Please note: In this AptParenting excerpt, for the sake of consistency, we have applied the female gender to the baby.
A high chair is necessary for your baby once she is ready for solid food. The best thing about a high chair is that you can easily strap your baby in it and feed her properly. These chairs are helpful not only while feeding, but also if you are planning to start teaching your baby to identify shapes and textures.
Your baby will be spending a lot of time in this chair. So, choosing the right high chair is of utmost importance. AptParenting understands every mother’s concern towards the safety and comfort of her baby, and therefore, has compiled all the useful tips on how to choose the best high chair for your little bundle of joy.
◆ Look out for blunt edges, points, and projections so that your baby does not sustain any injury, while in the chair.
◆ Opt for a chair with a sturdy construction and good stable balance so that your baby does not tip over or fall.
◆ The legs of the baby chair should spread wider than all the other parts of the chair.
◆ There should be no gaps, traps, or crevices, where your baby’s fingers and food might get stuck.
◆ The chair should not have small parts that can be a choking hazard for your baby.
◆ A secure locking mechanism should be present to keep the baby in place, the chair from collapsing, and operable only for parents.
◆ Wheels with a ‘lock and hold’ feature are the best.
◆ Go in for an adjustable 5-point harness that goes over the baby’s shoulders, between the legs, and around the waist to prevent her from slipping out or standing up, while in the chair.
◆ Choosing a chair with a crotch restraint is also very important.
◆ The back and side of the chair should not have very large gaps.
◆ The high chair should be devoid of pinch points to avoid your baby’s limbs from getting injured. This point also directly benefits parents, as even they might get their fingers pinched while adjusting or folding the chair.
◆ The chairs should be made of non-toxic material. Even the paints and glue used in the chair should be made from the same.