In any case, we’ve rounded some fantastic options right here.
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East Coast Combination High Chair
PRICE $135 FROM Pupsik Studio WHAT This quality wooden high chair converts into a play table and chair for your tot when he outgrows it. Made with solid rubber wood, it has a detachable 3-position tray and a full safety harness, so you’re sure your little one is always safe when dining with the adults at the dinner table. PARENTS SAY If multipurpose furniture is what you’re gunning for, then this is the high chair for you. You’ll make full use of it from when bubba is 6 months old and he should be at least three to four years before he outgrows the chair and play table. It’s easy on the eye, too ― the natural wood finish will match most homes.
Stokke Tripp Trapp
PRICE $399 for the chair, add another $99 for the baby set. FROM Mothercare WHAT This beautiful wooden chair will last for years. Use the baby set for your baby from 6 months, and add a cushion for greater comfort. With a five-point safety harness and ergonomically designed to provide stability, it features an adjustable seat and footrest. It holds up to 136kg. PARENTS SAY Parents adore the idea of the Tripp Trapp ― it’s after all, a versatile chair that will last till adulthood. The simple Scandinavian design fits any home, and you can add various attachments and accessories like the baby set, table top and cushions to meet your child’s needs as he grows. Therese Chew, mum to Gerald, 2, and Benji, 5, has two Tripp Trapps at home. “I thought I would pass Benji’s down to Gerald, but he still uses it so much that we knew we had to get another one for Gerald.”
Oribel Cocoon ― The Complete High Chair
PRICE $299 FROM Pupsik Studio WHAT Besides reclining in three positions, the Oribel Cocoon boasts a host of useful features, including a food and cup holder, an easy-clean foam seat and a compact foldable design. This stylish seat comes in four colours and can be adjusted to six different heights. PARENTS SAY Jeanette Kwan, mum to Ivy, 2, bought the orange version of the chair to match her home, but has also been impressed by the features. “I especially like that you can take the tray off completely to wash, since Ivy has started to self-feed and it’s messy,” she says. It is a bit on the pricey side but it’s clearly a well-thought out product.
Ikea Antilop baby chair
PRICE $25 without the tray, $29.90 with the tray FROM Ikea WHAT One of the most recognisable baby chairs you’ll find, this Ikea product is a staple in many homes. It is easy to assemble, is made of polypropylene plastic that’s easy to wipe down, and comes with a safety belt. You can also buy a supporting cushion for younger babies for $9.90. PARENTS SAY This product is one of the best value-for-money buys you’ll make if you have a baby. It’s easy to keep clean and take apart and you can even stash in your car boot if you need to take it along with you. Says mum of three Elizabeth Wu, “I have two of these in my home and one at my parents’ place ― it’s super useful for everything from eating to doing their colouring on. To clean, I just take it into the bathroom and hose it down.”
Phil & Teds Poppy Highchair
PRICE $199 FROM Motherswork WHAT A sleek high chair that would fit well in any contemporary home, the Poppy high chair is lightweight and compact to store. Its aerocore seat is made of a hypoallergenic, non-toxic, spongy material that will keep your peewee comfortable. PARENTS SAY This high chair is great for the practical family, as it converts into a regular chair when your baby has outgrown it. The food tray is easy to remove and wash. However, some parents gripe about the design flaws ― the straps don’t keep your baby securely in the seat, while the legs can be a tripping hazard. Though it is easy to wipe down, food can get trapped in several fine crevices.
Cosatto Noodle Supa Highchair
PRICE $289 FROM Little Baby WHAT Suitable from 6 months to 15kg, this high chair can recline in three positions and be adjusted to six different heights. Strap your baby in safely with the five-point safety harness and your munchkin can sit upright at the dinner table, or even take a short snooze. The soft and plush seat pad can be wiped clean. Comes in five adorable designs and colours. PARENTS SAY This baby chair’s bright and cheerful motifs certainly stand out, the safety harness even matches the colour of the food tray and the chair’s legs ― so, bonus points for design! However, some parents feel that the chair is a little wobbly, and wish that it is more sturdy, considering its price tag.
OXO Tot Sprout Chair
PRICE $449.65 FROM Agape Babies WHAT This chair grows with your child from 6 months to 5 years. Simply adjust the height and depth of the seat to fit them ― an adjustable tray accommodates your mini-me as she grows. Convert it into a “youth chair” for children aged 3 to 5 by adjusting the seat to the lowest setting and crotch post, and removing the tray and straps. Available in four colours. PARENTS SAY The chair and cushion are easily cleaned, so you don’t need to worry about sticky messes. Parents also love the sleek wood design. Says one mum, Marissa Yee, “It’s of fantastic quality ― it looks good and is extremely sturdy, so I know my daughter is safe.” However, it is one of the pricier chairs on the market.
Nomi Wooden Stem + Highchair
PRICE $349 FROM Mothercare WHAT Weighing just 4.9kg, the Nomi is an eye-catching buy that’s made of sustainable and recyclable materials that are free from harmful substances. Its ergonomic design supports his arms and back while giving your baby freedom to move. The adjustable footpad supports his feet, even as it prevents him from sliding down. Comes with a Nomi mini-restraint for younger babies, which you can remove when your child is ready to climb up and down from the chair without assistance. PARENTS SAY A good option if you’re looking for a unique product that’s safe for your child. Plus, it should see your child from when he can sit upright into adulthood. Some parents found it tricky to assemble but it’s easy to clean as there aren’t any hidden corners or straps to trap food.
Chicco Pocket Lunch Highchair
PRICE $129 FROM Pupsik WHAT The comfortable and safe Chicco Pocket Lunch is great for babies from 6 months as it has three reclining positions and an adjustable five-point harness with two height settings. As your child learns to eat on his own, you can remove the seat insert and activity tray, so junior can sit at the table with mum and dad. PARENTS SAY This basic high chair, which opens and folds easily, offers good value as well as robust and tot-safe. We like the handy storage basket beneath― it’s perfect for storing extra bibs, sippy cups or utensils!