**Updated January 2017**
If you’ve been following my blog you probably know by now I try to avoid any toxic chemicals on my kids’ toys and baby gear. I am aware that this is not possible all the time and that she will come across some questionable toys during play dates or when she goes to school. However, I have a rule: if it’s going into her mouth it has to be toxic free. A high chair falls into this category for me since everything she puts on it will go into her mouth.
When I was pregnant I put the Fisher Price Rainforest High Chair on my registry. I got the chair but luckily I never opened it and since Amazon takes baby stuff back up to a year later I was able to return it. Why did I return my Fischer Price chair? Because it is not the best brand out there when it comes to toxic-free stuff, some of their products have questionable materials so Fisher Price is a brand I try to avoid.
So, what’s the best high chair to get?
When I first wrote this post the only options I considered were Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchairor Keekaroo Height Right High Chair. However, there are now a few more high chairs in the market that are non-toxic: OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair and Svan Signet Complete High Chair. I’ll go over each one down below.
These non-toxic chairs are a little bit more expensive than some other high chairs so if you’re on a strict budget you could get a wooden restaurant style high chair and put a cover on it. You can also find organic handmade high chair covers on Etsy – I would go this route since organic is better.
If you’re looking specifically for a toddler booster I would get either the OXO Tot Perch Foldable Booster Seat for Big Kids (this one is great if you’re looking for something portable) or the OXO Tot Nest Booster Seat with Straps (this is one is better to set up at home and leave it there). Both of these booster seats are BPA, phthalate and PVC free.
More details on the non-toxic high chairs
Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair, Keekaroo Height Right High Chair, OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair and Svan Signet Complete High Chair claim to be free of flame retardants, BPA, PVC, Phthalates or lead. What varies from chair to chair is the type of wood they used and the design. All these chairs grow with your kid, so they can be used with infants all the way up to adulthood pretty much, since they can hold a lot of weight. Although it would be a little weird to be using a high chair by then!
The Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair comes in many different colors and has great reviews. It’s the most expensive on this list and you have to buy all the accessories separately however this is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to non-toxic high chairs.
It’s made with solid beech wood side legs and floor brace; CARB II certified birch veneer foot plates and back rest (0.05 ppm for plywood) and the wood finish is a water-based lacquer, meets EN71-3 standard. The removable plastic tray is BPA and phthalate free.
The Keekaroo Height Right High Chair is more budget friendly, comes in 3 wood colors and there a several color options in the infant insert. It’s still a bit more expensive than the main stream brands but cheaper than Stokke and it comes with all the accessories you need. You can also get this chair without the infant insert. See all the available options here.
This high chair is made with solid rubber wood, surface tray is made of CARB II certified particle wood (0.09 ppm for particle wood) and the wood finish is a water-based lacquer, lead-free. The removable plastic tray is BPA and phthalate free.
The OXO Tot Sprout Wooden Chair is in a similar price range as the Keekaroo and also comes with all the accessories you need. I know this is called a wooden high chair but if you look at the picture the wood is only on the legs, the rest is a plastic chair with a cushion on it. That being said, this high chair complies with both the ASTM and CPSIA standards. The tray is made with plastic, unlike the other high chairs that have a plastic cover so you can chose to use the wooden tray or plastic tray. Their plastic tray is BPA and phthalate free.
The Svan Signet Complete High Chair is the most budget friendly however it has some questionable reviews on Amazon so if you decide to get this high chair, read the reviews first. You can also just get the essential version of their high chair, like the one pictured below and save some money.
This one is made with birch wood veneer (E1 certified; E1 formaldehyde limit for plywood is 0.14 ppm) and the wood finish is Meets EN71-3 standard and meets EU directive for phthalates. The removable plastic tray is BPA and phthalate free.
I chose the Keekaroo Height Right High Chair mainly because I wanted an all wood chair, with good reviews, that came with all the accessories and at a good price.
What high chair did you buy for you baby?