High Chair & Seat Safety
With the introduction of solid food comes an entirely new set of questions about how to keep your baby happy and safe. You might find yourself asking, “What age can my baby eat oatmeal?” in one breath, and “What’s the right high chair?” in the next.
Thankfully, there are plenty of great products that are designed to keep your baby safe during meal times. Here are a few tips for choosing and using a high chair or seat safely, so you can focus on the fun of exploring new foods together.
Three Questions for High Chair Use and Safety
1. What is the Right Age for a High Chair?
High chair readiness and solid food readiness often go hand in hand. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that when it comes to eating solid foods, "each child's readiness depends on his own rate of development." But there are signs that might indicate your baby is ready, and one of those is if they can hold their head up and sit with support. This can be an indication that they are ready for a high chair or seat. Just be sure to check the packaging to make sure your baby meets the high chair's minimum age and weight requirements.
Today’s high chairs come with a number of safety features to keep little ones safe during mealtime.
2. What are Important Safety Features in a High Chair?
Today’s high chairs come with a number of safety features to keep little ones safe during mealtime. The AAP recommends using the safety straps whenever your baby sits in a high chair. You should look for a three-or five-point harness. Consumer Reports writes, “the shoulder straps on a five-point harness keep a tenacious, on-the-go baby from standing up or climbing out, and falling.”
The Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 high chair and the Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 are both great options for safe and secure harnessing. An added foam insert in the Baby Base keeps younger infants secure, and can be removed as baby gets bigger.
"I feel very safe with my children in it. It has a five-point harness which keeps the children locked in and safe." — Mom and Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 owner
Several high chair models have wheels, which come in handy when you need to move the chair around. However, wheels should always lock. The Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 and Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1 both have a set of swivel wheels that lock when not in use.
3. What are Other High Chair Safety Tips?
The best way to help your baby stay safe is to follow a high chair or seat’s guidelines, and to just keep a watchful eye on your little one. A simple measure to avoid unexpected falls is to move the chair away from countertops or anything else that a restless little one might be able to push off from. Also, baby seats should never be placed on high surfaces, such as tables or countertops.
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