Getting a high chair for baby is a big responsibility. This is the place where they will eat many of their meals for the first few years of their life. The best thing you can do is look for a chair that will do what you need it to do, won’t be hard to clean, and can protect your child.
There are a few types of high chairs, which mainly differ in price and the amount of extras they have.
Cheap vs. More Expensive
The most basic of high chairs is usually made of plastic and is barebones as far as extras go. This will inevitably be the cheapest chair you can find. If you get a chair that is reinforced with metal and has features that make it safer and easier to use, it will be more expensive. However, the most expensive high chair may not be the best, so do some research and decide which features you want the most.
Tray vs. Tray less
Another decision you’ll have to make is whether you want a chair that comes with a tray or not. The ones with trays give baby a place to put their food, which means the messes stay there, and not all over your child or everywhere else. The tray less type is designed to push up to the table, which means you have to worry about keeping your table clean at all times.
Here are the extras to look for when deciding on a high chair. You might not be able to find a model that has all of them that is still in your price range, but you still need to know what is out there.
Easy to clean. Chairs with removable trays are easy to clean because you can take them right over to the sink or wash them with soap and water. The same goes for the seat of a chair when it is plastic or a washable material. If the tray doesn’t come off easy, you can still clean it, but it might be hard to get into the little nooks and crannies.
Lasts a long time. There are chairs that will grow as your child does, meaning you can use them as your baby gets bigger, or even over the course of having multiple children. Look for items that have a long warranty because they may last longer.
Child is fastened securely. If a child can move around a lot while they are sitting in the chair, it isn’t doing them any good. The best models have a strap to keep them in place, and are sturdy enough that a baby can’t cause them to fall over.
Can wheel where you need it. If you want a chair that can be moved anywhere, look at ones with wheels. They can be wheeled wherever you need them to, so you don’t have to pick it up and drag it. This can save you time and a bit of your sanity.