Contrary to common misconception picking the right high-chair for your baby is not as simple as going online or a store and just picking up any one that appeals to you. The right high chair will make feeding time a fun and bonding experience. Here are 6 indispensable questions a parent must ask when looking for a great high chair for their little one:
At what age is my baby ready to start using a high chair?
As long as your baby is able to sit up independently and eat solid food which is usually between 4 to 6 months, they are ready for a high chair.
Is the high chair user friendly
A great high chair is supposed to make feeding your baby easier not more complicated, so go for a high chair that is easy to use. The most important concern is how easy it is to get the baby in and out of the chair. Before you even start shopping, ask friends you start whether they have a high chair they love using. When you are in the store, test the high chairs to ascertain the ease of use.
This is one shopping trip that you can take your little one along to use them as the ‘guinea pig’. Another important feature is the seat straps, they need to be simple to buckle and unbuckle. Although they should be easy to buckle and unbuckle, they must not be easily usable by the kid (keep in mind that as soon as your little explorer figures out how to hold the buckles, they might try to unbuckle it themselves).
Is the high chair JPMA certified?
Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to using a high chair. A manufacturer who has the confidence to have their product tested and then approved by JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) is sure that they have made a high quality product that can keep your baby safe. A JPMA seal is an indication that the high chair is safe and certified.
How comfortable is the high-chair?
You want your baby to be comfortable and safe while they are seated in the high chair. Comfort is a huge consideration when it comes to feeding your baby because you want them to associate mealtimes with fun.
Is the high chair easy to clean?
Babies are notoriously messy eaters so it is best to choose a high chair that is easy to clean. This is important because the last thing you need is bacteria-build up that can risk your baby’s health. Easy-to-clean chairs come with vinyl seat that you can simply wipe to remove dirt or bacteria build up. Also observe how the frame and cushion fit together then imagine a scenario that involves crumbs and applesauce, how easy will it be to clean?
Does the tray have all the features you want and need?
If you are intending to push the chair around then maybe the best option is look for a model that has wheels. Research exhaustively and ascertain all the features you want and need even before you look at different models. Knowing what you want ahead of time makes it easy to choose what is best for your baby and convenient for you.