At first glance, we wondered if the seemingly small and overly simple Baby Bjorn high chair could indeed handle the full range of occupants it claims, from baby all the way to toddlers pushing the upper age limit of three years old. We quickly realized that not only did our older baby fit in this chair just as well as our favorite (and much larger) Peg Perego Siesta, but they did so with ease. The smaller space just meant that there was no extra space to collect food, or worse, squirm free. The stylish design uses the tray for a dual purpose, integrating it as part of the baby's restraint system, which is vital since this only has a 3-point harness and there are no shoulder straps like on many other high chairs. The chair, made from durable, chemical-free plastic, is effortless to wipe clean and has no crevices allowing food to hide. Best of all, it folds nice and flat for storage and can be used for travel in a pinch. Read on to discover more about why we gave this little powerhouse an Editor's Choice Award.
Pros: Easy to clean, folds flat for storage, promotes great posture
Cons: Buckles do not remove, doesn't maneuver on floors well, small size
Our Analysis and Test Results
The sleek and stylish Baby Bjorn high chair is one that will quickly become a favorite in your collection of baby equipment. With its simple black-and-white design, it is bound to blend seamlessly with most kitchen and dining room decor without looking flashy or childish. Although if it ever seems like it's getting in the way, or you need to bring it with you for a long weekend, no problem. It folds to an astonishing 10" deep, and you can easily store it in the pantry, closet, or trunk of a car. Our baby tester was always fully supported by the 3-point pelvic belt and tray, and we found that we didn't miss the shoulder straps found on a 5-point harness. Keep this chair clean by just wiping it down, and snapping off the snack tray for a quick wash in the sink. Then all you have to do is sit back, relax (ha, ha!!), and wait for the next feeding!
About the Company
Baby Bjorn was created in 1961 by a man named Bjorn Jakobson and remains a family-run business to this day. Bjorn and his wife, Lillemor, still play an active role as CEO and head designer of the company. They uphold their committed to providing long-lasting products that will stay in excellent condition, as they believe that having children shouldn't require you to buy a lot of "stuff". They stand behind their core principles of safety, quality, and style for every product they manufacture, starting back with their first baby carrier in 1973.
The Bjorn is a perfect compact addition to your baby gear needs, beating out much of its competition.
Ease of Use
Truly, the Bjorn performed well all around in this category. The tray has a large knob underneath that you squeeze and then turn to release down, and then squeeze and turn again to lock it back in the upright position. This aspect of the chair is very intuitive, and we quickly figured it out. The straps come together to form a straightforward 3-point pelvic belt that is easy to buckle and adjust.
Ease of Cleaning
When it comes to ease of cleaning, this chair blows away the competition. It has absolutely no crevices for food to get caught in, no big base for food to land on, no cushions to stain, and no inserts to lift up or remove and machine wash. Just wipe down this chair when your baby is finished eating, and you're good to go until the next meal. It's tray depth adjustments even allow you to put the tray nice and snug against baby's belly to prevent extra crumbs from finding their way down to baby's legs, keeping baby cleaner as well. The snack tray easily snaps off with two hands if you'd like to remove it for a wash before taking baby out. There is no need to lower the main tray to remove the snack tray.
Not surprisingly, this chair also delivered regarding quality. It features just exactly the right amount of chair while still maintaining the smallest footprint and most lightweight material possible. All this while keeping baby safe and secure. Don't let the small size of this chair be mistakenly interpreted as less stability, as it was certainly sturdy enough to handle our squirmy toddler. Our little one was always properly supported and restrained by the 3-point harness, and the seat depth and curved back seemed almost custom-fit to our toddler tester. Lastly, the tray and crotch post, a feature unique to this chair, stayed attached to the chair as part of the restraint system itself. Since the chair does not have a recline feature, and your baby sits upright in an ergonomically correct position, there is still no danger of baby slipping once you release the tray down.
Ease of Set Up
The Bjorn was a breeze to set up. Just snap in the four leg posts, and it's time to eat! The instructions provided by the company were relatively simple to understand, and our total setup time for this chair was a whopping 2 minutes 39 seconds. Not too shabby. In fact, it probably took us longer to figure out how to tip the tray up for folding than it did to assemble the entire piece.
Footprint and Portability
Keekaroo Height Right, earned themselves a couple of extra points for the ability to slide across the floor, even without wheels. However, this is not the case with the Bjorn. The actual feet are quite small, and we could not slide it around our tile kitchen without those tiny feet getting stuck in the grout lines. But weighing in at only 10.6 lbs, it is easy to pick up the chair entirely to move it from place to place. However, you should do this before you secure your baby in the chair, as trying to slide it around afterward can create a tipping hazard. And of course, always follow the safety guidelines in the owner's manual provided by the company.
Regarding overall portability, you won't find a full-size high chair more portable than the Bjorn. If you are still unsatisfied, you are probably actually looking for a travel booster seat (in which case, you should check out our review on The Best Portable High Chair).
This chair is best suited for someone who is looking for a quality, reliable seat that has a minimalistic design while still getting the job done. Some users were put off by the small size of this chair, so consider this your "warning": This chair is small. But do remember the adage: Good things come in small packages, and in the case of the Baby Bjorn high chair, this remains true.
With a $300 list price, this is one of the most expensive chairs we tested, but its simplicity, performance, style, and quality made the price worth it, in our opinion.
Other Versions and Accessories
At this time, Baby Bjorn offers only one high chair in two color options: light green and white. There is a BabyBjorn Booster Seat for when baby outgrows the high chair and is ready to sit at the table with the grown-ups.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Lindsay Selig