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Last updated: June 19, 2020

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At six months-old, infants are now capable of sitting upright while eating. This is around the time they start consuming softer foods as well, and why highchairs are a must-have. They make feeding time, and clean up much more pleasant for both parents and babies.

A highchair is a raised piece of baby furniture that lets infants and toddlers eat at the same height as adults. They provide both stability and safety, and are important for parents and children alike. We have put together the below guide to help you find the style and model that is right for you and your child.

Key Facts

  • Highchairs are incredibly important baby accessories that can be adjusted to fit your baby at different stages of growth, making them invaluable parenting tools.
  • Highchairs for sale in Canada are subject to specific and strict safety standards. Make sure your highchair conforms to these standards and that your child is safe while sitting in it.
  • A highchair with a reclining/adjustable backrest makes a model more versatile, allowing a baby to both eat and sleep in the chair.

The best highchairs on the Canadian market

Here are some of the best highchairs on the Canadian market. The common aspect of these products is that they are safe for children and they keep the baby sitting straight and upright. If your baby has started to eat porridge, purees and other solid foods, take a look at these products.

Ingenuity – Trio 3-in-1 Highchair-Ridgedale

Ingenuity’s Trio 3-in-1 Highchair-Ridgedale combines 3 absolutely must have baby seats for new parents. With this product you get a full-size highchair, booster seat, and toddler chair. When you set it to booster and toddler chair mode, you can accommodate two kids at the same time, making it great for siblings, especially twins. The tray is removable and safe to put in the dishwasher, so it is simple to keep clean. It also has four adjustable positions, so you can use this chair as your child grows. The 5-point harness and three different recline positions ensures that your baby is always comfortable in this chair.

This is a great chair because it can be used for many years, as opposed to having to go out and buy a new product at each stage of development. This chair can safely handle toddlers up to 50 pounds and is appropriate for 6 to 60 months old. Simple to assemble and take apart, and weighing only 9.19 kg and measuring 87.6 x 54.6 x 110.5 cm, this is a great chair to take on road trips, or to bring to restaurants. The adaptability of this chair is sure to be appreciate by parents everywhere.

Fisher-Price – 4-in-1 Total Clean Highchair

The name Fisher-Price is almost always synonymous with quality when you ask Canadian parents. This company has been making not only highchairs, but every baby accessory under the sun for decades. Their 4-in-1 Total Clean Highchair is a great option for parents who want something that is going to grow along with their baby. Featuring a booster seat and toddler seat on top of this great highchair design, this product comes with easy to clean tray and straps so meal time is always hygienic.

Whats more, the six height adjustments and three great recline positions make sure baby is always comfortable while he or she is eating. The stain-resistant, smooth seat means food and liquids aren’t collecting in hard to reach places, and it is completely machine washable. At just 1.04 kg and measuring 58 x 83 x 104 cm, this chair folds up nicely and is great for parents who need something versatile that can be stored easily, or taken on the go frequently. Good for babies over the age of 5 months.

Cosco – Simple Fold Plus High Chair

Cosco’s Simply Fold Plus High Chair is just that: simple and easy to fold. It folds up flat and stands up on its own, making it the perfect travel high chair for parents and families that are constantly on the move. The dishwasher safe tray is easily removed and washed, so your baby has a clean, hygienic eating surface all the time. The comfortable leg rest is a nice added feature, because it gives your little one somewhere to rest their tiny legs while feeding. This highchair is designed for infants up to 50 pounds, and secure, 3-point harness means baby is always locked in comfortably.

At just 5.23 kg and measuring 101.6 x 72.4 x 62.2 cm, this is a comparatively lightweight and small highchair that makes travelling with it a snap. Simple to set up, simple to fold away, and easy to get your kid in and out of, this highchair is a no frills, no-nonsense model that does what it is supposed to do: keep your child comfortable, secure, and happy while eating. Great for smaller kitchens and rooms, or for when you need to free up extra space quickly. Keep in mind that the back of this chair is not adjustable as it would be in some other models.

Summer Infant – Pop ‘N Sit Portable Booster

Summer Infant’s Pop ‘N Sit Portable Booster is a booster/highchair that is lightweight, comfortable and made to be portable. The folding frame is set up and broken down in seconds, and the easily removed dishwasher friendly tray makes keeping this chair clean dead easy. Perfect for those summer barbecues at friends and families, picnics in the park, and for lounging around in the backyard, this durable, lightweight, packable chair is a great baby summer accessory for any family.

At just 2 kg and measuring only 38.1 x 35.6 x 38.1 cm this chair is capable of holding up to 37 pounds. A nice feature of this chair is that it comes with a carry case so you can keep it clean and protected during transportation. It fits over the shoulder, so you can carry it with both hands free if need be. fits easily into larger stroller pouches and is stowed away simply in most trunk spaces. The BPA-plastic tray extends back adequate distance to ensure that your baby is not dropping food all over him or herself, or the tray.

Evenflo – Convertible Highchair

Evenflo’s Convertible Highchair is stackable, allowing you to create highchairs of two different heights depending on your needs and the situation. This is a great option to allow for more interactive feeding. Place it directly on the ground when outside or lying on the living room floor with baby, or set it up for full height when eating at the table together. The middle section becomes a table when the top part is removed, giving you a full feeding area setup to take with you on the go.

This highchair is appropriate for children over the age of 6 months old, and is only suitable for those babies who are able to sit upright on their own. At full height, it is capable of holding children of up to 40 pounds, and at ground level up to 50 pounds. It comes in two great colours (Dottie Lime and Dottie Rose), and the five point harness makes sure that your child is extra secure while eating from this highchair – a good feature considering the height.

Shopping Guide: Everything you should know about highchairs

Before you go and buy a highchair, you need to know more about the most important features of these products. There are many to choose from on the Canadian market, and knowing what specific features you require is half the battle. Below are some of the most common consumer questions about highchairs.

Mother feeds the baby from the spoon

These chairs are made to help establish and normalize children’s eating routines.
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How do you know it’s time to use a highchair?

Every child is different in this respect. During the first few months, children feed exclusively on liquid, like milk and formula, so you generally don’t need anything other than your loving arms to adequately feed your baby. After the age of 6 months, however, babies begin to sit upright to eat, and this is when more solid foods are incorporated into their diets.

Things like fruits porridge, and peas will require your baby to sit while eating. This is when a highchair becomes an absolute necessity. They help make feeding more comfortable and practical, and they also help your baby build their independent sitting capabilities.

What are the advantages of using a highchair?

If you have a baby under 6-months, and aren’t well-versed in the details and the necessity of highchairs, you might think they’re aren’t vital accessories. As soon as your baby reaches that crucial 6 months-old, however, a highchair will become something you simply can’t live without. They let your baby develop an appropriate eating routine, and also bring them to the table like the rest of the family.

Highchairs are made with safety and stability in mind, so you don’t need to be constantly checking to see if your infant is at risk of falling. They are also made to make feeding your child easier, as they are higher up and less bending down is required. Many highchairs are designed to be adjustable as your baby grows and ages, so it is a purchase you are likely to get many years of use out of.

The Wife Choice

“High chairs are comfortable, and every Canadian parent knows that a comfy baby is a happy baby. If you find that your little one is disruptive, irritable or disinterested during mealtimes, a good highchair with reclining functionality may well be all you need to get them engaged with their food again”.

How long can a baby use these chairs?

As soon as a baby begins to take solid food, a high chair is in order. But many models are made to be useful during the first three years, and many support up to 15 kg (or more).

There are also models out there that can be used up to and including the first couple years of school. Some chairs have removable parts, and are able to accommodate children up to 10 years old. These models tend to be pricier, but are a worthwhile investment for many parents who only want to buy one highchair that is going to last.

Are there any regulations for highchairs?

All children’s products, regardless of their purpose, have to comply with Canadian regulations. Firstly, check that the model of interest incorporates the Canadian Product Safety mark, which indicates that it complies with Canadian legislation. The highchair may also be marked with other safety approvals if manufactured overseas. Keep in mind that certain countries don’t have the same safety standards for products as Canada does, so if you buy something in another country, ensure that it is safe for your baby to use.

In Canada, highchairs, as well as other baby accessories like car seats and baby swings, are regulated by the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act (CCPSA). This means that for a children’s product to be legally for sale in Canada, it needs to meet the stringent requirements set out by this act. The Canadian government also provides parents with useful information such as buying tips, how to safely use a highchair and the potential risks of highchairs on their website.

Feeding. Baby's first solid food

Baby seats are usually suitable for children from 6 months old.
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What are the important elements of a highchair?

Each highchair is a little different, but there are certain features every highchair should have to make sure your child is comfortable and safe. The seat should be comfortable, and ideally removable so you can clean it well. There should be a safety-rated harness that keeps a child secure and protected, while not being overly tight.

The best style of harness is a “leg separator” which ensure that babies don’t slip. Highchairs that come with footrests are nice, as babies’ legs often get tired while sitting. A tray with strong legs is less likely to bend or break, and removable, dishwashable trays are a snap to clean.

Shopping Criteria

The highchair market, and baby accessories in general, can be overwhelming to new parents, so you should know what you’re looking for and looking at before taking the plunge. Below are some of the most important buying criteria to consider before making your purchase.

Type

The first aspect to keep in mind when purchasing a highchair is the model you’re looking for. The class, folding highchair is the most common, and has been around the longest. Some models also allow you to set different heights for different settings and occasions. Some models have egg-shaped seats for babies to more comfortably wrap their legs around.

Evolutionary chairs are those which allow you to adjust their settings and dimensions as your baby grows. They are great because they extend the life of your highchair, and can also be used as conventional chairs depending on the situation. Many highchairs also feature wheels so then can be easily set up in different locations.

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Highchairs become common features in Canadian households with new babies when the little guy or girl begins eating their first solid foods like peas, fruits, and porridge.

Age of use

One of the most important considerations when buying a highchair is the age range for which it is designed. Baby highchairs are meant for infants 6 months-old and up. Keep in mind that there is no hard and fast rule for highchair readiness. Different babies are ready at different times. As your child grows and gains weight, models with greater weight capacities and seat sizes become necessary.

Some highchairs can be used from 6 months until the first few years of school. These high chairs are in a category of their own because they are fully adjustable and most, if not all of their components are removable. There are many different seat and tray heights available with these highchairs, and they eventually morph into normal table chairs. There are highchairs that accompany babies until he or she is a fully-grown child. These highchairs are much different because they are 100% adjustable and their components are removable. With these types of highchairs, the seat can be adjusted to different heights and the tray and harness can be removed. Basically, these are models that will end up becoming normal chairs.

Safety

One monumentally important feature of any good highchair is its safety. Safety is a priority with babies, and you want to ensure a highchair is flat and stable on the floor at all times. Knowing a chair’s max weight is also vital.

toddler girl in a highchair for feeding with fork and plate

Highchairs support a weight of up to 15 or 20 kg. It is also possible to find evolutionary models that accompany children through their growth stages.
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It is also wise to pay close attention to the harness/belt that comes with a chair. The safest models use five-point harnesses that are highly similar to those used in cars. This type of harness greatly reduces the chances of slipping or escape. It is a good idea that the base of the seat is non-slip.

Material

The different materials that are used to construct highchairs is something most people closely consider. Wood, plastic, and metal chairs are available on the market. Wood is highly resistant and, since it is a natural fibre, is ideally suited for young babies. Wood highchairs tend to look the most natural with most home decor.

Another common material is metal. Metal highchairs are durable, and some materials, like aluminum, are very light and easy to fold up. Lastly, there are plastic chairs, which are easy to store and keep hygienic.

Material Advantages Disadvantages
Wood Natural

Strong

Very durable

Heavy material
Metal Lightweight

Strong

Simply cleaning

Can be ugly
Plastic Simple cleaning

Economical

Light

Less strong

Design and measurements

To really be happy with your highchair, you should also consider how much available space you have in the room(s) you plan to set the chair up. You also need to consider whether a portable chair is more important than a fixed chair. If you need one that packs up easy, something foldable is ideal.

For families with larger homes, foldable, portable chairs are usually the best options because they can be taken all over the place. There are highchairs made to look great in any home, and suit any theme. Some highchairs look more kid-friendly, with animals and cartoons on them, while others look more sophisticated or minimalist.

Summary

Getting the right highchair is a big deal as a new parents. It is something that will be used everyday, probably multiple times per day, and makes feeding much simpler. Many new parents are reluctant to buy anything that isn’t absolutely necessary, but after six months it will become painfully obvious that a highchair is definitely a must-have.

Depending on which model you go with, you might even get years more use out of your purchase than you initially thought you would. Some parents prefer the bigger upfront expense of something that will have a longer useful life. Always get the make and model you are most comfortable with, and that will be the best suited to your lifestyle.

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