In a nutshell

A sturdy, attractive highchair which is great for older babies as they can eat with you at the table by putting the tray down

What we tested

  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Ease of cleaning
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Comfort
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.


  • It's a nice looking wooden highchair, with table or without as can be put behind, shoulders straps to keep younger babies upright, folds up well


  • It's quite heavy, and quite difficult to keep completely clean as the straps and buckles are not easy to remove. To remove straps to wash you need a screwdriver.

The Mothercare Valencia highchair is lovely looking, sturdy and easy to fold flat and store away. It is relatively cheap for a wooden highchair although its hard-to-clean straps let it down slightly.


On a day-to-day basis the Mothercare Valencia is a great highchair with a full safety harness, large wooden food tray and foot rest. When baby is around six months and starts using it he can tend to slump a bit as the seat area is quite wide, but the shoulder straps help with this problem. As the baby gets older it is useful to be able to ditch the shoulder straps and just use the waist straps which stop him falling through the bottom. Its ‘Antique Pine’ finish also means it will look relatively stylish in any modern kitchen.

What we love

The Valencia is sturdy, well-built and feels like very good value for money. The wooden food tray is a good size and gives little ones plenty of space to push food around. The tray can be used in front, or can be swung over the top to hang down the back when not needed, for example if you want to push the chair up against a table so baby can eat with adults. They are still safely in the chair as the straps keep them from slipping.

Unfortunately there is no height adjustment facility but for us this has not been a major problem as the tables we’ve used it against have luckily all been the same height. It doesn’t recline either, but again this has not been an issue as baby doesn’t need to recline when eating. Price wise, this compares well to other wooden highchairs, and is even cheaper than many plastic models. It is easy to fold flat and store away, although this does involve removing the padded insert every time which can get a little infuriating! The padded insert comes separately priced at £12.99 and there are a few different styles to choose from, including ‘Alphabet’. This padding makes the chair easier to wash as it’s wipe-clean, and also makes it much more comfy for baby.

What to watch out for

The straps, I found, are one of the major problems with this highchair. While most of the chair itself, being wood, is easy to clean, the straps are a real struggle and lots of old, thrown about food can easily get missed. The problem is that they’re made from a tightly woven fabric which makes it near impossible to clean them properly. If any food becomes ingrained, you really need to remove the straps and wash them separately - which you’d think would be relatively simple! In fact, to do this you need to unscrew them as there is no other way to detach them. This is probably to make sure they are secure, but a way to hook them on and off would make life much easier. One more thing about the straps – they are fairly complicated to use to start with, although once you get the hang of them, they’re fine.

You do need to purchase a padded insert for the highchair too, otherwise it’s very hard for baby to sit in, although once this is inserted you do have to be careful about bits of food slipping down and getting lodged between the insert and the wooden chair.

The fact that there is no height adjustment facility may also be a problem for families with different table heights. Oh, and one more thing, don’t attempt to move the tray once baby is already in the chair as it will hit them in the head!

Who is the Mothercare Valencia highchair best for?

Tidy mums who want a highchair they can easily fold away and aren’t bothered by scrubbing the straps


MadeForMums verdict

Price wise, this compares well to other wooden highchairs, and is even cheaper than many plastic models but cleaning the straps can be frustrating.

Product Specifications

Suitable for
Child age (approx)6 months to 3 years
Dimensions & Weight
DimensionsH:93cm W:50cm D:64cm
Dimensions (folded)H:105cm W:50cm D:20cm
Seat height positions1
Recline positions1
  • Large wooden food tay
  • Full safety harness
  • Footrest
  • Folds flat
Optional extraswipe-clean PVC insert in alphabet, (12.99), Fun at the zoo (14.99), Please look after me (16.99) and In the night garden (15.99)