dine with Me #
  • Mother’s Choice Posh Pod 
  • Nuna Zaaz #
  • OXO Tot Sprout
  • Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero-3 #
  • Peg Perego Siesta
  • Peg Perego Tatamia
  • Phil & Teds Highpod
  • Phil & Teds Poppy #
  • Quicksmart Easy Fold (A)
  • Silver Cross Doodle (A)
  • Steelcraft Dolce Hi-Lo
  • Steelcraft Snack Time #
  • Stokke Tripp Trapp
  • Svan EUC003 (A)
  • Valco Baby Genesis
  • Zuzu Luna
# Newly tested models
(A) Discontinued.

Ikea Antilop recall

This high chair was part of a safety recall in 2012. The defect of concern is that the high chair belt buckle can open unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard. The only models affected are those produced between July 2006 and November 2009 from supplier #17389. This information is on the underside of the seat.

If you have a high chair with these production dates and from this supplier, please visit or contact your nearest Ikea store for a repair of the belt.

How we test

Our tester, Antonio Bonacruz, tests each high chair against the Australian Standard for high chairs, AS 4684:2009. This standard also calls for compliance with at least one of the international standards, so we refer to the European Standard EN 14988. We look at:

  • Stability
  • Strength of construction
  • Whether there is a risk of scissoring (getting caught between two points that move towards each other), pinching or finger traps for the child or an adult folding and unfolding the chair
  • Whether there are sharp edges, points or burrs
  • How easy the chair is to use
  • How easy the chair is to clean
  • Gaps and/or holes that could cause a finger entrapment, or any small parts that could cause a choking hazard
  • Whether the chair comes with a five-point harness, back and side protection as well as locking mechanisms to stop the child falling out.
Cleaning assessment Antonio applies a cereal (Weetbix and milk), food with sauce (spaghetti with tomato sauce) and baby food to different areas of the chair (the tray, seat back, and padding, as well as the harness). This cleaning assessment isn't scored, but you can find our comments on ease of cleaning in the comparison table.


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