How to Choose the Best Highchair for your Child

21st Oct 2020

How to Choose the Best Highchair for your Child

Highchairs give your child a safe place to explore their food and the different tastes and textures – it’s a whole lot of fun (and lets face it, a lot of mess too!).  Highchairs also make supervising mealtimes and cleaning up the mess much easier on parents as well. With this is mind, here’s the ins and outs of how to choose the best highchair for your child.

Why You Need A Good Highchair

Children often use a highchair up to 2-3 years of age, and some designs can be used up to the age of 4-6 years old. Therefore, highchairs really are a long-term investment and something that is going to be vital to your everyday routine so it is essential you find the right highchair for your child.

Things To Look For In A Highchair

Easy to Clean

Kids and mealtimes can be messy business which it why you need a highchair that is easy to clean. This not only includes the frame and tray, but also any cushions and accessories. Be sure to check out if surfaces are easy to wipe over and check the recommended cleaning instructions.  If a highchair looks to have lots of  fabric or crevices that food could get stuck in, it might not be the best option.

Grows with your Child

Children grow so quickly and ideally a highchair that is design to suit this growth is best. Remember your child is most likely going to use this chair for years to come, so adjustability will ensure a long-term return on your highchair investment. Spring for a chair that has seat and foot height adjustability so you can lower as needed to keep your child comfortable. Even better is a highchair that also transforms into a height-appropriate seat to use against the dining table.

Safe and Sturdy

Safety is important when it comes to choosing a highchair. A sturdy, solid frame is always the best option. Highchairs with wide bases are harder to tip over. When children learn to stand up, they are going to want to do it everywhere – even in their highchair. So for added security, safety harnesses are great to is help keep children secure in their seat.

Stable Highchair Construction - Mocka NZ

Highchair Safety Strap - Mocka NZ


As they eat their meal (and later as they join you at the dining table), your child will sit in their highchair for longer periods of time. Therefore, a chair should be comfortable enough for extended use. Seat cushions and inserts are great to bolster padding. Highchairs with footboards also often help to promote good posture and support the feet to allow proper circulation.


For parents and carers living in apartments and with smaller to work with, space saving is often a necessary requirement for a Highchair. There are a bunch of options for highchairs that fold up or that have removable legs, so they can be stored away when not in use. As an added bonus, collapsible highchairs also make a  great portable option for visits with friends and family.

Our Award-winning Highchairs

Mocka offers three award-winning highchairs that are not only super safe, sturdy and easy to clean, but also wonderfully stylish as well.

Mocka Original Highchair

Original Highchair - Mocka NZ

Our Mocka Original Highchair sets the standard for safety, functionality and quality – something that meant it was awarded an Ohbaby! Best Highchair award for 2016.

The Original highchair tray features two adjustable settings, while the seat board and footboard have multiple height options. All of this means the Original Highchair grows safely and comfortably right along side your child.

As your baby becomes a toddler, the Mocka Original Wooden Highchair easily transforms into a height-suitable seat at the dining table – which means no more slippery cushions or unsafe booster stools. Simple remove the tray and raise the seat as needed.

Made from sustainable solid beech-wood, the Mocka Original Wooden Highchair cannot tear, buckle, or warp. Holding up to 60kg, its solid design ensures sturdy support and can be easily and hygienically wiped clean.

Not to mention the wooden design is wonderfully stylish and won’t look out of place with the rest of the furniture in your home.

Mocka Soho Highchair

Soho Highchair - Mocka NZ

Our Mocka Soho Wooden Highchair is a highchair with a difference that makes it easy to include your little one in family meal times. The contemporary styling features a no-tray design so that your toddler can sit at the table with the rest of the family.

Just like the Original Highchair, the Soho Wooden Highchair is fully adjustable with five seat heights and nine foot rest heights. With this adjustability, most children can use the Soho Highchair from 6 months to 6 years old!  

While your child is younger, a bar at stomach height and a between-the-legs strap can be used to help keep them safe. Once no longer need simply remove.

The Soho Wooden Highchair is super easy to clean thanks to its simple design. A quick wipe over is all that is needed after a meal.

Our Soho Highchair is made from sustainable beech wood that is PEFC certified so you rest easy knowing your wooden highchair has been sourced responsibly.

The Soho Wooden Highchair is available in four colour options – Natural, White, Black and White Natural Combo – which makes matching your highchair to the rest of your dining furniture a treat.

Mocka Designer Highchair

Designer Highchair - Mocka NZ

The Mocka Designer Highchair, while our most cost effective highchair, certainly doesn’t trade style and features for affordability.

Awarded an OHbaby! Best Highchair Award for 2016, the Designer highchair features a simple, modern design that compliments any décor.

Made from metal and moulded plastic, the Designer Highchair is the easiest highchair to clean on the market.

The Designer Highchair also has removable legs and tray so can be easily stowed away when not in use. Perfect space-saver and/or as a portable highchair.

Free Extras

All of our highchairs come included with a free set of highchair cushions, a Safety Harness and a safety strap for between the legs. For our wooden Highchairs, we also provide a free set of leg extenders that can be attached to the bottom of the legs to help minimise the chair from tipping over if rocked. Now who doesn’t love freebies?


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