How to Pick a High Chair

Before you had your baby you probably spent a lot of time figuring out the best cribs, changing stations, car seats and other important baby gear. As your baby approaches the middle of her first year, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some serious research on high chairs. Today we’re sharing tips on how to pick a high chair.

Before you put your baby in a high chair for her first meal, make sure she’s ready for her new thrown. In order to sit in a high chair your baby should be able to sit upright with support (that means no flopping to one side or falling forward). Also, pediatricians recommend starting solids between four and six months of age. But don’t worry mamas, breastfeeding can continue for as long as you and your baby desire.

High chairs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, functionalities and price ranges. You’ll want to select one that works best for your needs including the space where your family eats. Keep these tips in mind for how to pick a high chair:

How to Pick a High ChairSafety Rating – First and foremost make sure your high chair has a good safety rating. Much like cribs and car seats, high chairs must meet safety requirements.

Easy to Clean – Your baby’s high chair is going to get messy. Very very messy!  The easier it is to clean, the better. High chairs with easy-to-wipe fabric seats or seat covers that are washable are ideal. Also, nooks and crannies are excellent places for food crumbs and germs to hide so the less of those the better.

Straps – Straps are essential for your baby’s safety. Test the difficulty of straps on the high chairs you are considering. Secure is good but Fort Knox may be unrealistic for daily use.

Tray – Many modern high chairs have removable trays that help you seat your baby and allow for simple washing. Some trays are even dishwasher safe. Others offer several layers so you can feed your baby a few meals without needing to clean trays.

Wheels – Being able to move your high chair around the kitchen can be helpful if you plan to multi-task during your baby’s meal times. Wheels help you cart your baby around without having to lift the chair.

Adjustability – If you plan to move your high chair to different areas of your home, adjustability may be an important feature. This allows you to lift or lower your baby to different heights. Some seats also slightly recline for babies who like to lounge.

Collapsible – Folding up your high chair when it is not in use might be a huge plus for you. High chairs can take up a lot of space so being able to tuck it away can declutter your kitchen. Also, this is a great feature if you plan to store your high chair for a few years between children.

Convertible High Chairs – Several models of high chairs convert from traditional baby high chairs to toddler booster seats. Although it may be initially more expensive, it could save you money in the long run.

Sources: Parents and BabyCenter