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High chair reviews

We've tested 13 new high chairs, including models from Childcare, Ikea and Stokke.
 
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01.Introduction

High Chair Reviews

Here you'll find test results for 34 high chairs, including 13 new models, priced from $30 to $600.

We reveal which high chairs:

  • are the sturdiest and safest
  • are the most comfortable for your child, and
  • are the easiest to use.

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. CHOICE testing aims to find which high chairs are sturdy and safe and have all the right features to make feeding time easy and comfortable for you and your child.

Safety

The most common form of injury involving high chairs is when the child falls after trying to stand up in, climb into or out of the chair. Other serious injuries can result from having their fingers, toes or limbs pinched or crushed by moving parts or gaps, or choking on easily detachable small parts. For these reasons a high chair should be sturdy, with a stable base, and have no exposed gaps or traps for little fingers. A five-point harness that goes over the baby's shoulders, around their waist and between their legs is also important to prevent the child from standing up or slipping through a large gap. The high chair should 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. For more information on safety essentials, see What to Look For.

What about cleaning the high chair?

It’s unavoidable - high chairs will get dirty, so we now include a cleaning assessment in our tests. We apply 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). We don’t score cleaning, but you can find our comments on ease of cleaning the newly tested models in the comparison table.

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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
  • BabyBjorn High Chair
  • # Bertini I-Feed Hi Lo Flatfold
  • Bloom Nano Urban
  • Chicco Happy Snack
  • Chicco Polly Magic
  • # Childcare Atlanta XT
  • Childcare Capri HiLo chair
  • Childcare Fizz
  • # Combi Roanju
  • Fisher-Price Baby Studio Collection
  • IKEA Antilop (A)
  • IKEA Leopard
  • Infa-Secure Yasmine
  • # Infa-Secure 588 Feed ‘n’ Read
  • # Love n Care Portebebe
  • Mamas and Papas Juice
  • # Mothercare Arc (B)
  • Mothercare Oslo Stripe
  • Mothercare Wooden Folding Highchair
  • # Mother’s Choice Posh Pod
  • OXO Tot Sprout
  • # Peg Perego Siesta
  • Peg Perego Tatamia
  • Phil & Teds Highpod
  • Quicksmart Easy Fold
  • Silver Cross Doodle
  • # Steelcraft Dolce Hi-Lo
  • # Stokke Tripp Trapp (A)
  • Svan EUC003
  • Valco Baby Genesis
  • # Zuzu Luna

# Newly tested.

(A) We tested the Ikea Antilop and Stokke Tripp Trapp back in 2005, so it’s been quite a while since we tested these two popular high chairs. They were tested to the international standard ISO 9221 and the results were not comparable to models tested since so we decided to re-test them in this batch of testing to our current testing procedures. The results are now included in the comparison table.
(B) Mothercare has gone into administration. This model may no longer be available.

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 moulded into 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 test is based on 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.

For more information on child-friendly Furniture, see our Babies and kids section.

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