12 Best High Chairs for Baby and Toddler

It’s feeding time! We have selected the best high chairs currently available in Australia, to help you choose the one that suits your needs and budget.

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When baby is ready to start eating solids, typically around 6 months of age, it’s time to get a baby high chair fit for the job. 

One of the essential baby products, high chairs create a safe space for your baby to enjoy the first years of his food journey and keep him secure and comfy. You’ll be using your high chair for at least two or three years so you want one that is safe and sturdy and will accommodate your growing child comfortably.

Some highchairs will be able to convert to different heights and functions as your baby grows offering more bang for your buck. For example, it may convert from high chair to low chair to toddler or booster chair, and some even convert to a toddler table and chair set.

Let’s take a quick look at the features to look out for:

  • Safety harness. Your high chair should be fitted with an adjustable safety harness, ideally a five-point harness. You also want the harness and its buckles to release quickly in case of emergency.
  • Feeding tray. The tray should be large enough to comfortably fit all your baby’s usual utensils – plate, sippy cup, bowl – yet small enough that your baby can reach everything. A handy feature to look out for is a double tray – one tray simply clips on top of another so cleanups are a cinch – simply remove the top tray to wash, revealing a clean tray underneath. Also worth considering is if and how the tray detaches from the chair – some swing open with a push of the button whilst others require a bit more effort.
  • Footrest. A footrest offers stability to your child whilst eating and you should look for an adjustable footrest so it is always at the optimal level.
  • Storage pocket. Some high chairs feature a built-in storage pocket or basket – whether for bibs, bowls and plates, sippy cups – this could be a useful feature to keep essential feeding items close by, especially if you are short on storage space or the high chair moves from room to room frequently.
  • Fold. Consider how easy it is to fold the high chair, if at all, what the folded high chair dimensions are and if it fits where you want it to fit.
  • Wheels. Wheels offer portability so you can easily move your high chair between rooms, or push up closer to the table. Make sure they are fitted with brakes so your baby can’t move the high chair himself.
  • Recline. Check to see if the seat of the high chair reclines for extra comfort or milk feeds for young babies, and how easy and smooth this mechanism is. However, keep in mind that it is not safe for baby to eat solids in any position other than fully upright.

Here is our selection of this year’s best high chairs in Australia, chosen for their safety, ease of use and practicality.

Oribel Cocoon

1. Oribel Cocoon

A top quality, practical and multifunctional modern highchair

What we like
  • Easy to clean
  • Multi-position recliner
  • Modern and practical
  • Sturdy and reliable
What could be better
  • Equipped with only 2 front wheels
  • Does not fold flat
  • Expensive

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The best high chair to buy in Australia this year is the Oribel Cocoon, with a beautiful design and great practicality. From a baby cocoon to a growing butterfly, it will nurture your little one from infancy to self-feeding toddler.

This Oribel chair has a recliner option for infants as young as 3 months and can start being used as a feeding chair from 6 months of age, up to the maximum weight of 20kgs. As it widens at the base for extra stability, it can take up quite a bit of space, making the Oribel Cocoon more suitable for medium to large homes.

For those who are most concerned about cleaning and maintenance, this is the chair for you. Thoughtfully designed with a dishwasher safe tray, minimal cracks and crevices and a waterproof EVA seat, the Oribel Cocoon is super easy and convenient to clean. This makes it ideal for busy households, especially those with self-feeding toddlers who are known to make a bit of extra mess at mealtime.

Designed to grow with your baby, the Oribel Cocoon comes with a unique food and cup holder ideal for assisted feeding and snacking, then the large magnetic tray is great for bigger meals and self feeding stages. The seat has a 5-point safety harness, 6 adjustable heights and 3 reclining positions. The only thing that can’t be adjusted or moved is the footrest.

It’s hard to find a negative comment or review about this highchair. With only 2 front wheels, the mobility and portability could be improved with additional back wheels. The tray is also said to be quite heavy, but that only reaffirms the quality build and durability of the product. The Oribel Cocoon lightly folds for storage, with room for the tray to attach at the back.

Love N Care Montana

2. Love N Care Montana

A versatile highchair fit for you growing bub

What we like
  • Multiple adjustable features
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact
What could be better
  • Tray attachment can be fiddly when storing

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One of the best high chairs for homes with hardwood floors or tiles is the Love and Care Montana, a versatile chair with multi position adjustability suited for your growing bub, from as little as 6 months old, into their toddler years. It has a maximum weight limit of 18kgs and has been designed with a set of rollers in the rear frame to improve mobility.

From the tray table all the way down to the footrest, this cleverly designed highchair comes with many adjustable features. You can choose from 7 different height positions, 5 reclining, and 3 footrest positions, perfect for adapting to various eating settings around the home and accommodating your growing child through the different stages of feeding (bottle, assisted feeding, self-feeding).

For easy cleaning, the double removable tray is dishwasher safe, and the soft padded insert is designed to be wiped clean with a warm damp cloth. The 5-point safety harness may incur some food stains on the straps, but they can be removed and deep cleaned in the washing machine.

Compact and free-standing when folded, the tray is designed to store with the chair, attaching to its back legs. Some moms have found it difficult attaching the tray for storage, but this seems to be the only minor product complaint, with many buyers happy enough to find alternative storage for the tray. The chair itself still delivers in functionality, aesthetic, and versatility.

Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1

3. Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1

Our top pick for easy cleaning

What we like
  • Tray adjustability
  • Budget friendly
  • Practical and versatile
  • Accommodating size
What could be better
  • Recline is limited
  • Would move better with 4 wheels

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The best value-for-money high chair to buy right now is the Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1. With a smart, clean aesthetic, this chair will suit many decors.

Featuring soft foam seat pads that don’t have any grooves or crevices for food to get stuck in, it wipes clean instantly and is also dishwasher safe – simply throw the pads in the dishwasher after use. The large double tray is also dishwasher safe and easily removable with one hand. It locks into four different positions so the tray will always be in the optimal position for your child as they grow.

This high chair is super versatile as it’s three chairs in one – conventional high chair, booster seat and finally toddler chair. You can even accommodate two children at once – one using the booster and the other using the toddler chair – so this is a really great choice if you have two children close in age.

Four auto locking swivel wheels allow you to roll the highchair around the room effortlessly and three levels of recline and height adjustable fivepoint harness ensures the perfect fit.

The maximum weight capacity is particularly generous at 22.5kg, ensuring this chair lasts as long as possible. Budget friendly and packed with impressive features, Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1 really offers exceptional value.

Ingenuity SmartServe 4 in 1

4. Ingenuity SmartServe 4 in 1

Highly versatile with a handy swing-open tray

What we like
  • Practical and versatile
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Accessible swing tray
What could be better
  • A little bulky
  • Does not fold flat

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Ingenuity Smart Serve 4-in-1 is all about ease of use and versatility – use it as a standard high chair, booster seat, or toddler chair. You can even seat two kids at once using the booster and toddler chair options, so this high chair is great for families with multiple children.

Importantly, Smart Serve 4-in-1 is super easy to clean. The seat cover is machine washable so you can give it a quick wipe between meals and throw it in the wash for a deeper clean every few days. It also has not two but three trays, all removable with a one handed push and all dishwasher safe. When the top tray is soiled, simply remove it to reveal a new, clean tray underneath ready to go. We love that the tray swings open, allowing fast access to your baby and easy access for cleaning.

The tray cleverly attaches to the back of the chair when not in use and although it folds, Smart Serve 4-in-1 doesn’t fold flat and would best suit larger spaces. Two front wheels make moving your high chair around easy.

Childhood Evolu 2

5. Childhood Evolu 2

Classy and simple with lots of optional extras

What we like
  • Compatible with add-on products
  • Modern and streamline look
  • Comfortable fit
  • Easy to clean
What could be better
  • No reclining features
  • No wheels

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Childhood Evolu 2 is an attractive and versatile highchair offering three different height options: conventional high chair, tall high chair suited to breakfast bars (extra long legs are sold separately), and then to a low chair to suit a children’s table, suitable for ages between 6 months and 6 years. It’s a great option if you don’t always dine at the same table, or often have a quick meal in the kitchen.

Made of a durable plastic in black, white or grey, Evolu 2 features natural timber legs for a modern and streamlined look to suit any decor. It doesn’t fold away but its good looks ensure it will look at home out on display.

Included is the fivepoint harness, safety bar and footrest, with all other options – plastic tray, timber tray, seat cushion and storage basket – sold separately, so you can mix and match the features you need. The moulded seat isn’t adjustable but provides a comfy fit for most babies and with no nooks and crannies is very easily wiped clean.

Chicco Polly Single Pad

 Best For Small Places 

6. Chicco Polly Single Pad

A foldable and convenient highchair with easy adjustability

What we like
  • Ultra-slim fold for easy storage
  • Swivel wheels for easy manoeuvring
  • Multi-position adjustability
What could be better
  • Difficult to keep clean
  • Tray design needs improvement
  • Heavy

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The Chicco Polly Single Pad Highchair is an adaptable chair with multi-position adjustability and equipped with 4 lockable castor wheels, best suited for homes with hard surface floors and conveniently folds slim and compact, great for small places and apartments. With a maximum holding capacity of 18kgs, the Chicco Polly is suitable from infancy into toddler years.

The wipeable seat pad has been designed for easy cleaning, however if your child is at the stage of self-feeding, cleaning might not be as simple as advertised. This seems to be due to the tray design. Many reviewers find the placement of the tray allows for food to slip in between the chair and baby. For this reason, the Chicco Polly Single Pad is better suited for young infants who are still in the stages of bottle feeding or assisted feeding.

The adjustable seat equipped with a padded 5-point safety harness reclines to 3 positions, while the height of the chair can be changed from 7 different positions, providing comfort and accessibility for both parents and baby during mealtime. For that extra versatility, the foot and leg rest can be adjusted, and the armrests can fold away, easily adapting the chair to any counter or table surface in your home.

We have reviewed this practical and versatile high chair here.  

Beaba Up & Down

7. Beaba Up & Down

A stylish high chair that is cleverly height adjustable

What we like
  • Simple and practical design
  • Easy to clean
  • Convenient height adjustability
What could be better
  • Small seat - toddler may not fit

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A modern, ergonomic high chair made of plastic, aluminium and a beautiful wooden trim, Up & Down will look great in any modern home and is one of the best high chairs for good posture.

The patented “up and down” mechanism allows you to adjust the height in seconds to six different levels, so baby can dine with you at any level, be it the dining table, breakfast bar or at your desk.

Its minimalistic design not only looks great but is super easy to clean with a quick wipe – no crevices for food to hide here! Its wide legs give superior stability without extending too far out from the chair but Up & Down does not fold away so storage could be a problem in small spaces.

The seat is on the smaller size which is great for younger babies, but older toddlers may have trouble fitting in comfortably. A padded, machine washable insert is available for purchase separately and will create a comfy and snug fit for your young baby and the five point harness has an easy release clip.

The included tray is decently sized, comfortably fitting a plate and a cup and is easily removed by simply clicking two buttons. Up & Down is easy to maintain and is suited to the busy, modern family.

Peg Perego Prima Pappa Follow Me

8. Peg Perego Prima Pappa Follow Me

A 2-in-1 baby bouncer and multifunctional highchair

What we like
  • Portable with 4 wheels
  • Multi-position adjustability
  • Supportive and Comfortable
What could be better
  • Poor customer service support
  • Problems with tray attachment and storage

The Peg Perego Follow Me is a 2-in-1 multifunctional highchair equipped with a near flat comfort recline and approved for use with newborn babies, up to the age of 3 years old

Designed portable with a compact free-standing fold, the Peg Perego is ideal for small homes with hard surface floors and can be a handy addition for grandparents and carers.

This product is made in Italy, with reviewers pointing out that their customer service lacks response and communication. But overall, the positives of this product outweigh the poor customer support.

Designed to grow with your child, from baby bouncer to self-feeding highchair, it is equipped with a 5-point safety harness, 7 adjustable heights, 5 backrest positions, and 3 footrest positions. 

The padded seat has an eco faux leather cover which provides adequate support and comfort for your bub and is also a great fabric for feeding time, as it is designed for easy wipe cleaning. As your child grows and reaches the stages of self-feeding, cleaning up may get a little more involved.

Equipped with 4 wheels with front stopper brakes, this highchair can be moved around the home with minimal effort. These wheels are most effective on hardwood floors and may struggle with mobility in homes with carpet or rough tiles. For added convenience the double removable tray is dishwasher safe and adjustable to ensure appropriate spacing between the tray and child.

Baby Jogger City Bistro

9. Baby Jogger City Bistro

A compact folding highchair that can be stored anywhere

What we like
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact and practical
  • Portable and great for travel
  • No additional assembly required
What could be better
  • No reclining features
  • Expensive

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The Baby Jogger City Bistro is the best highchair for travel and small homes due to its compact and sleek design, packing down 80% smaller than when unfolded for super convenient storage and easy transport. It’s been designed to grow with your baby from 6 months of age to young toddler, holding a maximum 18kgs.

There are 4 adjustable height positions allowing your baby to eat at the table, the kitchen counter, or even snack in front of the TV. No matter where they set up to eat, the 5-point secure harness will hold them safely, while the fitted calf support and plush premium seat pad provides them with extra comfort.

Keep in mind some reviewers find the harness a little fiddly and is best set up before seating your child. But with this being the only minor complaint, the Baby Jogger highchair is still a favoured choice.

We love that this highchair is easy to clean. The tray insert is removable and dishwasher safe and can be conveniently stored on the back of the chair when not in use. The seat padding is made from stain resistant, machine washable fabric, eliminating the need for extra scrubbing or soaking. The best thing about this product is that there is no additional assembling needed, the Baby Jogger City Bistro is ready to use straight out of the box.

Steelcraft Messina Deluxe Onyx

10. Steelcraft Messina Deluxe Onyx

An adjustable highchair providing comfort and versatility

What we like
  • Sturdy and comfortable
  • Multi-position recline
  • Adjustable heights for versatility
  • Equipped with a storage basket
What could be better
  • Can be difficult to clean
  • Big and bulky
  • Tray is set too far and high (for some)

The Steelcraft Messina Deluxe provides great comfort for baby. It’s equipped with a comfortable padded seat insert with full head and shoulder support, holding a maximum of 15kgs. 

This highchair comes with a wide, sturdy base on 4 swivel castor wheels which can take up quite a bit of space, making it more suited for larger homes. It is easy to use, so you can adjust the levers for the height, backrest, and footrest, indicated in the colour red.

Designed to grow with your baby, the padded insert is reversible with one side made from terry towelling, ideal for infancy and cosy naps, the other side made from vinyl perfect for feeding time and messy toddlers. 

It’s not the easiest high chair to clean, due to all this extra padding, however, some moms find that removing the straps and seat cover for a deep clean in the washing machine makes things a lot easier.

Although the snap-on double tray is adjustable and removable, we need to point out that the tray is still set a little too high and too far away in some cases. Adding an extra cushion or booster will help give your self-feeder their independence to access the whole tray themselves.

The 5-point safety harness and safety crotch bar provide ample security and support for your bub, and we love that this chair comes with a storage basket ideal for keeping spare bottles, bibs, and wipes at hand. Also, this highchair conveniently packs down with a simple button to fold.

InfaSecure Essen

11. InfaSecure Essen

A simple and practical design for easy use and storage

What we like
  • Easy to clean
  • Pleasing and practical design
  • Affordable price
  • Compact and easy to store
What could be better
  • No wheels
  • No reclining features

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The InfaSecure Essen delivers a highchair from an Australian owned family business. It's not cheap, but the cost of this highchair is more affordable than other brands, while still providing a practical and quality-built product. 

It can be used from the age of 6 months, holding a maximum weight of 15kgs. Designed easy-to-use with a lightweight foldable frame, the InfaSecure Essen is a great model for grandparents and babysitters and due to its compact size and convenient storage it is also the perfect choice for smaller homes and busy households.

This highchair can’t boast all the extra features some of the more premium models provide, as it does not have any reclining features or wheels for mobility. The good thing about the Essen is that it is so lightweight, it doesn’t really require wheels and can be easily manoeuvred around the house by hand before seating your child. Equipped with 3 height adjustments and a 5-point safety harness, your bub still has plenty of room to grow with the chair.

Keeping with the theme of easy use, the tray is removable, adjustable, and comes equipped with a drink holder. This tray is not dishwasher safe, however it can be easily wiped down with a damp cloth. The padded seat cover is also removable for deep cleaning.

Love n Care Pandora

12. Love n Care Pandora

Comfy deep seat, best for older babies

What we like
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Supportive and comfortable
What could be better
  • Tray is fixed and non-adjustable
  • Fabric pads, not easy to clean

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The Love n Care Pandora high chair features a nice deep, padded seat for comfort and safety; your baby is sure to feel safe and secure.

The double tray is dishwasher safe and features a cup holder, with the leg divider cleverly attached to the bottom of the tray. The tray is of fixed height and sits quite high – it could be a little awkward for young babies and is better suited to older babies and toddlers. You also have the option to remove the tray completely so baby can be pushed up to the table with the rest of the family.

Featuring adjustable height, the backrest also reclines to four levels and the footrest to three, giving plenty of options. There are very few crevices in the cushioned seat pad for quick cleaning on the go and is very easy to remove for a deeper clean.

Two front wheels allow you to move the highchair back and forward and it folds down easily. Pandora is a more streamlined version of other similar high chairs and is suited to families who favour simplicity and ease of use.

How to choose a high chair

It can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions when choosing the best baby high chair for you and your baby:

How easy is it to clean?

One of the most important factors, when making your decision, is ease of cleaning. It’s no secret that babies create a lot of mess and that is doubly true when there is food around.

Ideally you want a high chair that can be quickly wiped clean after every use. Any covers or cushions should be easily removable for cleaning, bonus if they can be tossed in the washing machine after a particularly messy meal. Removable trays will often be dishwasher safe, and many trays are layered with two or even three trays stacked on top of each other so you can remove the top one for cleaning, revealing a clean tray underneath ready to go.

Avoid high chairs with lots of nooks and crannies in the cushions for food to hide. Don’t forget the legs and base of the high chair either, you might be surprised how far food can fly!

How comfortable is it?

Comfort for your baby is equally important, as he will be spending every meal time over the next few years in his high chair. Look for a soft padded seat and appropriately sized seats.

Many high chairs come with an infant insert for small babies to keep them secure, and can be removed as they grow. It’s also worth considering the space between the tray and your baby when seated – the closer the better, without being too snug – so baby can easily reach his food and the amount of food dropped in his lap is minimised. Some trays are adjustable for this purpose.

Where will it be used?

Where will you use the high chair? Will it have a permanent home at the dining table, or will it be moved around the house? Do you need it to fold down between meals and stored?

Consider its weight and portability especially if it will be travelling up and down stairs. Some high chairs have a larger base than others which could be tricky in tight spaces, and some legs splay out further which could be a potential tripping hazard.

How long will you use it for?

Most babies will start eating solids at around six months of age or even a little younger, and continue to use the high chair into toddlerhood. Look for high chairs that will grow with your child. The seat of the high chair should be roomy enough to allow for growth over potentially several years. There are also many high chairs on the market that can be converted into booster seats or toddler chairs, adding to its lifespan and providing more versatility.