Out of all the baby goods a baby feeding chair, or high chair, is the one that is going to get the biggest workout. Your child will be in it at least three times a day, and seeing as babies (unfortunately) weren’t born with impeccable table manners chances are it’ll need some TLC. So here’s a list of some features that make your high chair useable for more than two minutes.
1. Vinyl or plastic seats. Every baby feeding chair needs to be made of materials that are easy to clean and sterilise. Fabric based high chairs spell disaster in so many ways. Vinyl is great because the seats are able to be padded with the vinyl acting as a very strong protectant against mashed vegetables and baby vomit. The vinyl high chairs and not to different from baby mattresses in feel and durability. They are incredibly easy to clean and most mess comes away with spray and a cloth or bassinet sheets. Plastic is also easy to clean. It may not be quite as comfortable for your child, but it’s still far better than fabric based chairs.
2. Sturdy build. Your baby feeding chair needs to be sturdy enough to withstand any tantrums or thrashing about without toppling over. This is all about safety and smart design. You can get chairs with vinyl seats but aluminium legs with adds support and stability. Some newer models feature cylindrical bases with a gas lift feature and look very much like a bar stool. These are fairly study, but if you are going for this model, make sure the base is very heavy as this will anchor the chair to the ground, making sure it can’t tip over while the baby is in it.
3. Removable feeding trays. These are mainly for the parent’s convenience. Being able to remove the feeding trays that they are able to be properly cleaned much easier – some are even dishwasher safe. The removable trays also makes the chair a little more versatile, as well as making putting your child in the baby bedding sets much easier.
4. Adjustable height. This again, is all about versatility and convenience. Being able to raise the height of the chair means that you can keep the same baby feeding chair as the child grows. It also means that it can be raised to bench height or lowered to pull in at the dinner table.
5. Safety belts. The high chair should have ample safety clips (one for the crotch and belts across the waist at the very least). The safest straps are one that also go over the shoulder and clip at the front, much like a belt for a car seat. This type of strap keeps them secure in the baby feeding chair and means that they can’t wriggle out (even the best escape artist babies) or slip out.