We know, choosing a highchair is not easy at all. There are so many options, so many different features that it’s normal not to know where to start. This is exactly why we wrote this article.
We have listed them item by item on what you should pay attention to and what you should keep in mind when choosing a high chair. You just have to read it well and shorten the long list of highchairs in front of you and finally make your choice!
In which month is the high chair used?
You’ll need a highchair when your baby is 6 months old, when it’s time to start solid foods. Therefore, you should buy a high chair with legs that you can use continuously at home. If you need to go out with your baby a lot, we recommend that you also get a portable highchair if your baby is eating outside, with friends or with your mother.
When choosing your free standing highchair options, you should ask the following 12 questions:
1. Is the seat belt fastened easily?
Most highchairs use a 5-point seat belt, and some use a 3-point seat belt. The buckles of these seat belts can sometimes cause problems. Be you, prefer that you can wear it easily. Although it may seem like a small detail, we think it is so important that we put it at the top of our list.
2. Is there a height adjustment?
The height of the highchair can be adjusted, it can be very useful. You can bring it to the same level with the family table when necessary, adjust it to the chair opposite when necessary, keep it at a comfortable height when you stand and play games with it, or lower it to the lowest level for safety when it comes time to get off the chair yourself.
3. Is it easy to clean?
The highchair cushion should be easily removable, wipeable or washable. You guessed it, a tiny individual just learning to eat on their own won’t be able to keep things very clean. If this issue still worries you, we have good news for you. Many companies now produce highchair covers. If you wish, you can also buy a cover and provide a second protection.
4. Does it take up too much space?
If you have a big kitchen and you don’t care about the size of the highchair, you’re lucky! But unfortunately, most mothers are not happy to have highchairs in their kitchens that take up a lot of space. So you still consider the size of your kitchen and think about what its dimensions should be more or less.
5. Can it be folded?
Although it is not a realistic approach to fold the baby high chair after each use and put it aside, there may be situations where you want it to get out of your sight, even for a short time. Whether guests will come, cleaning, if you have a foldable highchair, these will not be a problem.
6. Is it portable?
The fact that the highchair is portable is also related to whether it is wheeled or not; because it is not possible for you to carry most of the footed highchairs, except for the very light ones. If you are going to use the highchair not only in the kitchen, but also in the living room, for example, you should be able to move it easily. For this, it must have quality wheels. Because there are such wheelchairs that they are more difficult to transport than those without wheels. By the way, if you are going to prefer a wheelchair, make sure you have a brake system.
7. Is there a back support and foot support adjustment?
For your baby’s comfort, we recommend that you choose those whose back and feet can be adjusted to different positions. In this way, you create a resting and even a nap area for your baby.
8. Can the food tray be removed? Can it be folded? Is it adjustable?
- A removable feeding tray ensures that your baby can easily sit in or out of the highchair. It allows you to bring it closer to your family table and join your family table.
- A collapsible food tray; It reduces the space occupied by the highchair when not in use.
- An adjustable highchair will make your baby more comfortable while eating.
In addition, some highchairs have a double tray feeding tray feature. This means: There are two food trays on top of each other. It can be detached from the upper tray and can be washed in the dishwasher. The bottom can be deleted. You can use both or just the one below, depending on your needs.
9. Does the highchair have other uses?
The highchair is a very important item on the baby shopping list. Both the usage time is quite long compared to many baby equipment and the budget allocated by the families is quite high. As such, companies add some features to their highchairs so that families can benefit from purchasing more than one product with their budget. That’s why you can find highchairs with a swing highchair or highchairs that have the functions of a home-style cradle, cradle, game table. You can also pay attention to these features in your purchasing decision.
10. How long can it be used?
Most highchairs can be used from 6 months and until the baby reaches 15-20 kg. This is actually enough time. In any case, before the baby reaches these weights, he will switch to his own chair or an adult chair with a booster instead of a high chair.
Some highchairs, which can also be used as home-style baby carriers or cradles, can be used from birth. Some highchairs are almost life-long. It grows with your baby and can even be used as a child chair and adult type chair.