Along with safety, we looked at how easy the highchairs were to assemble, fold and unfold, and clean.

When it comes to buying a highchair safety is more important than style.

We’ve tested 19 highchairs for safety and stability, as well as ease of use.

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Safety first

The most common form of injury involving highchairs is when a child falls out after trying to stand up in, climb in to or get out of the chair. Other injuries can occur from having fingers, toes or limbs pinched or crushed, or choking on small detachable parts.

That’s why we test highchairs against the Australian standard.

Our safety tests look at:

  • Stability.
  • Strength of construction.
  • Whether there are sharp edges, points or burrs.
  • Whether there’s a risk of finger pinching or entrapment for the child or an adult folding or unfolding the chair.
  • Whether the chair comes with important safety features like a five-point harness and locking mechanism to stop the child falling out.

Cleaning up

You also want one that’s easy to clean. So we dirty them up like a messy toddler would - with Weetbix and milk, spaghetti and tomato sauce and baby food.

Highchairs buying guide

What to consider when buying a highchair.

Read the guide