Babies spend a lot of time in their high chair
A high chair is a product that is going to be used a lot, so this is a big concern. If you are a new parent looking to buy a new chair, here are a few tips to help you.
You will notice that there are a lot of different choices of styles and brands. Plus there are different kinds of high chairs - metal, plastic, a combination of plastic and metal, as well as wooden ones. Which one you choose will depend on your own personal preference.
Wood chairs have a certain visual appeal, and can usually fit in with many of the various different kitchen decors. However, many do find these chairs can take a bit more cleaning than the other types of chairs, they seem to get dirtier more quickly, and don't have the same features that the new styles of chairs have.
The safety of their baby is a major concern for all parents and it is important that any chair you buy addresses this concern. Any chair you choose should have a number of these precautions in mind, but first and foremost is stability. The base of the chair should be wide, stable, and larger than the chair. It needs to have a safety restraint around the waist as well as between the legs. This stops your child from standing up in the chair, or slipping through the gap between the tray and the chair.
There should be no sharp edges anywhere that come in contact with your baby. Any wheels included to make moving the chair easier need to include a way to lock them in to place.
It also should be certified by JPMA (the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association). This association works closely with several child and consumer products safety associations to ensure that any product, especially those that are used by children, are safe.
Once you make sure the safety features are covered, there are other features that can be considered. The chair's tray should be adjustable and have a recess to contain any spilled liquid or food and stop it ending up on the floor, and also be straightforward to remove and clean up. It is going to be more hygienic the easier it is to clean. This is the same with the rest of the high chair. If you want one with cushions, for more comfort for your child, make sure they are also easy to remove and clean.
The chair and seat ought to be adjustable so it is able to accommodate your growing child. As your baby grows, the tray needs to be able to slide forward, the seat should be able to be adjusted and you will want to be able to adjust the height of chair so you don't have to strain your back when feeding your child. Any other features are dependent on your own personal preferences.
Price, while a concern, shouldn't over power consideration for your child's safety.