High Chair Buying Guide
How to Choose the Right High Chair For You and Your Baby
Ask yourself these questions to ensure that you choose the best high chair for your needs.
Safety: High chairs are not required to pass any specific safety guidelines. Those that have passed voluntary safety regulations however will display the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) logo. These regulations include having a passive restraint (crotch post), a locking device to prevent accidental folding, secure caps and plugs, no small parts, sturdy trays that cannot be kicked off by the child, stable legs to prevent tipping, and no springs or scissoring actions of the mechanisms.
Age Range: How old is your child? If you're looking for a high chair for an infant, does it recline enough until your baby can sit up on his/her own? Are you looking for a high chair that grows with your child? Is your child ready for a booster seat?
Size: Look at how big the high chair is. Do you plan on storing away the high chair when not in use? If it folds closed, how compact is it? In the case of hook-on chairs and boosters, are they easy to transport to Grandma's or to a restaurant?
Adjustability: How comfortable does this high chair seem for your child? Can you adjust its height? If the tray comes off the high chair completely, it's nice to be able to adjust the chair to the height of your table so it can be used in place of a booster seat later on. Does the tray adjust to the size of your child's waist?
Cleaning: How easily can the high chair be cleaned? Although cloth-covered high chairs may be more aesthetically pleasing, vinyl seat covers can be easily wiped clean for daily clean-ups or even thrown in the washing machine for periodic thorough cleanings. Consider a high chair with a dishwasher-safe tray cover.
Features: Look for other features such as a one-handed tray release. Are there toys incorporated in the tray? Although these toys may keep Junior occupied during longer meals, they may also prove too distracting to keep him interested in eating. Make sure all toys are removable and washable! You may also want to consider a high chair with wheels. Wheels make moving the high chair from the kitchen to the dining room - or even to the other side of the table - easier. Be sure all wheels lock as a safety precaution.