Whether you’re on your first child or your fifth, chances are you understand the crucial importance of a good high chair.
If you don’t know, you’re in for a teachable moment the first time your tot learns that they can throw food as easily as eat it or nearly succeeds in tipping themselves over in an effort to escape their mealtime prison.
Parents who have experienced these calamities firsthand know that not just any high chair will do. A good high chair must possess an optimal balance of attributes—safety, comfort, ease of cleaning, durability, and value.
With that in mind, let’s dive right into the top-rated high chairs available to discerning mums and dads Down Under. We’ve made our selections based on several key factors, including the ones mentioned above, and are presenting them here in no particular order.
The Best High Chairs in Australia for Young Kids
If you need a high chair for your ankle biter, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.
Despite its swivelling action and presidential air, the Childcare Cloud 360 High Chair is not a tiny office chair for infant executives. It will, however, help you take care of business come feeding time.
The thing we like most about the Cloud 360 is the same thing that puts it on the pricey side: its convertible nature.
Like many other best-selling high chairs, it boasts a slew of alluring features like an adjustable tray and footrest, a safety-forward 5-point body harness, and a removable sub tray and seat pad. And they’re thoughtful, well-implemented features, too, not just empty bullet points added as an afterthought to up the resale value.
Unlike other high chairs, however, it rotates a full 360 degrees (surprise), letting you turn your kid any which way you please without the need to rearrange the chair itself.
But wait, there’s more! The Cloud 360 also presents users with the option of converting it into either a miniature or big-people stool and a rather sleek one at that. Childcare’s designers had the good sense to imbue the base of the chair with distinctly modern sensibilities that promise to raise the interior decorating stock of any sitting space.
As soon as it’s outlived its usefulness as a restraint system, you can move it into your living room, office, rumpus room, or bar area, where it will begin its second life as an inviting perch that you, your family, and your guests will all compete to plant your hindquarters on. Two pieces of furniture in one? Yes, please.
All in all, we proudly declare the Cloud 360 the best high chair Australia has produced in recent years.
- Rotates a complete 360 degrees
- Solid wooden legs with detachable extensions for dual height settings
- 2-position adjustable/removable food tray makes cleanup a breeze
- 3-position adjustable footrest supports little legs of different lengths
- Converts to miniature or full-sized stool in seconds
Stokke markets their Tripp Trapp high chair as “The Chair That Grows With the Child.” If you’ve run through as many high chairs as Easter outfits, that may sound more like an answer to your prayers than an advertising slogan.
This minimalistic, predominantly-wooden seating solution features a unique ladder-like design that allows parents to adjust the height of the included seat and footplates as their little ones get bigger. In lieu of a food tray, the Tripp Trapp is angled to pull up to the edge of a full-sized table so your tyke can eat just like the grown-ups.
The Tripp Trapp comes in nine easy-to-assemble pieces and can be made whole in minutes. Once you’ve got it together, changing the configuration of the seat and footplates is a piece of proverbial cake. Simply slide the plates out of their grooves and slot them into a higher or lower set as the situation requires. The leggier your child gets, the lower both plates will go.
On the manufacturer’s website, it says that the high chair is suitable for ages 6-50 months. However, they also claim that the contraption can hold up to 136 kilos (300 pounds) of weight, so you could conceivably use it for well past the four-year mark if you were so inclined. Heck, you might use it yourself to take a load off after a hectic afternoon of playing, “Don’t put that in your mouth.”
Fair warning—the Tripp Trapp is not cheap. That said, it may just be the last high chair you ever buy, so we feel confident in deeming it a wise investment.
- Sturdy, high-quality beech/oak construction
- Majorly adjustable seat and footplate
- Capable of supporting up to 136 kg (300lbs)
- Easy to wipe clean
- Can be fitted with an optional cushion for more comfort
The HILO high chair from Redsbaby is a handsome mid-market option that checks all the boxes a faithful high chair should and doesn’t skimp on the accessories.
With a sharp-looking contemporary (but not too contemporary) design, the HILO is meant to look at home in any home. But fashion is pointless without function, and Redsbaby clearly understands this.
Their chair’s wide-set legs help ensure that your bantling doesn’t rock or lean too far while attempting to feed mashed bananas to the dog. Likewise, the adjustable 5-point nylon harness keeps them comfortably confined and makes wriggling free an impossibility.
One of the things we dig most about the HILO is its visual vibe, which gives it the appearance of an actual piece of furniture rather than a cheap junker that will wear out in a matter of months. Its beechwood legs will no doubt help it blend in with the kinds of dining tables and surrounding furnishings and fixtures found in many modern Aussie homes.
While the HILO doesn’t offer the same kind of no-holds-barred adjustability as some of the other items on this list, its spacious yet secure design leaves plenty of room for growth. In fact, it’s rated for up to 50 kilos (110 pounds), meaning it will work for bigger kids as well as infants.
For a few extra bones, you have the option of adding on a cosy cushion set, a non-slip silicone tray insert, and/or a wipeable seat cover for more challenging eaters. The latter may come in handy if your kitchen tends to look like the puking scene from The Exorcist after brekkie.
- Chic design
- Wide-set legs with rubberised tips for enhanced stability
- Capable of supporting up to 50 kg (110lbs)
- BPA-free plastic throughout
- Compatible with loads of optional accessories
4. IKEA ANTILOP
Best Budget Pick
IKEA is known for cranking out high-quality build-it-yourself furniture with materials and design elements that can stand the test of time. Their ANTILOP high chair is further proof that this reputation is well-earned.
If you asked me what an ANTILOP is, I would admit that I have no idea. But if you asked whether it makes an ace high chair, the answer would be a resounding “yes.”
The bulk of the ANTILOP is in the seat, which is moulded from a single piece of strong yet lightweight propylene plastic. Also included are a removable food tray and four screw-on steel legs.
Par for the course for IKEA, there are no frills or surprises (good or bad) here—just a high chair that throws together fast and holds up well over the long run. It’s a simple but effective feeding station that, in our opinion, wins bonus points for not trying to oversell itself or tack on too many unnecessary extras.
What the ANTILOP lacks in consumer-dazzling extravagance, it makes up for in portability. Since the limited number of pieces are such a snap to assemble and disassemble, you can take the chair far more places with far less effort. As much as we love the Baccani Cibo, both of which are featured elsewhere on this list, try lugging them to Macca’s or your in-laws’ house and let us know how enjoyable it was.
Perhaps best of all, this chair is inexpensive, even by IKEA standards. At only $24.99, it offers a bargain so unbeatable that you may want to buy a couple, just in case.
- Surprisingly sturdy and durable
- Sits level with full-sized dining tables
- Propylene plastic is strong, lightweight, and safe for sensitive skin
- Ultra-low price point
- Optional covers and cushions available (also for silly cheap)
5. Joovy Nook
Easiest to Clean/Most Portable
Joovy may not be a household name in children’s wares yet, but we predict that that won’t stay the case if they keep making products as rock-solid as the Nook high chair.
At first glance, the Nook bears a striking resemblance to a car seat. That’s because its throne of a seat is oversized, cushioned, and upholstered in soft leatherette material. It’s meant to cradle your baby in an upright posture while also restricting movements that could cause them to hurt themselves or make a mess.
Speaking of messes, it’s in the cleaning category that the Nook really shines.
The removable tray—which adjusts to four separate depth settings and swings out to spare you the struggle of a troublesome extraction—can go straight into the dishwasher, with no elbow grease needed.
The faux leather upholstery contains some crevices, but none small enough for crumbs to get stuck in. Smooth surface is so wipe-downable that you might find yourself tempted to try to dirty it up on principle. Assuming you manage to succeed, you’ll be pleased to know that the cover itself is machine-washable.
Compact portability is the Nook’s other great strength. Its lightweight frame folds like a lawn chair, complete with a carrying handle. This is a major perk for parents who frown at the idea of taking their child’s high chair apart and putting it back together anytime they transport it anywhere.
While not as stout as some of the feeding fortresses passing as high chairs out there, the Nook is built to bear a respectable 22.68 kilograms. Add to all that an adjustable five-point harness and two pairs of conscientious non-scratch floor pads, and you’ve got yourself a chair that combines the best of all worlds.
- Oversized seat promotes maximum comfort and safety
- Dishwasher-safe swing-out food tray with four adjustable depth settings
- Stain-stopping, machine-washable leatherette seat cover
- BPA/BPS/phthalate/lead-free plastic components
- Readily available in stores
6. Baccani Cibo
For parents who want to treat their children to a taste of the finer things in life, there’s the Baccani Cibo, also known as the Rolls Royce of high chairs.
Everything about this chair screams “luxury,” from the padded seat and fold-up design to the reclining action and emphasis on adjustability. It even sounds luxurious: Baccaaaaani Ciiiiiibo.
Aesthetically speaking, the Cibo looks like something you might see in a NASA space shuttle. The majority of the construction is premium-grade plastic, which lends it high-end stability and heft without making it impractically heavy. The ergonomic seat is cushioned from top to bottom and moulded in such a way as to cradle your little one’s head comfortably and prevent neck strain and other ouchies.
Did we mention that this thing is adjustable? Seriously—almost every part of the apparatus swings, slides, swivels, or expands to accommodate children of all sizes and age ranges. There are five separate height settings, three different footrest positions, and even varying degrees of tilt. All it’s missing is cupholders and a built-in massager.
This kind of customisation translates to longevity and helps to justify the fat price tag, as you’ll be able to continue using it long after you would otherwise be forced to shell out for a new high chair.
One of the most brilliant things about the Cibo is that it doubles as a rocker, which means you can lull your tot to sleep as soon as you’re finished force-feeding them their pureed carrots.
- Highly adjustable seat height, food tray position, and footrest angle
- Soft, comfy, friction-free padded seat
- Multifunctional—serves as both a rocker and a high chair for feeding
- Folds up neatly for simplified storage
- Certified status symbol
Unless you relish the excitement of watching your child play Houdini or think duct-taping things back together is totally zen, chances are you could benefit from upping your high chair game.
Any of the products listed here would be a great way to do it. All of them are well-made, dependable perches guaranteed to withstand growth spurts, temper-tantrums, and string bean-related incidents. Your child may not thank you, but the money you’ll save and the peace of mind you’ll gain will be reward enough.