When you start thinking about introducing solids to your baby, many parents will consider buying the right high chair that can make mealtime an enjoyable ( and hopefully less messy) experience for you and your baby.
Whether you choose to spoon-feed or opt for baby lead weaning methods, a high chair is undeniably a wise investment. It is a known fact that babies are messy; you can expect your baby to spill food all over the high chair and end up eating the same.
For this reason, buying a non-toxic, high chair that is free of BPA, phthalate, lead and other harmful chemicals is better, so you can be assured that your baby’s food is NOT coming in contact with unwanted chemicals.
Do You Need A High Chair?
I think so!
We followed BLW with both my kids and I cannot imagine doing it without a high chair. I highly recommend putting down your favourite high chair in your registry and here is why,
- It offers a safe seating position for eating solid food.
- It makes it easier to clean the mess.
- It also serves as a safe place for babies to sit and play while you are prepping food in the kitchen.
When Do You Need a High Chair?
You will not use your high chair right away like a baby bouncer or a crib. You will only need it a bit later around 4 to 6 months once your baby has gained proper control to sit without support. There is a bit of controversy on when to start solids, but AAP recommends to start solids around six months.
You can expect to use your high chair up until 2 or 3 years. Some high chairs are designed to grow with your babies, and if you buy such a kind, you can use them for more than three years.
How To Choose the Best High Chair:
Non-Toxic and Natural: An important aspect to keep in mind is to look for a high chair that is made of safe, non-toxic, and natural materials. Wooden high chairs are your best bet as you will significantly reduce your kid’s exposure to BPA and Phthalates as compared to high chairs made out of plastic.
Safe and Sturdy: Poorly made high chairs come with a risk of tipping over, resulting in serious injuries. Look for a high chair that has a sturdy and wide base that holds the high chair in place. Another important safety feature to look for is a 5 point harness that will keep your kid in place.
Easy to Clean: Preferably, go with high chairs that can be wiped clean.
Size: High Chairs come in a variety of size and footprint. I strongly recommend you to think about your kitchen/dining room size before making a purchase. If space is a constraint, then look for high chairs that attach to the dining table like this one. Fold-able high chairs that can be put away after use is also an option.
Grows with the Child: Some high chairs can be used right from the newborn age, converted into an infant seat and last for years to come.
Best Natural and Non-Toxic High Chairs:
Stokke Tripp Trapp :
Stokke Tripp Trapp is my top recommendation for people looking for a natural and eco-friendly high chair. I love many of Stokke’s products and recommend them in my posts about bathtubs, bouncers, etc., Stoke Tripp Trapp is made of natural European wood, coated it water paint and is BPA lead and phthalate-free.
Stokke cares a lot about the planet and strives to make their process as eco-friendly as they can. Additionally, they take their commitment to the environment one step further by transporting their products through modern and efficient logistics channels, thereby reducing emissions.
Depending on the age of the baby, you can get just the high chair or the bundle set. The bundle set comes with a baby seat, a 5 point harness and a tray which is perfect for babies and infants. The high-chair-only option is intended to be used with older children who can sit unassisted without the need of the harness. You can pull the high chair against the dining table and use it for mealtime or activity time.
The footrest is the best part of the high chair. You can adjust the height of the footrest to make sure that the little toes are resting comfortably on the footrest, which ensures that children are seated ergonomically.
The chair also takes up very less space so it can easily fit even in a small kitchen. It comes in a variety of colours; you can pick one that matches your house décor. The Tripp Trapp is not fold-able, but it slides smoothly and can be put away when not needed.
Stokke’s Tripp Trapp is definitely on the expensive side, but the fact that it can be used for multiple years with multiple children makes it worth every penny, not to forget that is a quality piece of baby furniture. I can blindly recommend this high chair for anyone looking for a durable wooden high chair for their baby.
Keekaroo High Chair:
If you have your eyes set on the Tripp Trapp but find it expensive, the Keekaroo high chair might be a good option for you. The design and features of Keekaroo high chair look very similar to Stokke’s Tripp Trapp.
The Keekaroo high chair is designed for babies from six month age and can be used up to 250 pounds. Just like Tripp Trapp, the Keekaroo high chair comes with an adjustable footrest to provide an ergonomic seating position for the baby. The high chair comes with a wooden tray with a BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic tray cover and also a 3-point safety harness belt.
The high chair has a plant-based lacquer finish. The high chair itself is JPMA certified to the highest ASTM safety standards.
Wondering whether to buy Stokke’s Tripp Trapp and Keekaroo? Here is a quick comparison:
Stokke’s Tripp Trapp vs. Keekaroo:
- Harness: trip trap comes with a 5 point harness, and Keekaroo comes with a 3 point harness
- Wood finish: Keekaroo is done with a plant-based lacquer finish where Tripp Trapp is non-toxic water-based finish
- Weight limit: 250 pounds vs. 300 pounds.
- Stokke’s Tripp Trapp comes in 14 different colours and Keekaroo only comes in 3 colours.
- Price point – Tripp Trapp – 259$ Keekaroo – 199$
Svan Signet Baby High Chair:
Signet is a beautifully crafted Scandinavian design made out of bentwood. Signet can be used for babies from 6 months of age to well into childhood. The high chair comes with an adjustable seat and footrest for optimum leg support. The chair comes with a food tray that can be snapped in and out. You can snap it in to use it as a traditional high chair or remove the tray to seat your infant at the table for a family meal.
The wooden tray comes with a plastic BPA free, dishwasher safe, cover that can be wiped down completely. The entire high chair can be wiped down with a damp cloth that makes cleaning easy. However, the only gripe about the Svan Signet is that food can get trapped into the nook and crannies of the high chair which can be hard to get rid of.
Some parents have found the food tray to be too small. Given how pricey that chair is, I would rather stick with the Tripp Trapp high chair because of the issues discussed above. If you are particularly attracted to the design of Signet, then I would highly recommend checking out the Nomi high chair (discussed below).
Nomi High Chair:
Nomi high chair is another modern Scandinavian inspired design made by the world-renowned sitting expert, Peter Opsvik. The high chair itself is made from sustainably sourced wood and the plastic parts are free of parabens and phthalates. The fabrics used in the high chair is OEKO-TEK standard certified.
What I love about Nomi high chair is that it can be used from day 1 by attaching the Nomi bouncer to the chair. It grows with your baby from the newborn stage and can eventually be used as an adult chair.
When compared to Signet, Nomi comes with a large tray and there is no nook and crannies to worry about. Nomi high chair comes in 28 different colours and 7 stem colours to fit any decor and style. Overall, Nomi high chair has a striking design that is also practical and functional.
BABYBJORN High Chair:
If you are looking for a compact high chair that takes up minimal space, then you can’t go wrong with the Baby Bjorn High Chair. All of Baby Bjorn’s products are made with high safety standards in mind. The high chair is made of steel and plastic that is BPA, Lead and Cadmium free.