Which highchair is the right one?
Highchairs can be a costly investment when you have a child, after your pushchair & nursery furniture. You can spend in excess of £350 or as little as £49.99 when it comes to feeding your tot, but which is the right choice for you, your baby & your budget?
Highchairs used to be a simple piece of furniture, usually metal construction with plastic padding, which often folded up, but nowadays your highchair can say a lot about you and is no longer a baby essential that lacks style & sophistication.
The first things to consider is space? Do you want a highchair that you can fold up and store away easily, or do you need it to be a permanent feature in your kitchen? Do you want to be able to push it under the dinner table, do you want it to have a small footprint (take up minimal space on the floor when it is out)? If you are looking for a fold away, simple highchair then consider the Obaby Munchi from £49.99. Its wipeable seat makes it easy for Mums & you can just fold it away after use. Also available is the Obaby Nanofold Hi Lo chair which folds up even smaller, ideal for apartments or at Grandparents' house.
If you're looking for style then wooden highchairs are no longer a dreary alternative, but a style statement in themselves. The Beautifully designed OXO Tot Sprout highchair is a fixed highchair which grows with your child but offers a sturdy construction, removable tray and has removable seat cushions so there are absolutely no nooks & crannies for food to get stuck. Or the new I'Coo Pharo (£69.99, various colours) wooden highchair also offers the 'grows with your child' feature but comes without a tray so it can permanently live under the dining table.
Sometimes a reclining feature is useful for those babies that like to nap straight after mealtimes, as it saves you risking waking your baby up as you move them out of their highchair. Highchairs with this feature include the East Coast Dine & Recline highchair which has 3 recline positions, and the Fisher Price Easy Clean highchair (£99.99).
At the top-end of the highchair market comes the AGE Design HiLo chair (£269.99, various colours). This highchair cleverly turns 180 degrees from a highchair suitable from 6 months old to a lo chair suitable for children from 2 years right up to 6 years old. A sturdy wooden frame and specially moulded chair makes this an excellent choice for style, safety and comfort, whilst offering the longevity today's Parents look for in products.
Whichever highchair you go for, you need to be sure you have ticked the boxes which apply to you, your baby and your home, as this can soon become an expensive accessory to replace, or a constant irritation if it falls short of your needs and expectations. Should you need any help or advice when choosing your highchair, you can contact our dedicated Customer Services team who will be pleased to help and answer any questions you may have on 01204 667266.