As a mother of 2 and a childcare provider I’ve had a bit of experience using highchairs. Over the years I’ve learned what works best, at least for us. Here are some of the features that I recommend looking out for if you are in the market for a highchair
This is the one thing that I promised myself I would make sure that my last highchair had before we bought it. Removing a highchair cover and throw it in the washing machine is so much easier and cleaner than trying to scrub it down constantly. When the time came to actually buy a chair though, I went for the one without the removable cover to save a few bucks and I am regretting it. I have no idea what I was thinking. I like most everything else about this chair but I hate not being able to throw the cover in the washing machine and I feel like it’s never quite clean enough.
Wheels are not a super high priority but it is really nice having a high chair that can more easily be moved from one room to another. The highchair I’m using at the moment has wheels at the back but not the front, so it is easy to drag around by slightly lifting the front but the stationary front part of the chair serves as a “brake” to keep it from moving when you don’t want it to.
The highchair I have currently does not have a way to adjust the height. It hasn’t been a huge issue but my daughter is getting to the point where it would be nice to put the tray away occasionally and push her right up to the table with everyone else. It would save space and she wouldn’t be left out from the rest of us.
Folds For Storage
I’m big lately on doing what I can to save space. Babies take up A LOT of room and anything(highchairs or otherwise) that can be folded up and pushed to the side when not in use is helpful. And if you plan on having more children or grandchildren then you may want to be able to easily store it away until you need it again.
Having a highchair with a wide base is a bit safer because it is harder to be tipped over. Anyone who has been around a toddler knows how important this can be.
Highchair trays can be big and bulky, making them a pain to clean. Many high chairs come with removable tray covers that are smaller than the tray itself, making them easier to fit into the sink and clean. Many of them are small enough to fit into the dishwasher as well. If your highchair doesn’t come with a tray cover, there are covers and place-mats that you can buy and use with your chair
Look for one with Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) certification seal on the packaging. Also consider what kind of harness you would like to have. Some chairs have a 5-point harness which could be good if you have a “Climber” but you should at least look for a 3-point harness. Also make sure the buckle is easy enough for you to undo quickly enough in case of choking but not so easy that the baby can do it themselves. A crotch post is also important to keep your little one from sliding out through the bottom.
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