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4 Best High Chairs for Baby Led Weaning (BLW) in 2024

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 the 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 (she’s now 2.5 years old!) 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 favorite – the IKEA high chair. This could differ based on your needs.

To gather a more comprehensive view of high chairs, we surveyed 45 mommies who used 8 different brands of high chairs. With their help, we consolidated the different high chairs that we think would be most suitable for BLW, and elaborated on their pros and cons.

We also spoke to Wanda Wijaya, Speech and Language therapist from Ohana Therapy, to better understand how to choose a high chair for BLW. 

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About Baby Led Weaning (BLW)

What is BLW?

From its name, the term ‘Baby-Led Weaning’ (BLW) means to put the baby in charge of mealtimes, and the adults follow the baby’s lead.

There are many benefits to BLW. I would highly recommend parents to try, but I am also aware of BLW’s difficulty. BLW would work well for families, who:

  • Has the time to clean up after the child (it can get really messy!)
  • Able to differentiate between gagging and choking (a life skill a caregiver should have! You can easily learn this online!)
  • Are willing to cook for the family, and portion out for the child before adding the ‘adult yummy seasonings’
  • Want to groom an adventurous foodie
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Differences Between a Normal and BLW High Chair

Uniqueness of a BLW High Chair

There isn’t a high chair that is particularly designed for BLW but there are some features that you might want to consider, making a high chair more suitable for BLW. After doing BLW for 2 years, there are two factors, which I feel make a high chair more or less suitable for BLW.

Ease of cleaning
  • Does the high chair have many nooks and crannies, making it tough to clean up?
  • Would you prefer to have a high chair where you can easily wash it down?
Inclusion of adjustable footrest

A footrest supports your child to develop a good sitting position and increases stability and encourages your child to sit upright without slouching. This helps with eating too! Hence, some high chairs have adjustable footrests for your growing child. Should the high chair not have a footrest, are you then able to purchase a separate attachable footrest?

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What to Consider When Choosing a High Chair

Considerations

A high chair is important for your child’s development. According to Wanda, by placing your child at eye level, they feel included during mealtimes. That helps with communication skills and encourages self-feeding in babies. Apart from eating, a high chair can also be used to conduct activities for the child.

Pie chart of the top considerations when choosing a high chair

Mommies mainly considered these before purchasing a high chair – safety and security, ease of cleaning, and price.

Infographic showing the ideal position for a baby high chair
Image credit: Wanda Wijaya, Ohana Therapy

The right posture support is also one of the crucial factors Wanda recommends considering. She advises mommies to purchase chairs that provide their children with the ’90º, 90º, 90º support’ as children need the appropriate support to sit upright when eating.

For children with low tone, physical disabilities, or other physical needs, other supports such as a padding or support pillow may be put in place to encourage the right posture.

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Comparing Different Brands of High Chairs

Comparison Across Brands
Price
Unique Selling point
pros
cons
ANTILOP product image
IKEA High Chair
Price
USD 30
Unique Selling point
Easy to wash down
pros
• Very affordable 
• Plastic, can be washed down
• Super easy to clean
cons
• May not be as sturdy as it’s very light
• No footrest
Stokke tripp trapp product image
Stokke Tripp Trapp
Price
USD 299
Unique Selling point
Grows with your child
pros
• Adjustable footrest
• Sleek design
• Many colors
cons
• Doesn’t include baby set
• Hard to adjust footrest
• Takes longer to wipe down many nooks and crannies
• Expensive
Stokke Nomi product image
Stokke Nomi
Price
USD 349
Unique Selling point
Hangs on the edge of your table
pros
• Adjustable footrest
• Lightweight
• Many colors
• Includes baby set
cons
• Large base
• Expensive
Joovy Nook product image
Joovy Nook High Chair
Price
USD 130
Unique Selling point
Folds flat
pros
• Foldable
• Lightweight
• Waterproof seat
• One-handed tray opening
• Affordable
• Lightweight
• No assembly needed
cons
• Bulky
• Footrest not adjustable
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Best High Chair for Baby Led Weaning

Best BLW High Chairs
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

Unique selling point pertaining to BLW

Due to its plastic form, it is lightweight and super easy to wash. One can easily wash down the IKEA High Chair in the toilet after each meal.
Pie chart of favorite and most used baby led weaning high chair

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

Bar chart of top factors why users love IKEA high chairs

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

Bar chart of why users dislike IKEA high chairs

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


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

Unique selling point pertaining to BLW:

It comes with an adjustable footrest (albeit not as easy to adjust as the Stokke Nomi) that is crucial for BLW. It also grows with your child.

Mommies, who bought the Stokke Tripp Trapp, 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 chart of what users love about the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair

Pros
  • Hangs on the edge of the table
  • Adjustable footrest
  • Lightweight
  • Many colors
  • Includes baby set
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Large base

Unique selling point pertaining to BLW:

You can hang this lightweight high chair on the edge of your table. This helps with the cleaning post-meal as it’s easy to wipe down the floor.
Man cleaning up after baby's meal

Image Credit: Stokke Website


Pros
  • Foldable (good for small spaces)
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof seat
  • One-handed tray opening
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • No assembly needed
Cons
  • Bulky
  • Footrest not adjustable

Unique selling point pertaining to BLW:

Portability for traveling parents. For parents who need to shuffle between houses, this might be a potential high chair to consider for BLW. With its one-hand fold, it is easy to collapse it and there is no need to assemble it at all.
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Thoughts on BLW High Chairs

Concluding Thoughts

There are many high chairs sold in the market. However, I feel that there are only some that will make your life better during this BLW journey.

TLDR:
  • If you lack space, go for the Joovy Nook High Chair.
  • If you are on a tight budget, go for the IKEA Antilop High Chair.
  • If you have the budget and want a sleek high chair that grows with your child, go for the Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair.
  • If you have the budget and want an easy-to-clean high chair, go for the Stokke Nomi High Chair.

We hope that through this article, we were able to give you the information you need to buy a suitable high chair to accompany you through this messy BLW journey.

Disclaimer: Nuevamae is not sponsored by any of the mentioned brands or platforms. This article expresses our honest opinion based on our experience and research. Read more about our mission. This article includes affiliate links so we may earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you make a purchase via the link.

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