Once your child is able to sit up on its own and is starting to eat baby food you can begin sitting them in a high chair at feeding time. High chairs come in many different colors, styles and brands so you can often find one that can match your child's décor or even the décor of your own home. As your child gets bigger and older you can also use booster seats and hook-on seats which are great for taking to restaurants, grandparents and on trips.
Safety Tips for using high chairs, boosters and hook-on seats:
High Chairs and Booster Seats
- Never leave your baby unattended while they are in a high chair. Curious children will often try to stand up which can cause an unnecessary fall.
- Always make sure that the straps that hold your little one in the chair are properly secured and fastened.
- Keep all eating trays clean and sterilized.
- Always make sure that slide off trays are snapped into their proper position. If they are not the baby could climb or lean forward and fall out. Also, make sure their fingers are out of the way when you attach the trays so you do not smash their little fingers.
- Make sure that the chair is not near anything that your child could use as leverage to push off from and tip the high chair backwards. Also make sure it is not near anything that a child could grab or touch that could hurt them like a light switch, receptacle or cooking utensil.
- When you use a hook-on seat make sure to hook it to a wooden or metal table and make sure it is very secure. Never attach it to a glass table.
- If you use place mats on tables make sure that they do not interfere with the grips that hold the chair to the table securely.
Popular high chair brands for kids are Chicco, Cosco, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo Fisher-Price, Graco, Peg Perego, and Stokke.