How to choose the best highchair for baby-led weaning

If your little one is coming up to weaning age, you might be thinking about finding the right highchair for feeding time. Many parents who are looking to start weaning with their babies choose baby-led weaning, which by nature, can get a little messy!

If you have opted to try baby-led weaning, there may be a few key features you’ll want to look out for in a highchair. To help find the right one for you and your little one, we’re here to make life easier by highlighting what to look out for when shopping around, as well as some of our favourite Natural Baby Shower highchairs.

What is baby-led weaning?

Firstly, if you’ve stumbled across this guide and wonder, what is baby-led weaning? Then we’ve got you covered. 

In comparison to traditional weaning approaches where parents offer baby their first taste of food from the tip of a spoon or on a fingertip, baby-led weaning is a more relaxed and unstructured approach. It’s instead based on baby being offered solid food for them to feed themselves with no help from an adult or a spoon.

Discover more on baby-led weaning here.

Things to consider

Easily cleaned

First and most importantly, try to look for a highchair that can be cleaned easily. There’ll be lots of throwing, pressing, rolling, and wiping of food from your baby – which is want you’ll want to see! Baby-led weaning encourages little ones to experiment with food, the textures, and smells which, can be a trial and error to successfully making it into their mouths.

For the ultimate, easy-to-clean highchair, we love the new Nuna ZAAZ, ideal for the big, messy, and playful eaters. The design of the ZAAZ is centred around our little Picassos since food is what little eaters like to paint with. 

Best highchairs Natural Baby Shower

Comfortable 

Baby-led weaning is all about exploring and learning so you shouldn’t need to rush feeding time. Instead, they should find it fun and enjoyable which may mean they take a little longer than usual, so you’ll want to make sure they’re super comfortable.

With five recline settings, four tray positions and nine adjustment heights, the Maxi-Cosi Minla is centred around ultimate, customisable comfort. Combined with super soft inlays, little ones are kept in an ergonomic position throughout both feeding time and when resting.

Maxi Cosi highchairs Natural Baby Shower

Grows with them

For longevity, investing in a highchair they can grow with will be ideal to save money in the long run! Plus, your little one will also become familiar with their highchair which is good to prevent any toddler tantrums from getting used to a new one.

We love the intelligent, adjustable design of the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair which offers freedom of movement as they grow. With both depth and height adjustable seat and foot plates, your little one can be seated right up until their adult years!  

Stokke highchairs Natural Baby Shower

Portable

Whether you’re planning to fold your highchair away and store in the home or take it travelling, choosing a portable highchair will be so convenient. There are quite a few highchairs on the market that can fold and collapse, but some can even be taken apart to offer other feeding solutions.

The Maxi-Cosi MOA 8-in-1 Highchair is the portable, mealtime accessory for growing babies. This super stylish, multi-use chair transforms from a highchair to a low stool, booster seat, toddler stool, and even into a handy desk with a seat - making it the perfect place for your little one to eat, discover, and grow. 

Weaning mats: The perfect highchair accessory

As baby-led weaning can be especially messy, sometimes the mess isn't always contained on their tray so, you may want to invest in a weaning mat to protect your flooring from dinner time.

Whether you've got carpet of hard flooring, weaning mats are fantastic to prevent stains, and they let you move around the house with clean up at your convenience! Our Toddlekind mats come in an array of super stylish prints, perfect to suit any decor.
ToddleKind mats

Before you go

While baby-led weaning may seem like the unconventional way to mealtimes, you'll find baby has so much fun exploring the textures and flavours of food. However, if baby-led weaning isn't for you don't worry. You can always resort to your regular mealtime practices. It really is up to you!