Where to find: Montessori high-chairs

As much as I like the weaning table and child-size chairs, I have always used a high-chair for both my children.

I was lucky to be introduced to the Stokke trip-trap highchair from the onset. I scored one second-hand and we kept it until my second child was 4 years old when we switched to a Junior chair. 

I consider the Stokke high-chair Montessori friendly as it promotes maximum independence for the child. You can use it when your child is not yet able to climb in and out of it as you have an infant insert. When my children were babies, I used to have them on my laps at dinner time. It was not an easy solution to eat with them. But they were curious about the food in my plate, they needed physical contact and most of the time, they wanted to be breastfed while I was eating. We also used to take turn with my husband, one eating while the other had our child on their laps. That arrangement is not for everyone but it worked for us. 

Now when your child is a walker, you can adopt a Montessori friendly high-chair.

They are numerous advantages of using this type of high chair:

  • it promotes independence: your child can use it independently, leaving the table when he has enough.
  • it allows freedom of movement: your child is not contained and can move
  • it promotes connection with the other family members: your child is at the same level as everyone's else, eating from the same table.
  • it takes the space of a chair and doesn't require additional space. It pulls right up to the table
  • It grows with the child. Even adults can sit on those chairs. The size is adjustable. 
  • It fits generally better in your decor. 

Let me share the options I found here in the UK. 

This blog post is part of series on this blog about Where to find the most common Montessori items.

Stokke tripp trapp - £189

Stokke steps - £189

Hauck highchair - £59.99

4  Timba adjustable high chair - £79.99

5 Baby dan - Danchair - £79

 - Alpha high chair at Asda £50

7 Kinderkraft Highchair - £64.90

Do you have a Montessori friendly high chair? Or do you use a regular high chair. Maybe you use a weaning table and child-size chair?

Let me know in a comment.

About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.

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