High Chair Construction
High chairs are generally made out of wood, metal or plastic. The seats are often molded plastic or wood, with a cushion.
||Points to Consider
||Classic look and styling that can match your table and chairs. Wood is easy to wipe down.
||A wooden tray won't be dishwasher safe (though some have a plastic insert to make cleanup easier).
||Easy to clean; can come in different styles and colors.
||Can be less sturdy than the wooden models.
||Sturdy, with a sleek, contemporary look. Usually accompanied by a molded plastic seat.
||Commonly found on the more basic models.
Life Span of a High Chair
Consider how long you'd like to use the high chair. A simple high chair is generally only used for about a year or so before a child graduates to a booster, but an adjustable seat that can be pulled up to the table without the tray may be used for a few more years.
Some chairs convert even further, to stepstools, or even a child table and chair. Consider how you might use the high chair in the future.
Safety and sturdiness are important in high chairs. Here are some things that you should consider:
- Five-point harness.
- A five point harness keeps your child from slipping out the bottom of the seat, or climbing out of the harness.
- Wide base.
- A wide base and a bottom-heavy design can help keep the seat from toppling when your baby's seated.
- Foldable Safety.
- The seat should lock securely when set up, to prevent an accidental folding while your child is seated. Make sure that the seat won't pinch your child's fingers (or yours) when you're folding it.
- Locking wheels.
- The wheels should lock when you're feeding your child.
- Crotch post.
- A permanent, solid crotch post will help ensure your child won't slip out the bottom, and is more secure than a fabric strap.
- A secure tray.
- The tray should snap in securely, so your child can't slip it off, but should be easy for you to remove when feeding's done.