High Chair Buying Guide
your baby is eating solid food, you will want to consider purchasing a
high chair. They’re better than booster style seats where your child
sits at the table because they can be used for smaller children of a
younger age and usually help to confine messes to a smaller area. Some
models are adjustable to a near horizontal feeding position allowing you
to begin using them even while baby is still bottle feeding. Then you
can adjust them to a more upright sitting position as baby grows. Some
features to consider in any high chair include:
- Safety restraints, either harness or safety bar type that limit
baby’s movement and prevent standing up or slipping out beneath
the tray. Adjustable footrests also help keep your baby securely in
- An adjustable, easy to clean tray. As a rule, plastic trays are
easier to clean and more durable than wood. Removable trays must
lock into position when in use.
- Comfortable, easy to clean padding. Remember that feeding can
be messy so you’ll want padding and covers that are removable and
either wipe clean or are machine washable.
- A wide base is desirable to prevent tipping. If you select a
high chair with wheels or casters, be sure they have brakes to hold
the chair securely in place when in use.
- Overall size. If space is a concern, many combination plastic
and aluminum models fold flat for storage. These should always have
a locking mechanism to prevent collapse while your baby is in the
chair. Generally, wooden high chairs are not collapsible but may
offer a wider base and more stability than folding models. They are
usually of more solid construction with fewer moving parts than
plastic and metal designs.
- Some high chairs are ready to use out of the box while others
require assembly. It might be worth paying a little extra for a
pre-assembled model if you’re not mechanically inclined.
As with all
baby products, make sure the high chair you buy conforms to all
current safety standards.
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