If you’ve ever researched or bought a high chair you will not have missed the ultimate mum ‘must have’, Stokke Trip Trapp chair. It would in fact be quite hard to imagine a fashionable household without one of their brilliantly designed solid wood ‘chairs for life’. As the popularity of these chairs has grown and peaked since it initially launched back in the seventies, the market has been flooded with similar, intelligently designed, sleek styles that we can’t fault in any way.
Here is a round-up of our favourite wooden high chairs, most of which we were barely able to resist.
STOKKE, Tripp Trapp, from £189
One of the most recognisable and first to the market designs, Stokke Tripp Trapp is the only one in our edit that can be used from birth to adulthood. And for the price tag, yes, I will be making both my children take it to university.
The absolutely undisputed design can be cleverly tailored to suit many stages of your child’s life and you can purchase add ons such as a newborn set, harness, safety guard and trays that can be added or removed as your family grows.
As the most advanced of all the designs, you can not only choose between 12 colours but also between 2 finishes, beech or oak. The second one does carry a slightly higher price tag but it will be a treat for true fine furniture lovers.
Last but not least brilliance of this chair is the personalisation element. You can engrave your child’s name which will certainly add for some fun at meal times as they grow.
Overall, for a chair that has been one of the most purchased products for years, you certainly can’t go wrong with Tripp Trapp.
CONS; it’s pricy and you are not likely to reuse it for more than one child
KIDLY, Alpha + High Chair
Kidly is known for their fashionable timeless designs, founded by ex ASOS CEO, back in 2016, the brand is known for their sleek edit of everything a modern parent will need for it’s baby and toddler. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for every stage of your babies development, truly knowing you are buying the best quality products out there.
When we discovered the Hauck Alpha + High Chair in their edit, we could not be more excited, especially as it did not come with the price tag of the Stokke’s Tripp Trapp. Design-wise, we can not fault it, simple clean lines and made in Europe from sustainably sourced beech wood is a win-win combination.
The 4 colours it comes in, natural, white, dark wood or grey are so well chosen it will fit any style you already have in your home.
The chair will fit your child from 6 months onwards, or roughly around the time they are able to sit unsupported and as it hold up to 90 kgs it should last them a lifetime.
PROS: everything really!
CONS: it can hold slightly less weight than Tripp Trapp (which is around 130 kgs)
KAOS, Klapp High Chair
KAOS is an exciting Norwegian startup, created by two mums sick of baby gear that cost a fortune, had a short lifespan, were poorly designed, and lacked essential functionality.
They launched their first product back in 2015. and amongst some of our favourites is their classic scandi style foldable wooden high chair. Amongst KAOS’s values are sustainability and radical transparency which makes investing in a brilliant product like this a hell of a lot easier.
The chair can be purchased with or without a safety rail (you will find you need it far less as your infant turns toddler) and the price difference is a humble £10. It also comes in 6 exciting and cleverly picked colours and brilliantly holds 200 kgs.
PROS: we can’t fault it really
CONS: slightly on the pricier side
ALDI, Mamamia Wooden High Chair
Ok, let’s face it, we have all gone crazy over Aldi ‘dupes’ before. How can we forget when they created their own version of the much loved Pixi Glow tonic.. It was the biggest craze of 2019 (for some).
Here enters Aldi’s version of the wooden high chair. This ‘5 stars reviewed’, very reasonably priced, solid beech wood high chair comes in 2 shades, natural and grey.
Unlike the Stokke and Kidly ones, it only takes about 15 kgs but according to their specifications, it can be used up to 10 years of age.
PROS: functionality and value for money
CONS: not ‘for life’
JOJO MAMAN BEBE, BabyDan Danchair, £89.99
This absolute classic from Jojo Mamanbebe was first designed in 1971. making it one of the first wooden high chairs on the market.
It’s a brilliant no-nonsense design chair that suits all children from 6 months with no age limit.
We love the Interchangeable seat base and footrest for when the child grows out of the smaller seat base which offers extra comfort and support for the toddlers using it.
PROS: price tag, simple and yet clever design
CONS: only one colour and not easily foldable
JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS, Leckford Wooden Highchair, Natural, £70
Another classic design from John Lewis and Partners. This simple wooden high chair is designed for infants from 6 months up to toddlers of 3 years and can hold up to 15 kgs.
Most reviews on the product are quite positive with a few remarks on the height and ease of cleaning, which is probably one of the most important jobs a high chair needs to do well.
Aside from that, we love the removable tray that makes the design go that much further for your child and a comfy footrest.
PROS: price, quality
CONS: hard to clean, not foldable
IKEA, GRÅVAL, £130
IKEA is famous for its 5 stars rated, cheapest available high char on the market, ANTILOP. However, we were quite impressed when we stumbled on GRAVAL, IKEA’s version of ‘the chair that grows with your child’.
As we expect from these versatile chairs, the seat can be fixed in place at 3 different heights – and as soon as your child can sit without support, you can remove both the seat shell and the tray.
It’s an IKEA winner for sure.
PROS: easy clean, long use
CONS: can’t fold and the legs are not quite as tidy as on the other chairs.