High chairs are prime real estate guzzlers.  They are located in the heart of your home, and are used for one of the most important tasks you have to do.  Take your time, be realistic, and make sure what you get is not a safety hazard – either for you as a tripping hazard or for baby.

 Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair

  • Understand the room that you have – where will it be and what is the available space? Use a measuring tape to understand what size chair you can fit.
  • Width of the chair - be careful you can be tripping over them if they are too      wide. Not ideal with hot food or baby in hands.
  • Simple is best – lots of cavities and indents are difficult to clean – and when      baby starts eating solids and then self-feeding – there is a lot to clean.
  • Check that everything is easily cleaned – detachable, machine washable or easy to wipe
  • Check the safety – baby’s wriggle and squirm – can they get out or tip the chair.
  • Make sure it has a good harness that will work when baby is small and quite      placid as well as older, bigger and wanting to stand up in it.
  • Check that is has an insert to support small babies, but removable once baby is larger
  • Make sure the back is high enough to give the baby good support
  • If you do not have a lot of space, consider the seat options available:
  1. Independent seats (with high backs e.g. Mamas and Papas and Bumbo seats) that can either stand alone or be attached to an adult chair
  2. Chair attachments that cannot stand on their own but that are very compact (check and follow age recommendations)
  3. Child seat that converts to a standard chair as your child grows