Make mealtimes easy and enjoyable with one of these functional feeding chairs. By Pippa Naude
What to consider when buying a feeding chair
Easy to clean
Meals can get messy, so choose a chair that doesn’t have lots of crevices for food to get stuck in. Look for surfaces and materials that wipe clean easily, and consider removable and machine-washable seat covers and trays.
It’s important that the chair is stable and has a secure harness. Don’t forget to test the buckle – you don’t want it to be too easy to undo, even when your tot is a little older.
Look for a seat that can accommodate your growing child. If you’re opting for a high chair, make sure you can adjust the height to suit different situations like eating at the table with the family or having a snack in the kitchen while you’re cooking.
A comfortable, padded seat will help keep your baby content. Make sure there are no sharp edges or hinges that can scratch or pinch.
If you have limited space, you may want a chair that packs away. In addition to considering how compact it is, check that it’s easy to assemble and put away quickly, and that it’s lightweight.
Here are six of our favourite feeding chairs
Bloom Nano, R2 999
Available from Kids Emporium and cleverlittlemonkey.co.za
Engineered with the urban home in mind, the Nano high chair’s sleek, minimalist design is lightweight, folds flat for easy storage and offers both table- and tray-feeding modes. Your baby is kept safe with a five-point padded safety harness. The leatherette seat offers comfort and easy cleaning, while the oversized tray is dishwasher safe.
Ingenuity Baby Base, R699.99
Available from Baby City, Baby Boom, selected Pick n Pay stores, and takealot.com
The Ingenuity Baby Base is a lightweight, portable seat that can be placed on flat surfaces, or attached to a dining chair with a safety strap. The soft foam insert comes out to accommodate growth from infant to toddler, while the dishwasher-safe feeding tray is removable and can be conveniently stored under the seat when not in use.
Chelino Angel 2-in-1, R1 399
Available from Baby Boom, Babies R Us, Pick n Pay, and specialist baby stores
Use as a traditional high chair or take it apart to create a table-and-chair set for your child. The durable plastic frame is sturdy and easy to assemble, while the five-point safety harness will ensure your baby is secure in her padded seat. The backrest can recline and the front tray is adjustable for maximum comfort.
Joie Mimzy LX, R2 299
Available at Baby City, Baby Boom and selected Babies R Us stores
All babies can fit into, and grow with, the Mimzy LX thanks to its three tilt positions, seven height adjustments, three footrest heights and three tray settings. Other features include a SoftTouch five-point harness system, a removable and machine-washable infant insert, a wipeable seat, and a one-hand release tray. It also folds into a compact, upright shape.
Chicco PocketSnack Booster Seat, R599.99
Available from Baby City, Baby Boom and Makro
Your baby can now sit with you at the table, with this booster seat that straps firmly to a chair and is height-adjustable to three different positions. It has a practical, removable and adjustable tray, and a three-point safety belt. A huge advantage of this seat is that it’s light and compact when folded, with an integrated carry handle.
Stokke Tripp Trapp, R2 299.99
Available from Baby City, Baby Boom and selected Babies R Us stores
This iconic design will never go out of style – an important feature, as the Tripp Trapp grows with your child from baby to young adult. It’s made from European beech wood, so is solid, durable and easy to clean with a damp cloth. Optional add-ons include a newborn set, a baby set, a four-point safety harness and a tray.
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