Let’s talk high chairs. Actually, high chair safety to be more specific. From the time your baby begins eating solid foods to the time you choose to transition to a booster seat for your toddler or young preschooler he will most likely use their high chair at least 2-3 times per day- if not more. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission an estimated 11,500 emergency department-treated injuries were attributed to high chairs in 2010. Investing in a safe high chair and following good safety practices can help keep your little one safe and happy, and keep you from unnecessary trips to the emergency room.
Shopping or registering for a high chair is sometimes a bit of an afterthought. Your baby won’t need one for the first 5-6 months so it’s easy to put off buying one or to not think about safety and register for one based on your style preferences alone. A good-looking high chair is a lovely thing, but the looks of a high chair should be secondary to safety and usability. When shopping or registering for a high chair Consumer Reports suggests “you should look for high-chair safety features that include a crotch post; a safety-restraint system with a five-point harness; wheels that lock in place (or no wheels); and, when folding, chairs that won’t scissor, shear, or pinch you or your little one’s fingers.” Check that the chair is very stable and sturdy before you use it. You can also look into JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) and ASTM International certifications as a means to get mor information.