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.

High chair safety tips every parent should know

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.

We use two seats for our daughter. Our Nuna Zaaz (you can see my review here) is our primary day-to-day high chair, and a Fisher Price Healthy Care seat is our go to seat for travel.

high chair safety tips

Now that you know a few things to make a priority when shopping for a safe high chair for your baby we can talk a little bit about using a high chair safely. First of all it is important to only start using a high chair when your baby is ready. Babies are ready when they can hold up their head and sit on their own. If your baby does not yet hold up their head steadily on their own then they could easily choke on food. The straps are there for a reason and you should use them. Straps keep your active baby or toddler from climbing out of their seat and potentially falling as well as help hold then in so they are less likely to slip under the tray and fall to the floor. Make sure to keep your high chair a safe distance from tables or cabinets so your baby cannot push-off with their feet and push themselves-and their chair over backwards. And last but certainly not least, never leave your child alone or unattended in their high chair.
Have you bought or registered for a high chair? What high chair safety features are most important to you?

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