Highchair hints

Highchair hints

How to choose the best chair for your toddler

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD

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
  • Always:
    • 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.
Highchair hints

Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN

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