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Sturdy and wooden, the Tippitoes Aristo is a highchair that will last, but it’s heavy and won’t fold away out of sight.
For many parents, wooden furniture is a staple for a child’s nursery, but somewhere between the bedroom door and the kitchen, the need to make everything easy to clean or compact takes over and invariably wipe-clean plastic designs become dominant. If you’re not keen on plastic, the Aristo beechwood highchair by Tippitoes gives you both style and some convenience in what I think is a very elegant and grown-up wooden chair.
Known for its quality and value, this highchair is the latest in Tippitoes’ Aristo range, which includes the Littondale cot and cotbed. The smart, wooden design is made from solid beech and the on-trend ‘Z’ shape frame ensures that, although the highchair is bulky, it doesn’t take up any unnecessary space in your dining room. It doesn’t fold away, but it can be adjusted to fit different sized children.
What we love
Definitely the most durable highchair I’ve ever seen, the Tippitoes Aristo would last if you used it for two or three children, which in today’s throwaway lifestyle is a blessing. The beech is also easy to wipe clean, which was great as my 15-month-old Nathaniel somehow gets food everywhere.
I’ve always wanted a wooden highchair that harked back to days gone by, but affordability and a winning design hadn’t met when I was first looking to buy, before the Aristo was released. I like the Aristo’s classic proportions and feel the £89.99 price tag is justified for such a solid piece of furniture.
The Tippitoes Aristo highchair is perfect for a child until they’re able to sit on a normal chair because the wide seat and numerous positions that the seat, tray and footrest can slot into mean it can grow with your child. At the nearest tray position, Nathaniel could still use his pelican bib, which was great.
What to watch out for
The Tippitoes Aristo highchair does come flat-packed, and takes about 15 minutes to assemble all the different parts. I found it best to have Nathaniel on hand when I was putting it together, so I could position the seat, tray and footrest, without having to unscrew bits of wood and reorder them when he was hungry and next needed to use it.
I did like that the seat area was quite wide, as there’s a big difference in size between a 6-month-old baby and a toddler, and Nathaniel had plenty of room without sliding all over the place. However for this reason, I don’t think you could use the Aristo from the stated 6 months. Also, there isn’t any padding. As it can sometimes take ages in the first few months getting your baby to take anything from a spoon, let alone quickly, I wouldn’t have liked Nathaniel to sit in the Aristo and be uncomfortable.
While the rustic, wooden style is very trendy, this design doesn’t allow you to fold the highchair. I found this really annoying, as I don’t have a lot of space in the dining room and I was use to a highchair that folded down to a slim, narrow size and stacked against my wall. Having the highchiar out all the time meant I either had to leave the plastic floor mat out all the time or keep lifting the Aristo to reposition it underneath.
The Tippitoes Aristo highchair is quite heavy (11kg) and doesn’t really slide on tiles very easily, though on carpet it wasn’t a problem. If you want a lightweight model, the Aristo isn’t the one for you.
Unless you have highchair toys with a suction underneath to keep them on the tray, I found as the tray doesn’t have a lip around the edge, any toys I gave Nathaniel he would easily and quickly push off the side.
Who is the Tippitoes Aristo highchair best for?
Parents planning on having more than one child who want a sturdy highchair they can leave out all the time.
The Tippitoes Aristo is very well made and has longevity, but its inability to fold, lack of padding and large seat may dissuade first-time parents starting to wean.