Choosing and Using a Baby High Chair

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.
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