Babble Best Picks:
Shopping for highchairs can be an overwhelming experience when faced with all of the choices, features, and high, high prices. Luckily, we broke it down for you, testing and comparing over 20 of the most talked-about highchairs on the market. Here are our top picks for any budget and lifestyle. (Make sure to check out the Readers' Choice section for even more of our favorites!) Did we miss one? Nominate it, and tell us why it deserves a spot. - Michelle Horton
Readers’ Choice | Svan Highchair
Another wooden chair that grows from infancy up through childhood, the Svan solves a major problem for those who want a traditionally functioning highchair without the ugly factor. Unlike the Tripp Trapp, the Svan chair includes a highchair tray that can eventually be removed for table eating. And for added comfort, you can purchase a machine-washable seat cushion in a variety of colors (although it’s easier to keep clean without it).
The highchair tray has its positives and negatives: On one hand, we love that the tray fits snugly around infants, unlike many other highchairs that have a sizeable gap between baby and tray. We also like that the tray can be stored on the back of the highchair for at-the-table feedings. On the flip side, the plastic snap-on tray cover, which makes cleanup easier, is very difficult to unsnap. Overall, that’s our biggest complaint. We’ve also heard from several long-term Svan users (none of whom regret their purchase) that the tray’s bolts have to be retightened after a while, otherwise it tends to tilt forward. (Presumably from all of the banging that babies do.)
As far as the overall design, its best feature is probably how attractive it looks. If you don’t want an eyesore or something to clash with your d’cor, the Svan chair will blend right in (and probably prompt a few oohs and aahs from visitors). Another incredible feature is that it will grow right into adulthood, similarly to the Tripp Trapp, justifying the high price tag.
Get it from Giggle, $280 – $320