Conventional thinking says when your baby is able to sit up and eat solid food, it’s time for a high chair. And that’s good thinking, considering that teaching your baby not only to eat but to eat a variety of good food can be a very messy endeavor. But given the features of high chairs today, you might consider one earlier than that. Some models have a reclining seat that enables you to feed your baby a bottle or even let them hold their own bottle when able. The right high chair can make feeding a hungry baby more enjoyable for both you and your baby.
There are so many high chairs available in today’s market, it can be a little overwhelming to understand all the choices. So let’s try to narrow those choices a little. It’s likely that the single most recognizable high chair is the multi-purpose one called a convertible. It looks like a traditional high chair with a seat and tray elevated on legs; however, there is a major difference. It has a modular design that allows the tray to be removed from the seat, and the seat to be removed from the legs. This modular design enables the convertible high chair to not only be used as a traditional high chair, but also as a legless seat with tray that can sit on the floor or be secured in a dining chair, as well as a trayless booster seat for an older child. The convertible high chair grows with your baby.
Here’s a smart checklist when shopping for your baby’s high chair:
- Safety first. Be sure the high chair is stable. Look for a wider base to ensure it sits solidly and won’t easily tip over, a crotch post that keeps your baby from sliding down in the seat, and a three or five point harness to secure your baby in the seat.
- Comfort. An uncomfortable high chair can cause an unhappy baby. Look for padded seats or covers and even a foot rest.
- Usability. The high chair should be easy for you to use. Wheels help when you want it to move, wheel locks for when you don’t. A removable seat cover and tray aid in easy clean up.
- Certifications. While certifications aren’t a safety guarantee, they do provide some level of assurance that the high chair has been tested to recognized standards.
Read more on our High Chair Guide page. You’ll find more details on the checklist, certifications, and safety tips from a renowned authority.
Shop and compare on our High Chair Comparison page. You’ll find more details and hands-on consumer reviews. Learn, compare, and decide. Order the perfect one for your baby and have it delivered to your door!
Be safe! Be happy! Be healthy!