Here are 3 important features to look for when buying a high chair for baby.
Support Baby While Eating
You’ve likely heard that your baby needs good head, neck, and trunk control before they can start eating solids. But knowing what to look for in a high chair that supports this can be overwhelming!
Although there are many factors to consider based on baby’s and family’s individual needs, here are a few points to keep in mind:
- Look for a chair with a 3-point or 5-point harness for added stability and safety.
- A foot rest helps prevent fatiguing – if your chair doesn’t have one, you can use an exercise band tied tightly across the bottom legs of the highchair so that your baby’s feet rest on it.
- Additional padding can align your baby’s mouth (and lips!) directly above the hips, especially if your high chair is still a little big. Placing a folded towel behind baby’s mid-back helps position the hips in a slightly forward tilt.
Three great high chair options to consider (and why we love them):
Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair – takes up less space by fitting on top of most kitchen chairs, 5 point harness, converts to a toddler booster seat
Keekaroo Height Right High Chair – adjustable seat and foot rest, easily converts from baby to kid chair, can slide under table (with tray off) to save space, ergonomic design for a comfortable seating position.
Chicco Polly High Chair – adjustable foot rest, 5 point harness, 7 height adjustments, folds up for space-saving.
What tips or tricks have you used to help your baby eat in their chair?
Written by: Lauren Braaten, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist exclusively for Baby FoodE.