Knowing when your baby is ready to use a high chair is really down to your own judgment. Ideally your child should be able to sit unsupported, this is generally around 6 months, but can be much later.
What to look for when choosing:
- Choose a highchair with a crotch strap, which fits between a child’s legs and prevents slipping.
- Consider a high chair that has a post between the child’s legs to prevent the child from slipping down and becoming trapped under the tray.
- Five point harnesses are always the safest option.
- A highchair with a wide base will be more stable.
Safety Tips when using a highchair:
- Be sure that the locking device on a folding high chair is locked each time you set up the chair.
- Keep any sharp objects away from nearby tables and worktops., which baby might be able to reach.
- Keep the high chair far enough away from a table, counter, wall, or other surface so that a child can’t use them to push off.
- Tablecloths and placemats can be hazardous allowing baby to drag a hot drink or food nearer to him while your back is turned.
- Never leave baby unattended.
- Don’t let children play around a high chair or climb into it unassisted.
- Take care when putting baby in the chair, making sure tiny fingers are kept away from the folding mechanism and folding tray (where applicable).
- If baby throws food on the floor, ensure it is cleaned before baby it put down.
- Make sure your high check is checked regularly for loose fitting etc.