How to choose the best chair for your toddler-
What to watch for when introducing your baby to a high chair
As soon as your baby begins to lean forward in his infant seat or is in danger of tipping over, he's ready for a highchair.
- Choose a high chair that is:
- sturdy with a wide base that won't tip
- equipped with a crotch strap to prevent sliding out
- adaptable to your baby's sitting development with reclining capability
- equipped with a securely locking tray with smooth edges and a non-slippery seat
- easy for you to use and impossible for your baby to unlock or fall out of
- Use the straps supplied and lock the tray in place.
- Teach your baby to hold arms up while locking tray in place.
- Keep the highchair at least a foot away from table, countertop, and stove. Keep all cooking utensils and extra foods out of reach.
- Give your baby a small amount of finger food at a time directly on the tray––so he or she won't stuff it in and choke.
- Spread an old shower curtain, newspapers, or sheet under the highchair for an easy clean-up "splat mat."
- Keep an eye on your baby when he's in the highchair and do not let him stand up in it or let anyone climb on it.
- Take your baby out of the highchair when he's finished eating or is bored.
Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN
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