Which High Chair is the Best for Your Baby?

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Baby sitting on a high chair being fed by his father

We surveyed 45 mommies who used a total of 8 different brands of high chairs. Here are our main findings: 

  • 35% of mommies are users of the IKEA Antilop, making it the most commonly used high chair. 
  • 15.6% of mommies are users of the Stokke Tripp Trapp, making it the next most commonly used high chair.
  • The top 3 main considerations when purchasing a high chair are safety, ease of cleaning and presence of a footrest.
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Who Am I

Why Should You Trust Me

Hello! I’m Serene, a mom of one successful baby who went through Baby-Led-Weaning (BLW). I have tried several high chairs at home, at people’s homes and in restaurants or cafes. High chairs vary in weight, price and longevity. Some high chairs can grow with your child, while some are suitable for the first few years of a child’s life. From a BLW perspective, I have my personal favourite. This could differ based on your needs.

To gather a more comprehensive view of high chairs, we surveyed 45 mommies who used 9 different brands of high chairs. With their help, we consolidated the different high chairs mommies use, and described their pros and cons for you. 

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Why Do You Need a High Chair?

Importance of a High Chair
Communication Skills

According to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, a high chair, where you position your child at eye level, is crucial for communication skills. When your child is able to sit upright, it is time for them to try solids. For traditional feeding, or baby-led weaning, a high chair would be helpful during mealtimes.

Encourages Self-Feeding in Babies

Babies learn to feed themselves a lot better and much faster when they’re placed in a high chair. With a high chair, they are able to explore, play and swallow their food themselves. By eating themselves, they learn a life skill of tuning in to their natural hunger cues and eat only as much as they want.

Inclusion of Child During Mealtimes

With a high chair, your child is placed at your eye level and they feel more included during mealtimes. They get to take part, even if it’s not verbally, in dinner conversations. They also learn that dining is a social activity and they could pick up on manners too. This allows your child to learn behavioural lessons from observing others, and not grow up to be socially awkward.

Conduct Activities/Reading

A high chair doesn’t limit you to eating, you can conduct activities or reading. Your child can be drawing, writing, or reading on your table as you help them. It also helps to manage your child while you’re working, and you can keep an eye on them without having to worry about their safety.

Makes Cleaning Easier

With a high chair, the mess is concentrated in an area. With a spat mat or newspapers on the floor, it makes cleaning up a lot easier. When paired with a coverall like the Bibado bib, it makes cleaning up easier. You just need to clean the bib, and probably just wipe down the high chair.

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What to Look Out For When Buying a High Chair?

Considerations
Pie chart depicting factors to consider when choosing a high chair

14 out of 45 mommies stated that safety and security is the first factor they considered when looking to buy a highchair. Other important considerations are ease of assembling and aesthetics of the chair.

Safety & Security

A safety-restraint system, with a groin strap would be important to keep your child well-seated on the high chair. This prevents your child from escaping or falling from a high height.

Ease of cleaning

In the early months, or years of using the high chair, mess is inevitable. For your sanity, an easy-to-clean high chair would be very helpful.

Foot Rest

According to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, a foot rest is crucial to support and develop good sitting posture with their feet placed flat. A foot rest also increases stability and encourages your child to sit upright without slouching.

Non-slippery and Stable Base

It is important that the high chair doesn’t slip and has a stable base.

Assembly

Although you will probably only be assembling the high chair once, it would be great if it assembles easily.

“It’s so easy to assemble and disassemble. I bring the high chair to every house I visit. In that way, I’m not worried if the house doesn’t have a high chair for my daughter”

Owner of the IKEA high chair
Style & Design

Just like any piece of furniture in your house, it would be nice if your high chair suits the interior design of your house.

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IKEA ANTILOP High Chair

The-Hawker-Centre Chair

IKEA ANTILOP High Chair BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

ANTILOP highchair is easy to take apart and bring along so your child sits safely and steadily whether you are at home, at your friend’s place or at the restaurant. Enjoy your meal!
Description, price and image taken from IKEA directly. We are not sponsored nor advertising for the above said company.
Pros
  • Easy to clean (can wash down in the toilet)
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Simple Design (suits many house interiors!)
  • Easy to assemble/disassemble
Cons
  • No footrest (can be solved by buying accessories)
  • Toddlers or adults might trip over the legs
  • Lightweight & move easily

Hawker centres – they are commonly found in Singapore and food prices are more affordable. Just like hawker centres, the IKEA high chair was found to be the most commonly used high chair. It is also very affordable – SGD 35.

Pie chart showing the high chair brands that moms mostly use

After considering its price and advantages, there is no doubt why 35.6% of our mommies love this very affordable high chair!

Bar graph showing the top factors moms love about the IKEA High Chair

Mommies mainly loved the IKEA high chair because it’s easy to clean, affordable and lightweight.

Bar graph showing the top factors moms disliked about the IKEA High Chair

Mommies mainly disliked the IKEA high chair for its lack of footrest. This can be solved by purchasing an add-on footrest.

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Stokke Tripp Trapp

The-1-Star-Michelin-Restaurant Chair

Lazada FOR THE DEEP POCKETS

StokkeTripp Trapp fits right up to your dining table, bringing your baby into the heart of your family, allowing him or her to learn and develop alongside you.
Description, price and image taken from Lazada directly. We are not sponsored nor advertising for the above said company.

Shopee For the deep pockets

StokkeTripp Trapp fits right up to your dining table, bringing your baby into the heart of your family, allowing him or her to learn and develop alongside you.
Description, price and image taken from Shopee directly. We are not sponsored nor advertising for the above said company.
Pros
  • Comes with footrest
  • Easy to wipe down
  • Sleek design
  • Safety aspect (stable)
  • Durable, grows with child
  • Can slide under table and be pushed in
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Baby set need to be bought separately (SGD 99)
  • 5-point harness need to be bought separately (SGD 89)
  • Might kick the legs by accident
Image Credit: Stokke Official Site

1 Star Michelin Restaurants – premium food, with a premium price tag. 
Just like 1 star Michelin restaurants, the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair is made of premium quality material and is pricier than most high chairs. 

Mommies, who bought the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair, loved it for its footrest, and ease of cleaning. It helps that it can grow old with the child too. They loved the sleek design of it, and how stable and durable they were. However, they did not like how most accessories – baby set and 5-point harness – needed to be bought separately.

Bar graph showing the top factors moms love about the Stokke Tripp Trapp
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Hauck High Chair

The-Decent-Restaurant Chair

Shopee GROWS OLD WITH YOUR CHILD

A practical high chair that accompanies your child for a lifetime. Seat and foot plate are height-adjustable and adjust to each of your child’s growth periods.
Description, price and image taken from Shopee directly. We are not sponsored nor advertising for the above said company.
Pros
  • Safety aspect (stable base)
  • More affordable option for a high chair that grows with the baby
  • Easy to wipe down
  • Footrest included
  • Baby set and 5-point harness included
Cons
  • Can’t slide under table for easy keeping
  • Bulky
Image Credit

Decent Restaurants – premium food, but is usually more affordable than 1 star Michelin restaurants.
Just like decent restaurants, the HAUCK Alpha+ Wooden High Chair is slightly expensive and is the strongest competitor to the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair. They are usually compared because of their similar wooden finishing, their inclusion of a footrest and the longevity of it – growing old with the child. They are strong enough to be sat by adults too!

Bar graph showing the top factors moms love about the Hauck high Chair

Their main difference would have to be their price and the base of the high chair. The HAUCK is slightly cheaper, with accessories included, but it is bulkier than the Stokke. We would recommend going for the Stokke if you prefer the sleeker design and have the budget.

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Ingenuity Baby Base Seat

The-Takeaway Chair

Lazada PORTABLE HIGH CHAIR

The Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat easily attaches to dining chairs so your baby can sit up higher and see more during family dinners.
SGD 89.90 Buy this item
Description, price and image taken from Lazada directly. We are not sponsored nor advertising for the above said company.

Shopee PORTABLE HIGH CHAIR

The Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat easily attaches to dining chairs so your baby can sit up higher and see more during family dinners.
SGD 89.90 Buy this item
Description, price and image taken from Shopee directly. We are not sponsored nor advertising for the above said company.
Pros
  • Portable
  • Affordable
  • Can be used to teach baby so sit
  • Soft base
  • Easy to clean
  • Removable tray stores neatly under booster seat
  • Can be used on the floor as well
Cons
  • Doesn’t grow old with child
Image Credit

Takeaways – can be brought around everywhere and consumed anytime. 
Just like takeaways, the Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 is loved for its portability. It can be used anywhere in the house and can be easily carried somewhere else.

It is a baby booster and toddler seat in one. Mommies loved it because it is easy to clean and babies can use it from 6 months onwards, when they are trying to sit upright. It can also serve as a portable high chair, giving you the ease of bringing it around when going to your friend’s, parents’ place, etc.

Bar graph showing the top factors moms love about the Ingenuity Baby Base Seat
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Thoughts on High Chairs

Concluding thoughts
TLDR:

If you need the portability, go for the Ingenuity Baby Base Seat.

If you are on a tight budget, go for the IKEA Antilop High Chair.

If you want a high chair that grows old with your child, but on a budget, go for the Hauck Alpha+ High Chair.

If you have the budget to splurge, go for the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair.

We hope that through this article, we were able to give you the information you need to purchase a suitable high chair.

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Frequently Asked Questions About High Chairs

FAQ

When to buy a high chair?

I personally bought a high chair when my daughter was around 6 months old. At 6 months old, babies typically sit on their own and start eating solids. I feel that would be the perfect time to purchase a high chair.

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