When your baby can already eat solid food and sit up on his own—usually by the time he is 5 to 6 months old—it's time to use a high chair. But how do you choose the right model? Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Look for safety features.
The best baby high chairs have passed stringent standards, earning safety certifications from the European Nation EN 14988. Choose a baby high chair with an anti-slip,non-slippery design so that it is always stable. There should be no sharp angles and edges to prevent your little one from getting scratched or injured. Finally, there should be a 5-point safety harness to keep your child secure at all times.
- Check if it’s easy to clean.
Toddlers are notoriously messy eaters. It’s important to consider how easy it will be to clean the baby's high chair after a meal. Choose one with a seat that can be wiped clean. The fewer crevices, the easier it will be to rid it of crumbs. You will also find baby high chairs with removable trays that you can wash in the sink.
- Go for the convertible.
You will get much better value for your money with a convertible high chair that ‘grows with your baby.’ Choose something that can be used as a regular high chair for feeding time, and then converted into a children’s chair or table later on. As your child grows, he can use the baby chair to sit on and play with his toys on the baby chair table.
- Check if it’s comfortable.
The best high chairs are designed to keep your baby happy when sitting for long periods. Look for chairs with optimal backrest posture angles. If you have a baby who is bigger than average, check of the seat is roomy enough.