What to look for when buying highchairs?

Type: This will vary depending on your taste and needs, but pay particular attention to size and your space constraints.

Tray: The most convenient option is one that detaches easily and fits in the sink or dishwasher for cleaning (some trays also have a dishwasher-safe cover). Chairs with detachable trays are more versatile as your child grows, since they can be pulled up to the table.

Ease of cleaning: Food will find its way into every crack and crevice. Check the seat, harness, tray, and frame for hard-to-wipe areas, and if you find too many, go for a different model. The seat and harness should be simple to wipe clean or remove and run through the washing machine.

Versatility: Some highchairs convert to a booster seat or kid-sized chair to use when your child is older.

Adjustability: Chair height adjustment is handy, as is an adjustable tray to make sure your child’s tummy isn’t squeezed as he grows. Each adjustment should lock securely into place.

Sturdiness: Chairs with wide bases are harder to tip over. Give the chair a couple of shakes to check for stability.

Comfort: Padded seats are easier on your baby’s bottom; a footrest is a nice feature for older babies. Make sure seams along the front of the seat have no sharp edges and won’t scratch the back of your child’s legs. Check the bottom of the tray for holes or sharp edges that could hurt your child’s fingers.

Safety harness: Your highchair should have a 5-point harness, or a 3-point harness and crotch post, to keep your child from standing up or slipping out. Check the buckle; one that’s too simple to operate can easily be undone, even by the pressure of your child’s tummy. Harness straps should adjust to accommodate your growing child.

Wheels: These make it easy to move a highchair, often from the kitchen to the dining room. Make sure the wheels lock to prevent accidental roll-aways.

Post time: Jun-24-2018
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