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The best toys for highchairs

Our top picks of toys for highchairs

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Why buy one?

A specially designed highchair toy is the perfect way to keep your children occupied whilst you prepare their food or clear up after mealtimes. Normal toys can be easily dropped or thrown on the floor, but these have suction pads on the bottom so they attach firmly to the highchair’s tray. You can buy them to suit young babies who are just starting to wean or older toddlers. They’re a great idea for travelling, too as you can easily pop them in a changing bag for trips out.

What to spend

A highchair toy will typically cost between £10 and £20, with the majority ringing in at around £15.

What to look for

A toy that’s small enough to fit easily on the tray or table, but with enough features to keep little ones entertained. A suction pad or similar is pretty essential so you can be sure that the toy will stay put on the highchair tray!

Lamaze - Freddie the firefly table top toy 250Freddie the Firefly Table Top Toy, £15, Lamaze

Suitable for babies from six months old, this toy has a suction cup for security and a flexible, bendy stem around which lots of exciting, brightly coloured activities are attached. These include a spinning ball and chunky beads with textured surfaces, plus a pair of crinkly, fabric wings. 

Mams and Papas Universal Highchair Activity Tray 250Universal highchair activity tray, £19, Mamas & Papas

A clever activity centre that’s designed to fit on a highchair tray with six different activities to keep your little one busy, including a beaded loop, spinning flower, twisty bendy stalk, a teether and picture book with a baby safe mirror. The large suction pad keeps it stable and it can be easily wipe-cleaned.

ELC Little Senses Glowing Highchair Toy 250Glowing highchair toy, £14, Little Senses

This friendly-faced toy has a tummy that glows with a colour-changing light when you spin it, and arms that rattle as they’re rotated around. For younger babies there are ribbons for sensory explorations and to help develop early hand-eye coordination. It’s suitable from six months old and up.

Nuby Silly Spinwheel Highchair Toy, Multi-Colour 250Silly Spinwheel, £9.99, Nuby

This highchair toy has a suction base that can attached firmly to a tray, but can also be completely removed so it transforms into a carry-along toy. Designed with a mixture of bold colours and black and white stripes it has a spinning centre with a rattle, teddy and bumblebee, and has lots of textures to feel and explore.

Wooden bead puzzle Jojo Maman Bebe 250Wooden bead puzzle, £13.99, Jojo Maman Bebe

For older toddlers from 18 months old, this gorgeous nature-themed wooden puzzle has lots to keep little ones occupied. It has two separate lanes to push the beads across, with attractive animal illustrations on the beads and on the puzzle’s base. It’s ideal for stimulating fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

The best toys for highchairs