Wooden high chairs have an antique, throwback look that parents love, but a lot of the most popular wooden high chairs of recent years have been discontinued. Some because of poor sales; they don't have the plethora of features of today's modern high chairs, and are not as comfortable for baby without additional cushions. Others have been recalled for safety issues, such as a lack of a center crotch post, which creates a hazard if the child slips between the seat and the tray.
One wooden high chair that is no throwback is the Stokke Tripp Trapp (Est. $250). It's one of the pricier high chairs out there, but It's intended to be a lifelong investment, as it's designed for use from 6 months to adulthood. The Swedish tradition is to bring babies to the table from the start, and the Tripp Trapp does that with a sleek, modern design that does not scream "baby furniture."
The basic Tripp Trapp chair comes with a removable five-point restraint system. Optional accessories make it a more traditional high chair-type seat with a Tray (Est. $50) or Table Top (Est. $90). Additional security is provided by the Baby Set (Est. $70), which includes a back support extension and a solid plastic yoke between the legs and across the midline, as well as extended gliders.
Parents say the Tripp Trapp, which is crafted from cultivated European beechwood, is very easy to clean and adjust, and it comes in eight colors. Unlike the trend in American baby furniture, the Stokke is intended to be used just for meals, not as a place for baby to hang out or nap, so it's suitable only for ages 6 months and up. It's not designed to roll around and does not recline.
Like the Tripp Trapp, the Svan Signet Complete (Est. $250) is another modern-looking wooden high chair that transforms from high chair to toddler seat to a full-size adult seat. It is meant just for feeding baby at the table, and is suitable from 6 months and up. The seat and footrest are both fully adjustable. Unlike the Tripp Trapp, it includes a tray. Parents love its stylish appearance, but some complain that it's hard to clean and the tray requires two hands to remove, which is no easy feat if you're holding a squirmy baby.
If the Tripp Trapp and the Svan Signet are out of your price range, or you just want a more traditional high chair yet like the look of wood, the Eddie Bauer Classic 3-in-1 Wood High Chair (Est. $140) gets good reviews from consumers. It's an attractive, traditional-looking chair that's suitable from birth to 50 pounds. It has three recline positions, and the tray has three different locking positions and includes a dishwasher-safe insert. It gets many compliments from parents due to its appearance, and they like the two included machine-washable seat pads. They also say it's easy to clean and the bar for hanging a bib or towel is handy. However, there are a few scattered complaints of defective parts that make assembly difficult.