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{high chair up! review & baby pancakes}


Ella is right at 10 months old and has been sitting at the dining table with us for a few months already. Up until now, she had to make do with a wooden high chair (that we found on the street and prettied up with some paint) from a well-known Swedish furniture company.
Even though we were happy about the find and the overall looks of the chair, something was always missing. What we missed most about the high chair was an adjustable foot rest. The one on the chair is fixed and Ella is unfortunately not big enough to reach it yet. So her feet were always dangling in the air. For a good balance of a baby’s trunk and fine motor skills of tiny hands however, it’s extremely important that the feet are well supported.
Have you ever sat on a tall bar stool without a foot rest for a longer period of time? Uncomfortable and wobbly, right?


What we also missed was a table for the chair. Even though Ella sat with us right at the table, it was never really that comfortable for her. The dining table is a bit too high and too far away from her, so she always had to lean over.


When we were presented with the opportunity to review the High Chair Up!* from the Dutch company Kidsmill*, we didn’t hesitate.

The high chair was securely packaged and delivered disassembled. Putting the chair together is fairly easy and quick though.


Ella tried out her new high chair right away and savoured some delicious vegan baby pancakes.
Test result: ★★★★★! (For the high chair and the pancakes. ;) )
You’ll find the recipe at the bottom of the post.

The seat cushions make the high chair even more comfortable and secure. You can also purchase a safety belt, for the climbers under the babies, and a tray top that makes cleaning after a messy meal even easier.

collage_up2© Kidsmill

The high chair is suitable for babies 6 months & up and is fully adjustable to adapt for your growing child.

If you’d like to use the high chair from birth on, Kidsmill got you covered. The newborn seat hooks right onto the chair and also doubles as a bouncer when used with the bouncing frame. I was almost a little sad that Ella is already too big to sit in the newborn seat. ;)


The feet can sit securely on the foot rest and give the needed stability while eating.

© Kidsmill

The high chair comes in 6 different colors. Black, solid grey, greywash, white, natural or mint? There’s a color for every interior!


The bottom line: A Really stylish and sturdy high chair, that will stay with us for a long time!

You can find out more about Kidsmill here:
{website} | {facebook} | {pinterest}

*Disclaimer: I received the high chair from Kidsmill free of charge.
All collaboration partners are hand picked and I am only showing products that I’ve found to be good, recommendable or inspiring. All opinions are 100% my own.

Vegan Baby Pancakes

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30


  • 1 cup spelt flour (or any other type of flour)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other type of milk)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • some cinnamon



Sift together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.


Blend the banana and milk in a blender.


Mix the dry and wet ingredients until smooth.


Cook about 1 tbl. of batter in some rapeseed oil until tops are covered with bubbles and turn to cook until golden brown.

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  • Reply
    Amy Birgit Kausch
    Thursday October 6th, 2016 at 08:21 PM

    von mir gibt es auch ***** für die pancakes und die zauberhafte kleine ella :-)
    der hochstuhl ist suuuuuuper!
    innigste grüße & wünsche

  • Reply
    Sunday October 9th, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Liebe Vanessa,
    bin gerade bei deiner Mama auf dich aufmerksam gemacht worden.
    Du hast einen sehr schönen Blog.
    Werde gleich noch ein wenig bei dir stöbern :-)
    Du hast auch eine Ella ;-)
    Meine Töchter heißen Ella und Elisa.
    Meine Ella ist aber schon 8 Jahre alt und braucht keinen Hochstuhl mehr.
    Wir haben damals aber den TripTrap geschenkt bekommen,
    auf dem sie auch heute noch sitzt. Beide Mädels haben diesen Hochstuhl.
    Wir sind sehr zufrieden. Ich wünsche euch, dass ihr auch so viel Freude
    an eurem Hochstuhl, aber vor allem auch an eurer Süßen habt.
    Ganz liebe Grüße

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday October 9th, 2016 at 03:11 PM

      Liebe Melanie,
      wie schön, dass Du hierher gefunden hast und vielen Dank für Deinen lieben Kommentar! :)
      Und wie toll, dass Deine Tochter auch Ella heißt. Ist ja einfach auch ein zuckersüßer Name, oder?
      Vielen Dank auch für die Wünsche zum (mitwachsenden) Hochstuhl und natürlich zu unserer Kleinen. Ich glaube ein bisschen mehr Freude wird uns Ella machen, aber über den Hochstuhl freuen wir uns auch jeden Tag. Hehe
      Ganz liebe Grüße„

  • Reply
    Sunday October 9th, 2016 at 01:19 PM

    Liebe Vanessa,
    ich komme gerade über deine Mama hierher.…..
    Deine Pancakes hören sich super lecker an.…
    Die werde ich mir gleich für meine Mädels merken.….
    Liebe Grüße auch aus dem Norden

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday October 9th, 2016 at 03:14 PM

      Hallo liebe Jen,
      ich freue mich, dass Du über meine Mama hierher und gleich ein Rezept zum Ausprobieren gefunden hast! :)
      Die Pancakes sind wirklich lecker und nicht nur für kleine Babyhände ein Hit.
      Wo im Norden bist Du denn?
      Liebe Grüße,

  • Reply
    Sunday October 9th, 2016 at 01:42 PM

    Vanessa thanks for this post! It reminds me of the time my daughter was so small and we could not find a highchair that could be close to the dining table. She always felt that she was not part of it and therefore we used to hold her in our arms :) The pancakes must be delicious!!!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday October 10th, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      Hi again, Demi! :)
      I just wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!
      It’s really not easy to find the perfect high chair and of course it’s most comfortable on mama’s arms. Hehe
      The pancakes really are delicious — not just for babies!
      XO’s and a wonderful week!

  • Reply
    Thursday December 15th, 2016 at 08:52 PM

    Hi Vanessa,

    Such a lovely blog!!! And I like very much the colours of your dining room :)

    I am in a search of a highchair for my 8 month baby boy and one of my choices is Kidsmill up. It was nice to read that you had a good experience with it. My other choice is Tripp Trapp. However, what I like about Kidsmill is that the tray can be put at the back of the chair. Is that handy in the reality?
    Is the chair stable? I mean if my baby boy pushes away himself from the table with his feet, is there a big chance the he chair will flip backwards?

    Thank you in advance for your reply! :)

    P.S I will definitely try the pancakes :) Only I hope that I can substitute the almond milk with coconut milk.


    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday December 15th, 2016 at 10:54 PM

      Hi Mariana,

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! :)

      I’m so happy to hear you’re thinking about buying the Kidsmill Up. It really is a great chair!
      Being able to flip the tray to the back of the chair does come in handy. It takes up much less room when just sitting empty by the table and also allows for our daughter to eat right at the table with us at times.
      I don’t think you’ll have to worry about the chair flipping backwards. It’s really sturdy and the little plastic sliders keep it from tipping over. When Ella pushes herself from the table, the chair just slides back a little.
      I hope this will help you make a decision. I would love to hear what you’ll decide on and how you like the chair, if you get it. :)

      Oh, and please let me know if you try the pancakes. You can definitely substitute with coconut milk! Mmhh.. and readying about that makes me want to give it a try also. That sounds like a good combo! Hehe

      Greetings from Germany!!

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