Are you and your baby about to venture into the world of weaning? It's great fun, and your little one will love exploring all these interesting new tastes, textures and weaning recipes. Before you get started with the mashed-up bananas and baby rice, you need to get a few essentials in place. Highchairs help to keep your baby in a secure, upright position for feeding, and also let them join in with the family at the dining table. It's very exciting to suddenly be at the same height as the grown-ups!
Wooden highchairs are a popular choice as they easily blend into your dining room or kitchen, and contemporary brands such as Stokke have a stylish range for chic little eaters. Highchairs by Cosatto offer designs with comfy seats in a colourful choice of handy wipe-clean materials. Many highchairs come with their own tray, so your baby can happily get on with discovering their new food with the subsequent mess (mostly) contained. Some are height-adjustable and can convert from a baby seat into a toddler highchair.
A booster highchair converts a normal dining chair into a baby-friendly seat. Strap the booster on the chair, and strap the baby in the booster – instant highchair. Great for keeping at grandma's house or for taking with you on holiday. The much-loved Bumbo booster can sit on the floor or attach to a chair, and gives your baby superb support while helping them feel happily independent. Whatever design you go for, make sure your baby is safely strapped in: you can buy separate straps in our highchair accessories range if you need to.
Our guide to choosing a highchair takes you through all the different options. Don't forget the highchair toys to keep your young diner entertained while they wait for their meal, as well as some fun bowls and plates for them to use. You may also want to add a splash mat to preserve your carpet...