Highchairs are a big purchase for parents. Depending on the type of highchair you select you will start to use it when your baby is approximately 4-6 months of age, which is typically when you start to feed them solid foods. Some highchairs do feature a reclining seat, which can be used during the newborn stage.
Types of Highchairs:
1. Standard: A standard highchair encompasses a wide array of functional and design optionsremovable tray, seat adjustment, washable fabric, etc. Some are designed without a tray with the intent of pulling it directly up to the table so your little one can join in on family meals. Many parents prefer the removable tray design. This option allows for your little one to be in a standard highchair setting where they can make their mess in a contained space, and later, when age-appropriate, you can remove the tray and let them join in on the family fun. Example: Svan Highchair, Bloom Fresco, Stokke Tripp Trapp
2. Portable Booster: A portable booster is a compact seat that secures directly onto a chair. Portable boosters are a great option for:
a. A trip to a friend or relatives house
b. Space limitations, or parents who dont want the bulk of a standard highchair
c. Restaurants (keep them in the back of your car)
Make sure to look for a booster that has a removable tray and a safety harness. Example: Healthy Care Booster Seat
Features to Consider:
1. Tray Option: Some highchairs are designed with no tray, which allows them to pull directly up to the table. Some offer removable trayssecured in place for the infant stage, and then removed when your child is able to safely (and neatly) join the table.
2. Harness: At minimum, a standard highchair should feature a waist strap and one that goes between the legs. Some highchairs offer a 5-point harness. Make sure that these harnesses are easy to use as you'll be buckling and unbuckling often.
3. Stability: Check to ensure the base of the highchair is wide enough so it wont easily tip.
4. Locking Device: If your highchair can be collapsed, make sure there is a lock that keeps the chair from folding when in use.
5. Design: Make sure to consider the look and feel of the room where youll put the highchair. For example, if you have a more traditional design aesthetic, consider a wooden highchair.
6. Size: Take into consideration the amount of space you have for the highchair. Remember it will be there, on average, for 2 years.
7. Adjustability: If budget and space permits, invest in a highchair that will grow with your child through their toddler years.
8. Washability: Highchairs get dirty. Be sure all seat cushions can be easily cleaned.
9. Reclining Seat: This is a great feature for infants, allowing parents a place to comfortably and safely secure their child.
10. Height Adjustability: If your highchair is designed to integrate into a table setting, be sure that you consider whether you need it to pull up to a standard table (typically 31-33 inches) or a kitchen island.