Updated 25 May 2017

Baby Bjorn

High Chair

Snapshot: The Baby Bjorn highchair is foldable, but its seat height isn’t adjustable. Is it safe and easy to use?

High Chair
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$450

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Test results

Overall score
69
Performance
?/10
Ease of cleaning
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Passed all major safety tests.
  • Foldable.
  • Has a footrest.
  • Light to carry and move.
  • Tray is adjustable.
  • Tray is very easy to clean (has removable tray insert).
  • Seat is very easy to clean.

But

  • Minor safety failures: No harness or arms on highchair to restrain a child (but the tray mechanism should adequately restrain a child).
  • Not reclinable.
  • Seat height isn’t adjustable.
  • Seat may be too small for a bigger child.

How we test

Our safety tests are based on the Australian Standard for high chairs, AS 4684:2009. This standard also calls for compliance with at least 1 of the international standards, so we refer to the European Standard EN 14988.

In New Zealand, these standards are voluntary, but we recommend choosing a high chair that complies with these standards.

Our safety tests look at:

Stability.
Strength of construction.
Whether there is a risk of finger pinching or entrapment for the child or an adult folding and unfolding the chair.
Whether there are sharp edges, points or burrs.
Gaps and/or holes that could trap a finger, or any small parts that could be a choking hazard.
Whether the chair comes with a five-point harness, back and side protection as well as locking mechanisms to stop the child falling out.

We also look at how easy the chair is to clean. We apply Weetbix and milk, spaghetti and tomato sauce and baby food to different areas of the chair (the tray, seat back and padding, as well as the harness). We then let it dry overnight and rate ease of cleaning for each of these areas on a scale from “very easy” (residue is easily removed using a kitchen cloth) to “very hard” (needs thorough scrubbing or washing). This is then converted to a score.

The overall score consists of 70% performance and 30% ease of cleaning.

We also note how easy it is to assemble and operate the high chair. Highchairs tested since 2016 have an “ease of use” score but it doesn’t contribute to the overall score.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$450
Passed all major safety tests
Yes
Major safety failures
0
Minor and very minor safety failures
2
Safety standard claimed
EN14988:2006

Specifications

Weight (kg)
4.9
Child’s maximum weight/age
3yr

Features

Harness
None
Crotch bar
Yes
Adjustable seat-height
No
Seat or backrest reclines
No
Padded seat
No
Removable seat covers
n/a
Tray
Yes
Removable tray
No
Adjustable tray
Yes (3 positions)
Tray insert
Yes
Foldable
Yes
Castors
No

More Info

Notes
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Availability
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